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  1. Which transport type to choose?
    1. Where do you want to go?
    2. Decide based on parameters

As Vienna and Bratislava are the two closest capital cities in Europe, there are several possibilities to get from one city to another. The distance of approximately 60km is covered by regular direct train, boat and bus services.

Which transport type to choose?

Train? Bus? Boat? Even Uber operates on this lucrative route. It is only up to you, which mean of transport would you prefer, but the table below should help you making a correct decision. Private transfer from Vienna to Bratislava and vice-versa is also available.

Where do you want to go?

Decide based on parameters

 

  Train

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  Bike

  Uber / Car

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Duration: Train, bus and Uber last approximately 1 hour, making it the fastest possibility, while boat takes 30-45 minutes longer. Sightseeing tour by boat takes 6 hours (round trip). The distance of 60km between the cities can be covered in 2-4 hours by bike depending on pace.

Comfort: Trains and boats are generally more comfortable when it comes to stretching legs, however, the journey itself is pretty short so it probably won't give any additional benefit. First class in trains and buses is available, while there is a whole bar offering food and drinks on the boat. Buses sometimes have WiFi on board. Uber gives you a ride to a very exact point where you would like.

Price: One-way bus ticket costs around 10€ and is the cheapest solution in this case. Return ticket, however, pays off more on train as it costs around 13-15€. Moreover, for the same cost as you would buy a bus return ticket, you can have a train return ticket which includes free one-day Vienna public transport allowance. Boat ticket is almost 2x more expensive in both cases. In case there is 3-4 of you, Uber might be a good choice as it will cost you only 10€ per person to get from Bratislava to Vienna.

Sightseeing: If you are looking for nice views and an extraordinary experience, boat would be a right choice. The route follows river Danube, passes by the Devin castle and small fishing villages making it a very pleasant and romantic journey.

Variability: There are not many opportunities where to hop on/off the train in Bratislava. Actually, there are only two: on the central station and on the suburb called “Petrzalka”. In Vienna, there are four other suburb stops before the train reaches the main station. Buses, however, have their route designed to cover the most important spots in both cities - from airports, to city centers, to main bus stations. Boat is the least variable - you can only hop on in Bratislava passenger port and hop off in the port of Vienna.

Frequency: Trains shuttle every hour and buses even more frequently. Boats have to adapt their timetables to the season of the year and thus are shuttling only from late March to late October. During the main season from May to September they run on daily basis, otherwise only weekends are covered. There are only two lines per day - departing in the morning from one city and coming back later that evening.

Luggage transport: Oversize luggage is easily transportable in all means of transport - in trains there are overhead shelves, designated places in

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anna on Apr 30, 2018

Hi, I have a free afternoon in Vienna and was thinking of cycling to Bratislava. Do you have to pay extra to take a bike on the train as that is how I will hopefully get back in the evening.

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Nour on Aug 28, 2017

Hello everyone,

I'd ask you about luggage lockers Hlavná stanica Bratislava metro station if it is enough for 20kg luggage ?

How about if I come in Sunday will it available or its an off-day ?

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Michelle on Jul 02, 2017

We are travelling to Vienna airport arriving at 7pm on Sunday returning the following week. I believe the bus runs at 7.30pm. Is the terminal easy to locate at the airport? We are staying at Loft hotel. Where does the bus drop off and is it a walkable distance to the hotel with baggage or will we need to get additional transport. Thanks in advance. Also if we book bus tickets in advance and flight is delayed can we use them on later journey (although I hope it's on time)

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Johanna on Jun 07, 2016

Hi guys,

I´m trying to find out if it is possible to travel from Vienna airport to Bratislava by bus or train with a dog - can you help me?? We do have all the documents with us, of course, since we fly from Finland to Vienna :)

And what would be the easiest way to travel - with the dog? He flies in the cargo, so perhaps not any small place for him right away..

Thanks in advance :)

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Samuel on Jun 07, 2016

Hi Johanna,

yes, you can take train. The dog will need to have mouth-piece and you will have to buy a reduced ticket for him (or her or it?).

With best wishes,

S.

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Johanna on Jun 08, 2016

Thanks!!!

Does he, the male dog I mean, need a ticket also if he travels in his box? Or onlu if he's out and with muzzle?

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Samuel on Jun 09, 2016

Hi Johanna,

it is specified, so I believe he does. Unless you can hide him in your backpack :P

Cheers,

Samuel

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Johanna on Jun 09, 2016

Thank you very much! This really helped me with pur trip. You're a treasure

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Anastasia on May 16, 2016

Hello!

Is train and bus from Bratislava to Vienna really equal in terms of sightseeng?

Usually there is a better view from the traing and I usually prefer trains for that:) But judging from the route schemes, bus travels through a greener places... is that true or there is no significant difference? :)

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Samuel on May 16, 2016

Hi Anastasia,

on the contrary – I would prefer train. I would hesitate to call it sightseeing, but you will go through some nice fields :)

Have a nice trip!

Samuel

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Anastasia on May 17, 2016

Thank you a lot, Samuel!

So train it is! :)

If there was not need to get directly to Vienna Hbf I would choose boat of course) Maybe next time!

BR,

Anastasia

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Samuel on May 18, 2016

Hi Anastasia,

I almost forgot! Don't take this as granted, you might need to get lucky and have a nice weather – but it's possible to see Alps from the train. When going from Bratislava look at the horizon on your left hand side (facing the direction of train).

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Anastasia on May 19, 2016

Wow! That's a great bonus!

Thank you, Samuel!!

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