How to get from Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia

How to get from Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, can be a good getaway from the Austrian capital. There are many options for traveling between these two cities. It can take about an hour to get to Bratislava from Vienna as only 60 km separate them. Discover all best ways how to get from Vienna to Bratislava.

The proximity of these two European capitals makes trips between Vienna and Bratislava very popular so traveling from one of these cities to the other is simple and fast. In this article you will find detailed information about transportation options for getting from Vienna to Bratislava and vice versa.

Train from Vienna to Bratislava

Taking a train is the most commonly used way of traveling between the countries in Central Europe. The journey by train from Vienna to Bratislava takes from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Trains from Vienna depart to Bratislava hourly for most of the day, so you can go to the capital of Slovakia whenever you want.

The train to Bratislava can be taken at Wien Hauptbahnhof, Vienna Central Station. There are two train stations in Bratislava, where the train from Vienna makes a stop. The one closest to the city center is called Bratislava Hlavná Stanica, Bratislava Main Station. At this railway station you can find currency exchange and left luggage services, so you can leave your bag and explore Slovakian capital lightly.

The historic city center is only 15-20-minute walk away from Bratislava Main Station. If you don't want to go on foot, you can take either the Tram Line 1 or Bus No. 93 that will bring you right to the center of Bratislava. Depending on how often are you planning to use public transportation there, choose the most suitable Bratislava Public Transport Ticket.

The price of train between Vienna and Bratislava normally varies between 10-16 Euro, depending on the schedule. Train ticket prices and schedule can be found on the ÖBB website.

Another option for train travel from Vienna to Bratislava is using the Bratislava Ticket. The Bratislava-ticket is a special round-trip ticket between Bratislava and Vienna. With this ticket you need to travel back to Vienna on the fourth day or earlier from the departure date, otherwise it will lose its validity. Be warned you just in case, as you will hardly stay so many days in Bratislava because it is a pretty small city. This ticket costs 16 Euro per adult and 8 Euro for children. In addition, you can use the urban public transport of Bratislava on the day you arrive so it also saves you Bratislava public transport ticket price if you want to take a bus from the station to the center. You can also get 10% discount on the boat that goes to Devin Castle. If you will change your mind and return to Vienna by boat instead, you can get 30% discount for a trip across the Danube.

Bus from Vienna to Bratislava

Without a doubt, taking a bus is the cheapest way to get from Vienna to Bratislava. The trip only lasts an hour and there are many daily departures from 6:00 to 23:00. There are several bus companies such as FlixBus, Regiojet and Slovak Lines working on this route. PolskiBus is another company that covers the route, but it only has two daily trips that are longer, taking 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Most buses depart from Erdberg Station on the outskirts of Vienna. There are also several departures from Vienna Hbf, the central train station. In Bratislava, there are three bus stops. The one closest to the center is called Bratislava Most SNP Station. Buses normally also stop at the train station and in Einsteinova.

When booking online, the price of bus ticket can be as low as 4-5 Euro. However, if there is big demand, the bus ticket price can go up a couple of euros. You can check schedule and book bus tickets online here: bus from Vienna to Bratislava.

Taking a bus is also a useful option if you need to go directly from Vienna Airport to Bratislava, as normally buses running on this route make a stop there. It is ideal if you want to make the transfer as soon as you land or, on the contrary, you fly back from Vienna.

From Vienna to Bratislava by Car

If you are making a car trip through the heart of Europe, it is very easy to go from Vienna to Bratislava. It will take about an hour on the highway. Both in Austria and Slovakia there is a fee to travel on highways. You can get the vignette for Austria from 8.90 Euro (10 days) and 10 Euro for Slovakia. The stickers, label, as payment for tolls that you will have to put on the windshield can be purchased at any gas station in the country.

Renting a car just to take the tour from Vienna to Bratislava might be not worth it. When deciding whether to rent a car or not, you should calculate the price of rent, gasoline and compare it with the price of public transport between cities. The public transport that connects these cities is efficient, so it is worth taking advantage of.

Boat from Vienna to Bratislava

An interesting option is for traveling between the cities is taking a boat from Vienna to Bratislava and enjoying the sail on the famous Danube River. This river is one of the best known and most important in all of Europe, as it has played a fundamental role in history, linking Central Europe with regions of Northern Europe and also with some parts of the Mediterranean. It is true that traveling from Vienna to Bratislava by boat is the most expensive and also the slowest way, but it offers a unique experience.

There are several companies that operate on this route. One of them, and perhaps the most famous, is Twin City Liner. The boat departs from the "Wien City" jetty, located between Marienbrücke and Schwedenbrücke. In Bratislava, the boat is docked very close to the center, next to the SNP Bridge, a short walk from the old town. The journey by the boat takes about 75 minutes. The boats only operate between spring and early autumn, normally between October and March. However, it is always best to confirm it with the companies since it depends on the state of the Danube, which is usually frozen the rest of the year. In general, this company has about 4 boats a day and makes the journey for 30 Euro during the week and 35 Euro on weekends and holidays.

The boat schedule is as follows:

  • From Vienna to Bratislava: 8:30, 9:00, 12:30, 16:30
  • From Bratislava to Vienna: 10:30, 14:30, 16:00, 18:30

You can check the current schedule and make the reservation through this website.

Another company operating on this route is LOD, which only has one daily departure in each direction. It leaves at 9:00 from Bratislava and at 17:30 from Vienna. The trip lasts 1 hour 40 minutes. The ticket costs 20 Euro for a one-way trip and 35 Euro for a round-trip.

Tour from Vienna to Bratislava

If you don't want to worry about a thing, you can take a day trip to Bratislava from Vienna. When choosing this way of traveling, the trip will start at your hotel in Vienna. You can just sit back in an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy a ride through the Austrian countryside. You will admire beautiful landscapes as you cross the border into Slovakia. After arrival in Slovakia, you will be met by experienced local guide for a walking tour and explore the monuments of the Old Town, such as St. Michael's Gate and Tower and St. Martin's Cathedral where 11 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned between 1536 and 1830. You will also visit the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace, which is the residence of the President of Slovakia and Primate's Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bratislava. You will have some free time for lunch where you can try out the local cuisine before driving back to Vienna in the afternoon. You can book the popular 6-Hour Bratislava Sightseeing Tour from Vienna to visit the top attractions in Slovakia's capital.

6-Hour Bratislava Sightseeing Tour from Vienna

From Vienna to Bratislava by Bicycle

The last option is suitable for cycling enthusiasts as it is possible to travel between Vienna and Bratislava by bicycle. Vienna and Bratislava are connected by the Danube bike path so you can pedal for 70 kilometers completely safe. In fact, this section is part of EuroVelo 6 route, which starts in France and ends in Romania. It is a practically flat and paved route.