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Overview

One of the nicest things when traveling by rail in Slovakia, beyond the beauty and diversity of landscapes, is how architecturally interesting the stations are.

Bratislava, unlike many capitals, is not at all in the heart of Slovakia but far off, just a few miles away from the Austrian border. That means that even if Slovakia is not a gigantic country, you’ll have to travel significant distances if you want to visit other cities (Slovakia is like a bean, Bratislava being at the left end).

Train is a good way to travel in Slovakia : the network is dense, and trains are comfortable enough to do long trips. It is highly recommended to go 1st class : it is very affordable and a good choice to make longer journey more relaxing and enjoyable.

Reservations are compulsory on some InterCity/EuroCity trains and night trains, recommended on others : in all cases, Rail Europe ticket will come with a pre-assigned seat (except in the case of an open-seating train of course). If you hold a pass, you can check here whether you need a reservation or not and book it from rail Europe, or buy it locally (ask for “miestenka” in Slovak). Watch out : if you want to travel overnight, reservations close 2 hours prior to departure (you’ll have to purchase it directly on-board but with no guarantee of availability).

One of the nicest things when traveling by rail in Slovakia, beyond the beauty and diversity of landscapes, is how architecturally interesting the stations are : Stary Smokovec station is a large timbered house ; Banska Bystrica is a perfect expression of the Communist-era architecture (but at a human scale), as is the fresco inside Bratislava Hlavna Stanica station ; Ruzemborok is a long, pale blue house with eccentric roof design… However modest these stations are, they all present some interest, and betray the passion Slovaks have for their railway.


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  • Locating Train was difficult |
    "I had some trouble finding the track at Gare de Lyon in Paris. Also I had trouble finding my coach at the Lyon Airport train going to Paris. "

  • Efficient and on time service |
    "Excellent service. On time and comfortable "

  • A trip over Alpes |
    "I've been travelling to Geneve to meet my daughter. the train was very comfortable and the staff very kind. I bought a good sandwich with salami and butter, a black tea with cinnamon. Very new flavour for me. The viw around the lake from Geneve to Montreux was great. "

  • Very good option  |
    "It was a very good journey. The train was comfortable, the attendants were friendly. Service on board was perfect including the breakfast, which was delicious. "

  • Resumo de minha viagem |
    "Confortável, chegamos ao destino descansados. Valor um pouco alto, mas deixamos para adquirir as passagens na última hora, por isso o alto preço. Conveniente, pois é mais rápido e confortável do que viajar por via aérea. "

  • Exceptional Trip |
    "Exceptional trip from St Pancras to Paris with the help of VIP transfer service from St. Pancras hotel. Highly recommended. "

  • Good |
    "Very fast journey. Comfortable. "

  • Better than flying |
    "Coming from Australia I assumed flights would be far better than trains but having the stations right in the centre of the city made it much more convenient and easier to manage without a phone. The train was smooth and quick. "

  • Trouble free,excellent journey |
    "Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way. "

  • To MAdrid |
    "my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "

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