Traveling by train in Slovakia

Map Slovakia with capital city Bratislava

Train travel is the ideal way to explore the untainted terrains and rich folk culture of Slovakia. With your Eurail pass, the hospitable young city of Bratislava is easily accessible. Enjoy the historic town of Kosice in east Slovakia and marvel at the mineral-rich Štiavnica mountain ranges. And while you're here, taste the Slovak wines from the Carpathian regions.

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Trains in Slovakia
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Bratislava castle and old town

Bratislava castle and old town

Waterfall in the Tatra Mountains

Waterfall in the Tatra Mountains

The High Tatras National Park

The High Tatras National Park

Spissky Castle

Spissky Castle

Beckov Castle

Beckov Castle  

Slovakia quick facts

 
  • Capital: Bratislava

  • Population: 5.4 million

  • Language: Slovak

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +421

Trains in Slovakia

 
Logo ZSSK Slovakia

Trains in Slovakia are operated by ZSSK, the Slovakian national railway company.

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Places to visit

 
St. Michal Tower in the old town of Bratislava
St. Michal Tower in the old town of Bratislava

Bratislava: Juxtaposition of new and old

Although Slovakia has very much left the Communist era behind it, visible remains still stand, intertwined with a modern, up and coming vibe in the capital. For a taste of the old world, head through the ornate arch of Michalská Veža and you’ll be standing inside Bratislava’s beloved old town. The ideal way to absorb this charming part of the city is by joining the locals for a coffee and a spot of people watching in one of the little cafés. The Baroque palaces and 18th century rococo buildings will also keep your eyes inspired. 

The old town is a 15-minute walk from Bratislava’s main train station.

Cafés in old town, Bratislava, Slovakia
Cafés in old town, Bratislava, Slovakia

Buzzing cafés and bars

Over the past years, Bratislava has grown in popularity as a place to party and is now firmly placed on the map. It’s a favorite for bachelor parties and celebrations, with many Europeans now flocking to Slovakia’s capital for a cheap and lively night out. The old town has it’s fair share of late-opening bars and cafés with people spilling onto the streets in the warmer months. It’s very much a student town so the atmosphere is guaranteed to be alive and happening.

The old town is a 15-minute walk from Bratislava’s main train station.

Ruins of Devín Castle, Slovakia
Ruins of Devín Castle, Slovakia

Endless natural wonder

Venture to southern central Slovakia and you’ll set your eyes on the mineral-rich Štiavnica mountain range. Take a day to roam around this huge caldera that formed from the collapse of an ancient volcano, while gazing out across rolling hills and shimmering lakes. For more of Slovakia’s natural charm take a leisurely boat trip along the Danube river. Where the water flows to meet the Morava river, stands one of Slovakia’s most impressive sights – the rugged ruins of Devín castle, hanging onto the cliff.

The Štiavnica mountains can be easily reached from the train station in the village of Banská Štiavnica. The Danube boat tour is a 20-minute walk from Bratislava’s main train station.

Historical cottage in Vlkolínec, Slovakia
Historical cottage in Vlkolínec, Slovakia

Historical castles and log cottages

Spiš Castle in eastern Slovakia is a real must-see. Settled atop a dolomite rock, the huge remote fortress is Slovakia’s largest and arguably, most intriguing one. Dare to enter the attached dungeons and you’ll learn something new about the torturous techniques of the past. Vlkolínec, a UNESCO-listed settlement oozes authenticity and charm thanks to its original folk countryside architecture. Around 40 adorable log cottages lie in the village, one of which houses a museum, revealing details of the traditional daily life.

Spiš Castle is a pleasant 1-hour walk from Spišské Podhradie train station, alternatively take a taxi to the site. Vlkolínec is a short taxi ride from Ružomberok train station.

Hiking path over waterfall in Slovakia
Hiking path over waterfall in Slovakia

Mountain activity haven

For outdoor junkies, the High Tatras mountains, spilling between the borders of Slovakia and Poland is the place to head to. The scenery made up of dramatic peaks, punctuated by thick forest and cascading waterfalls is the main pull. As the peaks become cloaked in snow during winter, the area is popular with skiiers and snowboarders, and as the snow melts leaving the alpine landscape bear, hiking is the ideal way to enjoy Slovakia’s pretty countryside. The highest peak Lomnický Štít (2,634 m), can be explored either on foot (accompanied by a mountain guide) or by taking the cable car up.

To reach Lomnický Štít take a train to Prešov and then connect to a bus.

Events

 
Pohoda, Slovakia
Pohoda, Slovakia

Pohoda

July 10 - July 12, 2014

This is Slovakia’s most popular summer music festival and is spread over 3 days. The event features rock, pop, hip hop, dance music and world music as well as theater performances. The impressive line-up includes many international artists.

Take the train to Trenčín and pick up the free shuttle bus to the festival grounds.

Eurail passes for Slovakia

 

Most popular passes with Slovakia

Eurail Global Pass from USD$536

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Slovakia Pass from USD$112

Travel by train through Slovakia.

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Eurail Select Pass 4 countries from USD$380

Discover 4 bordering countries with the Eurail Select Pass – 4 countries. Plan the route of your choice between and within each country, and spend as much time as you like at each stop.

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All Eurail passes with Slovakia

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 380
USD$ 536
Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 112
USD$ 190

Pass Benefits in Slovakia

 

Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Slovakia, including reduced prices for hotels and a special historic railway line.


Eurail benefits in Slovakia

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