Accessibility and transportation
Bratislava is in Central Europe in a triangle of 3 capital cities: Vienna is a mere 60 km away, Prague 300 km and Budapest 200 km. Whether you fly, arrive by boat along the Danube River, by car or train, getting there is quick and easy. Bratislava is the gateway to Slovakia, both practically and symbolically.
The address of the venue is:
Ekonomická univerzita v Bratislave
Dolnozemská cesta 1
852 35 Bratislava
By airplane to Bratislava airport (BTS)
Bratislava airport is one of the fastest expanding in Europe, with the number of conveyed passengers almost quadrupling in the past three years. BTS is situated at the eastern edge of Bratislava city, approximately 6 km, or just 15 minutes by public transport. You can use bus 61 to get directly from the airport (called Letisko in Slovak) to the main train station (Hlavná stanica). In order to get to the city center, you can transfer at Trnavské mýto to reach a number of trams and buses. A taxi to the city center costs about 15-25 EUR if you take one of the taxis standing at the airport. If you want to go by taxi, we recommend calling a taxi using the HOPIN TAXI app, Uber or by calling a regular taxi by phone (see the Transportation in Bratislava page).
Here is the list of air carriers operating at Bratislava airport:
Ryanair, Pobeda, FlyDubai, Czech Airlines, Wizzair, Smartwings, Travel Service, ABS Jets, Air Explore, Air Transport Europe, EHC Service, Elite Jet, Go2Sky, JetAge, Tatra jet
Here are the places you can fly from directly to the Bratislava airport:
Alghero, Athens, Barcelona-Girona, Berlin-Schönefeld, Birmingham, Brussels-Charleroi, Corfu, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Kiev, Košice, Leeds Bradford, London-Stansted, Malaga, Madrid, Manchester, Milan-Bergamo, Moscow, Niš, Eilat-Ovda, Rome-Ciampino, Paris-Beauvais, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Skopje, Trapani, Tuzla, Warsaw.
By airplane via Vienna airport (VIE)
Vienna airport (VIE) called Wien Schwechat is situated approximately 40 km west of the center of Bratislava. Going from the airport to Bratislava is very simple, comfortable and takes approximately 1 hour. Direct, regular bus connections are provided by three bus operators. They run regular daily service between Vienna city, Vienna airport, Bratislava city and Bratislava airport. In general there are more than 50 departures from Vienna airport to Bratislava per day. Buses depart daily from 6 a.m. on a frequent basis approximately every 30-60 minutes and a single ticket costs about 5-7 EUR. There is also a possibility of taking a boat (called Twin City Liner) from Vienna to Bratislava with prices starting from 20 EUR (single ticket). If you want to take it, you’ll have to first get to Vienna from the Schwechat airport.
Taxis from Vienna airport to Bratislava cost about 100-130 EUR by Austrian taxi companies and about 60-80 EUR by Slovak taxi companies. These prices are rough estimates only.
By train to Bratislava
The central railway station (Hlavná stanica) is located in the northern part of the city, close to the city center. It is the main station for trains, but also the terminal station for many city buses, trams and trolleybuses. The station has a direct international connection with Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and even other cities and countries around Europe. Note: Every other train from Vienna arrives in the Petržalka train station, not the central station.
By bus to Bratislava
There is a number of direct international connections to Bratislava arriving in the main bus station called “Autobusová stanica Mlynské nivy”. It is situated close to the city center and close to the venue of the Polyglot Gathering (5 minutes by bus).
Here are some of the companies that offer direct international bus connections to Bratislava:
- Eurolines: Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brno, Brussels, Budapest, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Marseille, Milano, Munich, Nice, Nuremberg, Paris, Prague, Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Vienna.
- Student Agency: many destinations in the Czech Republic as well as Hungary, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Netherlands, France…
- PolskiBus: Częstochowa, Katowice, Warsaw.