Train is a very good solution to travel both comfortably and at low price. Slovakia has a convenient and modern rail network with some particularly scenic lines (Banská Bystrica-Diviaky line, Brezno-Margecany in the Low Tatras and any electric train in the High Tatras).
Several daily trains connect Bratislava with Vienna, Prague, Budapest; trains connect Eastern Slovakia to Poland and Ukraine. Travel in 1st class and by Inter-City express trains is recommended for visitors – 1st class is roomier, with more space since most Slovaks travel in 2nd class, and 1st class is not much more expensive. The European East Pass covers train travel within Slovakia and between Slovakia and Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. Trains are departing from most of the cities and towns to all parts of Slovakia.
Traveling by train to/from Slovakia is more expensive in case of purchasing one-way ticket. It is very recommended, especially for rail travel from Slovakia to international destinations, to buy an open return ticket. You can save a lot! For further information check the website of the Slovak railways (Slovak rail).
The Train schedules are available in English as well, but you may need to change the language setting in the lower-right corner of the page.
For ticket reservation for Slovak trains (note that the expression “Slovakian trains” is incorrect), please, see the Slovak Rail Company website.
Bratislava Train Stations
Since middle Ages, Bratislava has been an important cross-road among the biggest cities in Middle Europe; such as Budapest, Wien, Prague and a few more situated on the north. At the end of the 19th century and begging of the 20th century there was a big expansion of railway service in the Middle Europe. Bratislava was influenced as well; many train stations and railway lines were built. More of them were destroyed later during a huge expansion of the city; despite of it Bratislava still disposes with few train stations that are offering connections to the rest of the country and more international destinations.
Bratislava Hlavná stanica (Bratislava Main Train Station) is situated close to city centre. It offers most of the international lines of the country; and of course also connection to the rest of Slovakia. International destinations: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland.
Stanica Petržalka (Petržalka Station) is located in a town district called Petržalka. Trains from this station depart to Wien and Hungary, and to several domestic destinations.
Stanica Vinohrady (Vinohrady Station) is located just a few minutes from Main Train Station. All the trains departing to the south, east and north Slovakia pass this station. Most of the international trains stop here too; except the intercity trains. To the international destinations belong the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
Stanica Predmestie (Suburb Station) is close to Vinohrady Station. It is used mostly for industrial purposes. Many trains pass through the station, but they depart only to the rest of the stations in Bratislava; they do not depart anywhere else.
Stanica Nové Mesto (New Town Station) is located in the Ružinov town district, close the lake Kuchajda. Most of the trains depart to other Slovak cities, but there are some departing to Poland as well.
Stanica Vajnory (Vajnory Station) is located in town district Vajnory, not far from the biggest recreation centre of the city – Zlaté piesky (Golden Sand). Most of the trains coming from the eastern Slovakia stop here. Trains depart also to Hungary.
Stanica Devínska Nová Ves (Devínska Nová Ves Station) is located in Devínska Nová Ves. Trains depart to Austria and to the rest of Slovakia.
Košice Train Station
Košice Train Station is at the moment waiting for its reconstruction. It was reconstructed many years ago during communist era, so it has not a very nice welcoming building. There are many trains departing from Košice to the rest of Slovakia, and also to some international destinations.