Slovakia quick facts

  • Population: 5.4 million

  • Language: Slovak

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +421

Trains in Slovakia

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Find out all you need to know about Slovakia’s rail network, different train types and reservation requirements.
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Interrail passes for Slovakia

Interrail Slovakia Pass from € 51

The Interrail Slovakia Pass is the best way to visit Slovakia's highlights like Bratislava, Košice or Nitra.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 143

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Places to visit

Michalska Brana, Bratislava
Michalska Brana, Bratislava

Bratislava: Juxtaposition of new and old

The capital city of Bratislava is built up of a mish-mash of old and new – with historic charm contrasting with Communist-era concrete construction. And this is what gives Bratislava its character. Pass beneath Michalská Veža – an ornate arch and you’ll find yourself at the entrance of Bratislava’s much-loved old town. You’ll find fine Baroque palaces and eighteenth-century rococo buildings, but the best way to absorb its aura is coffee-drinking with the locals in one of the great little cafés.

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

Cafe in Bratislava
Cafe in Bratislava

Buzzing cafés and bars

Bratislava has a solid reputation as a hip and happening party place with Europeans flocking to the city to enjoy endless nights of partying – dodge the immense number of stag parties making a beeline for these parts though. While away the night in the old town with late-opening bars and cafés pouring onto the streets providing the purring of chitter chatter into the early hours. Bratislava is very much a student town so you’re guaranteed a buzzing atmosphere and plenty of evening entertainment.

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

Devín Castle, Bratislava
Devín Castle, Bratislava

Endless natural wonder

The mineral-rich Štiavnica mountain range in southern central Slovakia is a caldera formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano. This natural hotspot is best enjoyed by wandering aimlessly through patchwork hills and passing sparkling lakes. Another popular natural beauty is the Danube river, which runs through Slovakia. Take a boat trip along the river to the confluence with the Morava river and you’ll get a visual treat – the imposing ruins of Devín Castle perched on the cliff.

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

Cottage in Vlkolinec
Cottage in Vlkolinec

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. 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.

You can get to Spiš Castle by taking a bus from Spišská Nová Ves railway station to Spišské Podhradie, and then continuing by foot or taking a taxi.

Slovensky Raj National Park
Slovensky Raj National Park

Mountain activity haven

The High Tatras mountain range on the borders of Slovakia and Poland are an outdoor-activity junky’s dream. With epic peaks cloaked in forest and cascading waterfalls, it’s no wonder that many travellers head to this corner of the country. During warmer months hike through the alpine landscape and when the snow caps the peaks in the colder months, wintersports are popular among ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Visit the highest peak Lomnický Štít (2,634 m), either on foot accompanied by a mountain guide or make the exhilarating ride up by cable car.

You can reach Lomnický štít by taking a train to Tatranská Lomnica (Interral Passes are valid on this route).

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