Q: Could you explain to me the public transport system in Bratislava; the ticket structure and the different zones?
A: Bratislava's public transport consists of buses, trams, and trolleybuses. To use any of them, you need to either buy a travel ticket or a travel pass, called električenka or tram-pass by Bratislava residents. The latter is advisable only if you travel regularly, at least twice a day.
Tickets can be bought in machines by the stops or at newsstands, and the price depends on the number of minutes you travel. The basic 10-minute, 30-minute, and one-hour tickets cost Sk14, Sk16, and Sk20 respectively. Then there are the so-called tourist tickets - a one-day ticket for Sk80, a two-day ticket for Sk150, or a weekly ticket for Sk275. If you buy these more expensive tickets at a machine, you will need a lot of change on hand as the machines only accept coins.
A monthly pass for one zone costs Sk550, while a three-month one-zone pass costs Sk1,450. You can buy them at special offices around the city, and you will need a passport photo for the photocard that goes with the pass. Some offices will take the picture for you when you buy your pass.
Both tickets and a pass enable you to transfer. However, with the travel pass you need to pay attention to the two different zones in the system. Zone 1 covers much of Bratislava's centre (from Karlova Ves in the west to Zlaté Piesky in the east), but watch out for the few last stops on your line - they might be in Zone 2.
For more information on different zones and timetables check www.dpb.sk. Start by clicking on cestovné poriadky (timetables), then zastávkové cestovné poriadky ... (stops and timetables for ...). Insert the number of your tram (električka), trolleybus (trolejbus), bus (autobus), or night bus (nočný spoj) into the table, then choose the starting stop to get the timetable that tells you the different zones on the line.
Q: Where can I take my children to celebrate International Children's Day on June 1?
A: During International Children's Day (Deň detí), castles all around Slovakia are organising celebrations that include fencing demonstrations and folk music. Museums and galleries will offer various activities for children and city squares will feature entertainment and competitions.
Bratislava's Old Town will hold a sports day for children, from 8:30 to 14:00 on Hviezdoslavovo námestie. Famous sports personalities will assist the competitions in mini-golf, hula hoop, and other games, while dance groups and young singers perform.
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26. May 2003 at 0:00