- The Bratislava tourist office offers a discount card, called Bratislava City Card, which allows visitors free travel by public transport and discounts from 5 percent upwards at participating museums, galleries, and restaurants. The card is valid for up to three days and costs €15. The card also includes a guided tour around the city, which starts every day at 14:00. Booking is necessary (visit.bratislava.sk/en/).
- Free tours to the Old Town and beyond leave twice daily (11:00 and 14:00) from beside the statue of Hviezdoslav in Hviezdoslavovo Square (www.befreetours.com).
- The first Sunday of the month - state museums and galleries are free to enter. These include the Slovak National Gallery, the Museum of Transport, as well as ten sites of the Slovak National Museum across the region, which include Bratislava and Červený Kameň castles or the Natural History Museum.
- There are a few free WiFi zones across the city: Primaciálne námestie, Medická Garden, Rázusovo and Fajnorovo waterfront. You can also get online in buses displaying a WiFi sign. See also: www.wificafespots.com.
- For more discount tips visit www.zlavadna.sk, www.morezliav.sk, www.zlavomat.sk or other shopping websites. Although these sites are in Slovak, you will be well advised to find a native speaker to help as after you make an online payment, you will receive a voucher offering discounts at a variety of restaurants or fitness and wellness centres.
- Bratislava pre všetkých (Bratislava for Everyone) launches, in the second half of April, the summer tourist season, special entertainment programmes and free entry to selected venues.
- A lot of restaurants have a fixed daily menu (typically soup and a main dish) for around €4
- The all-you-can-eat places which are close to the historical centre in Bratislava: Stein Restaurant, Blumentálska 26 (from €6.5); Ganesh Utsav, Vysoká 2/A (weekends only €9); Sajado, Pribinova 8 (Eurovea, price from €10.80); Asian restaurant, Einsteinova 18 (Aupark Shopping Park, price from €6.89)
- The food courts in Eurovea, Aupark and Central shopping centres, which are close to the historical centre, offer many different meals and fast foods
- Good, cheap Chinese food can be found in restaurants on Obchodná, Špitálska and Laurinská Streets
- Lacinka–Palacinka, at Šancová 18 (close to the train station), is a socialistic style place that offers the best and cheapest pancakes in the city. A plain pancake costs €0.25 (open Mon-Fri 11:00-21:00, Sun 14:00-21:00)
- Grocery stores tend to open from 9:00 to 21:00, but the Tesco hypermarkets in Lamač, Petržalka and Zlaté Piesky are open 24-hours, as well as a smaller supermarket Hviezda at Námestie 1. Mája (map C 2). Another option is to order your food online at potravinydomov.itesco.sk
TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION
- Cheaper tickets are available on Bratislava’s public transport system if you buy for a longer period in advance. Bratislava city card holders can ride the city’s public transport for free.
- For visitors who want to see the city from tram, they can take number 5 from the tram stop Poštová (at Obchodná Street) to the stop named Park kultúry (PKO), outside the modern River Park complex and then take tram number 4 or 6 back to the city centre. (www.dpb.sk).
- Hostels close to the city centre include: Downtown Backpacker’s Hostel (www.backpackers.sk), Hostel Blues (www.hostelblues.sk), Hostel Patio (www.patiohostel.com), Hostel Possonium (www.possonium.sk), Hostel Svoradov (www.hostelbratislavasvoradov.sk), Hostel Mansard (www.hostelmansard.sk), City Hostel (www.cityhostel.sk), Hyde Park Hostel (www.hyde-park.sk), A1 Hostel (www.a1hostelbratislava.com).
- There are several ways to visit Vienna from Bratislava, including: by boat (€36 for a return ticket), by train (€13 return), or by bus (€14.30 return). Return tickets are cheaper than two singles.
- Ryanair is the cheapest carrier flying to Bratislava’s international airport, but also check out other low-cost airlines’ flights to Vienna. It is less than an hour away from Bratislava, with good transport links.
- In the summer you can swim for free in various lakes: Kuchajda, Veľký Draždiak, and Rusovce.
- Every Saturday and Sunday at 14:00 boat visits Čunovo, home of the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. The boat fare (€10) also includes entrance to the gallery.
This article was published in the latest edition of Bratislava City Guide , which can be obtained from our online shop.For those who would like to see it online first, you can read it for free here.
3. Sep 2013 at 0:00