"Getting around Slovakia on public transport" Slovakia Transportation Tip by GentleSpirit
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In general I found getting around Slovakia very easy on public transport. Luckily, the cities/places I chose to stay in were located at or near major transportation hubs so it was all pretty simple.
Crossing the international border- I came into Slovakia on a bus from Poland and left on a train to the Czech Republic. With the Schengen treaty the whole hassle of border stops is a non-issue. Crossing borders will only be an issue if you are going to/coming from Ukraine, which is not a Schengen member. I hear you are thoroughly searched in that case.
Roads- On buses in the High Tatras, car with my guide in Central Slovakia and Bratislava- the roads seemed in a pretty good state of maintenance, traffic moving pretty swiftly. The guide complained that the signage wasn't all that great around some cities, but otherwise it was fine.
If you are driving, the speed limit inside towns and villages is 60 km/h. Outside of these areas it is 90 km/h and on highways it is 130 km/h.
Buses- The buses crossing the international border from Poland were quite nice. Normally you will be coming from Zakopane, the bus ends at Poprad. Not a lot of stops on the way, usually just one per town. Buses were clean, comfortable and on time. Slovak buses will only go up to the border at Lysa Polana, make sure you are aware of the schedules, there isn't much out there if you get stranded.
Trains- Riding the trains in Slovakia was no problem. I had heard the local trains weren't the greatest quality. Most of the trains i took were eurocity or similar, they were a few minutes (between 5-20 minutes) late. Train stations were well marked but all needed renovation. Prepare for using the stairs. There were few escalators or even ramps in the train stations. Conductors spoke very little english (at least the ones I came in contact with.)
Airplane- There is an airport in Poprad and another in Bratislava. Some of the discount airlines fly into Bratislava, with most major overseas carriers it is easier to fly into Vienna. Into Poprad you will most likely be transferring in Prague. With as small as the country is it is often easier to just ride the train.
Bratislava- anywhere in the Country, Austria
Poprad- Central Slovakia, Poland
Zilina- Bratislava, Central Slovakia, The Tatras, Czech Republic
Trencin- Czech Republic, Austria
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