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Bus from Vienna to Bratislava?

I'm hoping someone will see this... :)

I am going to Vienna next week, and I've often thought a day trip to Bratislava would be a fun little detour, however, train tickets seemed to be near 40 euros round trip, which seemed a little expensive for an afternoon in Bratislava. However, I just briefly was looking into the bus. Seems like it may be 18 euro? More reasonable. However, I don't really want to book ahead and lock myself into a particular day. Should I expect the cost to go up much if I buy a ticket the day of?

Has anyone ever taken the bus from Vienna to Bratislava? It looks like I can get on at U3 station Erdberg and get off at the UFO thingy.

They use the Euro in Slovakia, right? :)

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Yes, Slovakia does use the euro currency. Although one-way train prices range from €16-21, the roundtrip price seems to be more consistently €30 per person, if you book the return trip at the same time. Bus is also a reasonable option and does not take any longer. I would not expect the fares to be any higher on the day of travel.

Posted by
5319 posts

I've done this and you have it right. Bus is much better than the train as the UFO bridge is central; the train station is a good distance from the center. I am not certain of the cost, but it won't be more at the ticket office. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Bratislava. Euro, yes.

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Thanks everyone! Very helpful! I'm about to leave for the airport for my trip. Eek!