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Slovakia

 

Train travel is the ideal way to explore the untainted terrains and rich folk culture of Slovakia. With your Interrail Pass, the hospitable young city of Bratislava is easily accessible. Enjoy the historic town of Košice in east Slovakia and marvel at the mineral-rich Štiavnica mountain ranges. And while you're here, taste the Slovak wines from the Carpathian regions.

Slovakia quick facts

  • Population: 5.4 million

  • Language: Slovak

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialling 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

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

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 33 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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Pass Benefits in Slovakia

Enjoy discounts on hotels, audio guides and a very special vintage train.

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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.
Oravský Castle, Orava, Slovakia
Oravský Castle, Orava, Slovakia

"Eagle's Nest"

One of the biggest tourist attractions in northern Slovakia is the Orava Castle, built on a rock high above the Orava River. Known as the "eagle's nest", the castle began as an old wooden castle in 1241 and has since developed Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and modern styles. Today, the complex is a remarkable combination of palaces, fortifications and towers. Visitors can take night tours during the main tourist season, featuring theater performances and spooky scenes.

Oravský Podzámok train station is less than 10 minutes walking distance from the castle.
    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 mountainous 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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