Getting around Bratislava
The Old Town centre itself is largely pedestrianised but is relatively small and easy to get around on foot. However, outside this area, the Bratislava Transportation Company (DPB) (tel: +421 2 5950 5950; www.dpb.sk) runs a good network of trams, buses and trolleybuses that can whisk you around the city.
Tickets are available from newspaper kiosks, or from coin-operated ticket machines at most stops, and prices are very reasonable. You can also buy tickets via SMS (text 1100 for a 70-minute code or 1124 for a 24-hour code). Tickets are valid on all modes of public transport and are available as single-ride (valid 15 minutes), multi-ride (valid for one hour, or 90 minutes at weekends), one-day or multi-day passes. You must validate tickets immediately upon boarding. Several night bus routes operate from 2300 to 0500.
Taxis in Bratislava are rather less likely to cheat you than in some other parts of the world, and prices are reasonable. Fun Taxi (tel: +421 2 16777), AA taxi EURO (tel: +421 2 16022) and Caribic Taxi (tel: +42 2 16555) are reputable companies.
Driving in Bratislava can be quite inconvenient because of the many pedestrian areas around the Old Town, numerous (and poorly marked) one-way streets, limited parking and sharp-eyed traffic police. There are several large underground car parks, though outside these, parking in the city centre is fairly restricted. Car parks with free spaces are listed at www.parkovanieba.sk. If you do find a space on the street, you must buy a one-hour parking card, available from newsstands.
Car hire companies in Bratislava include Avis (tel: +421 903 653 267; www.avis.sk), Hertz (tel: +421 2 5720 1261; www.hertz.sk), Eurocar (tel: +421 903 41 41 41; www.eurocar.sk) and SIXT (tel: +421 911 833 133; www.sixt.sk).
Slovakia is superb for biking. Bratislava Bike Point, Viedenská cesta (tel: 907 683 112; www.bratislavabikepoint.com), hires bikes between April and November and runs bike tours. There are flat cycle paths alongside the Danube and Morava Rivers. WhiteBikes is a small, community-run bikesharing scheme (www.whitebikes.info).