Re: bus from Vienna airport to B'lava
- To Julie, Helen and Vladimir,
Thank you all for your great tips. Very useful information and I
appreciate it tremendously.
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "J. Michutka" <jmm@...> wrote:
> At 02:09 AM 7/27/2006 +0000, you wrote:
> > Thanks again. Vienna airport to our hotel in Bratislava is exactly
> >the route we will take. If you have any tips about taking the bus to
> >Bratislava hlavna stanica to share I'd appreciate hearing from you.
> >You can send to wasmore@... if you like. That way we don't tie up
> >the Group with trivia that might not interest others. If anyone would
> >like to chime in about taxi service in Blava - feel free.
> I'll post this to the list, since a few people each year make the trip.
> If you go to www.viennaairport.com and click on the British flag, it'll
> switch you to the English version of the website. Click on "at the
> airport", then "interactive map", then "level 0; arrival level". This
> will show you a sketch of the ground floor, and you will see that
> right out of customs and walk out the door to busses. Just before
> the doors to outside, on the right, is a bus office. We just walked in
> there, asked politely if they spoke English, and purchased tickets
> next bus to Bratislava. (There is a link for a bus company on the
> website, but it appears to be a different bus company; dunno where
> office is.) The cost of an adult ticket from the airport to Bratislava
> main bus station was 9 euros a month ago, from that particular bus
> plus 70 euro cents per item of luggage checked, paid directly to the
> driver. (Get some euros at your local bank before you leave; it's
> easy and handy.) I've taken the bus from VIE to Bratislava twice; I
> haven't tried the trains; but I like that with the bus I don't have to
> struggle to get a large heavy suitcase onto a train and then have no
> place to put it, nor check it into some other part of the train that I
> can't see. With the bus, I give it to the driver and he immediately
> it under the bus.
> In 2002, we caught the bus at noon-ish on a very hot day. It was
> (a sports team of some sort came out of the airport shortly after
> there weren't enough seats on the bus, but fortunately another bus
> up right behind), and the bus didn't have a/c, and some of the other
> occupants had obviously been working at the airport in the heat. Two
> at the border, at each of which they collected all our passports and we
> waited, sweltering, for what seemed like quite a while as they
> in the border control office and then brought them back to us.
> Last month, another hot day, noon-ish. Air-conditioned bus, only a few
> people. I think we only made one stop for the border, and someone
> the bus and just looked at our passports as we held them out and
> were off again.
> Each time, we got a cab at the bus station and took it to our hotel.
> My guidebook says that catching cabs on the street isn't common in
> Bratislava. There are cabstands here and there.....or you can stop
> hotel and ask for a cab, I did that. I don't know if it's polite or
> but the times I've caught a cab I've approached them and told them
> want to go and asked what it would cost. ("Dobry den. Idem do XXX.
> platim?") Maybe have the location/address written down to show
> try to check the distance on a map before I talk to the driver, and
> idea of what it might cost (based on previous cab rides) and what I'd
> consider to be an outrageous charge. So far, I've had good luck
> There's my experience, for what it's worth!
> Julie Michutka