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Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia , which joined the European Union in 2004 and adopted the Euro currency in 2009. It is located at the river banks of the Danube and around 60 km from Vienna (Austria). Bratislava has an extended history (between 1536 and 1830 eleven Hungarian kings and queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral) and keeps a cozy historical center, frequented by tourists. You can find more information and local events in the official website .
The conference will be held at hotel Tatra , next to the presidential palace at the city center.
How to get
Bratislava can be easily reached by air, train, boat and car . The following directions are to reach the conference site, hotel Tatra ( GPS: 48.14961, 17.10981 ). Recommended alternative hotels are at walking distance.
From Bratislava airport (BTS)
Take bus no. 61 (direction hlavna stanica) and get off at the final stop: train main station (25 min). Next, take bus no. 93 (direction Vyšehradská Petržalka) and get off at Hodžovo námestie stop (11 min). Finally, walk to underground passage, go to the left, upwards to ground level, and walk around 50 meters.
From Vienna airport (VIE)
Slovak Lines coach service: Take coach to bus station (Autobusova Stanica; 1 hour journey). Then take trolleybus 208 (direction Šulekova) or 206 (direction NUSCH) and get off at Hodžovo námestie (7 min.), walk back around 50 meters.
From main train station (hlavná stanica)
Take bus no. 93 (direction Vyšehradská Petržalka) get off at Hodžovo námestie stop (2 stops, 4 min). Then, walk to underground passage, go to the left, upwards to ground level, and walk around 50 meters.
From Petržalka train station (ŽST Petržalka)
From the station hall, follow the underground passage crossing under the rail tracks, go upwards to ground level, cross the street and take bus 93 direction Hlavná Stanica (8 min.) and stop at Hodžovo námestie. Then, walk around 150 m across the square with the presidential palace at your left.
From bus station (autobusová stanica)
Take trolleybus 208 (direction Šulekova) or 206 (direction NUSCH) and get off at Hodžovo námestie (7 min.), walk back around 50 meters.
Using public transport
Public transport in Bratislava (buses, trolleybuses and trams) is very reliable, following the timetables except short delays at peak hours. Tickets can be bought at newsagents and vendor machines, the latter accepting coins only. Tickets cost 0.70 and 0.90 Euros for 15 and 60 minutes, respectively (useful to choose the option in the vendor machines). The 15 min. ticket does not allow you to make transfers. You need to validate the ticket at the machines inside the coach (do not be surprised to see that many users are not validating the tickets, since the monthly pass is the most popular choice among locals).
Public transport available in proximity of Hotel Tatra (Hodžovo námestie stop): buses 34, 83, 84, 93; trolleybuses 203, 206, 207, 208, 212; night lines N53, N55, N61, N70, N72.
Taking a taxi
Taking a licenced taxi in Bratislava is often an affordable option. However, there are many unlicended taxis that take advantage of the tourists, charging prices several times higher than the usual fare. You can find some tips to avoid inflated prices here . Licenced taxi transfer to Vienna airport is more expensive than the usual fare, costing around 50-60 Euros.