Transfer Options from Bratislava Airport to City Centre

Bratislava M. R. Štefánik Airport, located just 9 kilometres northeast of Bratislava city, is the main airport of Slovakia serving both domestic and international flights. There are two major means of transportation from the airport to the city centre of Bratislava, a taxi and the bus line No 61. A Bratislava Airport Taxi ride to the centre of the city lasts 20 minutes on average and tariffs range from €15 to €20 depending on the driver's rate. On the other hand, bus rides last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and a one-way ticket costs just €1.20. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Bratislava at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €20 20min 24/7
Welcome Pickups €21 20min 24/7 Book
Bus €1.40 30min 04:45–23:30

How to get from Bratislava Airport to the city centre by taxi

The taxi industry in Slovakia is heavily privatised and despite the unregulated colour patterns for taxi companies, most taxi operators in Bratislava utilise black and yellow vehicles with the typical "TAXI" sign on the roof. Normal rides from the airport to the centre of Bratislava or the train station last 20 minutes and average rates range from €15 to €20, depending on the operator.

Taxi fare from Bratislava Airport to Bratislava city centre.

Due to the privatised taxi industry in Slovakia, most taxi operators use taximeters to calculate fares. In general, prices from the airport taxi rank tend to be higher than pre-booked transfers. All in all, the average cost ranges from €15 to €20 depending on the rates of the operator.

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Talking a Bratislava Airport Taxi is generally considered to be the fastest and most comfortable mode of transportation to the city centre. However, many drivers are known for overcharging tourists with outrageous prices up to ten times the normal cost.

Editor’s Note

You are strongly advised to pre-book your taxi transfer in advance to avoid being overcharged by local drivers at the airport taxi rank.

Useful Tips

In general, most tourists will not be able to identify illegal taxi drivers from the beginning. These drivers usually approach tourists offering attractive deals; during the ride they will double/triple the tariff for various reasons.
The airport taxi counter can help travellers to hire trusted taxi operators. Make sure to ask for a fixed price transfer.

How to get from Bratislava Airport to the city centre by bus

The main public transportation from Bratislava Airport to the city centre of Bratislava is offered by bus line No 61. The bus operates from 04:40 until 23:30 every day. A night bus (N61) is available during the night. Bus trips from the airport last around 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic conditions. One-way bus tickets cost €1.20 for adults.

How much is the bus from Bratislava Airport to the city centre?

One-way tickets for the bus line No 61 cost €1.20 for adults and €0.60 for children and the elderly. They are valid for 60 minutes and include an additional transfer to any other line. Tourists can also buy a Bratislava card for €18, which allows unlimited rides for one day on all means of transportation, as well as entry to museums and free tours.



Trip Duration

30 Min.

Waiting time for the line 61 bus is 10 to 20 minutes depending on the time of the day.

Value for Money

The line 61 airport bus is available from 04:40 until 23:30.

Where do I get it from?

The bus station at Bratislava Airport is located outside of the main terminal building, next to the taxi rank in front of the arrivals hall.


The bus No 61 option is the ideal choice for anyone traveling on a budget. However, No 61 bus is usually crowded during peak hours, as it is the only bus that connects the airport to the centre of the city.

Editor’s Note

Tickets for Line 61 can be purchased form ticket machines around the airport station and are validated at the machines inside the bus. It’s not possible to buy a ticket directly from the bus driver.

Useful Tips

Line 61 offers modern buses with special compartments for luggage. However, travellers should always keep an eye on their belongings during the trip.
Is it important to note that the bus ticket duration is extended to 90 minutes during the weekend.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Bratislava. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Bratislava Airport to the train station?

No 61 bus takes 30 minutes (17 stops) and you will need a 60-minute ticket that costs €1.20. You can also use a taxi for about €10-20, depending on the operator.

What is the main train station in Bratislava?

Bratislava hlavná stanica (central station) is the main railway station in Bratislava. It is located near Šancová street, around 1 km or a 15 min walk north of the Old Town.

How far is it from Bratislava Airport to the city center of Bratislava?

The total distance from Bratislava Airport to the city centre is 9 km. The trip by car usually takes around 20 minutes.

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