CITY INFO
BRATISLAVA Slovakia

Area Code 02, TC $1=43.20, Aug 12, 00

Useful Publications:
Spectacular Slovakia Excellent General guide for tourists available at book shops from beginning of July. 90sk
Slovak Spectator weekly English language newspaper 30sk
Web sites: bratislava.info
i Tourist Office (BIS): Klobucnicka 2 T5443-3715 Oct-May:8-16:30, Sa8-13:00,
Jun-Sep: M-F8-19:00, Sa/Su8:30-13:30
Email: bis@isnet.sk Website: www.isnet.sk/bis
Helpful, informative. Reserves accommodation - 50sk booking fee. Gives info on University dorms for free. Sells maps, brochure on Bratislava - 25sk, & souvenirs. Sightseeing tours. Some transport info. Branch at Railway St. Opposite the VU Bank. M-F 8:30-18, Sa,Su 9-18:00, Info on accommodation.
AE American Express Tatratour: Mickiewiczova 2. T317888. No T/C encashment at this branch.
another Branch nam. SNP 30 T5335537, 5335012 M-F10-18:00No Exchange. Personal check encashment. T/C purchase 1%.
$ SS Bank: Several branches around the city.- Nam SNP 18, Zelena 4, Obchodna 57, M-F8-15:30/17 ATM: Visa/MC at Zelena. T/C rate 43.05,1% Com., Cash rate 40.20sk, no com.
$ VU Bank: Train Station 7:30-18. Cash, T/C com. 1% rate $34.11
$ Tesco Kamenne nam.
! Warning some of the exchange offices at Tesco offer high rates but charge 8% - they're a rip off. Some do change cash at a decent rate, no commission - check around.
$a ATM Istrobanka Laurinska Visa, MC, Cirrus
$a SS Bank Zelena 4, Visa, MC.
 $a Train Station Visa, MC.
P Police Gundulicova
H Hospitals ?
Hp Pharmacy Pod Manderlom SNP nam. 20 24hr
M0 Post Office GPO SNP nam. 5, M-F7-20, Sa8-19, Su9-14:00 Poste Restante, Exchange. Telephone cards: 100 units = 180sk. 75 units = 140sk, 50 units = 100sk.
For Parcels more than 2kg must go to Customs Office - Colnica, Grundulicova ul.
M2 Branch Train Station, 102 Predstanicne nam. M-Sa7-20:00, Su9-20:00
M1 Telephone Office Kolarska 12 24hr.
Telephone Coin & cardphones are everywhere.
Cardphones are more reliable.
Local call costs 2sk
International Direct Dialling: 00+ country code + area code + num.
Embassies See Embassy sheet
Foreign Institutions
British Council ul. Panska 17 T5331185 Has popular restaurant.
Institute Francais Sedlarska 7 M-F9-13, 14-17:30 Has restaurant and library with French magazines. Open to the general public. Free internet facility (for french speakers only).

Transport
A AIR/Airport MR Stefanik airport Letisko M.R. Stefanika T5771111 limited international services.
Transport to airport: Bus #24, from Bajkalska St.,7sk, 6-23:00, 20-30min, Cannot buy ticket on bus, at airport buy ticket from kiosk. Taxi to airport: 200sk
T TRAIN/Train Station Predstanicne nam. Transport to town: Bus #93 to Hotel Forum, Tram #1. Transport to bus station: Trolleybus #210
B BUS/Bus Terminal Mlynske Nivy. Transport to town?
Transport to train station: trolleybus #210
Eurolines: Roznavska 2, T1756261312
F FERRY/Hydrofoil//Jetty Fajnorovo nabr. 2, email: lod@gtinet.sk
internet: www.lod.sk
A popular scenic way of travelling to: Vienna OS230 one way, OS350 return, 1hr 45 min and Budapest 4+hr, OS680 one way, OS1,000 return. Devin 1hr 20min, 50sk one way, 70sk return. May be charged extra for luggage over 15kg. Services operate from April/May-Oct 1-2 sailings/day.

Local Transport
Tram, Bus & Trolleybus Extensive service, throughout the city. Night buses No's 500+ ( 2 tickets required)
Buy tickets from kiosks or machines. 7sk
1 day pass 35sk, 2day pass 65sk. weekly pass105sk large luggage ticket 7sk available from office in front of train station and some machines.
Validate tickets in machines when you board.
!Warning Ticket inspectors like to fine tourists for even minor infringements - incorrect ticket validation, not having a ticket for luggage. This researcher was fined 700sk for not validating the ticket correctly (upside down), I said I didn't think I should have to pay as I hadn't cheated. The inspectors threatened to take me to the Police Station - and 1000sk fine, I agreed to go, however they then walked away so I didn't pay anything. On the same day I talked to 2 Americans who had also been fined - ticket not validated and no luggage ticket - paid around $50 each, which was too much.
Inspectors will often ask for your passport, try to avoid handing it over to them.
Taxi Not recommended. 100+sk in town. To airport around 200+sk
Travel Agents
ta Wasteels At Train Station
Discounted international train tickets for U'26 only to certain destinations. Exchange - low rate, better options elsewhere.

Shopping
Market
s Souvenir shops Folk Folk Obchodna M-F10-18, Sa9-13 Handmade Slovak goods.
s Supermarkets Tesco Kamenne nam. 1 M-W8-19, Th 8-20, F8-21, Sa/Su9-17
s Bookshops Big Ben ul. Michalska 1, M-F9-18, Sa9-12:00, US, British Newspapers 60-75sk. English classics 80sk (Cheaper at Tesco)
s Interpress ul. Sedlarska 2 M-Sa7-22, Su10-22
s Photo Developing/Quality developing cost: 36-9x13 = 280sk
la Laundry: Kupelna#8, 7:30-18:30 Sa 8-12:00

Entertainment
Classical concerts are held in a number of places.
e Theater Opera House (Ballet) Hviezdoslavovo nam. 1 Ticket office open M-F 12-18:00 Price around 300sk.
Holidays July - Aug.
e Reduta Palace
The Slovak National Philharmonic Orchestra is based here
e Church of the Poor Clares Klariska ul.
Classical music.
Cinemas 50-60sk, Check if film is in original language (Slovak subtitles = Slovenske titulky)
c Charlie Centrum Spitalska 4
c Cinema at Hviezda nam. 1, maja 11
c Cinema at Tatra nam. 1 maja 7
c YMCA Karpatska 2
sw Swimming Zlate Piesky the closest thing to a beach in Slovakia. Trnavska cesta, tram #2,#4 last stop
sw Kuchajda lake Tram #2,#4

Festivals
This list is incomplete - will update shortly.
Jan 1 PH New Years Day
April Spring Music Festival
Dec 25 PH Christmas Day Christian holiday

@ Internet @
@ Slovenske narodne muzeum complex: Vajanskeho nabre (The entrance to the internet cafe is around the block on Muzejna, enter through the Muzeum Cafe). Open M-F 9-21:00, Sa/Su 12-21:00. Charges 2sk/min. Good service though all the instructions are in Slovak. Branch: Dom kultury Dubravka, Saratovska 12.

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