TDWG 2007 - Travel

Travel to Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital city of the Slovak Republic. The country is in the east-centre of Europe, bordered by Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Ukraine. The nearest large international airport is Vienna Scwechat (VIE), in Austria, about 40 minutes drive away (depending on the border crossing between Austria and Slovakia).

The Conference Venue is to the north-west of the city centre at 48.156341 degrees N, 17.083771 degrees E. If you have Google Earth you can download and run this KML file: TDWG2007-SUZA.kml

We have provided more travel details, including more travel options, web site links and detailed maps here (PDF document 696 KB). The document includes details of how to reach the hotels and the venue from airports, bus and train stations - delegates are strongly advised to download and read it carefully.

International Air Travel

Special note for delegates travelling via the United Kingdom

This message applies only to those delegates whose journey involves a flight transfer at an airport in the United Kingdom (e.g. London Heathrow).

Please be aware of a restriction on carry-on (cabin) baggage at United Kingdom airports that does not apply anywhere else in the world. Only ONE item of carry-on baggage is permitted with dimensions not exceeding 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm. This applies to ALL passengers starting a journey in the UK or transferring to another flight at any UK airport.

Laptop computers MUST be included in the single carry-on bag and MUST be removed from the bag for separate security screening.

Via Vienna Schwechat Airport

We anticipate that the majority of delegates will find it easiest to travel via the international airport near Vienna, Austria, which is very close to the border with Slovakia and is served by most European and many non-European carriers, including members of both oneworld and Star Alliance.

There is a direct bus connection from the airport at Schwechat to Bratislava city centre, taking approximately 80 minutes and costing only 10 euro one-way. The bus runs 5 times a day, first bus 08:15 and last bus 20:45. It is possible to travel by train via Vienna city. In both cases you will have to take a taxi between the terminus and your hotel.

A one-way taxi ride will cost between 48-50 euro for a taxi capable of carrying up to 4 passengers (depending on volume of luggage). These prices for journeys booked at least 24 hours in advance - a regular taxi at the airport is likely to cost considerably more. Remember that Austria is in the Eurozone - you will need to pay in euro in that country.

LATEST: We are now able to suggest another taxi company in addition to the one listed in the Travel Document (PDF) referred to above.

Dopravná agentúra DA.SK
Contact: Zuzana.Melicherikova (at)

Please mention TDWG 2007 when you make your enquiry

Bookings must be made in advance by e-mail or telephone. Payment can be in Slovak Crowns, Euro or Visa/Mastercard (payment method to be agreed at the time of reservation). Larger vehicles for small groups are available on request.

Vienna International Airport Home Page

Via Bratislava Airport

The airport is served by several prominent low-cost European airlines, including Sky Europe, Easyjet and RyanAir. A list of carriers can be seen on the airport web site.

Please read the information about Currency below.

There are bus/tram routes to the venue and the Hotel Ibis via the city centre or central train station (the journey takes about 25 minutes and may involve a short walk between bus and tram, and a short walk at the destination). Public transport is very inexpensive but be sure to buy a ticket in advance of boarding - the fine for travelling without a ticket is large! A taxi from the airport to the city centre should be about 400 SKK (less than 13 euro) and take about 15 minutes.

Bratislava Airport Home Page

Local Travel

In the detailed travel document mentioned above can be found detailed information on travel between the Hotel Ibis and the Conference venue (about 30 mins walk or trolley bus), and between the venue and the city centre.


Slovakia is not in the Eurozone. You must pay for local transport in Slovak Crowns (SKK). There are cash machines and a currency exchange at the airport.

The only currency used officially in Slovakia is the Slovak Crown. At the time of writing, the exchange rate was 1 euro = 30 SKK. Some hotels and restaurants will accept euros but you should obtain local currency (easily available from bank cash machines in Bratislava). Remember that Vienna (Austria) airport is in the Eurozone.

If you intend to use taxis in Austria or Slovakia please check with the driver which currency is required before the journey starts. Taxis in Slovakia do not accept credit cards - cash only, normally only Slovak Crowns.

  Last Modified: 12 September 2007