Slovakia’s capital is a mosaic of illustrious history.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 25 minutes (total distance 885 miles)
No of flights per week: 3
Airlines that fly direct: Ryanair
No. of Airports in Bratislava: Bratislava Airport
Seasons: High = May-August; Low = November-March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Enjoy waiting to board your flight when you fly from Birmingham Airport. Our central location and fantastic facilities make us an excellent choice for anyone flying from the UK.
To make the most of the many amenities the airport provides, we recommend getting to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to Bratislava. You could even pre-book access to our Express Lane, designated to enable passengers to pass through the security area more quickly, so you have more time to explore.
We’ve got lots of shops inside the terminal – great if you’ve forgotten any holiday essentials. Dixons Travel has any last-minute electricals or head to Boots for anything health and beauty related. World Duty Free has all your favourite brands at discount prices, from makeup to liquor.
Once you’ve browsed the shops, why not grab some food from one of our bars, cafés or restaurants? If you’ve got the time, we’ve got a plethora of restaurants where you can to choose to have a sit-down meal like All Bar One and Factory Bar and Kitchen. There are also coffee shops, like Caffé Ritazza and Costa for you to grab a hot drink and a pastry, or if you want to grab something for the flight, head to M&S Food to Go or Pret a Manger. Fast food lovers will be pleased to hear we have a Burger King, too.
For those driving to the airport we have seven car parks on-site, all within walking distance of the airport terminal or accessible via a free shuttle bus.
If public transport is more convenient, there are plenty of options to choose from. Birmingham International train station is just outside the airport, with the free and frequent Air-Rail link that takes passengers to the terminal in just two minutes. You can also find public buses and coaches that travel from all over the country and drop you right at the airport.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Bratislava Airport
As the biggest international airport of the Slovak Republic, located 9km from Bratislava city centre, Bratislava Airport is very well connected.
From the airport, the city centre can be reached in 15-20 minutes. The no.61 bus will take you to the main train station. From here, you can walk to the city centre in 15 minutes or take bus no.93 or tram no.1. Bus tickets are available from ticket machines at bus stops or in kiosks. From the train station, you can also travel to other locations such as Prague, Berlin and Vienna.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Bratislava
A modern city on the Danube River with affordable prices and cultural attractions, Bratislava is a fantastic European city break destination. No longer in the shadow of Vienna, Budapest and Prague, the Slovak capital has rediscovered its position in the heart of Central Europe. You will be mesmerised by the Gothic old town, elaborate palaces and the crowning castle, rebuilt to renaissance finery.
Recent years have added an array of modern statues, boutiques and chic cafés, that are often full of visiting stag groups and day trippers from Vienna. Many visit just to enjoy the uproarious nightlife, from rowdy beer halls to hidden nightclubs.
While most young Slovaks will speak English, many older people only speak Slovak and use German or Russian as their second language. So, it could be useful to learn some basic phrases in the native language.
Bratislava sees a huge difference in temperature between summer and winter. Temperatures range on average from -3°C during the cold months to 28°C in the summer. The warmest months run from May to September, and the coldest months are from November to March.
Culture in Bratislava
Bratislava is a cultural centre just waiting to be explored and your first stop must be Bratislava Castle. A 15-minute walk up the castle’s hill will give you the opportunity to enter the castle and explore the Museum of History, as well as enjoy fabulous views across the city.
Lose yourself exploring the streets of the Old Town, peppered with cafés and boutique shops. You’ll find attractions like St Michael’s Tower, Zichy’s Palace and the Old Town Hall. Visit in September to see the Old Town illuminated for the Festival of Light.
The city also boasts beautiful forests and parks just a hop away from the centre. Along the banks of the Danube lives the oldest public park in central Europe and the city has in the past been ranked as the third greenest city in the world.
When it comes to cuisine, you will find that a lot of Slovak dishes also exist in surrounding countries, but Slovaks have added their own twist to regional favourites. Dumplings, for example, are commonplace in Central Europe, but dumplings with goats’ cheese (Bryndzové halušky) is Slovakia’s national dish.