17 October 2016

About Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a political, commercial and educational centre of the country. It has a population of about 400,000. Bratislava hosted the coronation of eighteen Hungarian rulers, including Maria Theresa. In those times it was known as Prešporok (Pressburg in German and Pozsony in Hungarian). Given its convenient location on the banks of the Danube, in the centre of Europe, Bratislava was almost bound to become an important crossroads of trade routes and a cultural meeting point. In historic Bratislava, the German, Hungarian and Slovak cultures and languages blended and existed side by side. Nowadays, Bratislava is experiencing an unprecedented development of construction, trade, services and tourism. Link:

Transport to Bratislava

By plane

Bratislava Airport (BTS)
The airport is conveniently located near the centre of Bratislava. Air operators from several European and world wide destinations, including low-cost airlines, fly here. A taxi to the city centre costs on average €15. A cheaper option is to book a taxi by phone or via a mobile app – the most widely used application is called Hopin. Bus No. 61 regularly runs to Bratislava Central Railway Station (Bratislava hlavná stanica), from where you can get to the city centre on foot (about 15 minutes) or take buses No. 93 or No. X13 (2–3 bus stops). Bus tickets can be bought at ticket vending machines or at news stands. They need to be validated in the vehicle. Link:

Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Thanks to the proximity of the VIE to Bratislava (40 km), good transport connections and a wide variety of air operators from European as well as world wide destinations, visitors to Bratislava often use this airport. Transport between Bratislava and VIE is provided by the coaches of the Slovak Lines, Blaguss and RegioJet carriers, which run approximately once an hour. The journey to Bratislava takes about an hour. Tickets can be bought from the driver on the bus, in the offices of carriers at the airport, or online on the carriers' websites. A one-way ticket costs €4 or more. Alternatively, you can take a taxi which costs at least €36. Link:

By train

The city has two main railway stations – the Central Station (Hlavná stanica) and the Petržalka Station (Stanica Petržalka). The Central Station is well connected to the whole city by public transport. The city centre can also be reached on foot in about 15 minutes. To get to the city centre from Petržalka Station, you can take buses No. 80, 91, 93 or 94. Link:

By bus

Bratislava has good bus connections to many cities in Europe and to the other Slovak regions. The buses arrive at Mlynské nivy Bus Station. The buses operating between Bratislava and Vienna run every hour. Links:

By car

Bratislava lies at a motorway junction. The distance from Prague is 330 km, Budapest is 200 km away and Vienna is 65 km away from Bratislava. On the motorways, Slovakia requires the use of electronic vignettes. These can be bought at self-service machines at the border crossings or at petrol stations. You may also buy a vignette online or via a mobile app. The cheapest vignette costs €10 and is valid for 10 days. Link:

Transport in the City

Buses, trams and trolleybuses

The public transport network in Bratislava is dense. Although the city has no subway, it has buses, trams and trolleybuses, with the latter operating in hillier areas. When travelling, be mindful of possible delays, especially at peak times. Night buses run every hour. Tickets are purchased from ticket vending machines at bus stops or news-stands and are valid for a specific period of time. It is necessary to validate them in the vehicle. These through-tickets are valid for all types of public transport in the city. The shortest period tickets are valid for 15 minutes and cost 70 cents. For more information about schedules, journey planners, maps and routes see Link:

Car and parking

Given that Bratislava is a relatively small city, transport by car is usually not the most convenient option. The rush hour is usually between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Parking in the city centre is possible in underground garages or paid parking lots. In the streets, the designated parking zones can be used by purchasing parking tickets from self-service machines, vendors in yellow vests or newsstands.


Several taxi companies offer their services in the city. A cheaper option is to book a taxi by phone or via a mobile app – the most widely used application is called Hopin. Taxis standing at taxi ranks are traditionally more expensive. Link:

On foot

Thanks to the short distances, walking is often the most convenient option in much of the city centre. The Old Town is a single large pedestrian zone, so the majority of attractions in the city can be visited on foot.


BBEC2016 made pre-reservations for rooms for our guests in three selected hotels: Grand Hotel River Park a Luxury Collection Hotel, where the conference will be held, and two nearby hotels Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava and Hotel Tatra.

We are pleased to offer you specially negotiated rates at these hotels for the duration of the Bratislava Bioeconomy Conference 2016. Due to the high demand for rooms we highly recommend you make your reservations before 1st September 2016.

Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava ****

A great 4 star hotel in Bratislava‎ is situated on the edge of Bratislava's pedestrianized Old Town, the Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava offers free wireless internet in all rooms and suites, a sauna and fitness facilities.

Regional specialities and international cuisine are served in the restaurant. In the morning, you can start with a rich buffet breakfast and at noon, a light business lunch is available.

Public parking is possible on site for an additional cost.

The Bratislava main train station is only 1 km away from the Austria Trend Hotel.

Hotel Tatra ****

Hotel with tradition, offering its services since 1930. Tatra hotel boasts over eighty year history, hundreds of satisfied guests highly qualified staff and an attractive location in the city center about 300 m from the Old Town and the Presidential Palace.

The Tatra hotel offers you spacious non-smoking rooms, free WiFi, a beauty parlour and a sauna.

The restaurant serves Slovak and international cuisine and fine wines. A wide range of drinks is also served at the bar, which has a smoking and a non-smoking area.

2 big congress halls and 2 salons are available for all kinds of events and meetings.

You can park your car safely in the Hotel Tatra's garage.

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Grand Hotel River Park a Luxury Collection Hotel *****

Enter a world of gracious design reflecting the modern perspective of ample as well as efficient space, serving both the dedicated business traveller and the adventurous explorer in search of discoveries and a whole new world.

The distinctive hotel, located directly on the banks of the Danube River – a unique feature among Bratislava hotels – offers a captivating promenade area right in front of the hotel door.