VISA | There are no visa requirements for European countries with the exception of Belarus, the Kosovo, and Russia. European countries outside the EU can stay up to 90 days in Slovakia.
If you are a resident of a non-European country check Passport Index for a quick overview.
MONEY | Currency: Euro. ATMs can be found in every major town and Debit/Credit cards are widely accepted. You will need cash for buses, however.
Public Transport | The easiest way to get around Slovakia is by train, connecting all major cities in the country, as well as several smaller towns and villages (although less frequent). Moreover, ticket prices are extremely affordable (calculate roughly 2,5€ for half an hour).
Bus terminals can be found next to most major train stations, allowing you to visit pretty much the entirety of Slovakia without relying on a car. In addition, both trains and buses are extremely punctual (in my experience), making it very reliable and enjoyable to travel around Slovakia using public transport.
Train tickets can either be bought in the train station or on the train itself, while bus tickets are purchased directly on the bus. Train tickets are valid for a full day, providing you with a lot of flexibility.
| SLOVAKIA TRAVEL TIP
If you are planning to visit northwestern Slovakia, be aware that you won’t find any hostels up there and accomodation can get relatively expensive, when you are travelling on a budget.
However, train tickets are extremely cheap and distances quite short. Therefore, I strongly suggest to use Bratislava as a base for day trips to cities like Trnava, Trenčin, as well as the many ruins and castles in the area.
Book yourself into a hostel close to the main train station and you are all set to explore this cultural rich part of the country, while retaining your budget.
| SLOVAKIA TRAVEL TIP 2
If you are using trains and buses, make sure to download the Cestovné poriadky CP app. This little application will be your most reliable source regarding the train and bus schedule of Slovakias public transport system.
It helps tremendously with your planning, combining buses and trains, to bring you as fast as possible to your desired destination and back.
The app also displays delays, diversions and similar infos that might be important for travellers.
Travelling by public transport has never been easier.