Bratislava

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Bratislava
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Slovakia
Population: 419,678 (31 December 2014)
Major roads: E 65 E 75 E 58 E 571
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Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. The city has one airport.

Hitching in

From Žilina

If you are coming on the motorway from the north-east but your driver is continuing to Hungary or Austria, ask him to leave you at the Slovnaft petrol station in Zlaté Piesky before the airport and the city centre. Jump over the fence in the southwest part of the petrol station area (there is a hole), walk across the field to the other road, follow the sign "Center" and after one or two kilometers you will reach the last stop of tram 2 and 4.

Alternatively, you can ask your driver to drop you near Aupark shopping centre, but they need to exit highway right after crossing Prístavný most. Getting back on highway is very easy for them. This place is much more closer to centre than previous one, you can get to Hodžovo námestie in 5 minutes with public transport.

Hitching around

If you are just passing by the city (e.g. going from Prague to Budapest) avoid at all costs being dropped at a petrol station in the city by a driver going into Bratislava. The road splits inside the city, the motorway is in the middle and the local traffic goes on a side road. Because of a wall there is no direct access from the city streets and the petrol stations are not on the motorway. If you end up being dropped inside the city somewhere, you must follow the Hitchwiki advice to reach another spot or spend the night in Bratislava.

Hitching out

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North towards Brno, Prague (D2) E 65

Hitchhiking in direction to Brno.

Lamač petrol station

In the north of the city there is a small service station at the motorway going north to Brno. It's not a great spot, but it gets the job done. If it's been a while and you still haven't found a ride, try asking people for "Sekule" - this is the last gas station before the Czech border, so everyone stops here to get vignettes (highway stickers).

There are two options how to get there:

  • Get off at bus stop called Húščavova. The bus stop is directly after the bus turns left and crosses the highway over a bridge. You need to indicate that you want to get off the bus at this station. In the worst case though, you can get off at the next stop Lipského and walk a bit more. When you leave the bus just walk back over the bridge and turn left and walk to the next traffic light to the station.
  • Get off at bus stop called Pridánky. You need to indicate that you want to get off the bus. Once you leave the bus, the service station is very close but not visible. Follow the direction in which the bus continues for 100 meters and you will see the exit of the highway and the service station on your left.

Mokrohájska‎

Go to a bus stop called Mokrohájska‎, the bus stop is on city road in Brno direction but it's not yet a highway. You can try hitch hiking directly 'behind' the bus stop, there's enough for car to stop or continue walking in the same direction the bus was going, about 300 meters further there's a large OMV petrol station, McDonald's and non-stop Tesco shopping mall. You also can try to hitchhike on traffic lights nearby.

East towards Žilina E 75, Banská Bystrica, E 58 E 571 (D1)

Zlaté Piesky petrol station

There is a petrol station directly on the D1 highway in Bratislava, near the AVION shopping centre. Take bus 61 in the direction of the airport and get off at the stop Fatruny. You can try either hitchhiking on the on-ramp or asking drivers at the petrol station 750 m from the bus stop. It's bit harder to get in to petrol station, you have to walk past highway for a while. There are a lot of trucks going by this on-ramp, because this is one of the industrial parts of Bratislava.

Zlaté Piesky bus stop

Take a tram 2 or 4 east to the last stop called Zlaté Piesky. Cross over the big road to your right and walk down past the Porsche dealership. Hitchhike on the highway just beyond the bus stop. Its not the greatest spot, but there isn't any other. The road splits into the E75 and the E58/E571 approximately 30 km east from here.

South towards Budapest E 75, Vienna E 58

Zlaté Piesky petrol station

Probably the best way: From the city centre take a tram number 4 in direction of Zlate Piesky, which is the name of the last stop. From there, you will have to walk along the road around 15 minutes in the following directions: getting off the tram, you'll see a footbridge, which you need to cross over and continue up the road in the direction the tram was heading. You'll be walking along a grass verge so be careful along the road. Have some faith, keep moving and you'll pass a lake on your right hand side. Continue on and you'll see a bridge up ahead with a petrol station on the other side of the carriageway. There are some offices to your right here. Push on under the bridge and you'll see in the distance the petrol station you're after. When you see the beginning of the motorway with a sign Győr, Wien, the petrol station is located on the right hand side. Go a few metres through bushes, following the tracks in the field, and you'll find a hole in the fence through to the station forecourt and truck stop. Jump over it (its just one metre or something) and you are at the petrol station directly on the motorway. From there its very easy to get a lift to Wien, a bit harder to Hungary. Some people also go to Italy using this way to avoid paying for vignets for Austria, which are expensive. If you want to go to Budapest, you can also ask someone who is going to Vienna to take you to the next petrol station on the same highway. It's the last one before the border, there are a lot more cars that stop there and it is really easy to find someone who goes to Hungary. You can get here also by buses 53, 56, 65 , 514. This is how you can get here Here is the map. Here is the map [[1]]--Looking for Stu (talk) 17:38, 4 December 2012 (CET) ]

Aupark petrol station

Probably the easily reachable way to go Vienna: Take the bus number 50 and get off the last station which is named Aupark. There is OMV petrol station, McD and big shopping mall as well. Since this location is not that far from the center of Bratislava there are some local people who go to further into Slovakia or city center. But there is a good possibility to find a ride for Vienna. In my case ıt took 5 min from OMW to find a lift and ıt was at around 18h, December 2013. For local people you can ask like that " Idete do Viedne?" You can also try to get a lift to the first petrol station on the motorway named Jarovce. (I tried this option with a girlfriend. Enough cars, a lot of drivers speak English, but nobody is going to the motorway and everybody has a car filled with groceries, kids or a wife (MF)) July 2016: I tried this option with a grirlfriend and anouther couple as well. The other couple got a ride to Linz in 15 minutes. It took us another 25 minutes to get a ride to a petrol station right before Vienna.

Tesco Lamac petrol station

A very good way : Motorway-petrol station in the north-east of the city. Take Bus 63 (crosses the whole town) and get out at Tesco Lamac (next to a shopping centre). Walk 1 km northwards and you get to a bridge that crosses the motorway. Go down the steps at the bridge and another 100m north and you're there. Or you can get there also by bus 83, 34, 22 and 20 or even 30. When taking the buses 83, 34, 22 and 20 you have to get off at the bus stop Húščavova, walk back few meter to the bridge, go under it, and walk 50m to the petrol station. When taking the bus 30. Get off at Pridánky, cross the bridge over the highway, go under it, and walk 50m to the petrol station. Both bus stops require you to give the driver a signal it's a button in the bus (When there's only one button that is it. When there are two buttons it's not the one that opens the door, it's the one that says STOP.) Most of the cars will be locals but there are also some trucks passing by here. If nobody is going far ask people also if they aren't going along the D2 to Jarovce and passing by the big petrol station located there. Here is the map

Personal experience- A very bad place for a ride to Vienna. We waited there for 2.5 hours before we got a ride. Truck drivers do NOT stop and standing at the exit with a sign was futile. Use a sign, stand near the pumps and ask the drivers. Other than that- a very good place to stand: free Wifi, free toilets and a huge and cheap supermarket ("Kaufland") within 5 minutes walking. If you get stuck and have to spend the night there go to the mentioned supermarket, keep on walking down that road and turn left right after the supermarket ends. Keep on walking that road until you get to a big stadium. To your right there will be an old football field where you can pitch a tent (camping on public ground is legal in Slovakia). There are clean toilets at the supermarket (open 7 days a week) and at the stadium if it's open.

Vyšehradská petrol station

The most traffic but it's hard to get there: This is a big petrol station on the D2 highway south of the city. Go by bus 93 or 95 to the bus stop Vyšehradská(It is the last stop of the bus 93), Cross the big road called Panonská Cesta and walk to the petrol station. It's a quite walk to get there. Here is a map. Stefan (June '16) is not sure if that walking path is correct in that map. He walked an other (longer) way: [2].

Most cars (see: virtually all) cars are either heading into Vienna or back to Bratislava from this location. If you're looking at heading into Budapest from here ask people, if they going in the direction of HU, Györ is good as well. There is a petrol station further along on the M1, a little after the first exit for Gyor, from which you'll be able to catch a lift to Budapest in no time.

UPDATE (Dec 2016) : Between the mentioned bus stop and the petrol station there's a field and you would likely to get muddy when crossing it. Also I can confirm that this location is very good for Vienna but almost no one goes towards Budapest (Browncoat)

  • Antonopa (April 2017) Although most traffic is heading to Vienna it is possible to get to Budapest, it is not too far from Bratislava and easily reached by walking. I waited 3hrs for a lift to Budapest directly, although I was offered many lifts in the direction of Vienna in the meantime. There are a lot of people going further too, as a lot of trucks stop here.

Walking towards Vienna

Following highway B9 parallel to the Danube walk towards Vienna with your thumb out. The traffic is slow and light enough that people can stop and pick you up easily. (2012.01.24 I took this route and only ended up walking about 6km between two people who gave me rides. Probably better than waiting in town for a ride. -lex)y

Einsteinova bus station

Walk south over the UFO bridge and follow the pedestrian/cycle path to the right. You will arrive at a bus stop on Einsteinova, standing at the front of the marked off lane will give drivers a place to pull over. The road splits shortly after, but both ways lead towards Vienna, so to catch all possible rides it's best to wait before the fork. It's not ideal as three lanes of traffic are moving quickly by. If you are unsuccessful, two bus companies operating between Bratislava and Vienna pick up right at that bus stop about every 15 minutes during the day. Also, there's an on-ramp from the bridge onto Einsteinova, where cars have space to pull over, Zenit got a ride there within 15-20 minutes.

Hungarian Border

Involves slightly less walking than the Vysehradska gas station. Take bus no. 91 from the SNP Bridge(Most SNP) stop to "MiU Čunovo"[3] - it is a "request" stop, so you'll need to push a button to let the driver know you're getting out. Alternatively, take bus no. 90 from the Nové SND stop (near Eurovea, but this one is right in front of the National Theater) to "Schengenská"[4] (also in Čunovo, but a little closer to the border and also a request stop) - this is a less frequent bus route (once an hour, more frequent during rush hour) - however, the bus will go Schengenska only if there is a "d" next to the departure time(ie. 10:30d - most will). Once in Čunovo, walk down the street in the opposite direction of the bus ride until you reach a pub with a green "Zlaty Bazant" sign on your left - keep walking in the same direction (ie. straight ahead) along Schengenska street for approx. 600 meters(if you feel like you're getting lost just ask locals to direct you to Schengenska). You'll reach the end of the village and a crossroads - this is the Schengenska bus stop, so if you took bus no. 90 this is where you'd get off. There will be a large wooden sign saying "ACTION PARK - Paintball - Off road" - follow this sign (ie. go straight ahead). As soon you pass the "action park" on your left, you'll be in Hungary - take a right on the Hungarian side onto a dirt road through the field - this will lead to you to a small crossing and right behind it (behind the rail) will be the large highway crossing with a service area. Signs will be useful here and unlike in Vysehradska, all traffic will be headed to Hungary (duh!) - getting a ride to Budapest will be a piece of cake.

Public Transport

Bratislava has pretty cheap and fast (except rush hours) network of trams, buses and trolleybuses. In Slovakia public transport is referred as abbreviation MHD. The cost of 15 minute one trip ticket is 0.70€ and 60 minute ticket (90 minutes on weekend) is 0.90€. When using night lines you have to buy night ticket which costs 1.70€. It's not possible to buy ticket from driver, you have to mark your ticket instantly after entering vehicle. To plan your journey you can use maps of lines, online route planner or offline Android route planner (1 month trial). Blackriding is not advised, ticket inspectors don't wear any uniforms and penalty is very high compared to ticket price (EUR 50 until 5 business days, EUR 70 afterwards). They always come in three, two of them are ticket inspectors and one is from security. However, if you're from outside the EU(within the EU, there are ways to get you to pay), say you don't want to pay and give them your passport if they ask for it because the most that they can do is to write you a fine.

Sleeping

It's not possible to sleep at the railway station, you will be asked to leave, valid ticket won't help you. Better option is to sleep in sleeping bag or set up a tent in one of many forest areas, it's absolutely normal to wild camp in Slovakia, you won't have any problems. One of the best options are Koliba, just use trolleybus 203, get out at final stop and walk on the top of hill. You should find nice place to sleep. You can also try Pečniansky les on the right side of Danube river. It's also possible to sleep around Draždiak lakes in Petržalka or in forests near Železná studienka. If you are willing to spend more time in public transport, you can take a ride to Čuňovo and sleep close to local lake.

Other useful info

There is no problem in finding free or unsecured Wi-Fi. City offers free hotspots at Main Square, along Danube and in many other places. There's also possibility to connect in many of McDonald's, railway station, or KC Dunaj also has very good connection.


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