Communications and post offices

 

Internet connection

Slovakia currently has a large number of full‑area ISP’s that offer wired broadband Internet connections, for example:

They offer a range of connections, from ADSL/ADSL2+ to “Fibernet”. ADSL or ADSL2+ is available in almost every town in Slovakia. It is advisable to check with the accommodation provider/owner or neighbours what possibilities for internet connection there are in the particular place.

Internet Cafes (“internetová kaviareň”) are widespread and not confined only to large towns. For more information, you can either browse the Internet or check the Yellow Pages.

 

Telecommunication

International country code of the Slovak Republic: 00421

 

Emergency calls:  

  • General Emergency: 112
  • Ambulance: 155
  • Firemen: 150
  • Police: 158
  • Town police: 159

 

Enquiry services (usually paid): 

  • Directory enquiries – information about telephone numbers in Slovakia: 1181
  • International directory enquiries – information about telephone numbers abroad: 12 149
  • Info Assistant – Practical information for everyday use: 12 111
  • Exact time: 12 110

 

 

Banská Bystrica

048

Bardejov

054

Bratislava

02

Dunajská Streda

031

Humenné

057

Košice

055

Levice

036

Liptovský Mikuláš

044

Lučenec

047

Martin

043

Michalovce

056

Nitra

037

Nové Zámky

035

Poprad

052

Považská Bystrica

042

Prešov

051

Prievidza

046

Rožňava

058

Senica

034

Spišská Nová Ves

053

Topoľčany

038

Trenčín

032

Trnava

033

Zvolen

045

Žilina

041

 

Mobile operators

Mobile network operators in the Slovak Republic are Orange, Slovak Telekom, Telefónica O2. There are also prepaid services provided by three branded operators Swan mobile, Tesco mobile and Funfón, whose services are sold under their own brands. Mobile 2G networks operate at frequencies of 900 and 1,800 MHz. The Networks 3G use 1,900/2,100 MHz and 4G networks use 800 MHz and 2,600 MHz. Slovakia is well covered by mobile phone networks, which enable calls also from some peaks of Tatras. Only very distant areas are without signal.

Prepaid mobile cards (Easy free, O2 Fér, Funfón Štart, Tesco mobile, Prima Orange, 4ka, Juro, Swan mobile).

If you want to avoid expensive roaming charges when in Slovakia, the easiest solution is to buy a prepaid SIM card. For its purchase, Slovak legislation requires verification of personal data. Therefore cards are not sold as freely as in some other countries. Sellers will ask buyers for their passport or identity card if from the European Union, or residence permit in Slovakia, on the basis of which they will verify the buyer‘s identity. The minimum age limit for buying a SIM card is 15.

Credit charging

It is possible to buy scratch prepaid mobile coupons in newspaper stands, in post offices, petrol stations and many other places. The credit is charged according to given instructions. The places where the coupons are sold tend to be marked by a flag with the logo of the operator. It is necessary to ask the seller for “kredit” (credit) and say the name of the operator, from which you want to buy a card. It is also possible to charge credit at the ATMs, which support also smaller prices of charging. However, be careful with the charges of your bank for these operations abroad. Credit can be charged also in selling places – in mobile operators stores. You can pay by cash or a credit card. It is also possible to charge the credit also in POS terminals in different chain stores, for example, at petrol stations, in grocery shop Coop Jednota, at the Slovak post and many others. Charging of credit is supported also by branch offices of national lottery 'Tipos'.

 

Post offices

Post offices are at your service in all towns and villages and provide bank services (Poštová banka), too. The post offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 18:00 and on Saturday until 13:00. The main post offices in larger towns or shopping centres are open daily until 20:00. You can find a detailed information about the office hours of all the post offices at the website of the Slovak Post Office. It is possible to buy post stamps for postcards and letters directly in the post offices or in some newspaper stands.

A 50 g letter sent within Slovakia by 2nd class costs 0.45 €, sent by 1st class costs 0.65 € and registered mail costs 1.35 €. The postage for sending a 50 g letter by 2nd class from Slovakia to the Czech Republic costs 0.80 € while sending a 50 g letter by the same class to the other European countries or outside Europe costs from 0.90 € to 1 €. The price list is also available online. You can also find there ZIP codes of all the towns in Slovakia and information on other services provided at the post office, e. g. you can pay your utility bills, receive cash on delivery consignments, buy lottery tickets, receive payments, make phone calls, buy mobile phone cards, and, of course, send telegrams, faxes and mail.