Travel by train

Using trains in Slovakia is a safe and comfortable way to travel. There are several different types of trains:

  • Os Passenger train ("osobný vlak")

  • Zr Semi-fast train ("zrýchlený vlak")

  • R Fast train ("rýchlik")

  • Ex Express

  • IC InterCity

  • EC EuroCity (international)

  • SC SuperCity (international)

How to find a connection and buy a ticket

The websites of the Slovak Railways provide information on schedules, prices, ride duration and whether you have to switch the trains at any point. 

The websites www.cp.sk and www.cestovny-poriadok.sk offer a complex travel itinerary taking into account all the means of transport (bus, train, aeroplane, town public transport) and search for an optimal combination of them to find the shortest journey.

Tickets can be bought at the train station ticket offices or at some train stations in ticket machines. If applicable, the teller may ask what type of train you would prefer (see the table above). To guarantee a seat, it is possible to buy a seat reservation ("miestenka"), since the trains may be crowded, especially on Fridays and Sundays, when students travel to and from schools.

International trains run several times a day from several train stations in the country. For some trains, it is also possible to buy a ticket on‑line at the website of Slovak Railways.