Area : 18,932 sq mi km2
Population : 5,500,000 inhabitants
4 hrs, with a connection in Prague.
M. R. Stefanik international airport is 6 miles from Bratislava. A bus line serves the town centre every 20 minutes. The ticket is about 50p whereas a taxi fare is about £10.
There is no real safety problem in the country but beware of pickpockets, especially in Bratislava.
The official language is Slovak. English and German are also spoken.
You must show a passport valid for at least two months after the return date.
61% Catholic, 8% Protestant and 4% Orthodox.
Slovakia converted to the euro on the 1st January 2009. If you were used to the old Slovak koruna, the exchange rate is fixed as follows: 1 EUR = 30.13 SKK. It was still possible for visitors with notes and coins in the old currency to exchange them for their equivalent in pounds until June 2009.
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted in hotels, larger stores and restaurants. Cash can be withdrawn from the cash machines found in the cities. Eurocheques can be cashed and money withdrawn using an international bank card at the banks, which are open on weekdays from 9:00am to 3:30pm.
The only town other than Bratislava served by airline is Kosice. An extensive railway network connects the rest of the country. Cities without rail lines have coach lines. To rent a car, a national license is enough. The roads are in good condition.
No particular vaccine is required, but be sure to have your current vaccinations up to date. While on a hike, do not drink water from rivers.
Voltage of 220 V.
In 2005, 1.5 million tourists visited Slovakia.
To call Slovakia from the UK, dial 00 421 + 2 (Bratislava) or 95 (Kosice) + the number you are calling.
From Slovakia to the UK: dial 00 44 + the number, without the initial 0.
25 Kensington Palace Gardens
Telephone: (020) 7313 6470
Slovak Tourism Authority
Telephone: 533 3715.
Telephone: 429 5186
811 01 Bratislava
Telephone: (421) (2) 5998 2000