Slovakia Rail Passes and Train Tips

By Rick Steves

Are rail passes a good value for Slovakia?

Since point-to-point train tickets are cheap in Slovakia, as they are throughout Eastern Europe, a rail pass isn't likely to save you much money. The main reason to buy a rail pass in this region is to avoid the hassle of buying tickets as you go. If a rail pass happens to match the countries you plan to visit, it can be a smart choice. If you're just dipping your toes into Slovakia from Austria (rather than exploring more of the region), you're probably save money just buying a point-to-point train ticket to Bratislava (about $15 in second class from Vienna).

How do I see whether a rail pass makes sense for my trip in particular?

Use this map to add up approximate pay-as-you-go fares for your itinerary, and compare that cost to the price of a rail pass for the number of days you expect to spend on the train. Also, follow the links below for:

What are my options for rail passes that cover Slovakia?

Choose one of the passes below to check prices and to buy your pass (orders are fulfilled by Rail Europe).

Single-country Slovakia Eurail Passkey details

European East Passkey details

Czech Republic–Slovakia Eurail Passkey details

Eurail Select Passread more about this pass

Eurail Global Passread more about this pass

Rail shopping cart: Have an order underway? Review and complete it here.

Extra tip: If you string together more than one regional rail pass (such as a Germany Rail Pass and a European East Pass), you'll use a day from each pass when crossing the border between them.

Do I need to make seat reservations on Slovakian trains?

For the most part, you can hop on nearly all Slovakian trains with just your rail pass in hand. Only overnight trains, and some international routes, require reservations (as indicated in online train schedules).

Any tips for buying point-to-point train tickets in Slovakia?

If a rail pass doesn't pencil out for your trip, see our general tips for buying point-to-point tickets.


Slovakia Rail Passes: Key Details

Single-country Slovakia Eurail Pass: This pass offers either 3, 4, 6, or 8 days of train travel within a one-month window, whereas multi-country passes offer a two-month window of travel.

European East Pass: Covers nearly all trains in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia (but isn't accepted on Austria's "WestBahn" brand private trains).

Czech Republic–Slovakia Eurail Pass: On just this pass, the half-price deal for kids extends for those up to age 14, and kids under 6 ride for free.