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|Destination Airport IATA Code||BTS|
|Destination City Name||Bratislava|
On the banks of the Danube, and fringed by vineyards, forests and the Carpathian Mountains, lies the ancient city of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Its medieval Old Town and imposing castle lend the city a historic, almost nostalgic feel, yet Bratislava has all the trappings of a 21st century metropolis, with bars, museums, galleries and a bustling social scene.
There is no bad time to book a trip to Bratislava, but it pays to book well in advance during the peak season.
Summers are warm and pleasant, but the city can get crowded in July and August. During the chilly winters Bratislava still twinkles and the cosy atmosphere attracts plenty of visitors over the festive period. Autumn is a good time book a cheap flight to Bratislava. The summer rush is over, the forests are a riot of colour and the city hosts internationally renowned jazz and classical music festivals. The cheapest time to visit, however, is spring as the city awakes from the dark winter and prepares for another busy summer.
There are plenty of ways to find a cheap flight to Bratislava when you book with Expedia, but it always pays to have some leeway in your schedule and to plan well in advance.
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Optimal flight times from UK cities to Bratislava include:
Bratislava Airport, officially named M. R. Stefanik Airport after a First World War general, lies 5.5 miles north of the city. It handles nearly 2 million passengers a year, and has plenty of shopping and dining options, plus ATM and currency exchange services and car rental options in the arrival hall.
The much larger Vienna International Airport over the border in Austria, is just 31 miles west of Bratislava and many flights from the UK will arrive here.
The two airlines that fly direct from the UK to Bratislava Airport are:
Several other operators, including easyJet, fly to airports near Bratislava, such as Vienna.
From Bratislava Airport there are regular buses into the city and taxis, shuttles are also available.
Bratislava has a good tram and bus network, but the centre is small enough to explore on foot. The Old Town is pedestrianised, so walking is the only real option here.
The most romantic way to see Bratislava is from the Danube, and there are plenty of options to take a boat trip through the city.
The city is easily navigable by car and there is plenty of parking, so renting a vehicle has its advantages and also allows you to explore beyond the city.
You can venture out of the city and explore Slovakia by train, or head to cities including Vienna, Budapest and Prague.
Bratislava is home to an impressive range of museums and art galleries, including the world class Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. It also has some more unusual attractions including the Museum of Clocks, housed in a wonderful Rococo-style building near the castle.
Overlooking Bratislava is the impressive castle, located on a strategic promontory between the Alps and the Carpathians. There have been fortifications here since 3500BC, but the huge rectangular building that now occupies the site a reconstruction of the 15th century castle that was destroyed by fire in 1811. Bratislava borders Austria and Hungary and the castle has views of three different countries.
Alongside the ancient architecture of Bratislava are curious relics of the Cold War era. Among them is the ‘UFO bridge’ over the Danube. Completed in 1972 the bridge has a saucer shaped structure atop its main pylon, which now home to a restaurant and observation deck.
When walking through the alleys of the pretty Old Town be sure to sample the local soft drink Kofola, which began life in the Cold War as an alternative to Western colas.
If you visit during the winter don’t miss the Christmas markets and try to get hold of a ticket to the ballet.