Car Hire at Bratislava Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Slovakia may be a small country but it has plenty to offer visitors. When you hire a car at Bratislava Airport you have the freedom to wander secluded hiking trails, hit the slopes at some of Europe’s most underrated winter sports areas, and explore quaint cobblestoned towns.
Where to hire a car at Bratislava Airport
Buchbinder, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Eurocar, Sixt and Alwe all offer car rental from Bratislava Airport. They all have desks inside the arrivals terminal of the airport.
Petrol stations near Bratislava Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are two OMV filling stations on the D1 road: one if you’re approaching from the south, and one from the north. Although there are other petrol stations nearby these are the most convenient places to fill your tank on the way back to the airport.
Driving around Bratislava Airport
The D1 motorway passes the airport, and is one of the first roads you will encounter. It’s one of Slovakia’s major arteries, running all the way from Bratislava to the Ukrainian border. Although the sections around Bratislava are exempt, a vignette sticker is required to use most of the road. You can pick these up at most petrol stations, post offices, and banks. a ten day vignette costs €10 (about £7.20) and a monthly one costs €14 (about £10).
Getting to your destination
With its atmospheric old town, fantastic arts spaces, and beautiful location at the base of the Small Carpathians, Bratislava is a city worth exploring.
It only takes 15 minutes to drive into Bratislava from the airport. Many hotels in Bratislava have car parks, perfect if you’re planning on staying overnight. If you’re just visiting the city for a few hours you will find plenty of secure underground car parks where you can leave your vehicle. Alternatively you can park on the street and buy a ticket from one of the wardens. Just look for the guys wearing yellow jackets. If there aren’t any about, you can pick one up from a newsstand. They cost 80c (about 57p) for an hour.
One of our favourite budget ski resorts, Jasna is a seriously underrated winter destination. With cheap food, beer, accommodation, and lift tickets, it’s a top option for money conscious sport enthusiasts.
It takes about three hours to drive to Jasna from Bratislava Airport. Free Park & Ride car parks serving the resort can be found in Chopok. During the winter you will need snow chains for the journey: make sure these are included in your car rental agreement.
Imperial architecture, great coffee scene, and a music history dotted with great names, Vienna is the dream destination for every culture vulture.
If you can’t find any cheap flights to Vienna, you can always fly to Bratislava and drive the rest of the way. Vienna is just an hour’s drive away. Many hotels in Vienna have guest car parking, and can also offer free 15 minute parking vouchers if you need to drive into the city centre. You can only park in the central districts (one to nine) for up to two hours, at a rate of €1 (about 73p) for half an hour. Parking is regulated with scratch-card parking tickets, which you can pick up from petrol stations, tobacco shops, cigarette machines, and Wiener Linien machines.
Prices subject to change