London to Slovakia by bus
These are the recommended coach operators & routes
|▼ Eurolines ▼||▼SAD Presov ▼|
Travel from London to the Slovak Republic by bus
Coaches from UK and mainland Europe run frequently to Bratislava and Slovakia. Currently, the international passenger transport market offers several operators for the coach connection between Great Britain and Slovakia and the most convenient are; Eurolines (with the London - Bratislava route) and Sad Presov (operates directly from London and several other cities to the most important centres in Slovakia). Bus or coach may seem the best kind of transport between London and Bratislava for most travellers.
Eurolines for Bratislava only
Eurolines offers several pairs of coaches every week between London and Bratislava. Travel time by coach from London to Bratislava is about 26-34 hours. Eurolines service to Slovakia is not a direct route, you need to change in Paris.
Sad Presov for destinations beyond Bratislava
Sad Presov is one of the largest Slovak companies in the long-distance coach traffic. The coach doesn’t serve Bratislava, but continues to other big towns and cities in the Slovak Republic. The quality of coaches is outstanding and prices aren’t high. One-way „Standard” ticket from London to Slovakia costs between £63-80. There are discounts on return tickets, as well as discounts for students, children and elderly people.
Sad Presov provides direct transport between London and also Sheffield, Leicester, Luton, Chatham, Dover with Trencin, Zilina, Ruzomberok, Poprad, Levoca, Presov, Kosice and Michalovce, Eurolines exclusively serves Bratyslawa in Slovakia from London. The cheapest way to travel to the Slovak Republic is definitely the coach. If you are on a tight budget, then taking the coach in Europe can offer some amazing cost savings.
Whilst offering excellent fares some of these coach companies featured offering a very high quality service - you can expect reclining seats, extra hold luggage, free wifi, sometimes they offer you free tea or coffee and you also have power sockets at each seat.
Booking in advance is highly recommended, especially if you want to travel during peak times (e.g. summer holiday/brake). You can book coach tickets directly with Sad Presov using the Infobus booking tool and Eurolines on their website
Travelling from outside London
Megabus and National Express have an expanded network in the UK so you can travelling not only from/to London, but from many other cities and towns in the UK. So you can get to or from London in one easy booking. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure and London as your start or final destination. Book your connecting travel through the National Express and Megabus websites.
Discover the Slovak Republic?
Explore the tourist attractions of Bratislava, you can start from four-towered castle on Castle Hill - the Bratislava - or the St. Martin's.
During a tour of the old town you can feel as if you lived in late Baroque style.
Just relax in the numerous parks and lakes of Bratislava. The proximity to the floodplain of the Danube, Bratislava is a very green city. Useful guides: Lonely Planet Publications
Useful links to coach timetables & fares
How to buy tickets & some helpful information
- How to buy coach tickets to Slovakia online?
- A special coach ticket for those living outside London
- How is the journey to Slovakia by coach?
- Are you looking for a budget hotel or hostel in Europe?
- Get a travel insurance for the journey to Slovakia
- Currency Exchange online
- Car rental in the Slovak Republic
- Book your Theme Park Tickets with the UK market leader! - AttractionTix
Trains & airlines from the UK to Slovakia
If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or flight services. If you want to travel from the Slovakia to Slovakia or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Voyages-sncf website, while good flights between Britain and Slovakia are recommend on the Budget Air’s website
Rail services in Europe are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at Voyages-sncf.com
Regular European air link services can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in Europe and worldwide.
To Slovakia by coach, see current international timetables & fares
|Departing||Coach times valid until 31/10/2018||Returning|
||Service operator||SAD PRESOV||EUROLINES|
||▼||Days of operation
||▼||Period(s) of operation||▲||1
|-||5:30||Dep.||BRADFORD, William Street||Arr.||18:00||-|
|-||6:50||Dep.||SHEFFIELD, Brown Street||Arr.||17:30||-|
|-||8:20||Dep.||LEICESTER, St. Margaret's Bus Station||Arr.||15:00||-|
|-||9:45||Dep.||LUTON, Bus Station (Town Centre)||Arr.||13:30||-|
||-||Dep.||LONDON, Victoria Coach Station||Arr.||-||21:00
|-||11:30||Dep.||LONDON, Victoria Green Line Coach Station||Arr.||12:00||-|
|-||12:40||Dep.||CHATHAM, Bus Station||Arr.||10:50||-|
||Dep.||DOVER, Eurolines, Check-In, Eastern Docks||Arr.||10:00||-|
|TRAIN||TRAIN||▼||CHANNEL CROSSING BY||▲
||▼||PARIS, Interchange only||▲||-
||▼||PARIS, Interchange only||▲||-
||▼||Transit via France, Belgium, Germany
|9:15||-||Arr.||BRATISLAVA, Coach Station, Miynske nivy 31||Dep.||-||18:30|
|-||-||Arr.||Transit via Hungary||Dep.||-||-|
|-||11:30||Arr.||TRENCIN, Bus Station||Dep.||13:30||-|
|-||12:45||Arr.||ZILINA, Bus Station||Dep.||12:15||-|
|-||13:45||Arr.||RUZEMBEROK, Bus Station||Dep.||10:35||-|
|-||15:15||Arr.||POPRAD, Bus Station||Dep.||9:35||-|
|-||15:45||Arr.||LEVOCA, Bus Station||Dep.||8:55||-|
|-||16:30||Arr.||PRESOV, Bus Station||Dep.||8:00||-|
|-||16:55||Arr.||KOSICE, Bus Station||Dep.||7:20
|-||17:50||Arr.||MICHALOVICE, Bus Station||Dep.||6:15||-|
M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
© = A change of coach is required in Paris
1 = No service 1.12.2018 to 31.12.2018, from 29.03.2019 to 01.04.2019
|Single||Return||Single||Return||Single||Return||UK to Slovakia|
||from £65||from £130||from £65||from £130||from £40||from £65||Slovakia to UK|
Sad Presov fares:
|Single||Return||Single||Return||Single||Return||UK to Slovakia|
||from £67||from £115||from £63||from £107||from £63||from £107||Slovakia to UK|
Sad Presov fares:
Age categories: Children: 0-12 years, Youth: 13-25 years, Seniors: 60+ years.
To purchase tickets online for the Eurolines service to/from Bratislava you can do it on the Eurolines EU website. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Early booking is highly recommended, because the Eurolines route between London and Bratislava is very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days. Passengers with open date return tickets, must confirm/reserve their return journey with a local Eurolines office at least 4 days before the date they wish to travel.
To purchase tickets online for the Sad Prasov link, you can do it directly through the Infobus booking tool. Use the special journey planner form, for the mentioned service to/from Slovakia. Anyone from any country can buy tickets this way. Do a dry run first to check prices and availability before booking for real.
Open the special journey planner and book from London or Sheffield, Leicester, Luton, Chatham, Dover to Trencin, Zilina, Ruzomberok, Poprad, Levoca, Presov, Kosice and Michalovce in Slovakia or back looking for the direct coach with 0 changes. The search results will also show cheap savings fares (if they will be available) or standard fares. You pay by debit or credit card and print out your own tickets. Easy! The prices shown are in Euros, EuropeBus recommends registering when it asks you before completing the purchase. Do the same with the Slovakia - London ticket.
Transport from London to Slovakia is carried out with traditional vehicles. All coaches have on-board toilet and washroom facilities, reclining seats and air-conditioning as standard.
Sometimes the coach that picks you up from your departure point has only the final destination displayed in the front windscreen. This is because the majority of international routes include multiple stops and it would be impractical to display every stop in the front windscreen. Also, you may have booked a journey which requires a change of coach. In both examples, please ask the driver to confirm that his/her coach is going to the destination stated on your ticket.
European coach operators put the safety and comfort of passengers in the first place, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom.
The Eurolines coach service to Bratislava departs from Victoria Coach Station in London which is located close to Victoria Underground and bus stations. However, the operator Sad Presov uses London Victoria Green Line Coach Station. Eurolines coaches arrive and derpart at Mlynske Nivy Bus Station in Bratislava.
Both carriers provide service to any person who has purchased a ticket. Number of tickets for the designated route is limited to the number of seats. Having a valid ticket guarantees you use of the service (seat on the coach), however it does not reserve any particular place.
Single and return tickets (with the indicated date and time) are for a specific journey, you cannot miss the departure, because you will lose the ticket.
Best to buy tickets well in advance. Operators have many discounts for those who decide to purchase tickets in advance. Constant, although a slight discount is provided for youth, elderly and disabled people. Up to 50% discount is provided for children. Unless you get a good promotional fare, return fares are much cheaper than two single fares each way.
- Before leaving home for your international service, check you have packed all documents and items needed for your journey, especially your ticket, passport (sometimes it is enough to travel with ID card) and if your journey requires a special visa to enter or transit.
- Arrive at the stations in London at least one hour before the departure time, as check-in proceedings are quite lengthy. Check-in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure.
- Your luggage should be marked tags bearing name, address and telephone. Please weigh your luggage at home.
- Never accept other persons luggage for transport! Should you notice any luggage left unattended, never touch it! Report the fact to the station’s service staff immediately. Never leave your luggage unattended!
- When approaching the check-in desk, have your passport and ticket ready. This will streamline the procedure.
- Border control & customs: When going through security check, place all metal items such as keys, watches, belts with large buckles, mobile phones, walkmans, small change etc in the boxes, and place them on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine together with your hand luggage & suitcases. It is advisable to place your overcoats in the boxes. This will streamline and facilitate security control.
- If needed, remember to take your doctor’s certificates.
Check-In at London Victoria Coach Station and London Victoria Green Line Coach Station
Check in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure. You should have your passports and other travel documents ready for inspection at check-in. A boarding card for each customer and luggage labels will be issued and customers will be advised from which gate their coach will leave. Check in time at other UK departure points is 30 minutes before departure. If the office for check-in is already closed, check-in takes place directly on the coach.
Check-In in Slovakia
All Eurolines coaches depart from Bratislava's international bus station Mlynske Nivy. The bus station is located in the eastern part of Bratislava city centre, about 15 minutes walk from Old Town Hall. You must check-in no later than 30 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Check-in closes 15 minutes before departure. If there’s no office for check-in, then check-in takes place directly on the coach. Services returning to London arrive in Victoria Coach Station’s arrivals terminal, customers making onward coach connections will need to cross the street to the Departures terminal
Once you get to Dover (for the ferry) or Folkestone (for the train) you’ll have to go through passport control – the driver or coach attendant will explain exactly where and when to get off. On entry at the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal, customers will be required to disembark from the vehicle and pass through both UK and French Border Control offices and show their passports. In Folkestone and on board the ferry you can find a restaurant, shops, bars, cafes, arcade games and loads of sitting spaces – so you can keep well entertained for the 1 hour 30-minute crossing.
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Will the international coach stop for a break?
Of course, on the majority of services. All international coach operators provide refreshment breaks on longer journeys, especially overnight services. The European law obliges the driver to take a break every four and a half hours.
Carriage of luggage
Each passenger is entitled to transport two pieces of primary luggage (suitcase, travel bag or backpack) of total weight not exceeding 30 kg with Eurolines, only one standard luggage is allowed with Sad Presov (25kg max).
In addition to the main luggage, the passenger has the right to carry one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 5kg. Luggage exceeding the limit as mentioned earlier can be transported with the crew’s consent only if there is enough space in the luggage hold.
For each additional luggage (1 piece, up to 25kg) or for exceeding the permissible weight of the primary baggage, the carrier shall charge a fee.
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