European Finance Association

51st Annual Meeting

Bratislava, Slovakia 21-24 August 2024


The Annual Meeting is taking place over two buildings located in the city center, one next to the other.

  • Palais de Bratislava – Slovak Philharmony Building (REDUTA) | See the map
  • Radisson Blu CARLTON Hotel | See the map

Getting to Bratislava City Centre from the airports

From Vienna Schwechat Airport

The most common airport for travelling from abroad to Bratislava is Vienna Schwechat Airport. From there, you can easily reach Bratislava directly by taking a bus operated by Slovak Lines. The bus departs from the airport every hour and takes less than an hour (CCA 60 km distance). You have two options to get off – either at the Most SNP bus stop, located right in the city centre and a 5-minute walk from the conference venue or at the Mlynské Nivy bus station (a 15-minute walk from the city centre).

Another possibility is to take a taxi. Please note that we do not have any contracted taxi service available. However, we can provide you with some tips on taxi services that you can use.

  1. You can use the regular taxi service at the arrival gate at Vienna Airport, and it will take you to Bratislava. We recommend companies like Vienna Airport Taxi or Kiwitaxi, which commonly operate from this airport.
  2. Another option is to book your ride in advance, preferably a couple of days before the time of your arrival. The fare for a ride from Vienna International Airport to the centre of Bratislava usually costs between 50 and 60 euros. Please find the links to the recommended taxi services below.

We suggest using either Uber or Bolt apps, both of which operate in Slovakia. Both of the apps are recommended, however,  Bolt might have shorter waiting times, due to better coverage.

From Bratislava Airport

The M. R. Štefánik Airport is a small airport located in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. Due to the proximity of the larger airport in Vienna, it is primarily used by low-cost airlines or for charter flights. However, direct flights to Bratislava are also available from some places in Europe. For instance, Ryanair offers direct flights to Bratislava from London, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Brussels, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Milan, Athens, Sofia, Istanbul, Malta, and Eindhoven.

We recommend using public transportation from the airport. Take bus number 61 and get off at the main railway station. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. From the railway station, take tram number 1, which goes directly to the city centre. It stops right next to the Carlton Hotel building on one side and the other side is the Reduta building.

Another option to get from Bratislava airport directly to your hotel or conference venue is to use a taxi service.

You can use the regular taxi service at the Airport.

However, we recommend using the Bolt application or Uber, which also operates in Slovakia. Enter your destination and select the offered car. The application will show you the exact price for the ride.

Travelling from Vienna Down Town to Bratislava by train (and vice versa)

It’s possible to catch a train almost every half hour, so if you miss a train, do not worry, there will be another one in a while.  Moreover, as mentioned before, all these trains are direct, therefore it is possible to travel from Bratislava to Vienna without having to change trains. Despite the high frequency of train connections, it’s good to know that there is no night train. The last train usually leaves the station around midnight, the first around four o’clock in the morning. There’s just one exception as one train from Vienna leaves after midnight. So if you need to get from Vienna to Bratislava (or vice versa) at night, we recommend choosing a taxi.

Please note that trains from Vienna do not stop at the main railway station in Bratislava but at the Petržalka railway station located in the Petržalka district. You can then reach the city centre by taking bus number 93. The bus journey takes less than 10 minutes.

Distance: 55 km, approx. 60-90 km by train
Departure/Arrival stations: Wien Hbf. – Bratislava – Petrzalka st.
Travel time: about 1 hour
Direct train: yes
Frequency of train connections: high, almost every half hour
Timetable: available by Slovak Railway Company (ZSSK), ÖBB or Omio, which aggregates all the options
Ticket price: ca. from €10 / €14 / €18 (depending on more criteria, e.g. train type, departure/arrival station, ticket seller, special offers)
Ticket purchase: online via or directly at the railway station

Getting to Bratislava City Centre from the Bratislava Main Bus Station

Bus no. 70

Take the bus n. 70 to the city centre. Get off at the stop called Nám. Ľ. Štúra.

From this stop, within a 5-minute walk, are – Reduta and Carlton (conference venues) and also the hotels Devín, and Park Inn. Continue taking Tram No. 4 and alight at Chatam Sófer stop to reach Hotel River Park.

Trolleybus no. 40

Take no. 40 to go to the Sheraton Hotel. Get off at the Nové SND (New Slovak National Theatre) stop. The Sheraton Hotel will be right in front of you as part of the Eurovea shopping centre complex.


To reach another hotel, it would be easier to take a Bolt taxi (via the Bolt app) or Uber taxi (via the app).

Getting to Bratislava City Centre from the Bratislava Main Railway Station

Within walking distance from the main railway station, there are two hotels: Hotel Matyšák (5 min.) and Hotel Clarion (3 min.). Other hotels are located in the city centre. The city centre is a 15-20 minute walk from the main station.

You can either use public transportation or hire a taxi to the hotel. However, we suggest that you do not take the taxi service parked at the station. Instead, you can book a taxi through the Bolt application on your smartphone. This way, you can see the duration of the journey and the cost you will be charged beforehand.

Tram no.1*

To get to the city centre, you can take Tram No. 1.

If you are staying at Crowne Plazza or Marriott hotels, exit tram number 1 at the Poštová stop, both hotels will be directly in front of you.

If you are staying at Carlton, Devín, or Park Inn hotels, you should exit tram number 1 at the last stop, which is the eighth one and called Námestie Ľ. Štúra. This stop is very close to all three hotels mentioned. Moreover, the Conference Venue, the Reduta building, is located around 50 meters from this stop.

If you are staying at the Grand Hotel River Park, you can take tram number 1 from the main railway station. Once you board the tram, you should get off at the stop named Nám. Ľ. Štúra. After getting off, you should look for the stop with the same name, which will be behind you. There, you can board tram number 4 and travel for two stops. You should get off at the Chatam Sófer stop. Your hotel will be right in front of you.

Bus no.93*

If you plan on staying at the Ibis Hotel, you can take bus number 93 from the main railway station. Once on the bus, you need to get off at the third stop, which is called Zochova. Your Ibis hotel is easily visible on the same side of the road as the bus stop. 

Trolleybus no. 40*

If you are staying at the Sheraton hotel, board trolleybus number 40 in front of the main train station and get off at the last stop, called Nové SND (The New Slovak National Theatre). The Sheraton Hotel will be right in front of you as part of the Eurovea shopping centre complex.

*How to buy a public transport ticket in Bratislava

The first option is to purchase tickets from machines located at stops (payment is mostly possible with coins, and some machines also accept credit cards).

The second option is to pay with a credit card at the terminal directly on the vehicle of the public transport system. This involves contactless payment – you can pay with a card, mobile phone, or smartwatch.