Bratislava is one of the youngest capitals in Europe, and also one of the smallest. Despite this, it has a rich history of a free royal coronation town of Pressburg and offers multiple opportunities how to spend time there. Bratislava has a unique location, it is the only capital in the world located on the border of three countries.Today, Bratislava is a major transport hub in Central Europe, and there are plenty possibilities of getting here.
If you are travelling to Bratislava, you can fly to the Bratislava airport (airport code: BTS) or the Vienna airport (airport code: VIE). The Vienna airport has considerably better offer of flights.
From Bratislava airport you can take a taxi (use the phone, it's cheaper), or take the bus #61 and then change to bus #39 at the Bajkalska station. Get off the bus at the station ZOO and simply follow the PyCon stickers up to the hill to the university campus.
If you travel via Vienna airport, there are direct and cheap bus connections from early morning till midnight. One way ticket costs about 8 EUR and if you buy in advance, the ticket may be considerably cheaper. There are three airport shuttle buses between Vienna airport and Bratislava: SlovakLines (red buses), Blaguss (silver buses) and RegioJet (Yellow busses).
All neighbouring capital cities Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Kyiv have direct bus connections.
Most of the buses will bring you to the main bus station - Mlynske Nivy. It is currently located in temporary location, so don't worry and keep calm if you arrive feeling like on construction site. Leave the area towards the blue oval building VUB (next to the building with BMW logo) where you find the station of city bus lines. Public transport is currently very limited due to the constructions. Even it is not shortest, we do recommend trolley bus to the main train station (and follow the instructions for train).
All neighboring capital cities Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Kyiv have direct train connections.
Once you arrive at the Bratislava train station (Bratislava hlavná stanica), leave the station through the main entrance. In front of the building, there are bus and tram stops. We recommend you to take the bus number 32 to the station ZOO. If you plan to use city lines more often, we recommend you to check the website imhd.sk for more information about the prices or the lines.
There are plenty of opportunities for accommodation in Bratislava. From coach surfing, Airbnb to hostels and five star hotels. Even though it is not the main tourist season, we advise you to book your accommodations in advance.
Bratislava offers much more than just PyCon. If you decide to stay in Bratislava a few days longer, have a look at M_P_ BA (alternative map of Bratislava) which lists popular attractions as well as unusual destinations within the city. Check out peoples' comments to find out about each location or event.
Or you can review the official city guide for visitors, where you can also find other events that are happening in Bratislava.