Smolenice is conveniently located, 40 km from the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava, and approximately 100 km from the city of Vienna. Those flying with Ryanair, Danube Wings or Czech Airlines will land directly at Bratislava Airport. Those flying with EasyJet or any of the national airways will land at Vienna-Schwechat Airport. We will organize (based on demand) a bus collecting conference participants from the airports in Vienna and Bratislava on Saturday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 11 am and 7 pm. Times are given for the departure from Vienna. Participants landing in Bratislava should add 1 hour to the departure times of the conference bus. Tickets from Vienna will cost 10 Euro all the way to Smolenice and 5 Euro from Bratislava. More adventurous travellers can use a convenient bus connection between Vienna Airport and Bratislava Bus Station (BBS) operated by EuroLines/SlovakLines. A connecting bus to Smolenice (SlovakLines) leaves BBS approx. every 40 minutes. Schedules could be found at www.cp.sk (also available in English and German).
Some of you may wish to take the opportunity to visit the cities of Budapest or Prague prior to the workshop. From Prague, you can reach Bratislava by train. These trains are operated by Czech Railways, meet EC standards for trains and usually run on time. It takes approx. 4 hours to get to Bratislava from Prague by train. The train stops en route in the city of Brno, another beauty-spot worth the visit. From Budapest (the city of springs and bath-houses), it takes approximately 3 hours to get to Bratislava by train. EC trains are equivalent in quality and price to those coming to Bratislava from Prague. Fans of boats and romantic river sailing can also reach Bratislava by speed boat from Vienna. It takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes by TwinCityLiner (price 19 to 33 Euro) or 1 hour 40 minutes by the somewhat slower Slovak boats (18 Euro). Another possibility is to sail from Budapest to Bratislava by hydrofoil boat. However, in this case, details must be arranged with a travel-agent.
For comfort-seekers, the whole trip including flight tickets can be arranged by the official travel-agent of the conference, PROtour. We guarantee that they will help you to find the easiest, the most comfortable, and the most budget-friendly travel arrangements, perfectly matching your requirements. Once in Smolenice, it is impossible to miss the castle, which you will reach after a few minutes walk.
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