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Introduction to Bratislava's fare conditions

When buying tickets for the public transport in Bratislava, there are several different options to consider. The two common properties of all tickets are that they can be used for an unlimited number of journeys within their time validity and are valid for all routes* in their respective fare zones, including night routes.

Apart from public transport routes 1 to 212, all tickets sold by IDS BK (Integrated Transit System of the Bratislava Region) are also valid on local trains (category Os) and regional express trains (category REx) operated by ZSSK, trains running between Bratislava and Kvetoslavov operated by RegioJet and regional bus routes 215 and higher operated by Slovak Lines bus company in fare zones of the Bratislava region. Exceptions are SMS tickets and prepaid tickets on contactless cards, which are only valid on municipal routes 1 to 212.

* Route 801 has its own fare conditions.

Tickets for passengers

Tickets can be divided into several groups based on four different criteria, all of which are described in the subsections below.

Ticket types

In Bratislava and its adjacent region, tickets for the municipal transport and the regional bus transport can be purchased in four different ways:

  • Paper tickets – sold in yellow or red ticket machines on most stops, at operators' ticket offices and most news agencies and have to be validated upon entering any public transport vehicle
  • Electronic tickets – sold directly in public transport vehicles in ticket validators, in which case an operator-activated card is required, or in the IDS BK smartphone app
  • Prepaid tickets – sold at operators' ticket offices or online, in which case either an operator-activated card (for any fare zones), or a contactless debit card (for zones 100 and 101 only) is required
  • SMS tickets – purchased by sending an SMS message and receiving a virtual ticket before boarding (zones 100 and 101 only, no reduced fare available, luggage fare included, for Slovak network carrier users only)

Fare types

The default fare available for everyone regardless of their age or health conditions is the full fare. For specific age categories and people with health disabilities, a reduced fare is available, which offers a 50% discount on all tickets. It is neccessary to show a verification card during a ticket inspection. The chart below describes the types of passengers, for whom the reduced fare is available.

Passenger type Required verification
Children 6 to 15 years of age (incl.) None
Students up to 25 years of age (incl.) Student card (ISIC)
Adults from 62 years of age (incl.) Identity card

Additionally, children up to 5 years of age (incl.) are allowed to travel on the public transport for free.

Fare zones

The entirety of the Bratislava region is divided into fare zones, which determine the fare a passenger must pay before travelling between them. They can use their ticket for an unlimited number of journeys by city buses, trolleybuses, trams, regional buses and trains during its time validity, but cannot exceed the number of zones travelled, which ticket is valid for, including zones, which they only pass through. In a sentence, a passenger must pay for each zone they enter.

The only exception in the fare zone rules is zone 100. This fare zone behaves just like any other zone when only travelling between the municipal zones, 100 and 101. When leaving the zone 101 area and continuing further towards zones numbered 200 and higher, zone 100 counts as two zones. Examples:

  • When travelling from zone 100 to 101 and back, a two-zone ticket is enough, because no zones numbered 200 or higher were entered
  • When travelling from zone 100 to 219 via 101, a four-zone ticket is required, because zone 100 has to be counted twice
  • When travelling from zone 215 to 235 via 225, a three-zone ticket is required, because there is no zone to be counted twice
Basically, the number of available zones does not matter for municipal journeys.

Time validity

The duration of the ticket's validity goes hand-in-hand with the zone validity, because not all combinations of time and zone validity are available. Based on this, all tickets can be further divided into three subcategories:

  • Single-trip tickets – valid from 15 minutes up to 3 hours
  • All-day tickets – valid from 24 hours up to 7 days
  • Prepaid tickets – valid from 7 days up to 1 year

Single-trip tickets

These tickets can be purchased in a paper or electronic form. The benefit of paper tickets is their guaranteed validity – this means that if a direct journey with no transfers is scheduled to take 15 minutes, it is enough to purchase a 15-minute ticket regardless of possible delays acquired during the journey. It is very important to be sure about the schedule. This does not apply to electronic tickets, but these offer a 10% discount compared to their identical paper alternatives.

There are several different time validity alternatives when purchasing single-trip tickets. The chart below shows all possible durations, numbers of zones and their prices.

Time validity Fare zones Full fare Reduced fare
15 minutes 2 zones 0.70 € 0.35 €
30 minutes 2 zones 0.90 € 0.45 €
60 minutes 3 zones 1.20 € 0.60 €
60 minutes 4 zones 1.50 € 0.75 €
90 minutes 5 zones 1.80 € 0.90 €
90 minutes 6 zones 2.10 € 1.05 €
120 minutes 7 zones 2.30 € 1.15 €
120 minutes 8 zones 2.50 € 1.25 €
150 minutes 9 zones 2.80 € 1.40 €
150 minutes 10 zones 3.10 € 1.55 €
180 minutes Unlimited 3.60 € 1.80 €

Some of the tickets above cannot be purchased in ticket machines at public transport stops, yet all of them are available at operators' ticket offices, most news agencies and can also be purchased electronically, either directly in the vehicle right after boarding or at a platform right before getting on a train, by selecting a ticket on a nearby validator's touchscreen and touching an operator-activated card with enough credit on it, or in the IDS BK app for iOS and Android by selecting a ticket and paying by credit or debit card right in-app. When buying tickets in the app, it is strongly recommended to proceed the payment at least a minute before boarding.

Also, due to fair treatment of short-distance commuters, single-zone tickets are not available in neither paper nor electronic form.

More information on where to buy specific types of tickets can be found here.

Additionally, when travelling as a group of 10 or more people, a 30-minute 2-zone group ticket for 9.00 € (full fare) / 4.50 € (reduced fare) is available. The cost of buying 10 individual tickets is the same, but validating a single ticket can save time when boarding and speed up the transport for everyone. Also, such tickets can be bought more easily and get gradually more efficient the more people travel together.

All-day tickets

These tickets can also be purchased in a paper or electronic form. The electronic form, apart from offering a 10% discount compared to its identical paper alternative, it is more reliable for longer periods of time, as paper tickets may tear, moisten or get lost more easily.

Just as with single-trip tickets, there are more time and zone options to consider. The chart below shows all of them.

Time validity Fare zones Full fare Reduced fare
24 hours 100 & 101 3.50 € 1.75 €
24 hours Unlimited 6.90 € 3.45 €
72 hours 100 & 101 8.00 € 4.00 €
168 hours 100 & 101 11.40 € 5.70 €

The 24-hour ticket for 3.50 € can also serve as a family ticket on Saturdays, Sundays and other non-working days. The single ticket is valid for up to two adults and up to three children, but at least one of each has to be present. The ticket is not valid for two adults with no children, neither is it valid for two or more children with no adults.

The 72- and 168-hour tickets (3- and 7-day tickets) cannot be purchased in ticket machines at public transport stops, yet it is available at operators' ticket offices, most news agencies and can also be purchased electronically, along with the 24-hour options, either directly in the vehicle right after boarding, or at a platform right before getting on a train, or in the IDS BK app for iOS and Android. When buying tickets in the app, it is strongly recommended to proceed the payment at least a minute before boarding.

The 168-hour ticket can also be purchased in the form of a 7-day prepaid ticket, which is slightly cheaper.

Prepaid tickets

Prepaid tickets are the most effective option for passengers who travel regularly. They can either be purchased for a specific person for their basic price, or for any single person, which is more expensive. Within the duration of the prepaid ticket, the passenger may travel unlimitedly by any means, including both municipal transport (city buses, trolleybuses and trams) and regional transport (regional buses and trains of categories Os and REx within the owner-defined fare zones.

Apart from operators' ticket offices, prepaid tickets can also be purchased on the internet.

The fare policy of all prepaid tickets is based around a common principle – the longer the time validity, the lower the price per day. The chart below shows an example of the daily price decrease for different time validities.

Time validity Price per day Effectiveness
7 days 1.97 €
30 days 1.19 € +40%
90 days 1.07 € +11%
365 days 0.97 € +9%

Similarly to non-prepaid tickets, full fare prepaid tickets are available for everyone regardless of their age or health conditions and for students up to the age of 25, adults over the age of 62 and people with health disabilities, a reduced fare is available, which offers a 50% discount on prepaid tickets. Citizens over the age of 70 have a right for being issued a SeniorPas, a free-of-charge 365-day all-zone ticket. Bratislava City Card holders are offered an additional 10% discount from the price of the prepaid ticket.

Even though single-trip and all-day tickets do not have their zones explicitely specified, that is not the case with prepaid tickets, which have to be bought with exact specifications for fare zones. Each prepaid ticket has its valid fare zones, which are defined by the owner when purchasing the ticket, and it is not valid in other zones.

The full fares of prepaid tickets for a specific person can be found in the following table.

Fixed zones Additional zones 7 days 30 days 90 days 365 days
100 & 101 None 10.40 € 26.90 € 72.30 € 264.20 €
100 101 1 zone of choice 13.80 € 35.80 € 96.40 € 352.30 €
100 101 2 zones of choice 17.20 € 44.80 € 120.40 € 440.40 €
100 101 3 zones of choice 20.70 € 53.70 € 144.50 € 528.40 €
100 101 4 zones of choice 22.90 € 59.50 € 160.20 € 585.70 €
100 101 5 zones of choice 24.80 € 64.40 € 173.40 € 634.10 €
100 101 6 zones of choice 27.90 € 72.50 € 195.10 € 713.40 €
100 101 7 zones of choice 31.00 € 80.50 € 216.80 € 792.60 €
None 1 zone of choice* 5.20 € 13.50 € 36.20 € 132.10 €
None 2 zones of choice 8.60 € 22.40 € 60.20 € 220.20 €
None 3 zones of choice 10.40 € 26.90 € 72.30 € 264.20 €
None 4 zones of choice 13.80 € 35.80 € 96.40 € 352.30 €
None 5 zones of choice 17.20 € 44.80 € 120.40 € 440.40 €
None 6 zones of choice 20.70 € 53.70 € 144.50 € 528.40 €
None 7 zones of choice 22.90 € 59.50 € 160.20 € 585.70 €
None 8 zones of choice 24.80 € 64.40 € 173.40 € 634.10 €
None 9 zones of choice 27.90 € 72.50 € 195.10 € 713.40 €
None 10 zones of choice 31.00 € 80.50 € 216.80 € 792.60 €
all of the IDS BK fare zones 36.00 € 93.50 € 251.70 € 920.30 €

For passengers, whom the reduced fare applies to (children, students, elderly people), reduced fares are available as follows.

Fixed zones Additional zones 7 days 30 days 90 days 365 days
100 & 101 None 5.20 € 13.45 € 36.15 € 132.10 €
100 101 1 zone of choice 6.90 € 17.90 € 48.20 € 176.15 €
100 101 2 zones of choice 8.60 € 22.40 € 60.20 € 220.20 €
100 101 3 zones of choice 10.35 € 26.85 € 72.25 € 264.20 €
100 101 4 zones of choice 11.45 € 29.75 € 80.10 € 292.85 €
100 101 5 zones of choice 12.40 € 32.20 € 86.70 € 317.05 €
100 101 6 zones of choice 13.95 € 36.25 € 97.55 € 356.70 €
100 101 7 zones of choice 15.50 € 40.25 € 108.40 € 396.30 €
None 1 zone of choice* 2.60 € 6.75 € 18.10 € 66.05 €
None 2 zones of choice 4.30 € 11.20 € 30.10 € 110.10 €
None 3 zones of choice 5.20 € 13.45 € 36.15 € 132.10 €
None 4 zones of choice 6.90 € 17.90 € 48.20 € 176.15 €
None 5 zones of choice 8.60 € 22.40 € 60.20 € 220.20 €
None 6 zones of choice 10.35 € 26.85 € 72.25 € 264.20 €
None 7 zones of choice 11.45 € 29.75 € 80.10 € 292.85 €
None 8 zones of choice 12.40 € 32.20 € 86.70 € 317.05 €
None 9 zones of choice 13.95 € 36.25 € 97.55 € 356.70 €
None 10 zones of choice 15.50 € 40.25 € 108.40 € 396.30 €
all of the IDS BK fare zones 18.00 € 46.75 € 125.85 € 460.15 €

Prepaid tickets can also be purchased to be used by any specific person, one at a time. The slightly higher prices of these can be found in the table below.

Fixed zones Additional zones 7 days 30 days 90 days 365 days
100 & 101 None 13.60 € 35.00 € 94.00 € 343.50 €
100 101 1 zone of choice 18.00 € 46.60 € 125.40 € 458.00 €
100 101 2 zones of choice 22.40 € 58.30 € 156.60 € 572.60 €
100 101 3 zones of choice 27.00 € 69.90 € 187.90 € 687.00 €
100 101 4 zones of choice 29.80 € 77.40 € 208.30 € 761.50 €
100 101 5 zones of choice 32.30 € 83.80 € 225.50 € 824.40 €
100 101 6 zones of choice 36.30 € 94.30 € 253.70 € 927.50 €
100 101 7 zones of choice 40.30 € 104.70 € 281.90 € 1030.40 €
None 1 zone of choice* 6.80 € 17.60 € 47.10 € 171.80 €
None 2 zones of choice 11.20 € 29.20 € 78.30 € 286.30 €
None 3 zones of choice 13.60 € 35.00 € 94.00 € 343.50 €
None 4 zones of choice 18.00 € 46.60 € 125.40 € 458.00 €
None 5 zones of choice 22.40 € 58.30 € 156.60 € 572.60 €
None 6 zones of choice 27.00 € 69.90 € 187.90 € 687.00 €
None 7 zones of choice 29.80 € 77.40 € 208.30 € 761.50 €
None 8 zones of choice 32.30 € 83.80 € 225.50 € 824.40 €
None 9 zones of choice 36.30 € 94.30 € 253.70 € 927.50 €
None 10 zones of choice 40.30 € 104.70 € 281.90 € 1030.40 €
all of the IDS BK fare zones 46.80 € 121.60 € 327.30 € 1196.40 €

Note: there is no reduced fare available for tickets not specified to an exact person.

* This applies to fare zones numbered 200 and higher. Neither zone 100 nor zone 100 can be purchased alone.

SMS tickets

If none of the options mentioned above is available for the passenger, they can still use an SMS ticket, of which there are three main durations, as shown in the following table.

Time validity Fare (full only) How to buy?
40 minutes 1.00 € send any character to 1140
70 minutes 1.30 € send any character to 1100
24 hours 4.50 € send any character to 1124

Similarly to paper and electronic tickets, the SMS tickets are valid for all types of transport at all times, including at night, within zone 100 and 101. Additionally, it includes luggage fare, which would have otherwise had to be paid separately. Unfortunately, no reduced fare is available for SMS tickets.

The passenger must receive an SMS back with a specific ticket code before boarding – the SMS ticket is not valid until then. Please note that this may take up to several minutes, but it usually takes about a minute. In case the ticket has not been delivered within 2 minutes, it may be beneficial to send any character to 1101 to receive a duplicate ticket. This is also neccessary if the passenger accidentally deletes the SMS with the ticket.

Note: some foreign cellular connection providers may not support this service. In such case, it is neccessary to purchase a regular ticket.

Luggage fare

For commuters travelling with luggage, a separate luggage ticket is required. Such tickets are sold in yellow or red ticket machines on most stops, at operators' ticket offices and most news agencies for 0.35 € – they are exactly the same tickets as the reduced fare ones for 15 minutes, except – they are valid for 180 minutes in all zones.

Such tickets are also neccessary for animals and bicycles.

Fines

If a commuter is unable to show a valid ticket, they will be requested to pay a fine for disobeying the fare conditions of Bratislava's municipal transport system. If a ticket inspection is launched, the ticket validators are out of service and tickets can be neither purchased nor validated. The entire inspection process is recorded.

The passenger has to pay the price of a full fare 15-minute ticket plus:

  • 50 € for travelling without a valid ticket
  • 5 € for not being able to show any verification for reduced fare
  • 5 € for not paying additional fares for luggage, animals or bicycles

All fines can be paid directly in the vehicle by cash or a debit card. If none of these options are possible for the passenger, they have to show a valid ID card to the ticket inspector and will be issued a document requesting the payment. This can be done:

  • At Dopravný podnik Bratislava headquarters at Olejkárska 1 by cash or debit card
  • In select ticket offices (at Hlavná stanica, the main railway station, and in the public subway at Hodžovo námestie)

Note: the 50 € fine will be raised to 70 € if not paid within 10 days after the fine had been issued.


16th Feb 2020
-Richard Bonde-

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