Most towns have some kind of tourist office
), usually with English-speaking staff. In summer they’re generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2pm; in winter they tend to close an hour earlier and all day Sunday. Maps
are available from tourist offices, bookshops and some hotels. The Slovak for town plan is plán mesta
slovakia.org Political, historical, cultural and economic information.
slovakia.travel Tourist information in a variety of languages with travel tips and event information.
spectator.sme.sk English-language weekly with news and listings.
slovak-republic.org Upcoming events and attractions as well as other travel information.
You’ll find an internet café
in most towns; the average charge is €3 per hour.
Most post offices
) open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. You can buy stamps (známky
) from tobacconists (trafika
) and street kiosks, and it’s also worth asking in anywhere that sells postcards.
Money and banks
The euro was introduced in Slovakia in 2009. Credit
and debit cards
are accepted in upmarket hotels and restaurants and some shops, and there are plenty of ATMs
in larger towns. Exchange offices
) can be found in big hotels, travel agencies and department stores, but it’s usually better value to change your money in a bank. To get a student discount
(which is often as much as fifty percent) you’ll need an ISIC, as most places won’t accept your university ID card.