Paisley can get a bit dreary. Yes, the temperate months are nice. But lately, the summers have been getting hotter and the winters have been getting colder. University towns are wonderful, sure. But sometimes a holiday is just what you need.
Have you ever been to Bratislava? The Slovak Republic is beautiful. With character and cobblestones, it’s a wonderful change of pace from the day in and day out of Scotland life. If you’re planning out your next holiday, you should definitely choose Bratislava. The next question is: “how on Earth are we supposed to get there?” Not all of us can fly private into M. R. Štefánik Airport.
Fortunately, there’s a few good options that can fit any budget.
The Most Efficient Way
The first thing you need to find is a flight out. Fortunately, Glasgow Airport is just down the way. There are always relatively cheap flights going around the continent. You just have to catch a sale. Plan out your trip a good few months in advance so that you can shop around for the best deals. Out of all the possible options, a flight out to Vienna would most likely be the most cost effective. It’s close to Slovakia, it has regular flights in and out, and getting a taxi from Vienna airport to Bratislava is much easier than any other means. While traveling, the less steps, the better, and the taxi is a perfect budget means to get to Bratislava without having to use public transportation. If you have to make complicated things happen, you’re most likely wasting precious time. Taxis are ideal.
Aside from taxis, you can get to Bratislava in a few other ways. For one, the train leaves from Vienna to Bratislava every hour. For an individual with a completely lean budget, this could be an option. It’s about 12 Euro one-way and takes a little over an hour. This may be a good option if you’re backpacking, or you want to see the sights along the way.
The only issue would be space. It’s a very popular route, and someone with massive pieces of luggage wouldn’t be able to really move with ease around said train. There are areas for bags, but they’re usually full. Another concern would be the enclosed space with a good number of people. Regardless, it’s a reliable and convenient means to get there on a budget.
If the budget allows for it, you can always rent a car. There’s a ton of options in and around the Vienna airport. If you want to move in style and luxury, renting a car is the way to go. You have full control over the time you spend, with available stops in between, if you so choose. If you haven’t driven in the EU before, it might be a bit difficult to navigate. You also need an international driver’s permit. But with enough time, money, and an adventurous spirit, you’ll figure it out.
Traveling out of Scotland to the Slovak Republic is always a good time. A change of pace and scenery is completely unmatched. You can relax, let the day take you wherever it may lead, and recharge. You might not want to go back home.