Flights to Bratislava: Flights from the UK to Slovakia
Airlines flying to Bratislava from which airports in the UK?
Since emerging as a popular short-break destination for British travellers looking for an unspoiled alternative to neighbouring Prague, a number of routes from the UK to Bratislava have opened up.
From London, direct flights to the Slovak capital are available from both Luton and Stansted airports, with travellers therefore able to compare airline ticket prices to find the best price out of the capital.
At the same time, competition from the Midlands is also strong, with direct flights to Bratislava leaving from Birmingham and East Midlands airports.
From England, flights are also available from Bristol and Manchester airports, while flyers north of the border have the option of departing from Edinburgh.
Airlines flying from the UK to Bratislava
Despite the wide range of departure airports on offer to UK flyers, just two airlines currently offer direct international flights to Bratislava.
Low-cost carrier Ryanair offers by far the widest variety of flight options, departing to the Slovak capital from London, the Midlands, the south-west of England and Scotland.
At the same time, fellow budget airline Sky Europe offers direct flights from both Luton and Manchester, with this helping to keep competition high and airline ticket prices down, particularly for those passengers able to take advantage of e-tickets.
Where is Bratislava in the Slovak Republic?
Situated in the south-west of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava straddles the mighty Danube River.
The capital, which is also by some way the largest city in the country, is located right on the borders with Austria and Hungary, with Bratislava and Vienna Europe's closest neighbouring capitals, at just 37 miles apart.
With flights between the UK and Bratislava taking less than two hours, no stopovers are currently offered on international flights.
However, the city's proximity to a number of other top European highlights, including the cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest, means that many travellers opt to use it as a base for a tour of the region, with a boat trip down the Danube extremely popular during the summer months.
Things to see and do in Bratislava
As with Prague, Bratislava offers the visitor a stunning array of Medieval architecture, with many of the most significant buildings having escaped the ravages of the 20th century wars relatively unscathed.
Fortunately for tourists, most of the highlights are concentrated in the Old Town, including the Town Hall complex, which dates back around 600 years, as well as the University Library, the majestic Grassalkovich Palace, the Archiepiscopal Palace and the imposing Gothic splendour of St Martin's Cathedral.
Other top attractions include the Bratislava Castle, which looms over the city, as well as the old Jewish Cemetery, both of which can be easily visited from a majority of the best Bratislava hotels.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of what is also a dynamic, modern European capital, a number of national parks and forests are just an hour outside of the centre, while at night, visitors have the option of sampling some of Slovakia's famed
beers, or else exploring the city's still-strong folk traditions, including dancing and music.