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  • Location:Vienna, Austria
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

Bratislava Castle, the Grassalkovich Palace, Michael’s Gate and several other landmarks are on the itinerary of this sightseeing tour of Bratislava, Slovakia, just an hour’s drive from central Vienna. A knowledgeable guide will share historic details and entertaining commentary about this pretty city’s main sights. If you’d like, upgrade your return to Vienna via a high-speed catamaran along the Danube River!


  • Sightseeing day trip to Bratislava from Vienna
  • Take a guided walking tour of Bratislava’s highlights, including Bratislava Castle, Grassalkovich Palace, Michael’s Gate and more
  • Spend free time enjoying lunch and exploring Bratislava’s hidden gems
  • Upgrade to enjoy a high-speed catamaran cruise on the Danube River!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With just a one-hour drive, you get the opportunity to see the capital of Slovakia. I strongly recommend upgrading to the high-speed catamaran trip back to Vienna on the Danube -- it's an exciting ride that gives you a different perspective on this historic city.

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What You Can Expect

Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

After being transported from your Vienna hotel, you’ll be taken to a central Vienna meeting point to board an air-conditioned coach and travel for about an hour through lovely Austrian countryside to Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital.

Once you arrive in Bratislava, meet a local expert who will guide you on a walking tour of Old Town, with stops at medieval Michael’s Gate and hilltop Bratislava Castle, which dates back to the Stone Age. Still more Old Town sights include Grassalkovich Palace, which was a summer residence for an 18th-century count. In its heyday, the Hungarian aristocrats gathered at this massive rococo-style palace. But that’s not the only palace on your itinerary; you’ll also want to snap photos of the beautiful Primate's Palace, also built in the 18th century.

After you enjoy your included box lunch, take some time at your leisure to stroll around town, perhaps visiting a coffeehouse, shopping for souvenirs or checking out another cultural site. With your guide, visit the Slovak National Theatre and St Martin’s Cathedral, where Hungarian emperors were once crowned in elaborate ceremonies. Keep your eyes peeled for the quirky life-size bronze statues located in various spots around Old Town Bratislava — some more hidden than others.

Once your sightseeing tour comes to an end, you’ll board your coach for the drive back to Vienna, where your full-day excursion ends at Vienna’s State Opera House.

Or, for a more exciting return to Austria’s capital, upgrade your tour to travel via high-speed catamaran. With this option, you’ll sail along the famous Danube River for an unusual perspective of the landscapes from the water. Your catamaran ride will take you through Donau-Auen National Park before your tour ends at Schwedenplatz in Vienna.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour. The morning is spent with a guide who did a great job of explaining the history of the city to us. After the free lunch which was satisfactory, we had plenty of free time to explore the city on our own. After reading all the comments on here, I opted to take the boat ride back. While it was neat, there were long stretches of it where there was nothing interesting to see at all. If you are on a budget, I recommend just taking the bus back, which is faster anyway.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a good time, though the included meal was not at a great place. The guide was excellent and he made a real effort to ensure that we saw Bratislava and understood what we were seeing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent day trip to Bratislava....confortable coach journey,excellent guide and lovely boat trip back to Vienna,although we were so lucky with weather!! Everything went very smoothly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

1 hour from Vienna. Very quick tour seeing the parts of old toen Bratislava. I would probably do another tor for at least 2 days, but this tour opened my eyes to a beautiful city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

While in vienna it s rude not to nip to bratislava, a very different city to vienna but we'll worth a visit the tour guide was good and the boat trip back was brilliant

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

was very nice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour - I loved the Bratislava.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Hotel pick-up was on time. Bus took us to Bratislava and tour guide was decent. She spoke good English and Spanish. I would recommend the boat on the way back so you have more time to explore on your own. Boat ride was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Recommended! Great way to visit a small city. went back by Catamarã, best choice ever!!

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