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See Slovakia’s vibrant capital city on this day trip from Vienna to Bratislava. Led by an expert guide, explore the city’s top attractions, including Michael’s Gate, Bratislava Castle and Grassalkovich Palace. Afterward, enjoy lunch and some free time to wander on your own. Upgrade your ticket to return to Vienna on a scenic Danube River cruise via high-speed catamaran.


  • 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 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

Your day trip will begin with pickup from your hotel in Vienna. Hop aboard a cozy coach and journey east through the Austrian countryside toward Bratislava. As you go, soak up the stunning landscape as you cross the border into Slovakia.

Meet your local guide in Bratislava, making your way to the city’s Old Town for a walking tour. Learn the rich history behind the city as you pass top attractions and architectural gems. See Bratislava Castle, dating back to the Stone Age, and Michael’s Gate, the only remaining structure of the city’s medieval fortification.

Continue to the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace, an 18th-century social spot for Hungarian aristocracy. Then admire the Primate's Palace, considered one of the most stunning buildings in the city.

Afterward, refuel with lunch (not included) and enjoy some time to explore independently, perusing the Slovak National Theatre or popping into local shops and cafes.

Your day trip will conclude with a smooth drive back to central Vienna. Alternatively, upgrade your ticket to return to Vienna on a river cruise. Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and enjoy the scenery of the Danube River along the way. Travel through the Danube wetlands and the Donau-Auen National Park before arriving in Vienna.

Customer Reviews

Sanjay G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip was great. Titiana our guide was wonderful. She knew her job.
I would suggest that kindly publish that for the return trip by boat would start at 4::00PM and that the duration of the trip is 1hr and 30 mins. More options for snacks on broad would be welcomed. After my Prague experience which was simply great, I sort of starved on this ride.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Viatour has been very accommodating with our travel !

Ihilani P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

From the convenient hotel pick-up to disembarking the cruise ship, the entire experience was amazing and a first-class effort. I appreciated the structured morning with the very informative tour guide and, equally so, the free afternoon to do what specifically interested me. Yes, I opted for the river cruise on the Danube and it was a fitting cap to an already amazing day.

Joshua B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Ondrej I think I spelled it right? was a wonderful guide. He managed to keep the tour going in spite of the weather. I saw much of the city and had a great time.

wilson s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing and interesting

Ajsa India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It and #39;s a beautiful city.. I wish more of the attractions like the castle were included.. Bratislava is a hidden gem.. And the catamaran ride back to Vienna stole the show.. Extremely recommended; yes, not just highly but extremely recommended.. The guide was good, spoke comprehensible English..


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Ilsa was my guide and what a wonderful, knowledgable person she was! Beautiful soul with a wise one and #39;s insight of the history and culture. Highly recommended!

Please buy local artisan souvenirs. You won and #39;t regret that decision.

Joan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the coach. The journey of just under an hour was comfortable. We had a very good guide for the walking tour and the journey back by boat was superb. It lasted an hour and a half and the scenery was much better than the Danube River Cruise we did as part of the Vienna Combo. I would certainly recommend paying the extra to return by boat.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I really enjoyed this tour. The guide for the walking tour in Bratislava was really good. She was very informative and friendly. She gave suggestions on things to do after the tour. We had plenty of free time to have lunch, take a bus tour, and wander around and shop before taking the catamaran back to Vienna. Bratislava is really a nice city to visit and I'm glad I went on this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Interesting trip this was. Old town Bratislava is splendid. A walk up to the castle is recommended as is the crossing of the bridge to get a city view from the opposite side.

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