Planning a Trip
By Train -- Kosice is a major rail junction and the ZSR state railroad train service is relatively frequent to and from Bratislava and other large cities. From Bratislava, the journey on an express train takes about 7 hours. The train station is next to the bus station and is about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the center of the city.
By Car -- Kosice lies at the eastern end of Slovakia's major east-west highway. The northern route from Bratislava follows the Váh river north to Trencín and Zilina before turning east. Some of the drive is along four-lane highway and takes about 6 hours. From Poprad, the drive is along mostly two-lane highway and takes about 2 hours.
By Bus -- Slovakia's national bus carrier maintains regular service from Kosice to many regional cities and towns. The bus is often the best option, for seeing the smaller towns to the east. The tourist information offices can help you sort out the timetables and destinations. The bus station is about a 10-minute walk from the center of the city.
By Plane -- Kosice Airport (tel. 055/683-2253; www.airportkosice.sk) lies about 5km (3 miles) outside of town The budget carrier SkyEurope (www.skyeurope.sk) maintains regular flights to and from Bratislava and London's Luton airport. Regular air service is also available to and from Vienna and Prague.
On Foot -- Much of Kosice's center, where most of the hotels, restaurants, and attractions are concentrated, is either closed to cars or allows only limited car traffic, so walking is the only option.
By Car -- It's best to leave the car in one of the city parking lots or at the hotel. Navigating the small streets of the inner city can be challenging and finding a parking spot on the side streets difficult.
By Bike -- Hlavná ulica has bike lanes running up and down its length, but it may be hard to find bike rentals. Inquire at the information center or your hotel.
The Information Center for the City of Kosice is the main entry point for visitors. The office is conveniently located on Hlavná ulica 59 (tel. 055/625-8888; www.kosice.sk). The helpful, multilingual staff can provide maps and guidance, as well as suggest hotels and pensions.