The flight time from the UK to Slovakia is just 2h and 17m. However, there are factors that may increase that time, including the airports in question and whether you choose to save money on your ticket by opting for a flight with one or more stopovers. London Heathrow Airport is the most common departure point, but travelers interested in a less crowded airport might consider London Luton Airport or London Stanstead Airport, instead. There are several international airports in Slovakia, including Kosice International Airport, Poprad-Tatry Airport, and more.
There are several cities in the UK that offer direct flights to Slovakia. London, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, and Manchester all provide this service. However, expanding your options to include one or two stopovers may offer the ability to save on your tickets while only increasing your travel time somewhat. For instance, a single stopover might increase your flight time to 10h, while helping you save around £100 or so. Two stopovers will extend your flight time substantially, though, with some airlines requiring 39h and 40m.
Getting around Slovakia today is much simpler than it once was. The nation has a well-developed bus system that connects towns and cities with more remote areas. Buses also run until roughly 10:30 PM, as well. In town, you can take trams and trolleys. Slovakia’s main towns are also connected by railways for those who prefer this method of travel. If you would rather drive yourself, you can also rent a car or motorcycle, and you’ll find car hire companies at all major airports and throughout most cities, too.
Slovakia is rich in things to do and experience. One of the more popular options is to visit Slovak Paradise National Park. You may also enjoy visiting Janosikove Diery, or Tatras National Park. The Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum is worth a visit, and St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral is stunning. The Kosice Historical Center and St. Egidius Basilica are also worth time to explore. Other options include Strbske Pleso Lake, the Sucha Bela Canyon, and Lubovna Castle.
Yes, a passport is necessary to enter Slovakia from the UK. You will not need a visa, though. However, rules may change depending on whether the UK leaves the EU. At this time, you must have at least six months remaining on your passport. Note that early renewal does not count toward this validity and you may need more than six months remaining depending on when your passport was last renewed. If you intend to stay in Slovakia for more than three months, you will need to purchase a visa through the Slovakian Embassy. Note that the 90-day limit only applies to tourists – working and living in Slovakia will require different arrangements.