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How is the fare calculated if I travel to a bus stop beyond the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK)?
The fare for a trip from a bus stop within the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK) to a bus stop beyond the IDS BK area is calculated as a sum of two fares. The first fare is the price for the Integrated Transport System zones, the second fare is the price for the kilometric distance between the first bus stop outside the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK) area to the destination bus stop.
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How is the fare calculated?
When you board a Slovak Lines bus, let the driver know the exact name of your destination bus stop. The system will calculate the fare automatically, taking into account the necessary number of zones and temporal validity. The temporal validity is marked on your transport ticket. You can pay for your transport ticket in cash or with your travel card. If you use your travel card to pay, you will get a 10% discount on the fare. If you use a paper transport ticket, you have to validate it in the validator and then present it to the driver; if the transport ticket was purchased for the necessary number of zones and temporal validity, the driver will only print out a registration receipt. If the passenger’s paper transport ticket was not purchased for the necessary number of zones and temporal validity, the passenger must pay the balance due for the remainder of the trip to the driver.
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Why is there a different price for the same part of a trip?
The fare depends on the number of zones and the journey time within these zones. If the journey time of a bus service as per the current bus schedule is under 15 minutes, the fare for a standard 2-zone transport ticket paid in cash is €0.70. If the journey time of a bus service as per the current bus schedule is under 30 minutes, the fare for a standard 2-zone transport ticket is €0.90. If your trip time exceeds the 30-minute ticket, a 60-minute 3-zone transport ticket for €1.20 is issued, even though you only travel in 2 zones. The different temporal validity of a transport ticket within an identical part of the journey stems from the bus schedule in which it is not possible to set a generalised journey time along with the operation time for all bus services operating within the respective bus routes. The aforementioned is influenced by the traffic situation at specific times, the frequency of passengers, the number of bus stops serviced by the bus service, the length of the bus service, etc.
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Why is the Zone 100 calculated twice?
The Zone 100 is larger than the other zones and covers nearly half of all kilometres driven within the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK). These factors inevitably need to be reflected in the ticket price. However, since the same ticket can be used for a trip within Bratislava, from Bratislava to a suburban region, as well as to travel exclusively within a suburban region, the inequality in the size and weight of the individual zones must be taken into account. The central transport zone has a similar double price weight for example in Prague.
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What types of transport tickets are available within the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK)?
One-way transport tickets are issued in paper or electronic form. They are valid for a single trip on any bus route, including night lines, and can be used for any number of line changes. Within the validity of your transport ticket, the trip can be a return trip. The validity is set by number or list of zones and by time. Therefore, you can travel in the specified number of zones or in the specified zones up to the expiration of the temporal validity. Daily transport tickets are a good choice if you travel more than 3 times per a given day. Prepaid transport tickets are the best choice for everyday commute. They come in an electronic form, recorded in a card chip. Luggage surcharge is used when transporting luggage, dogs, and bicycles. All transport ticket types are valid with all carriers participating in the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK).
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What are my options if I commute to Bratislava from a suburban region every day?
For everyday commute, the most favourable option is to buy a prepaid transport ticket. You can choose the zones through which you will travel from the zone map. For example, if you travel from Pezinok, the zones will be 520, 510, 101, and 100. The price of the prepaid transport ticket is determined by the number of zones and its temporal validity. The validity of a prepaid transport ticket can be 7, 30, 90 or 365 days.
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What are my options if I only commute within a suburban region?
With the transfer zone tariff, you can use your transport ticket for any number of changes between regional bus services within its validity. If you travel regularly, the more favourable option is to buy a prepaid transport ticket for the zones you use.
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What to do if the transport ticket validator does not work?
If the paper transport ticket validation device does not work, you will have to buy a ticket directly from the bus driver, paying in cash or by a travel card.
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What to do if the machine on board the bus does not work?
If the machine does not work, the driver is required to issue replacement transport tickets which can only be paid in cash. If you have bought a prepaid transport ticket, you will have to present the proof of purchase of the prepaid transport ticket to the driver. For this reason, we recommend carrying the proof of purchase with you. You will then be carried free of charge. If you cannot present proof of purchase to the driver, you will have to buy a transport ticket and subsequently file a claim with Slovak Lines.
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How can I calculate the necessary number of zones and temporal validity of a transport ticket?
The number of zones can be calculated based on the zone map available at https://www.idsbk.sk/informacie/mapy-schemy/tarifne-zony/. You can determine how many and which zones you will travel through and how long your chosen trip will take. Based on this information, you can purchase the right ticket. If any of the zones has to be crossed multiple times, it will only be counted once. Any zone crossed must be included in the calculation, in spite of the bus not stopping there. Please remember that the Zone 100 counts as two zones.
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Will I have to pay for the carriage of a baby with a baby stroller?
No. A baby stroller with a baby is not subject to luggage surcharge.
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I only travel within Bratislava, how can I benefit from the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK)?
You can use all transport tickets valid for the zones 100 and 101 for your trip.
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What is a carnet?
A carnet is a universal paper ticket which can be used multiple times. The ticket has 24 fields and the passenger can mark the number of fields required for a given trip. This way, the carnet can be used for 2 to 8 trips.
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Can single-use Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK) transport tickets be combined?
Single-use transport tickets cannot be combined on the Slovak Lines buses. The passenger must have transport tickets ready for the whole route and as soon as the first one expires, validate a new one or buy a ticket for the remainder of the trip from the driver.
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Can a SMS ticket be used for travelling within Bratislava (zones 100 and 101) on the Slovak Lines buses?
These tickets cannot be used to travel on the Slovak Lines buses. SMS tickets are only valid for vehicles of the Dopravný podnik carrier.
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Where can I buy transport tickets for one trip and more than 6 zones, as the machines only offer tickets for up to 6 zones?
All types of transport tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters 5 and 6 at the Bratislava Bus Station on Bottova Street 7 in accordance with the current price list. Tickets for more than 6 zones and prepaid transport tickets are therefore also available.
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Can I combine a prepaid transport ticket with a one-way paper ticket or with a carnet when using the suburban bus transport?
No – the prepaid transport ticket is electronic and after being read by the reader, the system evaluates the validity of the prepaid transport ticket (part of the route and zones) and automatically calculates the balance due, i.e. the price difference for the part of the journey which the passenger must pay with their travel card or in cash. Unfortunately, the system cannot combine an electronic ticket with a paper transport ticket.
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How is the fare calculated if I travel to a bus stop beyond the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK)?
The fare for a trip from a bus stop within the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK) to a bus stop beyond the IDS BK area is calculated as a sum of two fares. The first fare is the price for the Integrated Transport System zones, the second fare is the price for the kilometric distance between the first bus stop outside the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK) area to the destination bus stop.
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How is the fare calculated?
When you board a Slovak Lines bus, let the driver know the exact name of your destination bus stop. The system will calculate the fare automatically, taking into account the necessary number of zones and temporal validity. The temporal validity is marked on your transport ticket. You can pay for your transport ticket in cash or with your travel card. If you use your travel card to pay, you will get a 10% discount on the fare. If you use a paper transport ticket, you have to validate it in the validator and then present it to the driver; if the transport ticket was purchased for the necessary number of zones and temporal validity, the driver will only print out a registration receipt. If the passenger’s paper transport ticket was not purchased for the necessary number of zones and temporal validity, the passenger must pay the balance due for the remainder of the trip to the driver.
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Why is there a different price for the same part of a trip?
The fare depends on the number of zones and the journey time within these zones. If the journey time of a bus service as per the current bus schedule is under 15 minutes, the fare for a standard 2-zone transport ticket paid in cash is €0.70. If the journey time of a bus service as per the current bus schedule is under 30 minutes, the fare for a standard 2-zone transport ticket is €0.90. If your trip time exceeds the 30-minute ticket, a 60-minute 3-zone transport ticket for €1.20 is issued, even though you only travel in 2 zones. The different temporal validity of a transport ticket within an identical part of the journey stems from the bus schedule in which it is not possible to set a generalised journey time along with the operation time for all bus services operating within the respective bus routes. The aforementioned is influenced by the traffic situation at specific times, the frequency of passengers, the number of bus stops serviced by the bus service, the length of the bus service, etc.
Has this answer been helpful?
Why is the Zone 100 calculated twice?
The Zone 100 is larger than the other zones and covers nearly half of all kilometres driven within the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK). These factors inevitably need to be reflected in the ticket price. However, since the same ticket can be used for a trip within Bratislava, from Bratislava to a suburban region, as well as to travel exclusively within a suburban region, the inequality in the size and weight of the individual zones must be taken into account. The central transport zone has a similar double price weight for example in Prague.
Has this answer been helpful?
What types of transport tickets are available within the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK)?
One-way transport tickets are issued in paper or electronic form. They are valid for a single trip on any bus route, including night lines, and can be used for any number of line changes. Within the validity of your transport ticket, the trip can be a return trip. The validity is set by number or list of zones and by time. Therefore, you can travel in the specified number of zones or in the specified zones up to the expiration of the temporal validity. Daily transport tickets are a good choice if you travel more than 3 times per a given day. Prepaid transport tickets are the best choice for everyday commute. They come in an electronic form, recorded in a card chip. Luggage surcharge is used when transporting luggage, dogs, and bicycles. All transport ticket types are valid with all carriers participating in the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK).
Has this answer been helpful?
What are my options if I commute to Bratislava from a suburban region every day?
For everyday commute, the most favourable option is to buy a prepaid transport ticket. You can choose the zones through which you will travel from the zone map. For example, if you travel from Pezinok, the zones will be 520, 510, 101, and 100. The price of the prepaid transport ticket is determined by the number of zones and its temporal validity. The validity of a prepaid transport ticket can be 7, 30, 90 or 365 days.
Has this answer been helpful?
What are my options if I only commute within a suburban region?
With the transfer zone tariff, you can use your transport ticket for any number of changes between regional bus services within its validity. If you travel regularly, the more favourable option is to buy a prepaid transport ticket for the zones you use.
Has this answer been helpful?
What to do if the transport ticket validator does not work?
If the paper transport ticket validation device does not work, you will have to buy a ticket directly from the bus driver, paying in cash or by a travel card.
Has this answer been helpful?
What to do if the machine on board the bus does not work?
If the machine does not work, the driver is required to issue replacement transport tickets which can only be paid in cash. If you have bought a prepaid transport ticket, you will have to present the proof of purchase of the prepaid transport ticket to the driver. For this reason, we recommend carrying the proof of purchase with you. You will then be carried free of charge. If you cannot present proof of purchase to the driver, you will have to buy a transport ticket and subsequently file a claim with Slovak Lines.
Has this answer been helpful?
How can I calculate the necessary number of zones and temporal validity of a transport ticket?
The number of zones can be calculated based on the zone map available at https://www.idsbk.sk/informacie/mapy-schemy/tarifne-zony/. You can determine how many and which zones you will travel through and how long your chosen trip will take. Based on this information, you can purchase the right ticket. If any of the zones has to be crossed multiple times, it will only be counted once. Any zone crossed must be included in the calculation, in spite of the bus not stopping there. Please remember that the Zone 100 counts as two zones.
Has this answer been helpful?
Will I have to pay for the carriage of a baby with a baby stroller?
No. A baby stroller with a baby is not subject to luggage surcharge.
Has this answer been helpful?
I only travel within Bratislava, how can I benefit from the Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK)?
You can use all transport tickets valid for the zones 100 and 101 for your trip.
Has this answer been helpful?
What is a carnet?
A carnet is a universal paper ticket which can be used multiple times. The ticket has 24 fields and the passenger can mark the number of fields required for a given trip. This way, the carnet can be used for 2 to 8 trips.
Has this answer been helpful?
Can single-use Integrated Transport System of the Bratislava Region (IDS BK) transport tickets be combined?
Single-use transport tickets cannot be combined on the Slovak Lines buses. The passenger must have transport tickets ready for the whole route and as soon as the first one expires, validate a new one or buy a ticket for the remainder of the trip from the driver.
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Can a SMS ticket be used for travelling within Bratislava (zones 100 and 101) on the Slovak Lines buses?
These tickets cannot be used to travel on the Slovak Lines buses. SMS tickets are only valid for vehicles of the Dopravný podnik carrier.
Has this answer been helpful?
Where can I buy transport tickets for one trip and more than 6 zones, as the machines only offer tickets for up to 6 zones?
All types of transport tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters 5 and 6 at the Bratislava Bus Station on Bottova Street 7 in accordance with the current price list. Tickets for more than 6 zones and prepaid transport tickets are therefore also available.
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Can I combine a prepaid transport ticket with a one-way paper ticket or with a carnet when using the suburban bus transport?
No – the prepaid transport ticket is electronic and after being read by the reader, the system evaluates the validity of the prepaid transport ticket (part of the route and zones) and automatically calculates the balance due, i.e. the price difference for the part of the journey which the passenger must pay with their travel card or in cash. Unfortunately, the system cannot combine an electronic ticket with a paper transport ticket.
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