Living in Žilina
Getting to Žilina
The city of Žilina has excellent train and bus connections with many cities. When flying, you may arrive at the following airports with convenient connections to Žilina:
- Vienna International Airport (Austria), which is situated about 60 kilometers from Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. The airport has a regular bus connection with Bratislava's bus station (about a 50-minute bus ride). Then take a direct train to Žilina (200 kilometers, about a 2-hour and 40-minute train ride).
- Prague Airport (Czech Republic). Take a direct train to Žilina (450 kilometers, about a 7-hour train ride).
- Bratislava Airport (flights via Prague from other European cities) and then direct train to Žilina.
- Žilina airport is situated few kms from the city of Žilina.
Žilina has a relatively efficient public transport system that includes buses and trolley buses with a satisfactory coverage area and time density around the clock. A single fare is as cheap as 0.6 EUR; student seasonal tickets are also sold at reasonable prices.
Taxis operate 24 hours a day. Compared to other cities in Europe the taxi services are not very expensive in Žilina. For example, a journey from the center to student hostel of University is about 5-6 EUR.
Rent- a- car
Prices for renting a car depend on the make and model of the car (app.50 EUR per day)
There are various banks and branch offices in Žilina, e.g.:
Currency and Notation
- Tatrabanka, Mariánske námestie 196
- Všeobecná úverová banka (VÚB), Na bráne 1
- Československá obchodná banka (ČSOB), Legionárska 1
- UniCredit bank, Národná 12
- Slovenská sporitelna, Hurbanova 4
The Slovak currency is the Slovak crown -Sk.
There are banknotes of the following values:
5 000, 1 000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, Sk.
Coins are in the value of 10,5,2,1,- crowns.
From 01.01.2009 the Slovak currency is going to be EURO.
Foreign currency can be exchanged in exchange offices or banks. There is a network of bank cash machines in the town operating non-stop.
Important Post Offices
Pošta 1 (G.P.O.), Sládkovičova 14
Pošta 2, Hviezdoslavova 3
The easiest places to make long -distance calls are public telephones located in the streets - this requires a phone card. Phone cards are available at post offices.
More info at: www.slovakiasite.com/telephoning.php
Slovakia is a Christian country tolerating other churches and denominations. Most of the Slovaks are Roman-Catholics (60 %) and Evangelicals (8%). There are 3 Roman-Catholic churches and one Evangelical church in the center. The services are held in Slovak.