European championships 2008 Slovakia v Wales Wednesday September 12 2007 KICK OFF 6.30 PM Trnava Stadium Fans Embassies planned for the rest of Euro 2008 Saturday ,October 13, 2007- Cyprus. Wednesday October 17, 2007 San Marino Wednesday November 21 2007 Germany ( Frankfurt)
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Slovakia v Wales
Wednesday September 12
KICK OFF 6.30 PM
Saturday ,October 13, 2007- Cyprus.
Wednesday October 17, 2007 San Marino
Wednesday November 21 2007 Germany ( Frankfurt)
We will have volunteers at all three remaining venues.
We are aiming to produce information booklets for all three games, we intend doing a double version for Cyprus/San Marino in preference to individual ones, this is due to the fact that the games are only 4 days apart.
Again we grateful to Lucy Jones and the FAW for allowing us to send out the booklets to all fans who purchase match tickets.
FSF representatives in Slovakia
CORKY VINCE GARETH PAUL
FSF Cymru reps will be on call 48 hours between Tuesday 9 am, September 11 and Thursday 9 am , September 13. If you need any assistance during your trip please contact us on +447905 861848. We can assist with most problems and have contact numbers for the local police, hospitals and the British embassy. If we can’t resolve a problem we can put you in touch with people who can help you. Please feel free to contact us at any time , night or day.
FSF CYMRU CAMPAIGNS 2007/08
Wear Red for Wales Sing4Wales
FSF CYMRU - by Wales fans, for Wales fans - an independent organisation, committed to helping Wales supporters.
To help and support Wales fans who travel away. Our role is to provide accurate and objective information, including a Risk Assessment: we convey what other agencies, such as police forces, government departments, and football authorities are recommending: we publish a comprehensive guide which is distributed free of charge to all travelling supporters: we operate and publicise a 24 hour Hotline for fans in difficulties: we arrange a Football embassy operation, at venues abroad, where we can offer advice, guidance and support as necessary.
To work with the Football Association of Wales in all aspects affecting the fans, to ensure that the supporters voice is heard.
A continuous, running dialogue is held with Mr Mark Evans, Head, International Affairs, we take supporters complaints, views to the FAW for discussion
“To take every possible action to eradicate any inter club rivalry when fans are following the Welsh national team”
We have a “wear red for Wales campaign” ongoing to in an effort to unite all Welsh fans.
In 2007 we are supporting the “Cymuned” campaign “Sing4Wales” in the hope that a better atmosphere can be generated inside the Millennium stadium.
Chairman Vince Alm ...07814 779441 National council member
Secretary Paul Corkrey... 07903 619654 International officer/Home office Liaison
Treasurer Gareth Dainton ...07957643760
Commercial sponsorship/ Media Gwyn Davies 07831692480
F.A.W. Liaison officer Melanie Richards 07823 337791
Away match reconnaissance officer Neil Dymock 07852 305447
Paul Randall, Mike Bailey, Gwyllym Rees, Alyson Rees. Peter Bailey
FSF Cymru helpline
Just 60 km east along the Danube from Vienna, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, one of the ten new states which joined the EU in May 2004. Its history has been linked with Europe throughout the centuries and Bratislava was once the capital of Hungary during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When the Empire fell in 1918 Czechoslovakia was established but in 1993 it divided and the republic of Slovakia came into being with Bratislava as its capital.
Today, Bratislava is a vibrant city (population approx. 450,000) with a rich cultural heritage and its architectural treasures provide many clues to its fascinating history. Dominating the city is Bratislava Castle, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Danube, once the seat of Austro-Hungarian kings and today forming part of the Slovak Government offices. Nearby is St Martin’s Cathedral, originating from the 14th century but rebuilt in baroque style in the 18th century, where eleven kings and eight queens were crowned between 1563 and 1830. Part of the city’s original fortifications can be seen at St Michael’s Gate, whilst on the main square you will find the Old Town Hall originally built in Gothic style in the 14th century.
Main Railway station ...Bratislava
St Martins Cathedral Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle is Constructed on a hill on which it dominates the city of Bratislava. It has four towers which are the symbol of the city. First known record 907, inhabited since the Neolithic Hallstadt and Roman eras. Its highest period of importance was during the reign of Queen Maria Theresa. From 1761 to 1766 it was rebuilt into a royal residence. Today it houses part of the Slovak National Museum. It is also the residence of the president of the Slovak Republic. There is much to see in the historic Old Town, small art and antique galleries and shops mingle with restaurants and cafes. These attractions are within walking distance of each other.St Martin’s Cathedral and its surroundings, particularly the adjacent seminary on Kapitulska Street with its robed adepts, give an almost intact physical overview of the environs of a major coronation cathedral.The Slovak National Gallery displays an overview of Slovak art, with an extensive collection focusing on Gothic church art.The Slovak National Museum centres on natural history (geology, wildlife, and ancient man), and recently has increasingly invested in outstanding temporary exhibits
Bratislava is now recognised as the party capital of middle Europe. Many stag/hen nights now head for the Slovakian capital. It is spread over both banks of the River Danube, and this destination is the perfect setting for Welsh football fans to visit
Bratislava has a lot to offer… amazing value for money, cheap beer, buzzing nightlife and of course a fantastic range of activities - perfect for a good time ,It’s one of the newest cities in Europe and there is plenty to see and do on a short visit.
One of the main highlights of Bratislava is the locally brewed beer. What better way to spend a night than sampling the town’s finest ales?
There are an abundance of bars and clubs for the ultimate bar crawl experience.
Bratislava is slightly less commercial and touristy than its neighbour Prague, but still has a lot to offer.
The Dubliner Irish pub in the centre of Bratislava was a venue we visited last year on a day trip from Vienna. Good food was served here and we had a great welcome, however later that night there was reports of serious trouble at the bar. This is a venue that we cannot recommend in the evening time due to other reports we also have received however if you do like Irish pubs you can find the Dubliner in Sedlárska Street They have the typical Irish beers on tap, but also local beers like Zlaty Baazant or Kelts. A pint of local beer sets you back only 2/3 of the price for a pint of Irish beer.
FSF CYMRU HELPLINE NUMBER +447905 861848
The state police (polícia) wear khaki-green uniforms, and the local municipal or mestská polícia wear a variety of outfits. Theft from cars and hotel rooms is your biggest worry. You should carry your passport with you at all times, though you're most unlikely to get stopped. Minor ailments can be easily dealt with by the pharmacist (lekáreň), but language is likely to be a problem. If the pharmacy can't help, they'll direct you to a hospital (nemocnica).
If you lose your passport during your stay in Slovakia, please report it immediately to the police. You will need a certificate of loss from them. A FSF Cymru volunteer will accompany you if you want them to, just ring the helpline number + 447905 861848
Following this immediately inform the nearest British Consulate, this will reduce the risk of someone stealing your identity or attempting to enter the UK on your passport. Send or take a copy of the police report along with a completed LS01 form to the Consulate who will then be able to cancel your passport.
Emergency medical treatment is generally available, free of charge, to British Citizens under a medical agreement, but this does not extend to air ambulances or repatriation to the UK. You should, nevertheless, make sure that you have full medical insurance in case you are not covered by the agreement. If you or a companion are taken ill or have an accident please contact the Embassy or, out of office hours, Duty Officer for assistance. We can help you get in touch with local (sometimes English-speaking) doctors. If you are alone and in hospital we will try to visit you: we can usually get to hospitals in the Bratislava area the same day. We can also contact your family or friends for you and liaise with your insurance company if you are unable to do so yourself. If you have problems contacting the embassy, again contact the FSF Cymru reps who will assist you immediately. From the 1st of January 2006 forms E111 are no longer accepted in Slovakia. It is therefore strongly recommended that British citizens obtain their EHIC before they travel to Slovakia. In case of emergency you may be asked to pay in cash or encounter other serious problems if your EHIC is not available.
Travelling to the game in Trnava should be no problem at all, there are good transport links between the two cities. Trains are favourable in terms of availability and they are reasonably priced. FSF Cymru have held several meetings with the police and home office in London regarding this fixture .We have been told that no real problems are expected from the Slovakian fans although incidents have occurred in past fixtures. We have been told to stay vigilant and not to wander off in small groups. Following some problems in the Czech Republic , we have again decided to run coaches from Bratislava to Trnava. These coaches will pick up from a central location in Bratislava and will be outside the stadium in Trnava for the trip back to Bratislava. We feel this will be a safe option for fans especially those not used to travelling abroad.
Mobile phone information
The network service that allows you to use your UK mobile telephone abroad to make and receive calls and messages is called international roaming. Before you leave the UK , contact your UK mobile network provider to ensure your mobile phone is enabled for international roaming. Do this well in advance of your departure date, as it can take up to 14 days, and you cannot do it from overseas. Check that your existing handset will work in the country you are travelling to; this may not be the case, particularly outside Europe. Check with your UK network provider how much it costs for international roaming services. Charges can be a lot higher than, and very different to, those for calls in the UK. For example, while roaming you will pay to receive calls and listen to voicemail. Sending text messages may be much cheaper, but you can be charged twice per message (once by your operator and once by the overseas operator) to convey messages to and from home. Rates can vary according to your network and the country you are visiting. Information on charges may be available from your network's web site, customer services or literature.
FSF CYMRU HELPLINE 447905 861848
Important facts to help Welsh fans...answered with help from the British embassy in Bratislava
Is there need to carry ID (Passport) with you at all times?
Normal guidance is for persons to carry their passport on them at all times. For football games we
Normally recommend leaving the original in a hotel safe and carrying a photocopy.
Does the embassy offer 24 hour cover? If so, contact details for duty officer.
An English speaking Duty Officer is available on 00 421 (0)905 601 741. A Slovak speaking Duty Officer (for talking to Police, Medical staff) can be contacted on 00 421 (0)905 818 360.
Are there many police stations in Bratislava/ Trnava, and is there a directory available?
The police station, recommended for British citizens to use is ; Obchodna Street Police station Bratislava
POLICE TRNAVA: 096110 1111 – TELEPHONE OPERATOR FOR THE WHOLE REGION
Are the any areas of Bratislava/ Trnava that should be avoided? Any particular care needed in any area?
A camping site in Zlate Piesky (Eastern Bratislava) is a frequent scene of petty theft. Long distance train journeys also require a degree of care, sleeping travellers have previously proved to be targets. Otherwise normal precautions are all that is necessary.
Is pick pocketing prevalent?
Some still happens, but generally small scale. Beware of leaving wallets in jackets that are then left on seat backs.
Are there any local scams that we should be aware of?
Any one driving from the UK beware of passerby’s indicating a problem with a car tyre (they have often punctured it). When the driver gets out they are distracted and valuables are removed. The thieves target cars with foreign registration plates. Spiked drinks are also occasionally a concern.
Are there likely to be any Embassy officials present at the game?
Yes, probably three, but possibly five: one UK based (the Consul) and two LE staff (Consular Assistant and his back-up).There may also be two colleagues from the British Embassy in Vienna available.
What are the transports links like from the airport to the City and generally around the City itself?
From Bratislava airport there is a bus into the city (No. 61). Travellers need to buy a ticket (SKK 22/GBP 0.44 equiv) in advance of boarding and validate as soon as they get on board. If travelling with a checked in bag, they should also purchase a cheaper ticket for the bag (SKK 9/GBP 0.18 equiv). Journey time is 45+ minutes. If caught travelling without a ticket the fine is SKK 1,400/GBP 28 for person (and bag if appropriate) each. Ticket inspectors do not wear uniforms and are often well built strong men! Taxis are available as visitors emerge out of the Arrivals Hall, but are reasonably expensive (expect to pay SKK 500/GBP10.00) for the journey into the city Centre. A cheaper option is Yellow Taxis (02 4444 1111). Costs are likely to be half of the airport taxis (the Yellow Taxi operators speak English and some of the drivers as well).
Around town bus/trolley buses/trams are cheap and frequent (though after 23:00 there are few services and after 23:15 almost none). Taxis are normally available. Yellow Taxis again recommended.
FSF CYMRU HELPLINE NUMBER + 44 7905 861848.
Important facts to help Welsh fans...answered with help from the British embassy in Bratislava continued
What are the transport links like late at night, (after 10pm, when match has ended) between Trnava and Vienna/Prague/Bratislava?
Vienna (Sudbahnhof) is approximately 1 hour away by train: cost is about SK150.- one way (£3). Frequency is about 2 an hour during the day, much less frequent during late evening.
Services from either Bratislava main station or Petrzalka (the Bratislava suburb south of the River Danube, and home of Art Media football team). Bus routes 80 and 88 travel between main Bratislava and Petrzalka station. Prague is about four hours away by train (or 3 – 31/2 by coach). Trains leave from main station only.
Where are the main nightlife areas of Bratislava/ Trnava?
Trnava should not be relied on for amusement. It is a small town. Bratislava will be the focal point, with numerous bars. Bratislava is a popular stag/hen party destination.
Are any bars open 24/7?
No bars are open 24/7, but some do operate from 11:00am – 4:00am.
Are there any particular local laws we should be aware of?
To be quiet after 22:00 in the evening.
Is it ok to consume alcohol in the streets?
Unless drinking at a street café, alcohol should not be on open display.
Is there segregation inside the stadium?
We hope that the stadium will stipulate this, but from experience of European club games in Bratislava we know it is not enforced. Given both teams lowly standing in the competition we suspect that fewer home supporters will attend.
Is there a segregation policy outside the stadium...re separate entrances?
This is a possibility and will be decided after consultation with Trnava police
Is there a list of articles fans are forbidden to take into the stadium...can you smoke in the stadium?
Likely to be alcohol or items that could be deemed offensive weapons. Forbidden items are usually listed at the back of the ticket.
What is the policy re admission drunk fans?
This would most likely depend on how badly drunk the fans are. Badly drunk fans most likely to get refused entry to stadium.
Will Welsh fans be searched before entry?
We will encourage the authorities to search all attending the game. This is just a security precaution
Will fans be kept in the stadium after the game has ended?
Most likely yes as is the usual practice at all international games. To be confirmed
Will it be relatively safe for Welsh fans to return to the Railway station at night, after the game , without fear of attack from locals?
We do not expect trouble, but will check with local authorities here, necessary arrangements will be made
Will there bars in the vicinity of the stadium, will they be open on match day and can you buy alcohol inside the stadium?
Outside the stadium there are bars that sell alcohol, We expect alcohol-free beer and soft drinks to be sold inside the stadium.
Mel Morgan Sportswear support the volunteers of FSF Cymru.
Mel Morgan Sportswear Ebbw Vale 01495 302660
Distance by road from Prague.
211 miles/340 KM... Estimated drive time 4 hours
Follow signs out of Prague towards Brnenska (D1)
Continue on DI for 121 miles.
At junction (196AB) Brno/Jih change from D1 onto D2 in direction of E65, Bratislava. Follow the D2 for 37.5 miles until you leave Czech Rep. Leave D2 to join the toll road D2, entering Slovakia, after nearly 3 miles you leave the D2 at junction (Kuty) and join road 2, stay on that for 2 miles then turn right onto road 500. Stay on 500 for 17 miles. Leave road 500 and turn right onto road 51...stay on road 51 for 25 miles into Trnava.
Distance by road from Vienna
76.2 miles/ 122 KM... Estimated driving time 1 hour 45 minutes
Follow signs out of Vienna(Wien) towards Operngasse, turn onto BI (Karlsplatz/Wiener Bundesstrasse stay on for 2 miles
Leave BI and turn right onto B227 stay on for 2 miles and leave Vienna.
Leave B227 and join the A4 in the direction of Budapest, Flughafen, A4, Bratislava, stay on for approx 12 miles
Leave A4 at junction 19 in direction of Fischamend and join B9
Follow the Pressburger Bundesstrasse B9 for 18.5 miles leave Austria
Leave Pressburger Bundesstrasse B9 and head straightforward onto Viedenska cesta (9)
Leave Pressburger Bundesstrasse B9 after 1 mile and join D1 at junction Petrzalka. Stay on for 10 miles.
At junction Senecka change from DI onto the D61. Follow the D61 for 22 miles
Leave D61 and join 51. stay on for 6 miles into Trnava
Distance by road from Bratislava
36.6 miles/59 KM Estimated driving time 40 minutes
Leave Penonska Cesta (2) and join the D1 Stay on for 8.5 MILES
At junction Senecka change from D1 onto D61...follow D61 for 21.6 miles
Leave D61 and join 51 for 4 miles until you reach Trnava
Organised coach transport will be available from Bratislava for the match, contact the FSF Cymru reps for more details. +447905 861848
Trains... Late train from Trnava to...
Prague 22.00 from Trnava arrive Prague 3 .29 also leave Trnava 22.40 arrive Prague 6.05
Vienna 22.40 from Trnava arrive at Vienna 00.53
Bratislava 22.40 From Trnava arrive at Bratislava 23.35
Train station is a short walk to the stadium
Tourist information centres offer to tourists information, tourist-information system, electronic presentation and touch screens to find out everything they seek about Bratislava.
Tourist information offices provide the information for the tourists at four spots in Bratislava. Main Tourist Information Office – Klobúčnicka ul. 2, 814 28 BratislavaTel. ++421 2 5443 3715, ++421 2 16 186, ++421 2 593 566 52, fax: ++424 2 5443 2708e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comOpening hours:Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.
Information Office – International Airport M.R.Štefánika, Ivánska cestaTel. ++421 2 436 303 06e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Opening hours:Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 08:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.Sunday: 12:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Information Office – Main Railway Station, Predstaničné námestie 1Tel. +421 2 524 959 06Opening hours:Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.Sunday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Information Office – Passenger Port, Fajnorovo nábrežie 2Tel. +421 2 5274 316 02
Opening hours:June - SeptemberMonday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.
Currency used in Slovakia is the Slovakia Koruny SKK...EXCHANGE RATE July 2007 was £10 = 507 SKK.....£1 = 50.7 SKK
FSF CYMRUTIPS FOR YOUR STAY IN SLOVAKIA
There is very little violent crime in Bratislava. Usually, the worst that can happen is running into a rowdy, drunk bunch late at night and looking at them 'the wrong way'. Guns are very rare except among the police and private security services. Foreign visitors to Bratislava generally report feeling very safe around the city even in the evening.
The PoliceMost of the Old Town is covered with police cameras. There are both the state Police (green uniforms) and City Police (blue uniforms, chequered pattern on cap) out in the streets.
Some police speak English, they are usually willing to help tourists with queries. City police have limited powers in dealing with moving traffic violations - there have been occasional cases of city police (white car with the sign "Mestská polícia") preying on unsuspecting tourists to collect fines - do not pay them any fines, insist on calling the "real" state police in green uniforms (white cars with a green stripe). The police are only allowed to impose fines up to SKK 2000 (EUR 58.51) (with the exception of drunk driving).
Safe standing at grounds in the Premiership and Championship
TheFSF's Safe Standing Report has forced the Government into an admission that there is nothing “intrinsically unsafe” about standing accommodation at Premiership and Championship football grounds.
In response to the FSF's extensive recent report, a Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) spokesperson said: “Whilst the Government acknowledges that standing accommodation is not intrinsically unsafe, we still hold the view that, due to the large attendances in the top two leagues in England and a potential for disorder that is not generally prevalent in other sports, seated accommodation at grounds in these leagues, along with good stewarding and policing, is the most effective means of achieving this aim.
“Nothing contained in the FSF report has led us to amend our view.”
But, though the FSF still awaits any kind of formal reply to its Safe Standing document from the DCMS, Safe Standing portfolio holder for the FSF Phill Gatenby says this latest statement on the issue actually represents something of a step forward.
Facilities for Disabled Football Supporters ...The FSF fully supports NADS in this campaign.
It is now almost 10 year’s since the last official report was made with recommendations towards improving facilities at football stadia allowing disabled fans a parity of access and enjoyment at football games in this country (the Taylor Report (1990) and Football Task Report (1998)). Since then, a number of clubs across the leagues have made significant improvements and their disabled fans now enjoy better and more equal facilities. Sadly this is not the case for a large number of football clubs and football's governing bodies still fall short in supporting proactive progress in this area, in spite of the recommendations of Taylor and the Disability Discrimination Act. The National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) is seeking a long overdue follow up to the Taylor report as a matter of urgency and the creation of a task force to look at this specific issue. The task force should cover all types of event venue and all generic forms of disability and should test and measure disabled facilities on a match day or at a live event. The task force should seek the views and experiences of disabled people, their carers and advocates. The resultant white paper should be published with recommendations and a measurable time line for improvements of five years. Failure to meet this deadline should result in appropriate penalties.
FSF Cymru campaigns
Wear Red for Wales
This campaign is designed to unite fans from all domestic clubs to join together and get behind the national side.
Inter club rivalry, especially amongst fans of the football league clubs, has marred and spoilt match days in the past. It is hoped that by encouraging fans to wear the red of Wales , as opposed to wearing club colours, it will help to improve things. There is still bitter rivalry between some clubs and it is vitally important that this rivalry does not spill over at international matches at home and especially at away fixtures. The police are very aware of potential trouble makers and support any campaign that helps prevent problems. The aim is that everyone can enjoy watching Wales play, without fear of trouble. We want to encourage more fans to support the country and more families to travel to games...the children are the future and is important to build on the last couple of years of trouble free matches.
Sing4Wales ...A new campaign for 2007.
There has been growing concern at the lack of atmosphere at Wales games at home. Some believed it was because of the fact that the Millennium stadium was not full, some blamed the horns the kids love so much, others have their own views but the truth is that after the National Anthem is sung so passionately, our fans are very quiet throughout the rest of the games. The “Dragon has landed "printed some song sheets in the last edition and the organisation called Cymuned, Has a great website called sing4wales.com. They have also produced song sheets in the past. FSF Cymru hope to work alongside these groups to promote the campaign.
The Embassy officials have been extremely helpful in assisting us with information in advance of this trip. They will continue to assist Welsh fans during the time of our visit to Slovakia.
Consular Section British EmbassyPanská 16811 01 BratislavaSlovak RepublicTelephone:+421 2 5998 2000 duty officer is available outside office hours 00 421 (0)905 601 741.
We cannot...1) get you out of prison.
2)prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings;
3)help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures;
4)give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers;
get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people;
5)pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back);
6)make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation; or
make business arrangements on your behalf.
Duty officer is available outside office hours
00 421 (0)905 601 741
What kind of help we can provideIf you do get into difficulty. We offer help which is appropriate to the individual circumstances of each case, including:issuing replacement passports;
providing information about transferring funds;
providing appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital;
helping people with mental illness;
providing details of local lawyers, interpreters and doctors and funeral directors;
doing all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained;
offering support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping;
contacting family or friends for you if you want; and
making special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Consulates display the current fees and the standards of service you can expect.
FAW...Lucy Jones (tickets) +447970704471
Welsh police offices are available to assist Welsh fans during the trip. Sergeant Wayne Palmer is our main contact and he can liaise with the local police force on behalf of the Welsh fans. FSF Cymru will contact Sgt Palmer if need be.
Main Police station 158
Useful telephone numbers:112 for integrated emergency services (some operators speak English, they will put you through to the police, ambulance or the fire department as required)159 for city police, mainly dealing with minor public order and parking violationsCalls are free of charge from a mobile phone or any phone booth.
British Embassy duty officer
phone +421 2 5998 2000
FSF Cymru 24 hour help line
+44 7905 861848
Trnava Municipal tower
Trnava main Railway station
Trnava is a town in western Slovakia 45 km to the northeast of Bratislava, on the Trnávka river, It is the capital of a Kraj (Trnava Region) and of an Okres (Trnava District).The town has an historic centre. Because of the many churches within its town walls, Trnava has often been called “Parva Roma", i. e. "Little Rome", or more recently, the "Slovak Rome".
Trnava is a good place to escape the crowds of Bratislava. As the oldest town in the country there are plenty of historical sights to see. If you have spent time in eastern Slovakia before coming to Trnava , the first thing that you will notice about will be how different it was to the east. The station and people at Trnava will seem much more "western" and the town more commercial than anywhere else in Slovakia. In spite of this, it is still a quiet place compared to, say, Bratislava.
The Main Street is full of shops and cafes, hidden restaurants in the arcades but mainly it is a leading street to the Trinity Square. You cannot get lost at all. When coming by train it is simple access from the railway station, the vast majority of the crowd head for the centre.
According to the last census from 2001, Trnava had 70,286 inhabitants, while according to the estimation from 2005, Trnava has 68,292 inhabitants with an average age of 37.3 years.
Is located in centre of the Trnava, directly behind walls of the old town. It can hold up to 18,448 people and is all seated. Formerly known simply as "Spartak", in mid 90s it was renamed in honour of the club's most successful coach Anton Malatinský.
Food, drinks, nightlife
Plenty of restaurants and bars within the City walls, there is a particularly good Mexican restaurant in the town and all bars and cafes’ serve very reasonably priced food and drink.
It is not the most liveliest place to visit at night but The city centre is an attractive place to view by day or after dark, and it's also a city of fun and relaxation. When out at night in and around the square, you will find an assortment of pubs and restaurants for refreshment, and some nightclubs and a casino for entertainment.
Be aware of gypsies around you, especially in the centre of the town. They easily distract you and try to steal. As in all large towns beware of pickpockets
In Bratislava there are two types of tickets:
1) time-tickets for more transfers
2) prepaid zone tickets (24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, 168-hour, 1-month, 3-month and 1-year).
Time-tickets valid for 10, 30 and 60 minutes and cost 14, 18 and 22 Sk. Reduced fare tickets are usable for 6 to 15 years old children, students with certificate issued by Bratislava Transport Company (DPB), retired and baggage. You can obtain your ticket in the most of kiosks, DPB shops and ticket machines. 30-minute ticket is the most used ticket in Bratislava. Travel time is shown in all schedules and controllers must accept it even if real travel time is longer. It is not relevant in which tariff zone you are, only time validity of ticket is important. On the other hand, if you use prepaid zone ticket, you should pay attention in which zone you are. 1st tariff zone covers wider city centre and if you aren't sure where you will travel, we recommend you to buy ticket which validates all tariff zones. Please note that if you want to buy prepaid ticket with validity longer than 7 days, you have to have chip card issued by DPB. If you are going to use night line, you should have 60-minute ticket which validates 90 minutes in night lines. During non-working days validity of 30-minute tickets is extended to 45 minutes and validity of 60-minute tickets is 90 minutes. Children under 6 years and retired over 70 years can travel for free. You have to validate all tickets with validity from 10 minutes to 7 days immediately after entering the vehicle. If you are changing line, don't validate the ticket second time. During checking of ticket validity, all designators are blocked after 15 seconds after closing the doors. Be sure you hold your ticket before getting on vehicle and put it in designator in right direction. Validity of ticket ends after the labelled time elapsed. If you want to get on from request stop, you should nod driver. If you want to get off at request stop, you have to press button Stop. There are also fines for breaking conditions of using public transport. Travelling without valid ticket is fined 1400 Sk and if you don't have enough money, you will have to pay additional fine. If you don't have ticket for baggage exceeding 30 x 40 x 60 cm the fine is 35 Sk and for animal 70 Sk. Animal travelling in vehicle has to have regular ticket and has to be in cage resp. dog has to have muzzle. If you want to enter vehicle with dog or baby buggy it's necessary to ask driver. Fine for doing mess in vehicle is 140 Sk.
Bratislava tram system runs on metre gauge tracks and there are 12 routes numbered between 1 & 14 ( no 10 or 13). All cars in service are Tatras built by CKD. Many run in pairs and the rear unit is unmanned.
We recommend a 72 hour , 3 day ticket that will cost you 210 Sk (just over £4 and will cover all Bratislava zones)
FSF Cymru warning...The Authorities are very strict about imposing these regulations and will fine you...if you refuse to pay fines, you will be taken to the police who will increase the fine
The public transportation system in Bratislava includes buses, trams and trolleys. The schedules are well kept. The ticket system is time-based. Once you mark the ticket in the marking machine, you can make arbitrary number of changes until the ticket wears out. The marking time will be printed on the ticked by the machine, so you can easily check whether your ticket is still fresh.
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