RE: [slovak-34] Travelling to Slovakia - advice!

From: Inez
Sent on: Saturday, June 8, 2013 8:57 AM

Bob, hi! I use Autoeurope because they were the least expensive and most convenient when I conducted my research initially five years ago. The reps were very pleasant to deal with on the phone. The cars were always clean and the check-in process was easy. I really haven’t conducted any additional research. Once I find something that works, I don’t make changes until I have to.

 

I’m a zombie when I get off an international flight. The thought of getting behind the wheel of a car in Vienna scares me. <smile>  A sleep-deprived Inez? It’s not a pretty sight. So I never really thought about renting a car in Vienna. I usually take the bus into Bratislava and check into a hotel and visit with friends and allow my clock to adjust.

 

Last year a friend and I were planning to visit Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Autoeurope would not rent to us. There was something about rental cars disappearing in Greece and crossing the borders into the different countries added mega-bucks to the rental fees. It was easier/cheaper to hire a driver in MK and a separate driver in BG and to take a bus from Skopje to Sofia.

 

I think the bottom line is to talk with the reps and check out the various fees involved. For example, each country has a “pass” you need to have displayed in your car window that shows you’ve paid the travel fee. One year on a drive between Slovakia and the Czech Republic we stopped at a gas station just before the Czech border and purchased a three day pass for the Czech Republic. We did that when we drove from Slovakia into Hungary too. Talk with the car rental reps. They will arrange for the rental car to have the correct passes already on display for you. The pass issue was the problem with our Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria trip described above. The fees were exorbitant.

 

I will be in contact with you for more information about Peter. As a rule, I like to make my own arrangements. I think planning is half the fun of the trip! I write/email the penziones and get a feel for the people prior to my arrival. I’m still in contact with a family in Trnava, for example. Staying with them is like being home. But I can imagine there might be a time when a travel agent’s help might be needed. Thanks for the offer.

 

Happy travels everyone! - Inez

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Bob Rychlik
Sent: Friday, June 07,[masked]:11 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [slovak-34] Travelling to Slovakia - advice!

 

Hi Inez,

Autoeurope is one of 4 rental agencies at Vienna airport. Do you rent the car in Bratislava, because it is cheaper?, have you checked the rates and compared with rates in Vienna? If the difference is small I think it is easiest to rent it right away at Vienna, and not be tighten to a bus schedule at all.

I can recommend travel agent Peter in Florida (formerly in Maryland) I have never been able to find better price on the web, then I get from him, he arranges my car rental as well (and he is Slovak, he travels there too), if anybody is interested, send me email, I'll send you his email address.

Bob

 

On 7 June[masked]:14, Inez <[address removed]> wrote:

Kathleen, like Bob, I drive while in Slovakia. I fly into Vienna and take the bus (stop is just outside the terminal door) either to Bratislava bus station (first stop) or to Bratislava airport (second stop). It depends upon my itinerary. At any time you can get out to Bratislava airport and rent your car there. You can drop off your car when your travel is complete and take the bus to the Vienna airport for your flight home. The entire process is very convenient.

 

I use Auto Europe to make my arrangements prior to leaving the States. They are located in Maine, I believe and I use their 800 number to make my arrangements. I’ve done this for the past four years and never experienced any problems. Autoeurope.com    [masked].  Hope you have a wonderful trip! – Inez

 

 

TO BE CLEAR: I receive no benefit or gain by recommending this company. I have no interest in the company and I receive no remuneration or points toward future travel. I am not related to anyone owning or working at the company. I am merely providing one vendor data point for someone to consider as they make their travel plans.

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Bob Rychlik
Sent: Friday, June 07,[masked]:44 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [slovak-34] Travelling to Slovakia - advice!

 

I you are used to have a car, and don't mind driving (it is a small country!), rent a car and have it on hand to get to many places, where trains and buses don't go. I always take direct flight to Vienna, rent a car right there at the airport (there are 4 agencies there), and in less then on hour I am in Bratislava, then continue on highway either north, or east, these highways are new and very nice. If you do, buy a highway sticker after you cross the border into Slovakia.

As for ancestry, do your homework now before you go, on computer, with Google, and Geni. Then when you'll there, Presov's city office should have the records, but it's important to have some names, date of birth, etc., to get started.

Bob Rychlik

P.S. Bring a good fujara back home with you.

 

On 6 June[masked]:38, Kathleen Sabol <[address removed]> wrote:

Hello,

 

My family and I will be travelling to Bratislava and Presov in August. We are VERY excited to visit Slovakia, especially because we are of Slovak heritage! Does anyone have any advice on how best to get to Presov from Bratislava? Train? 

 

Once my family and I are in Presov, we would like to do some research about our ancestry. Any suggestions about how to do this? Is there a heritage or geneological center in Slovakia that might have information? 

 

D'akujem!!!

 

-Kathleen Sabol

 

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