There are many banks in Slovakia, usually members of international corporations offering ordinary banking services such as current accounts and subaccounts, domestic and international payments, electronic banking, debit and credit cards, cheques, deposit products, securities, private banking, unit trusts, mortgage financing, loans, exchange and even insurance services.
|ČSOB (also in English)|
|Privatbanka (also in English)|
|Slovenská záručná a rozvojová banka|
|VÚB Banka (also in English)|
|PSS - Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa|
|SLSP - Slovenská sporiteľňa (also in English)|
|Tatra banka (also in English)|
Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday (from 8:00 to 17:00/18:00). Some branches remain open even longer, and some are open on Saturdays and Sundays (mostly in shopping centres only).
For more details, please, visit the website of the respective bank.
To open a bank account, you need ID or passport. The opening of the account is for free. The fee per month for the maintenance of the account varies from bank to bank, and depends on whether it is in euro or in a foreign currency.
International students can open a student account for free (they are exempt of monthly fee for maintenance and they can get a debit card for free). Closing of the bank account is usually for free too.
If you have a current account in euro, a debit card is usually issued within a service package. A credit card is issued independently of an account. Major credit cards (American Express, Diners’ Club, Visa, Eurocard/MasterCard) and debit cards (Maestro, Cirrus, Eurocheque cards and Visa Electron, Eurocard/ MasterCard) may be used for cash withdrawal from cash dispensers (ATM), as well as for payments in hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations. Credit cards can also be used to obtain cash.
For further information on commercial acceptability and other services, please, consult your card issuer.
A 50 g letter sent within Slovakia by 2nd class costs 0.50 €, sent by 1st class costs 0.70 € and registered mail costs 1.45 €. The postage for sending a 50 g letter by 2nd class from Slovakia to the Czech Republic costs 0.95 €, while sending a 50 g letter by the same class to other European countries or outside Europe costs 1.10 €.
The price list is available at the website of the Slovak Post Office, where you can also find postal codes of all the towns in Slovakia and information on other services provided at the post office, e.g. you can pay your utility bills, receive cash on delivery consignments, buy lottery tickets, receive payments, buy a phone and mobile phone cards, and, of course, send postcards and letters.
Slovakia has a large number of full area internet service providers that offer wired broadband internet connections, for example:
They offer a range of connections, from ADSL/ADSL2+ to optical “Fibernet”. ADSL or ADSL2+ is available in almost every town in Slovakia. Mobile operators have various mobile internet offers, too. Wi-Fi spots are available throughout the city centres, shopping centres and even in some buses and trains. Almost every coffee shop and restaurant offers free Wi-Fi connection or hotspots for their customers. You can find even free Wi-Fi connection in bookshops around the cities.
Currently, there are 4 mobile operators in the territory of the Slovak Republic:
They offer either prepaid card services or phone contracts paid on monthly basis.
Slovakia is well covered by mobile phone networks which enable calls even from some peaks of Tatras. Only very distant areas are without signal.
The EU “roam like at home” rules enable holders of the EU/EEA countries SIM card to use their mobile phones while travelling in any EU country without any additional roaming charges. The rules cover voice services (to mobile telephones and fixed phone lines), sending text messages (SMS) and using data services while abroad. These rules also apply when receiving calls or texts while roaming, even if the person you are calling is using a different service provider.
More information available at EC website:
The easiest solution to benefit from the EU “roam like at home” rule is to buy a prepaid SIM card. For its purchase, the Slovak legislation requires verification of personal data. Therefore, cards are not sold as freely as in some other countries. Sellers will ask buyers for their passport or identity card if from European Union, or residence permit in Slovakia, on the basis of which they will verify buyer’s identity. The minimum age limit for buying a SIM card is 15.
|Local municipal police||159|
Enquiry services - usually paid
|Directory enquiries – information about telephone numbers in Slovakia||11 81|
|International directory enquiries – information about telephone numbers abroad||12 111|
|Exact time||12 110|
|Wake up calls||12 125|
City codes in Slovakia
International country code of the Slovak Republic: +421
|Spišská Nová Ves||053|
TIP: when calling landline numbers in Slovakia (they do not have prefix 09..) you must first type Slovak international country code 00421 or+421 and then city code without zero.
There is 1 National Library, 5 scientific libraries, 63 academic libraries and a large number of public, special and school libraries in Slovakia.
The University Library in Bratislava, founded in 1919, contains more than 2 million volumes and is the country’s most important library.
The Slovak National Library in Martin, founded in 1863, includes a collection of materials related to Slovak culture, and also by law, must contain a print of every book even published in Slovakia.
Database of Slovak libraries (in Slovak only)
The most important libraries in Slovakia are:
At present, there is a lot of laundry service companies in Slovakia, here you can find some located in university towns, but if you ask locals they will recommend more options to you:
However, there are many dry cleaning services or even fast dry cleaners (nearly in every shopping centre). Some of them also provide leather/suede/fur cleaning and dyeing.
Here are some useful links for different types of insurance (life insurance, household insurance, car insurance, etc.), where you can find a list of insurance companies with their contact data: