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Banska Bystrica is a town in the central part of Slovakia, about half way between Bratislava and Kosice. The Hron River splits the town in two, with the biggest and the historical part being on the north bank of the river. Flowing through the Northern part of the town is the Bystrica river, which partially gives the town its name.
Sliač Airport has charter flights to Burgas in Bulgaria and Antalya in Turkey, in summer. Other flights are not available at the moment. The airport is situated to the south of Banska Bystrica, about half way to the town of Zvolen.
The train station is situated about a kilometer to the east from the center of town. It is a junction between the Vrútky–Zvolen railway, which links Banská Bystrica with Zilina and Bratislava, and the Banská Bystrica–Červená Skala railway, which heads east towards Košice. Banská Bystrica mesto railway station is a smaller station located closer to the city center on the south bank of the river, served by trains on the Vrútky-Zvolen line.
The R1 (which splits off the D1 from Bratislava) connects Trnava with Banska Bystrica, also passing the town of Zvolen, 20 kilometres to the south).
Slovak Lines connects Banska Bystrica to Bratislava (2x a day, costs: €11.20 for an Adult, one way ticket), with the trip taking around 3.5 hours.
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A lot of places, like shopping centres, restaurants and bars offer free wifi, which you can connect to without needing a password.
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Slovenská pošta is the national postal service of Slovakia. They have affordable, reliable and relatively fast services. You can choose to send letters/postcards first (express) or second class. Prices start at €0.40 for a second class letter (up to 50 gram) domestically, €0.60 for express services. Within Europe prices start at €0.90 (Czech Republic €0.80), outside Europe prices start at €1.00, all for second class letters/postcards up to 50 grams. You can use their parcels services as well, although you might be better off with companies like UPS, TNT or DHL, which offer similar prices, but usually faster and more reliable services. Post offices are available in all villages and provide banking services like money transfers as well. The post offices are usually open from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday until 1:00pm. The main post offices in larger towns or shopping malls are open daily to 8:00pm. It is possible to buy post stamps for post cards and letters directly in the post offices or in some newspaper stands.
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