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Introduction

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Košice is Slovakia's second largest city. It is situated on the banks of the Hornád river in eastern Slovakia near Hungary. The city's historical center is well preserved and includes Slovakia's largest Gothic cathedral. Košice was the first European settlement to have its own coat-of-arms.

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Weather

Kosice has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and relatively cold winters.

Summers last from June to September with average maximum temperatures mostly between 22 °C and 26 °C in the lower parts of the country. Nights average around a pleasant 13 °C during this time.

Winters, from December to March are usually around or a little above 0 °C during the day and a little below zero at night, though cold spells of weather when the wind blows from the east are possible.

The east (where Kosice is located) is colder than the southwest of the country during this time. Absolute highs and lows are 39 °C and -27 °C. Precipitation is quite evenly distributed throughout the year, although spring and summer are somewhat wetter. On average, there are between 10 and 15 days with some rain (or snow).

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max0.5 °C3.2 °C9.3 °C15 °C20.3 °C23.2 °C25.1 °C25.1 °C20.3 °C14.3 °C6.2 °C1.4 °C
Avg Min-5.6 °C-3.9 °C-0.4 °C4.2 °C8.9 °C11.8 °C13.4 °C13.1 °C9.2 °C4.5 °C-0.2 °C-3.9 °C
Rainfall25 mm24 mm26 mm49 mm70 mm86 mm83 mm70 mm53 mm47 mm42 mm33 mm
Rain Days131110121414131110101314

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Getting There

By Train

There are trains from Bratislava, Brno and Prague.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
City Residence Apartment Hotel18 Bacikova StreetHotel96
Centrum Apartment 1Masiarska 41Apartment54
Penzion BerylMojmírová 2/AGuesthouse-
Zlaty Dukat - HotelHlavna 16, 04001Hotel-
Hostel above club MadridVratna 30HOSTEL-
Boutique Hotel BristolOrlia 3HOTEL-
Yasmin HotelTyršovo Nábrežie 1HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wifi and broadband can be found more or less everywhere, and there will be an internet cafe available somewhere even in smaller towns. Also, shopping centres, hostels, pubs, cafes, and some public institutions such as libraries or government buildings offer (free) wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Slovakia is +421. In case of an emergency, call the universal number 112. You can also call directly on 150 for fire brigade, 155 in a medical emergency or 158 for the police.

Slovak phones operate on the GSM standard, which covers most of the country, and 3G covers most of the area. The coverage is surprisingly good, and you will often have signal even in mountain areas, unless you are in a deep ravine. There are three main operators - Orange, T-mobile and O2, and they all use 900 or 1800Mhz standard, which might not be compatible with some U.S. phones operating on 1900Mhz.

They all (along with some virtual operators, biggest of which are Funfón and Tesco Mobile) offer a variety of prepaid cards with various "pay as you go" schemes (some market research is advised, if you want the best deal) and incentives. If you have an unlocked phone, these are easy to pick up in any phone shop, or you can purchase a cheap phone with a prepaid card included.

There are still some phone boxes available, but with mobile phones now commonplace, they are declining in number. Also note that you might need to purchase a prepaid card to use some of them.

Post

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. 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.
You can use parcels services with Slovenská Posta as well, although you might be better off with companies like UPS, TNT, FedEx or DHL, which offer similar prices, but usually faster and more reliable services.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 48.7209956
  • Longitude: 21.2577477

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