Žilina is a town in Central Slovakia with population of over 80,000.

Zilina - main square


Zilina is the fourth largest town in Slovakia.

Recently there was a large investment from Kia Motors Company in Zilina. By mid 2007, Kia expect to be producing 300 000 units per year! A large automobile factory is being built in a nearby area and a lot of Kia employees from Korea have moved to Zilina. Because of this, you can find specialized Korean food sections in some larger supermarkets and some Korean restaurants.

Zilina is an important transport junction point linking south (Bratislava, Vienna) with north (Kraków, Warsaw) and east (Kosice, Ukraine) with west (Ostrava, Prague).

Get in

By train

Direct trains from Prague, Warsaw, Moscow, and Bratislava. Trains can be caught from Bratislava main train station (Bratislava Hlavna Stanica) approximately every one to one and a half hours. The approximate fare for this trip is 10 €.

From Prague (Hlavni Nadrazi) trains run each day. The journey takes just over 5 hours, terminating at Zilina. This costs around 600 Czech Koruna.

Also junction point to most places in Slovakia. See for train and bus connections.

By bus

From some towns in Czech Republic, Poland or Slovakia could be easier to catch bus than train or it adds additional connection. See (available in English also) for train and bus connections in Slovakia and countries around.

By car

There are 3 European roads crossing in Zilina. Road E75 from Bratislava to Zilina as highway D1. Road E50 from Brno continues to Kosice as highway D1. Road E442 from Olomouc.

By plane

Transfers can be made from Bratislava airport on the number 61 bus (price €0.75) to Bratislava main train station (Bratislava Hlavna Stanica). After that by train to Zilina.

Get around

The centre is small enough to walk around. There is also public city transport, around 50 cents ticket.


Zilina - main square

Take a stroll in the historic centre and admire the old churches.





Cheap cheese typical for region:

Typical dishes:

Every restaurant has non-smoking part (by law).


During lunch most of restaurants serve 'menu' for about €3-4 (including soup).




There are many pubs, restaurants and tearooms around town. Beer is especially cheap at just over €1 per half litre.

There are a few pubs and bars on the main square. There is an Irish bar, aptly named 'Guinness' and also a disco style bar called Royales.

Typical Slovak (and Czech) soft drink is Kofola. Kind of coke drink, not so sweet.






Stay safe

Like any central European town, be practical. The railway station is not the greatest place to "have" to stop over in for any length of time based on experience. Suggest avoid waiting room, and stay near kiosks. Otherwise, Zilina is fine. Enjoy!

Go next

There are many great places close to Zilina.

Castles and ruins

Mountains and hills


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