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Getting There

By Plane -- The High Tatras has a small airport, Poprad-Tatry field (tel. 052/776-3875; www.airport-poprad.sk), which offers limited passenger air service depending on the season. The airport is located about 5km (3 miles) outside of town and is reachable by car or taxi (but not public transportation). Currently the Bratislava-based budget carrier SkyEurope (www.skyeurope.sk) offers twice-daily flights from London's Luton airport. The Czech airline CSA (www.csa.cz) also offers regular flights to the Tatras from Prague, but these flights go to Kosice airport, with a minibus transfer to Poprad (2 hr.).

By Train -- Poprad is a major rail junction and ZSR state railroad train service is relatively frequent to and from Bratislava, Zilina, and Kosice. From Bratislava, the journey on an express train takes about 5 hours; from Zilina, 2 hours, and from Kosice, 2 hours. From Poprad station, the Tatra Electric Railroad runs directly to Starý Smokovec and Strbské Pleso, about 30 minutes to Starý Smokovec and 1 hour to Strbské Pleso. To reach Tatranská Lomnica, change trains in Starý Smokovec.

By Car -- Poprad lies on Slovakia's major east-west highway. The drive from Bratislava follows the Váh River north to Trencín and Zilina, before turning east. Some of the drive is along four-lane highway and takes about 4 hours. From Kosice, the drive is along mostly two-lane highway and takes about 2 hours.

By Bus -- Bus service is frequent from Poprad to many regional cities and towns, including Bratislava, Kosice, and Levoca. You can also use the bus station at Starý Smokovec, just on the edge of the resort in the direction of Tatranská Lomnica. The bus is often the best option for seeing the smaller towns in and around the Tatras. The tourist information offices can help you sort out the timetables and destinations.

Getting Around

By Train -- The Tatra Electric Railroad is cheap and efficient, and serves all of the major resorts. Trains run about every 45 minutes from Poprad to Starý Smokovec and on to Strbské Pleso and several points in between. Travel to Tatranská Lomnica requires a change at Starý Smokovec. Ticket prices vary depending on the length of the journey. The price from Poprad to Strbské Pleso is about 1.50€ ($1.90). Buy the tickets at ticket windows at stations and validate them in the trains.

By Car -- Excellent roads connect Poprad to all of the Tatra resorts. The travel time between Starý Smokovec and Strbské Pleso (20km/12 miles) is 15 minutes.

By Bike -- You can easily rent a bike and move from resort to resort along the main road. The ride from Starý Smokovec to Strbské Pleso is challenging, since there's an elevation change of about 300m (984 ft.) between the towns. Coming back it's all downhill.

On Foot -- Once you're at one of the resorts, walking is the only option for getting around. Walking between the resort towns is not a viable option since the distances are too far.

Visitor Information

The main Tourist Information offices, identified as TIK, in Starý Smokovec (tel. 052/442-3440) and Tatranská Lomnica (tel. 052/446-8119; www.tatryinfo.eu), can provide basic information and hiking maps, as well as book accommodations. The staff is also helpful in sorting out basic transportation questions. The Mountain Rescue Service (Horská Záchranná Sluzba), based in Starý Smokovec (tel. 052/442-2820; emergencies tel. 052/18300; www.hzs.sk), is the first place to turn in the event of an accident. The Mountain Guide Agency (Spolok Horských vodcov) in Starý Smokovec (tel. 052/442-2066; www.tatraguide.sk) can provide guides to the summits, or for adventures like snowshoeing and rock climbing. A guide for a climb to the highest peak, Gerlach, will cost around 150€ ($191) for one person and about 175€ ($222) for two.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.