Getting There -- Zilina lies on the main east-west highway and is a relatively easy drive from both Trencín and Bratislava. Figure on an hour's drive from Trencín and 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic, from Bratislava. Zilina is also a major train and bus depot. There are frequent train connections to both Trencín (70 min.) and Bratislava (2-3 hr.). The train is also the best bet for reaching Poprad and the High Tatras. The train station is a 10-minute walk from the main central square along Národná Street. If you're planning on heading to the Malá Fatra, the bus is the best bet. There are frequent bus connections to Terchová; figure on a ride of about 45 minutes. The bus station is east of the city center, about a 10-minute walk from the train station and from the center of the city.
Getting Around -- The inner city is relatively compact and most of it has been restricted to automobile traffic, so walking is the only option.
Visitor Information -- Zilina's tourist information office, Burianova medzierka 4 (tel. 041/562-0789; www.selinan.sk), is situated in a private travel agency called Selinan on a small street just off of Mariánske námestie. They'll do their best to help you sort out the train and bus schedules, as well as recommend lodging and dining options. The office is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm.