New flight routes from Bratislava BTS to Turkey, Greece and Montenegro this summer with Kiwi.com!

New flight routes from Bratislava BTS to Turkey, Greece and Montenegro this summer with Kiwi.com!

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Bratislava airport and Kiwi.com are excited to announce new regular flights to Istanbul, Antalya, the resumption of flights to Athens and the Greek islands, and Podgorica. Find flight dates, route information and things to do in Turkey, Greece and Montenegro and book cheap flights today

This summer you’ll have more destinations than ever to choose from when you fly from Bratislava airport. As well as their always-popular routes to places as varied as London, Palma de Mallorca, Burgas and Dubai, you can now see more of Europe — and beyond! — from Bratislava.

Istanbul, Turkey

Starting on May 15, 2024, Pegasus will be flying twice-weekly (Wednesday and Sunday) routes to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, with the possibility of increasing their frequency if demand is high. This brand new connection means an easy way for travelers to get to the fascinating city of Istanbul, but also to link up with other Pegasus flights to destinations across Turkey, the Middle East and Asia. There will also be another route linking Bratislava with the Mediterranean resort of Antalya running from May 18 to October 26, 2024, so whether you fancy the city or the beach, the choice is yours.

Turkish Flag on back of boat on the Bosphorus and Mosque on hillside just above, Istanbul, TurkeyA stunning view of Istanbul showcases the iconic Turkish flag  set against the backdrop of the majestic Suleymaniye Mosque © Getty Images

What to do in Istanbul

From the mighty Hagia Sophia and the numerous mosques, churches and palaces, to the twinkling lights of the ships on the Bosphorus and the peaceful parks and gardens, Istanbul straddles more than just two continents. One of the largest, most historic and varied cities in the world, it’s a mixture of culture, food, religion, history, architecture and pretty much everything else that’s virtually unmatched anywhere.

Get lost in the world famous Grand Bazaar, people-watch on the 1.4 kilometer İstiklal Avenue, explore the quiet, colorful streets of the Balat area, eat delicious local food, maybe even go to a football game — there’s so much going on you’ll want to visit more than once. In fact, we’ve prepared an extended guide to Istanbul here so you can get a more in-depth flavor of what’s going on.

Athens, Greece

Since March 2024, a renewed Bratislava to Athens route is being operated by Aegean Airlines. Like the Istanbul route this not only means travelers can easily head to the Greek capital, but also makes it simple to go one step further and explore places like Santorini, Corfu, Mykonos and Heraklion.

Greece, Athens. The Parthenon, Theater Of Herodes Atticus, The Odeon of Herodes Atticus and The Erechtheum.Golden hues illuminate ancient Parthenon ruins on Athens’ sacred hillside © Getty Images

Things to do in Athens and the Greek islands

Another ancient and storied city, Athens is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. It’s easy to see why: any city that’s so steeped in history that even their metro stations double up as museums must have so much to discover. There are the obvious big hitters — the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Agora, the beautiful Plaka neighborhood — but you’ll also discover local color and vibes in Monastiraki, tranquility in the Athens National Garden, and you might even be able to attend a performance at the Herod Atticus Odeon, dating back to around A.D. 170!

Blue domed churches at sunset, Oia, SantoriniA breathtaking sunset over Santorini, Greece, with its iconic blue-domed churches and white-washed buildings overlooking the tranquil Aegean Sea © Getty Images

For a change of pace, catch a flight out to one of the islands and give yourself a two-part vacation. The whitewashed towns of Santorini are almost cliched Greece, clinging to the cliffs created by the volcano that is the island. Mykonos, as well as its hard-partying reputation, food scene and shopping, offers hilltop villages, ancient windmills and hidden beaches, and Samos is a rugged, wine-producing island that also produced Pythagoras and the philosopher Epicurus.

Even if you decide to stay in Athens you can still sample a spot of island life with regular ferry routes to some of the closer islands. From the three ferry ports (Piraeus, Lavrio and Rafina) you can see islands like car-free Hydra (90 minutes by water), the beautiful beaches of Agistri (75 minutes), or the ancient sites of Aegina (40 minutes — one hour). Whatever you decide, read more about Athens here.

Podgorica, Montenegro

Beginning on June 12, 2024, fly with Air Montenegro on their regular seasonal route from Bratislava to Podgorica, the Montenegrin capital. It’s a great base for a city break, but also a really great way to get to the beaches of the Adriatic and the stunning countryside of the interior of the country.

Adventures in Podgorica and around

So what does Podgorica have to offer? The smallish Old Town, called Stara Varoš (built by and for the Ottomans between 1474 and 1879) is full or taverns, coffee houses and winding streets, as well as a medieval fortress and the Sahat Kula clock tower, one of the symbols of the city.

However, the main reason to fly from Bratislava to Podgorica is outside of the city. Montenegro offers amazing beaches, less crowded than those of Croatia to the north, and the coast is easy to get to. Bar, for example, is only just over an hour away and offers beaches, nightlife and great food and drink. Kotor, further north, sits in a stunning bay, the fortified medieval Old Town tumbling down the mountainside into the clear, blue water.

Iconic serpentine riverbend of Lake Skadar, MontenegroLake Skadar, a prime example of Montenegro’s lush landscape, featuring its iconic serpentine riverbend © Getty Images

Lake Skadar is only 40 minutes away and the glassy water reflecting the surrounding hills is one of the most beautiful sights in the country. Hiking, biking or boating are all available, or you can simply chill by the waterside.

Inland, you can visit one of Europe’s only rainforests, the Morača River Canyon in Biogradska Gora National Park; go underground and explore the 2.5 kilometers of passages and caverns of the Lipa Caves; or see one of the country’s most famous sights, the 17th century Ostrog Monastery, built high up into a cliffside. All of these places are — at most — 90 minutes by road, and some, like the Morača River Canyon, are as little as half an hour away. Fly to Podgorica and see a bit of everything Montenegro has to show you! We look at Montenegro (and some more of the Balkans) here.

Fly from Bratislava with Kiwi.com this summer!

With so many amazing destinations, Bratislava’s convenient, modern airport is an easy choice to fly from. Great public transport links from Brno, Vienna and the surrounding regions, easy access and parking if you arrive by car and fantastic value flights all through summer — search flights from Bratislava on Kiwi.com today!

 

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David Szmidt

David is a lead writer for Kiwi.com, as well as a football-watcher, music-listener and beer-appreciater. @UtterBlether