Zero – fare public rail transport services in Slovakia

1. Who is entitled for zero-fare transport services?

  • Students and seniors under 62 years of age who are citizens or permanent residents of EU member states:
    • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Children under 15 years of age and seniors over 62 years of age  without limitation by EU citizenship or residence

      2.Terms and Conditions

  • Passengers entitled to zero-fare transport services are required to register at ZSSK ticket desks.
  • Upon registration, they will obtain their rail customer cards that will allow them to get zero-fare tickets for travelling by trains.
  • Zero-fare tickets are passenger-specific, i.e. the tickets are non-transferable.
  • Passengers with the zero-fare tickets for train category Os and REX can board any Os or REX train for the route specified on the ticket within the period of validity.
  • Zero-fare tickets are bound to trains of R, RR, Ex, EN, EC, SC category. In this case – the passengers can only board the specific train the number of which is printed on the ticket.
  • If a passenger chooses to travel by a train from category SC or EC, they will pay an extra fee: 1€ for EC train and mandatory reservation fee 5€ for SC train.
  • The zero-fare transport is not available on IC trains.

      3. What documents do we need in order to register zero-fare passengers and issue rail customer cards for them?

  • Children under 15 years of age
    • Children under 6 years of age do not need any customer card or train ticket to travel for free
    • Children aged 6-15 years are required to submit their passport (+ profile picture)
  • Students
    • For full-time students under 26 years of age who are enrolled in study programs equivalent to study programs  available at schools and universities in Slovakia
    • Students are required to submit confirmation of enrolment for the current  academic year together with an official translation to Slovak language ( for documents in Czech language translations are not necessary) and an ID document (+ profile picture)
  • Retired persons receiving social security income under 62 years of age (excluding military service pensioners)
    • Retired persons are required to submit confirmation of social security income not older than 30 days together with an official translation to Slovak language and an ID document (+ profile picture)
  • Seniors over 62 years of age
    • Seniors are required to submit their ID document (+ profile picture)

If travelling on Tatra Electric Railways and Cog Railway (routes Štrba - Štrbské Pleso, Poprad-Tatry - Štrbské Pleso and Starý Smokovec - Tatranská Lomnica) or on the line Žilina - Rajec, no zero-fare ticket is needed (it is sufficient to present the customer card for zero-fare transport).

Please provide a picture that is up-to-date, unused and professional (sharp and bright enough). A person has to be depicted from the front, without any headwear or background. The required picture size: 2x3 cm.

Please note, that it is not possible to use the zero-fare tickets on the route segment between  the last regular station on the Slovak territory and the state border. Entitled passengers are to use the zero-fare tickets only between the stations within the territory of Slovakia. The exception are children under 6 years of age. They travel for free also in border areas.

Last modified: 21.07.2017
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Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on Rail Passengers' Rights and Obligations (hereinafter Regulation) entered into force on December 2009.
Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s. (ZSSK) is liable for your transportation and for transportation of your luggage and  has to respect your rights guaranteed by the Regulation.