For a place known as the ‘City of Tolerance’, Kosice has had a turbulent past, which makes such a nickname all the more commendable. Over the past century alone, the city has found itself under the control of four different rulers – the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and now Slovakia. While under Austro-Hungarian rule, Kosice built up immense wealth. As a gateway between east and west, the city became a rich, luxurious haven for merchants and travellers. Today, it is Slovakia’s second largest city and administrative capital of the east. This vibrant past is now enjoyed by tourists in the form of palaces, monuments and the city’s general aesthetic beauty. However, not all of Kosice’s glories are of the past – in 2013, Kosice was named a European Capital of Culture and the city allows access to 6 different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 4 national parks and the world-famous Tokaj wine region, which developed independently of the Roman Empire’s methods. Today, visitors can experience this surviving heritage first-hand.
As in days of old, Kosice provides excellent access to much of Central and Eastern Europe. Both Bratislava and Budapest are easily reached with a car hire from Kosice Airport, which is also en route to the Tokaj region – although if wine tasting, remember you won´t be able to drive afterwards! Auto Europe have been brokering car rentals since 1954 and are proud to offer you the lowest rates on the market. We’ve been going the extra mile for our customers for over 60 years!
Kosice International Airport (KSC)
Address: Letecká 41, 041 75 Košice, Slovakia
Wesbite: Kosice Airport Website
Tel: +421 55/683 21 00
Location: The airport is located 4 miles south of Košice city centre.
Airlines serving Košice Airport: Several European airlines serve Kosice, including Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Czech Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, SmartWings and Turkish Airlines.
Kosice Airport is comprised of a single, manageable passenger terminal, which is open around the clock. Travellers are welcome to rest overnight in the terminal and are advised to arrive at least two hours before departure. This terminal houses all check-in desks, car rental suppliers, a lounge area and even a nursery. Here you can find all check-in desks and facilities. Kosice Airport offers flights to around 10 destinations, including Istanbul, Prague, Warsaw, Vienna and Bratislava.
Auto Europe works with some of the most reputable suppliers of car rental at Kosice Airport, including Budget, Firefly and Buchbinder. Rental desks are found in the terminal building opposite Arrivals and Departures. Ensure that you bring your valid driving licence, credit card with which you made your booking and 2 proofs of address or the supplier may refuse your car rental. Familiarise yourself with your insurance policy so that you know what you are covered for. Before accepting your vehicle, bring any scratches or damage to the attention of your supplier to avoid any disputes when returning the vehicle.
Car hire desks opening hours
The airport has been in operation since 1953, with the new terminal awarded ‘Building of the Year’ after it was built in 2004. There is a lounge that passengers can pay to use without becoming members on the 1st floor. An array of shops, restaurants and bars are available once past security. Lockers and luggage storage services are not available at the airport. Wheelchairs are available throughout the airport, which has barrier-free access. If you require special assistance, visit their official page for more details.
Not accounting for the rare event of a traffic jam, the journey to Kosice Airport from the city centre should take only 15 minutes. Any customers returning their car hire to Kosice Airport can either take the E58 all the way from Vysne Opatske or drive through the city and join the E58 in the south, by Atrium Optima. Both journeys take around the same length of time, so this choice purely depends on your taste of scenery. There are a few petrol stations close to the airport – Shell, Slovnaft and OMV all have stations cloistered around the Atrium Optima junction on the E58.
By Bus and Taxi
The 23 bus gives access to the city centre in just 20 minutes, also stopping at the main bus and train stations. Usually, the 23 runs between 5am and 10pm; however be sure to check these times before planning your journey.
Taxis can be found on the ground floor outside the terminal building. The airport is officially partnered with CTC Taxis, who are a prominent firm in Kosice and normally drive a fleet of Hondas. Usually, these taxis offer a flat rate of €10 to the city centre.
Refreshingly, there are only 3 options of parking at Kosice Airport. P1 is priority metered parking, which can be paid for by cash or card. P2 is ideal for collection or drop-off and offers 10 minutes free parking. P3 is dedicated to long-stay, with a minimum of 8 hours required to park there. Prices tend to be very economical.