As with many Slavic countries, Slovakia is rich with overlapping and tangible history that is still very much felt on the streets of Kosice today. Over the past century alone, the city has officially been a part of 4 separate countries – the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and finally, Slovakia. During the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Kosice benefitted handsomely from its strategic location between Prague and Budapest, acting as an industrial gateway between the two sides of the empire. This brought much wealth to the city, which erected grand buildings and monuments accordingly. Today, Kosice is the administrative capital of the country’s eastern region, with Hungary 15 miles to the south and Ukraine 50 miles to the east. Nicknamed ‘City of Tolerance’, Kosice now allows access to over six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four national parks and the historic Tokaj region, which is renowned across the globe for its wine and for harbouring practices that developed independently of the popular Roman methods of making wine.
The town centre is littered with historic buildings, in a variety of styles – Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Renaissance. The main street is pedestrianized and typically provides buzzing scenes among coffee shops, restaurants, palaces and churches. In 2013, Kosice was named the joint European Capital of Culture, which is unsurprising. It is a city of firsts and superlatives – it was the first European dwelling place to receive its own coat of arms in 1369 and is the setting of the world’s second oldest marathon (the Kosice Peace Marathon), the home of the largest zoo in Central Europe and the largest church in Slovakia, St Elisabeth Cathedral. It’s also the only place in the world with a waxworks museum that portrays mainly Slavs, located inside the fascinating St Urbain’s Tower.
Car hire in Kosice is a perfect way to view the city and surrounding countryside. With strong road links to destinations across Central Europe like Bratislava and Budapest, there are endless possibilities once behind the wheel. Book now with Auto Europe and save on your car rental. We’ve been brokering car hire since 1954 and have great relationships with top suppliers that allow us to provide our customers with the best deals on the market. Central Europe is a place like nowhere else – colourful history, eclectic culture and idiosyncratic architecture all await those who travel there. Book now and start your adventure!
Kosice is well connected by road to the rest of Slovakia – 4 separate motorways direct traffic to the north, south and east, while there is a bypass of sorts that provides quick access to each area of the country. The town itself is very pleasant to drive around as traffic is rarely a problem making car rental in Kosice a convenient choice. Tolled parking is in operation across the city centre, however it is very affordable. There are also a variety of private parking lots to choose from. Check out our handy guide to driving in Slovakia, here.
Kosice is the Slovakia’s second largest city and an administrative capital in the country’s east. It lies close to Ukraine and Hungary, with Poland reachable in the north. It straddles the Hornád River and is surrounded by mountain ranges, most notably the Slovak Ore Mountains to the west.
Kosice Airport is 4 miles to the south of the city centre and is the second largest city in Slovakia proportionally to population. If you happen to be returning a car hire to Kosice Airport, you can either take the E58 or Moldovska Cesta southbound, which normally takes around 10-15 minutes. Kosice Airport offers direct flights to 10 cities including London, Doncaster, Cologne, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Prague, Warsaw and Vienna.
Kosice International Airport (KSC)
Address: Letecká 41, 041 75 Kosice, Slovakia
Website: Kosice Airport
Telephone: +421 55/683 21 00
Slovnaft and OMV have petrol stations on either side of the airport, which are convenient for those returning a car hire with a specific fuel requirement.
Public transport in Kosice is comprised of buses, trams and trolleybuses. Two companies, DPMK and Kosice Transit Company are in charge of all services and run a generally efficient system. The price of a fare is comparatively low by British standards and can also be paid for digitally in advance. There are plenty of taxi companies in operation and, as a gauge of price; one can expect to pay around €10 from the airport to the city centre.
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