Bratislava bus company Dopravny podnik Bratislava (DPB) is introducing higher fines for illegal passengers on buses in Bratislava from 1 May in its continued attempts to crack down on fare-dodgers.
From 1 May the basic on-the-spot fine will be EUR 50, instead of EUR 40 to date, with the charge rising to EUR 70 if you fail to pay the fine within five days. One of the reasons for the hike is that they haven’t been increased for the past fifteen years.
If you are caught by one of the often overzealous and arrogant ticket inspectors, you can pay in cash on the spot or use your bank card. There have been many cases of arguments with ticket inspectors, for instance, after people bought their ticket using the special mobile number 1100. As it takes a few minutes for the transaction to be processed, many find themselves on the bus without the confirmation code, something the inspectors claim is also subject to a fine.