Žilina is 4th largest town in Slovakia.
Recently there was a large investment from Kia Motors Company in Žilina. By mid 2007, Kia expect to be producing 300 000 units per year! A large automobile factory is being build in a nearby area and a lot of Kia employees from Korea have moved to Žilina. Because of this, you can find specialized Korean food sections in some larger supermarkets and some Korean restaurants.
Direct trains from Prague, Warsaw, Moscow, and Bratislava. Trains can be caught from Bratislava main train station (Bratislava Hlavna Stanica) approximately every one to one and a half hours. The approximate fare for this trip is 10 €.
From Prague (Hlavní Nadraží) trains run each day. The journey takes just over 5 hours, terminating at Žilina. This costs around 600 Czech Koruna.
Also junction point to most places in Slovakia. See cp.sk for train and bus connections.
From some towns in Czech Republic, Poland or Slovakia could be easier to catch bus than train or it adds additional connection. See  (available in English also) for train and bus connections in Slovakia and countries around.
Czech Airlines provide no longer regular flights to Žilina from Prague (approximately 165 €for return ticket). Flying into Bratislava transfers can be made from Bratislava airport on the number 61 bus (price 75 eurocent) to Bratislava main train station (Bratislava Hlavna Stanica). After that by train to Žilina.
Žilina dam (Vodné dielo), (in east part of town). Do running, walking, inline skating, cycling, beach volleyballedit
Lesopark (forestpark) Chrast, (between quarters Solinky and Vlcince). Walking, running, barbeque, high-rope adventure park edit
Stanica cultural node, (train station Záriečie), . In the building of old and still operating train station Žilina-Záriečie. Concerts, theaters, movies (often in English or with English subtitles), festivals, exhibitions, discussions, bar, ...edit
cheese - get local cheese from cheese shops, much better and fresher than from supermarkets. E.g. Syrmix on Narodná street or Kuzmanyho Street, shops close to market
fruit and vegetable market - during season good source of vegetable and fruits, sometime you can find here locals with only their things (not from big stores). Over corner of Kuzmanyho and Halková street.
During lunch most of restaurants serve a daily set menu (called 'menu' or 'denne menu'), typically soup and a main course for about 3-4€.
Slovak pub, Halková 7 (close to market and Kuzmanyho street), . Quiet place, typical Slovak dishes, good prices.edit
Trinity - Asian reasturant, Kuzmanyho street 100, . Nice looking restaurant. They have a set menu from 11 till 23 for about 3.5€ including soup.edit
Slovenska koliba, Kuzmanyho, . Typical Slovak looking building with typical Slovak dishes.edit
Trattoria Pepe, J. Vuruma street (close to Marianske namesti square), . Italian pizzeria. Has Pork and chicken escalopes (wiener schnitzel), chicken and pasta dish, a meat and rice dish, served with potatoes and vegetable and a drink, all for a very reasonable 4€. Pleasant little place.edit
Reštaurácia Vix, Sládkovičová 3 (in the corner of square "Marianske namestie"), +421 41 562 6401 (<email@example.com>, mobile +421 903 502 177, fax +421 41 562 6431), . Every day 10AM-11PM. Stylish and modern. Video games, casino and billiard upstairs. 3€-13€.
Voyage Voyage in the northern part of the square has a good menu with a decent variety of food.
Hotel Garni is a good cheap option although quite far from the train and bus stations. Private rooms with sinks for €10-€15 a night, on the 9th and 10th floors. No internet but nearby restaurant has free wifi.
Ubytovňa Remy, Závodská cesta 3 (near roundabout called "Rondel"), +421 41 500 4200 (mobile +421 903 640 649), . Non-stop. One of the cheapest accommodation in Žilina. Sk 200-1000.
The camping site Varín, Varín (11 kilometers east from Žilina towards [Terchova], road 583) . Summer season from 1st May to 15th October. 2.5 € per person; 2.50 € per tent; bungalows and chalets for 4 to 5 people from 25 € to 36 €.
Ubytovňa ŽILINA - hostel, Pri Celulózke 28 (bus N° 24, 26, 31), ☎ +421 41 5254868, . Free wifi, single bedroom 9,60 eur for one night, in more people or more nights it get cheaper.8,-. edit
Econohotel garni, V. Spanyola 43 (red building on a hill), +421 41 565 0747 (<firstname.lastname@example.org>, mobile +421 911 422 008), . Non-stop. 58.5 €/71.5 €-85 €/98 €(Single/Double).
Mountain hotel Bartoška, . A mountain resort hotel with its own ski slope, jacuzzi, and sauna.edit
Hotel Slovakia, a very nice ex-communist hotel with over 100 rooms, centrally located with parking. ,
Penzión *** Anton, Sv. Cyrila a Metoda 830, ☎ +421415094499 (email@example.com, fax: +421415094451), . checkin: nonstop. Comfortable accommodation only 3 km from Žilina in beautifull surrounding.27 € - 43 €/. edit
Tourist information office, Hlinkovo namesti square, +421 (0)41 723 31 86, till end of June: Monday-Friday 8-17, Saturday 9-12, Sunday closed, in high season Monday-Friday 8-18, Saturday-Sunday 9-14.
on their website: practical contacts, tips for tips, prospects to download, list of cultural events, ...
Free wifi on squares: Hlinkovo and Marianske
Amazing photogallery of everything in Žilina  including photos of hotels, shops, parks, hills, quarters, transport, schools, churches, industries, health centers.
Like any central european town, be practical. The railway station is not the greatest place to "have" to stop over in for any length of time based on experience. Suggest avoid waiting room, and stay near kiosks. Otherwise, Žilina is fine. Enjoy!
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