Practical information (items in alphabetical order)

Practical information


bullet  Accommodation

The event organizers strongly recommend that OIML delegates stay at the 4-star Hotel Doubletree by Hilton, where a block of rooms has been reserved at a special discount rate.

The Doubletree is a modern business hotel located in the historical Slovakian capital city of Bratislava at the crossroads of the city’s business, cultural, sport and historical districts. It is the largest conference venue in the city, with a total function space of 1 200 m2. The Doubletree Hotel is attached to the Ondrej Nepela ice hockey stadium and is 10 minutes from Bratislava’s historic city centre, 10 minutes from Bratislava (BTS) Airport and only 50 minutes from Vienna (VIE) International Airport.

Reservations should be made directly with the hotel (see the Accommodation page).

Bookings after the deadline may be accepted subject to room availability, but it may no longer be possible to obtain the discounted room rate.

bullet  Accompanying persons' program

We are pleased to invite accompanying persons to attend the receptions on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We kindly ask you to let us know (on your registration form) about your attendance.

You can find a few ideas on what to do in Bratislava under “sightseeing”.

bullet  Arrival in Bratislava

Arriving by plane:
The Doubletree Hotel is only 10 minutes’ taxi ride (8 km) from Bratislava International Airport (Airport website). If you are arriving at Vienna International Airport (Vienna Airport website) there is a bus service from Vienna Airport to Bratislava (Bus website here) or a taxi costs approximately 60 euros.

Arriving by train:
Bratislava Central Railway Station is less than 15 minutes from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The station address is:
Hlavná stanica (Central Railway Station), 811 04 Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

Arriving by car:
The Hotel can be reached by car via Highway E65 from the Czech Republic, as well as the D-2 from Hungary and by E75 and E58 from Austria. The entrance to the Hotel car park garage is from Kalinciakova street. Parking spaces are located in the garage under the hotel and if the garage is full, parking is available under the stadium. The entrance to Reception is by elevator from the garage under the hotel.

bullet  Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. It is the biggest city in Slovakia and is the administrative, cultural and economic centre of the country. Other names for Bratislava are Pozsony in Hungarian and Pressburg in German. In the past, Bratislava was one of the most important economic and administrative centers of the Kingdom of Hungary. Several kings were crowned there and this can still be remarked in the architecture and atmosphere of today's city. For further information, please visit the Bratislava page.

bullet  Climate

The climate in Bratislava towards the end of October is mild: about 11 to 15 °C in the daytime but temperatures can fall to about 4 °C at night. There is a 20 % chance of rain in October and the average monthly rainfall in October is about 3 cm.

bullet  Credit cards

VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and retail outlets in Bratislava.

bullet  Currency & banking

The currency is the Euro (€). Cash points/machines are available throughout the city.

bullet  Electricity

The mains supply voltage in the Slovak Republic is 230 V AC - 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type E (this type is of French origin). This socket also works with plug C and with plug F if it has an additional pinhole:

Type E Plug  Type E Socket

bullet  Emergency services

Emergency telephone numbers in the Slovak Republic are as below:

112 - Emergency calls
155 - Ambulance, First aid
158 - Police
159 - City Police
150 - Fire Service

bullet  Languages

The CIML meeting will be conducted in English and simultaneous interpretation into and from French will be provided.

bullet  Lunch and refreshment breaks

Lunch will be served Monday through Thursday. Morning refreshments will be served on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and afternoon refreshments will be served on Monday and Tuesday. Also see the Schedule page.

bullet  Meeting documents

Delegates should please note that no paper documents will be available for the CIML Meeting; all the CIML Meeting documents will be made available for download via the CIML Meeting Agenda page.

bullet  Passports and visas

A valid passport is generally required to enter the Slovak Republic, though ID cards may be sufficient for most EU Nationals. Entry visa requirements vary from country to country and so it is strongly recommended that delegates contact their local Consulate or Embassy for further information prior to making travel arrangements. For more information, please visit the Visas page.

bullet  Receptions

There will be two Receptions:

On Tuesday 22 October the OIML will host a Reception to which delegates and accompanying persons are cordially invited, and on Thursday 24 October the Host Country will be pleased to welcome delegates and accompanying persons. More details will be provided in due course.

bullet  Registration

All delegates intending to attend the meetings are required to register online (see the Registration page) at their earliest possible convenience, but in any case no later than July 1st, 2019.

On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday a registration desk will be set up in the Doubletree Hotel (see Meeting Schedule).

bullet  Sightseeing and tourist information

Bratislava is located in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava, and bordering Austria and Hungary. There are many websites giving tourist information which Delegates can consult (please also see the Bratislava/Venue page). Some popular sites are: (for transportation to, from and in Bratislava) (Bratislava Airport taxi service)

Public transport services are inexpensive and fairly reliable in all major cities in the Slovak Republic. Buses and trains are not always modern, but are numerous and very affordable.

For taxis it is recommended to call a taxi company, rather than hail one down on the street.

Intercity bus transportation is efficient and reasonably priced, and the same goes for rail transport (to a lesser extent).

bullet  Special requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure that any special needs delegates have are taken into account.

bullet  Taxes

The standard V.A.T. rate in the Slovak Republic is 20 %. There is also a reduced VAT rate of 10 %, mainly for medicines and books.

There is also what is referred to as a City Tax or a Tourist Tax or even a Village Tax, and the amount levied varies from €0.50 to €1.70 per person per night when staying in a hotel. For the Doubletree Hotel, please note that there is an additional city tax charge of 1.70 € per person per night (not included in the rates quoted on the Accommodation page).

bullet  Time zone

Bratislava standard time is UTC + 1 hour (Daylight saving time: +1 hour until October 27th 2019). Local time, and various other information concerning Bratislava (and indeed all major cities in the world) can be found at the World Time and Date website.

bullet  Tipping

The Slovak Republic is not a country where a large tip is necessary, but as in most countries good service still demands something, and 10 % is the norm. In Slovakia the pre-Euro tradition was to simply round up, and since the euro has taken effect many Slovaks still follow the same custom.

bullet  Venue

The CIML meeting venue is the Hotel Doubletree by Hilton in Bratislava (see the Venue page).

The meetings will take place from Monday 21 October through Friday 25 October and the full week’s schedule is published here. In addition to the 54th CIML Meeting, there will also be a CEEMS AG meeting, a Workshop on e-Learning and an RLMO Round Table discussion.

Hotel Doubletree by Hilton
Trnavska Cesta 27/A
831 04 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Tel.: +421 2/323 401 11
E-mail: See the Contact page
Web site:

bullet  Visas and passports

A valid passport is generally required to enter the Slovak Republic, though ID cards may be sufficient for most EU Nationals. Entry visa requirements vary from country to country and so it is strongly recommended that delegates contact their local Consulate or Embassy for further information prior to making travel arrangements. For more information, please visit the Visas page.