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Getting to Bratislava for The Festival Series

Getting to Bratislava for The Festival Series

In two months The Festival in Bratislava returns to the Banco Casino right at the edge of the old town center of the Slovakian capital. From October 10 until October 16 the weeklong event will feature more than three dozen poker tournaments, blackjack and roulette and sports betting competitions and cash games running 24/7.

If you're thinking about joining us in Bratislava, here's a small guide on how to get to the city and the tournament venue.

The Banco Casino in Bratislava

The Banco Casino in Bratislava is in the basement of the Crowne Plaza Hotel which you will find here:

Crowne Plaza
Hodžovo námestie 568/2, 816 25 Bratislava, Slovakia

Flights to Bratislava via Vienna Airport

Bratislava airport operates direct flights from a few European cities but the most convenient way for most internationals to travel to Bratislava is via the Vienna Airport which is merely 45 minutes away from the Bratislava center. Vienna has daily, affordable connections to most European Cities including Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, Barcelona, Rome, Athens and Malta.

Getting from the airport to the city

Bratislava airport is 15 minutes from Banco Casino by taxi or Uber, or if you’re on a budget, the number 61 bus will get you to the central train station as well.

It takes roughly 45 Minutes by bus from Vienna Airport to Bratislava and several buses go every hour, most for less than €10 per trip. Several taxi services are available as well. Prices for those are usually between 40 and 50 Euros per trip.

Getting to Bratislava by Rail

Bratislava train station operates direct trains from European hubs including Berlin, Budapest, Prague and Krakow, with easy connections to most other cities in mainland Europe. The station is located in the very heart of the city, a 15-minute walk or a five-minute cab ride from the casino.

Getting to Bratislava by Bus, Boat or Car

» By bus: Bratislava’s Novy Most bus station is extremely well connected to the rest of Europe by bus - check Slovak Lines for routes.
» By boat: If you fancy arriving in style, you can take advantage of Bratislava’s location on the Danube and get the boat from Vienna or a number of other cities. Click here for more details.
» By road: Several major motorways intersect at Bratislava, making it easy to reach by car. If you’re in your own vehicle, you’ll need to buy a motorway tax sticker (dialnicka znamka) - they’re around €10 for 10 days, and are available at the border or most gas stations. Parking in the center of Bratislava can be difficult - your best bet is probably the garage at Tatra Centrum near Banco Casino.

Getting around in Bratislava

Public Transport Bratislava
Public Transport Bratislava

The Banco Casino and with it The Festival is in the heart of the city center, roughly 1km away from the Danube river. The easiest way to get around is on foot.

Alternatively, Bratislava has buses, trams and trolleybuses. Tickets can be purchased via SMS or App. A 7-day-ticket is only €12.00.

The city has a fantastic (English) website with all details regarding public transport in Bratislava:

» imhd.sk Bratislava.

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