Getting to Nový Smokovec, Slovak Republic           (last update: 8.11.2010)




By plane


The most comfortable way to Nový Smokovec by plane is via Košice (KSC) airport (connection with Prague, Bergamo, Basel, Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava) however the connection is infrequent.  (How to reach Košice railway station from Košice airport read here).

There are more frequent flights to airports in Bratislava (BTS) and Vienna (VIE) with frequent connections to Bratislava Central Station (Hlavná stanica). (How to reach Bratislava railway station from airports of Bratislava and Vienna read down)

Note: It is also possible to use Airports located in Prague, Brno, Krakow, Katowice and Budapest, however the connection to Nový Smokovec is rather complicated or infrequent. Unfortunately, Poprad airport has no regular flights at the moment.



By train


From Bratislava main station (Bratislava hlavná  stanica) it is recommended to take a IC (InterCity train) to Poprad Tatry going 4 times a day taking 4 hours; or the R (Rapid) train which is slower but runs 7 times a day taking 5 hours.

From Košice several IC and R trains up to 11 daily to Poprad Tatry.

From Poprad Tatry to Nový Smokovec (up to 17 daily, every 30 minutes from 5:07 to 22:04). After reaching Poprad Tatry railway station you have to go upstairs (inside the station building) to a separate platform for local electric trains to Nový Smokovec (in direction Štrbské Pleso).

For the timetables, train tickets and reservations visit the ŽSR web page.


By Bus

Bus connections between Bratislava and Poprad are frequent (7 direct buses per day) but can take up to 6 or 7 hours. (For shuttle busses from Bratislava and Vienna airports read down).



By car


When travelling by car, please note that in Slovakia, you need to have a highway-toll ticket, which can be bought at any petrol station. The precise geographical location of the venue is: 49.138215,20.217455.

Coming from the west by Road E50 or D1, i.e. from Žilina, you follow E50 up to Tatranská Štrba where you turn to the left in the direction to Štrbské Pleso. Then drive in the direction to Starý Smokovec/Smokovce. After passing by the sign announcing the city limits of Nový Smokovec/Smokovce you will see the conference venue „Kúpele Nový Smokovec“.

Coming from the east by Road E50, i.e. from Prešov or Košice, you will first pass through Poprad where you should watch for the signs directing you to Starý Smokovec/Smokovce. in Poprad continue on n. 534 (High Tatras) to Nový Smokovec. After coming to Starý Smokovec/Smokovce and crossing the railroad, turn immediately to the left, follow the main street in Smokovce for about 1 km.

Coming from the north, i.e. from Poland, cross the border in Lysa Polana/Javorina, follow the signs for Tatranská Lomnica and then to Starý Smokovec/Smokovce. After crossing the city limits of Horný Smokovec/Smokovce, follow the main street for about 2 km.


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How to reach Košice railway station from Košice airport

Košice city public transport company operates a regular bus service, No.23, which connects the airport of Košice with the downtown (15 minutes, 9-18 daily).



How to reach Bratislava railway station from Vienna and Bratislava airports


From Vienna airport you can reach Bratislava using shuttle buses operated by Blaguss (10 daily, terminal 2) or Slovak lines/Eurolines/Postbus (up to 17 daily, terminal 1). You can go to Bratislava Airport (75 minutes) or get off in Bratislava downtown (60 minutes) and continue using public urban transport.

Note that shuttle bus companies may have different bus stops (terminal 1, terminal 2), please verify at the airport the exact location of the bus stop. Shuttle bus service is from 6:45 till 0:45.

Bratislava airport is connected with the central main station by the bus line 61 (25 minutes duration at intervals of 8-20 minutes, service starts at 4:45 and ends at 23:25).

Note that for urban transportation services you must always purchase a ticket before you board the bus (tram, etc.) and validate them once on board. In Bratislava, you can buy tickets with Euro in the yellow ticket machines and in some kiosks.


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