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Your travel guide to the final in Baku

29 May 2019 07:53

Heading to Baku for the football final? Then make sure you have the right cover for you.

Heading to Baku for the football final? Then make sure you have the right cover for you.

Europe's focus turns to Baku this month to see who is crowned winners of the continent's second-biggest club football competition. Here's everything you need to know about traveling to the big match.

What is it?

One of biggest occasions in European club football see two of the continents best teams go head-to-head to be crowned champions of Europe's second cup competition. This year, two teams from London are competing: Arsenal and Chelsea.

Where is it being held?

This year's final is taking place in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, on the banks of the Caspian Sea. The match will be held at the city's Olympic Stadium, which also played host the 2015 European Games.

When is it?

The final takes place on May 29 at 8pm (BST), although the three-hour time difference between the UK and Azerbaijan means the match will kick off at 11pm local time and finish in the early hours of Thursday.

How do I get to Baku?

Direct flights from London Heathrow to Baku take around six hours, although these are limited so many visitors prefer to stopover in Kyiv or Istanbul. If that sounds like a long time, you could always drive – it'll only take you 56 hours non-stop(!)

Where should I stay?

Baku has hosted some of Europe's biggest events in the last decade (Eurovision 2012, European Games 2015 as well as the annual Azerbaijan Grand Prix), so there are plenty of hotel options for visitors. Many of these are located in the centre of Baku, along the waterfront and around Freedom Square.

What else should I do there?

Baku's captivating old city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and it's easy to see why as you explore its narrow, cobbled lanes twisting round ancient sandstone buildings. Visit the Maiden's Tower and Palace of the Shirvanshahs before relaxing along the city's beautiful waterfront in Milli Park.

Anything else I should know about traveling to Baku?

You'll need a visa before you travel to Baku, although Azerbaijan introduced a simplified online visa for visitors back in 2017 to make things easier. These are valid for 30 days and are single entry. Police in Baku often ask to check your papers, so make sure you carry your passport with you, and don't forget travel insurance as your EHIC card isn't valid in Azerbaijan. For more information, visit the travel advice pages.

If you're going away, don't forget travel insurance

Are you heading to Baku for the football final? Then make sure you have the right cover for you. At World First, we offer a range of dedicated travel insurance policies that'll give you peace of mind when heading away.