Your Russia 2018 World Cup Travel Guide

10 May 2018

Have you been hit by World Cup fever yet?  Are you excited for a feast of football?  Interested to see if Messi can lift the trophy with Argentina?  Curious to see if Germany can defend their title?  Dreading the 0-0 draw England will secure against Panama in the Group Stages?  Whatever you’re looking forward to, we’ve put together a small World Cup travel guide for those of you who are going to Russia for the World Cup. 

As a Scotland fan, I certainly won’t be one of them.  So instead, I’ll help those of you lucky enough to have a team coherent enough to string a few qualification victories together and watch with immense jealousy.

What do you need to get into Russia?

Before the football even kicks off you need to ensure that you’ve done your due diligence and got everything you need in order to get into Russia.  For UK passport holders, you’ll need to secure a visa before travelling, a process that usually takes ten working days but because of the World Cup could take significantly longer.

Staying in Russia for longer than your visa allows can see you run into trouble with possible fines, court hearings and a ban for re-entry, so make sure you don’t overstay your welcome.

You’ll find everything you need in order to apply for a visa from the Russian embassy website (https://www.rusemb.org.uk/).

World Cup Cities

Despite Russia being the largest country in the world, the tournament will span a relatively small distance.  The furthest stadium to the west will be in the exclave of Kaliningrad, just north of Poland, while the furthest east is the Yekaterinburg Arena, with a distance of just 3,040km (1,889 miles) between the two.

Russia’s major cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg also take centre stage while the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics Sochi will also be home a number of matches during the month long event.

Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will host both the opening game of the tournament between Russia and Saudi Arabia and also the Final itself with a capacity of 81,000.

Naturally, the cities you plan to visit will depend on where your team is playing, however, a good base of operations would be Moscow as it will have the majority of the matches and within travelling distance to the rest of the host cities.

The important dates

The competition starts on June 14th at the Luzhniki Stadium where hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the opening match.  After 64 games the World Cup will eventually come to a conclusion in the same stadium just over a month later on July 15th.

As for England, who you’re likely to support if you’re reading this, they’ll play in Group G.  England will play against Tunisia (June 18th, Volgograd) Panama (June 24th, Nizhny Novgorod) and Belgium (June 28th, Kaliningrad).  Depending on their results, England will then look towards the last 16 of the tournament and later stages, although, based on past experience, it’s unlikely they’ll make it further than that – but I’m sure England fans will be hoping they can buck the trend this time around. 

No doubt, if England do manage to make it past a tough Last 16 tie (likely to be against Colombia or Poland), it will be difficult to avoid all the stupor surrounding a potential Quarter Final tie, so you should be able to find out when and where fairly easily from a range of sources, should it happen.

What’s the price of a pint in Russia?

What about the beer though, I hear you ask.

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no getting away from the fact that a number of fans will be travelling to Russia with the intention of having a drink or two.  While the Irish won’t be in Russia this summer – which means there won’t be thousands of men serenading the women of Paris with Irish accents this time around like there was at Euro 2016 – a whole host of fans will be looking to sample the range of beer that Russia has to offer.

How much will it cost though?

Well, according to our research, you’ll be looking at around £2 for standard beer in Moscow, however, more specialised Russian brands could reach up to £4 or £5.  I guess you get what you pay for.

Plan and Enjoy

As long as you get your visa in plenty of time, plan your base hotel around the games you intend to visit and embrace the tournament, you should have all you need in order to have a wonderful and enjoyable World Cup, whatever the scores might be! 

Enjoy Russia and enjoy the World Cup as it’s another four years until the next one.

 

 

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Away from his role as a Content Writer for Thomson Local, you’ll find Craig writing about either football or video games at a myriad of sites and publications. He’s had words featured in The Guardian, Eurogamer, Nutmeg and his own site Pause Resume. He’s also currently in the process of attaining a degree in Creative Writing with the Open University.

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