The FIFA World Cup 2018 is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14th to July 15th 2018, with the highly anticipated draw kicking off today in Moscow.
If you’re a fan looking to travel to Russia for the event, you should start budgeting and planning out the rough costs now, so that you have as much time as possible to save. You’ll need to consider the following:
Travel to and from Russia
Russia is one of the more expensive countries to visit – especially during the World Cup. A round-trip flight will cost you anything from £150 to £500+. As we edge closer and closer to the World Cup, it’s expected that the price of flights are likely to increase. You can regularly check cheap flights through websites like Skyscanner to find some good deals on getting to and from Russia. If not a flexible short term loan can help spread the cost of flights over the football season.
Your choice is between a hotel, a hostel or Airbnb. The most expensive city to stay in will be St. Petersburg, so it’s worth booking your accommodation well in advance so that you’re not paying more than you need to. Booking.com is a useful website for finding last-minute and package deals.
Russia has very strong train links, so don’t be put off if you can’t find accommodation right next to a venue. It’s also worth noting that the stadium venues have been selected specifically to minimise travel between them during the event.
Food and drink
The current exchange rate is currently about £1 to 80 Rubles, so make sure you get the best possible exchange rate for your spending cash.
Budgeting for food and drink will depend on your accommodation choice. If you’re staying at a hotel you may get a free breakfast, but otherwise here are some average prices you can expect to pay in Russia:
- Buffet style lunch: 500 Rubles
- Pizza: 500 Rubles
- Beer at bar/restaurant 150-200 Rubles
It’s always a cheaper option to buy your food and drink at local grocery shops rather than eating at a hotel or restaurant.
Transportation in Russia
Once you’ve landed in Russia, you’ll need transportation to your hotel. Taxis are usually the more expensive choice, but Uber has fixes prices from Domodedovo or Sheremetyevo airports.
If you’re a ticket holder, Russia is offering free ground transportation (by bus or train) between host cities during the event. The scheme called FAN ID requires ticket holders to apply for an identification document which can then be shown at bus or train stations to get free travel.
If you’re not a ticket holder, getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow will cost you about 5000 to 6000 Rubles (£70 to £80).
Travel insurance can be quite cheap and can provide with useful medical and electronics cover – if you’re travelling with a group you can book as one and get a discount.
The official UK government travel advice for Russia breaks down what you should watch out for during your travels. Petty crime is common in the cities, so always be alert for the possibility of pick pocketing, mugging and theft from hotel rooms.
32 teams who have qualified will be split into eight four-team groups drawn from four pots and the groups will contain one team from each pot. England is in pot two.
Pot one: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France.
Pot two: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico and Croatia.
Pot three: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran.
Pot four: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.