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The most important information you should know about Russia

Traveling and Transport

Championship matches will take place in 11 Russian cities:

  1. Moscow (the capital of Russia, the tournament final will be played here as well). You can find more information on Moscow sights on our web-site
  2. St. Petersburg (cultural capital, “the Window to Europe”)
  3. Kazan (a city with more than million inhabitants, the port on the Volga river bank, the Muslim capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, “the third capital of Russia”)
  4. Yekaterinburg (a city with more than 2 million inhabitants in central Russia, “the Window to Asia”)
  5. Sochi (the largest beach resort city, “the Russian Cancun”)
  6. Kaliningrad (sea and river port, the most western regional center of the country which is separated from all other territories, “the European piece”)
  7. Samara (a city in the Povoljie region of Russia near to which the largest center of the Russian automotive industry AvtoVAZ is located)
  8. Volgograd (the hero-town in the southeast of the country, the site of the Stalingrad Battle)
  9. Nizhny Novgorod (the city in the central Russia, on the bank of 2 rivers: Volga and Oka, with the largest cableway in Europe)
  10. Rostov-on-Don (the administrative center of the Southern federal district)
  11. Saransk (the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, a relatively small town 513 km from Moscow)

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Free fan train for spectators

Before planning your trip within Russia (by plane, train, bus, car), pay attention that spectators of the FIFA World Cup with a FAN ID («the passport» of the fan) and a match ticket, is eligible for a FREE fan railway ticket. It will be a great help in cutting down transport expenses, not to mention the atmosphere and cheerful company that awaits you on such a journey.

To get a free place on a fan train, it’s necessary to register on the website https://tickets.transport2018.com/free-train/ schedule and to book a ticket (for ticket booking you will need the ticket number or the application number; FAN ID; date and time of your match; the cities between which you plan travel). There is usually an opportunity to choose the train on the day of a match, or for several days or the day before. All possible options will be available on the website in automatic mode on the basis of the entered data (according to the match ticket).

Bed sheets on the fan trains are provided free of charge.

We recommend booking immediately after buying the ticket and after you have received your Fan ID because of course, seats are limited. Registration for free trains ends 24 hours before the departure of the train.

!!! Keep in mind that without a train ticket, a match ticket and your Fan ID, you and your relatives WON’T be able to get board the train as there are several verifications of documents at the station entrance and on the train. Please note that according to the rules, children qualify for a free train ticket ONLY if they have an entry ticket to the match.

If you have a desire to see the city in which the match takes place, choose the train which arrives on the eve of, or a few days ahead of the day of the match. Otherwise you may face stir, rush and huge number of tourists that could make things problematic.

If, however, you want to participate in more entertainment and cultural tourist programs, choose a regional train on the day of a match and spend more time in Moscow and St. Petersburg, considering the fact that many cities (especially with a population less than one million) can be covered on foot within a day.

The airports and shuttles to the city center

Moscow

There are four airports near Moscow: Sheremetyevo (SVO) in the north-west, Vnukovo (VKO) in the south-west, Domodedovo (DME) in the south, and Zhukovsky (ZIA) in the south-east.

Aeroexpress trains (shuttle trains to the city center) are the easiest, cheapest and fastest way (only 40 minutes) to get to the center of Moscow from the airport. Aeroexpress trains stop at some of the central Metro stations and then you can easily change to the Metro line which will bring you to your hotel or apartment. Aeroexpress tickets can be purchased on the official website https://aeroexpress.ru/en/, at the ticket offices or self-service ticket terminals inside airports and railway stations, or via a free mobile application (Aeroexpress LCC). But be aware that Aeroexpress trains do not run to Zhukovsky Airport. You can reach this airport by taking a Sputnik commuter train from Kazansky Vokzal to Otdykh train stop. A shuttle will take you the rest of the way to the airport. Train service is provided from 07-00 till 23-00, but be aware of your schedule – trips take over an hour.

Aeroexpress tickets prices
500 rub. (8 usd) – 1 way (1 journey) standard class ticket

1000 rub. (17 usd) – 1 way (1 journey) business class ticket

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg has Pulkovo Airport (LED) in 25 km away from the city center. To get to the city from the airport, you can order a taxi or take public transport. Free bus shuttles and city buses number 39, 39 Ex and minivan taxi number K39 run between the nearest Moskovskaya metro station and the airport. The journey takes 20-35 minutes.

Other cities

Kazan’s international airport (KZN) is 25 km south of the city, Sochi’s international airport (AER) is located 29 km from the centre of Sochi, Kaliningrad has Xrabrovo airport (KGD) 20 km to the northeast from the downtown, Nijniy Novgorod has Strigino (COJ) 18 km to the southwest of the downtown area.

Official web-sites of the airports:

Kazan http://kazan.aero/en/

Sochi http://basel.aero/en/

Kaliningrad http://kgd.aero

Nijniy Novgorod http://goj.aero/en/passazhiram

 

Airplane tickets

To find the cheapest airplane tickets for your trip dates you can use sites aggregators. Most popular in Russia are:

https://www.skyscanner.net (has English version),

https://www.anywayanyday.com/en/ (has English version),

https://www.aviasales.ru, https://www.momondo.ru.

 

Taxi

It’s easy to take a taxi from all the airports or order online through apps (Uber is available in Russia, and also there are some very similar, local and popular apps: Yandex Taxi and Gett Taxi). You can easily order a pick-up at the airport by personal driver in advance on our web-site too (link), it’s the most comfortable option if you are travelling with children, family or a large.

If you are driving to the city by car, be aware of the traffic. Moscow is known for its endless traffic jams. Always ask for the total cost and approximate travel time if you decide to hire taxi, the amount of money calculated by time passed in traffic can be very tricky. Generally, taxi prices in Russia are much more cheaper in comparison with Europe.

 

Metro 

The subway is considered to be the cheapest and one of the fastest means of transport when travelling in the city as it allows you to avoid traffic jams and rush hour (in Moscow and St. Petersburg these are inevitable). It is possible to use the subway in six participating cities of the Championship: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod. In Volgograd, a high-speed tram (with CT logo) is available in place of the metro.

Moscow Metro is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Stations, platforms, transitions, represent tiny palaces, they are decorated with sculptures, stucco moldings, stained-glass windows and mosaics. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit subway stations as Novoslobodskaya, Mayakovskaya, Kievskaya, Komsomolskaya, Park Kulturi, Teatralnaya, Novokusnezkaya. If you are interested in the Metro’s history and all its legends, there are official, relatively cheap excursions that are conducted in Russian, English and Chinese.

Fare depends on number of the acquired trips. In the majority of host cities the ticket for one trip upon purchase in cash desks of the subway costs from 20 to 28 rub. In Moscow and St. Petersburg the prices are higher: in the capital one trip will cost 55 rub, in St. Petersburg the trip costs 45 rub. In Volgograd the trip on a metro-tram will cost 25 rub.

Fare depends on the number of trips you wish to buy. In the majority of host cities a ticket for one trip (available at cash desks in the subway) costs between 20 and 28 rub. In Moscow and St. Petersburg the prices are higher: in the capital one trip will cost you 55 rub, in St. Petersburg the trip costs 45 rub. In Volgograd a trip on the metro-tram will cost you 25 rub.

The subway and the high-speed tram work, generally from 6:00 till 0:00, trains arrive in intervals of 1-5 minutes. It is possible to buy tickets at a cash desk from the cashier or at self-service terminals which are located at the entrance of each station. After use (during entrance) there is no need to keep a single entry ticket as you will not need it when exiting.

During Confederation Cup, entry to the subway was free for all fans with a Fan ID on day of a match. Therefore before buying tickets ask a cashier.

Usefull applications: Yandex metro LCC (has English version, Moscow Metro)

 

Public transport (bus, trolleybus, tram, minibus)

The schedule and the list of routes of city public transport can be found at all bus, trolleybus and tram stops. The interval between these modes of transport can range from 5-30 minutes depending on the time of day and day of the week (weekdays/weekends & state holidays). Limited routes in Moscow and St. Petersburg are also available at night, but public transport usually operates between 6-7am to 8-12pm.

Tickets can be purchased from special ticket kiosks at stops, from subway cash desks, or directly from the driver or the conductor. The cost of 1 trip, as a rule, doesn’t exceed 60 rubles (1 usd). It is usually only possible to pay with cash, however, card payments are possible in the Moscow and St. Petersburg subways.

Be aware that in Moscow passengers usually enter public transport through a one-way door, there are check points with turnstiles and in order to enter it is necessary to scan your magnetic ticket. In other cities it is possible to enter transport through any door. A person without a ticket in public transport in Mother Russia is called a rabbit or a hare (in Russian language it sounds like “za-yatz”).

While using above-ground transport, keep an eye out for a popular Russian national attraction – a shared taxi or minibus (or “marshrutka” in Russian). They Russia’s version of an Asian tuk-tuk and move around the city quicker because they can use lanes reserved for public transport. They also pick up and drop off passengers anywhere along the route, provided stopping doesn’t break any traffic regulations. These minibuses usually take 14-16 passengers, which begin their routes (and are parked) near bus-stops. In the majority of host cities of the World Cup minibus drivers only accept cash. The fare is always displayed on the window of the minibus or inside the vehicle.

Usefull applications: Yandex Transport (Mosgortrans), Moscow Parking, VeloBike

 

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