Rugby World Cup 2015: Travel and venue guide

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With thirteen UK venues hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup, you’ll need to plan ahead to dodge the scrum and make sure you’re ready for the whistle. We’ve got all the information you need right here.

For those without match tickets, why not get off the sofa and soak up the atmosphere in one of the fanzones located in all host cities? Read on for all the information you need…

Use this dropdown as a fast-track to your venue, tickets information, TV schedules, fanzones and much more…

At-a-glance guide: Who’s playing where and when

Check out our full list of 2015 Rugby World Cup venues here. Simply hover over the hotspot to see which games are being played at stadiums around the UK. Scroll down for travel information to each.

Here’s the full list of Rugby World Cup 2015 fixtures and kick-off times.

Click here for a full list of fixtures by date

Friday 18 September

20:00 England v Fiji

Saturday 19 September

12:00 Tonga v Georgia

14:30 Ireland v Canada

16:45 South Africa v Japan

20:00 France v Italy

Sunday 20 September

12:00 Samoa v USA

14:30 Wales v Uruguay

16:45 New Zealand v Argentina

Wednesday 23 September

14:30 Scotland v Japan

16:45 Australia v Fiji

20:00 France v Romania

Thursday 24 September

20:00 New Zealand v Namibia

Friday 25 September

16:45 Argentina v Georgia

Saturday 26 September

14:30 Italy v Canada

16:45 South Africa v Samoa

20:00 England  v Wales

Sunday 27 September

12:00 Australia v Uruguay

14:30 Scotland v USA

16:45 Ireland v Romania

Tuesday 29 September

16:45 Tonga v Namibia

Thursday 1 October

16:45 Wales v Fiji

20:00 France v Canada

Friday 2 October

20:00 New Zealand v Georgia

Saturday 3 October

14:30 Samoa v Japan   Japan

16:45 South Africa v Scotland

20:00 England v Australia

Sunday 4 October

14:30 Argentina v Tonga

16:45 Ireland v Italy

Tuesday 6 October

16:45 Canada v Romania

20:00 Fiji v Uruguay

Wednesday 7 October

16:45 South Africa v USA

20:00 Namibia v Georgia

Friday 9 October

20:00 New Zealand v Tonga

Saturday 10 October

14:30 Samoa v Scotland

16:45 Australia v Wales

20:00 England v Uruguay

Sunday 11 October

12:00 Argentina v Namibia

14:30 Italy v Romania

16:45 France v Ireland

20:00 USA v Japan

Saturday 17 October

16:00 Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A

20:00 Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D

Sunday 18 October

13:00 Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C

16:00 Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B

Saturday 24 October

16:00 Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

Sunday 25 October

16:00 Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Friday 30 October

20:00 Loser SF1 v Loser SF2

Saturday 31 October

16:00 Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

2015 Rugby World CupTravel information

Use the list below to find extensive travel information and everything you need to know about venues hosting the 2015 World Cup.

BRIGHTON COMMUNITY STADIUM, BRIGHTON

Brighton Community Stadium:

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Stadium capacity: 30,750

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at the Brighton Community Stadium
Sat Sep 19 South Africa v Japan (Pool B)
Sun Sep 20 Samoa v USA (Pool B)

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Nearest airport: Gatwick Airport is around 30 miles from the stadium, with the following travel times quoted for normal travel but please allow at least double for match days:

By road: 30 minutes
By train: 54 minutes

Please note journey times are to the stadiums and not park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Anyone taking a look around Brighton before the match might be advised to skip the town’s railway station as they head to the stadium and use the dedicated shuttle buses leaving from Madeira Drive on the beachfront.

Venue parking: There’s no dedicated spectator parking at the venue. Local park and ride and park and walk facilities are available but must be pre-booked here.

Where to stay: Local hotels are likely to be fully booked and expensive, so check out hotels at Gatwick Airport for budget and luxury options to suit all match-day requirements.Get your instant Gatwick Airport hotel quote here.

Fanzone: Find the associated fanzone located on the beach just off Madeira Drive. This will be in operation for three days during the tournament and accommodate up to 10,000 fans. Get full details and directions here.

ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

Elland Road

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Stadium capacity: 37,914

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at Elland Road, Leeds.
Sat Sep 26 Italy v Canada (Pool D)
Sun Sep 27 Scotland v USA (Pool B)

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Nearest airport: Leeds Bradford Airport is just eight miles from the city and has direct flights to and from 13 UK destinations such as Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, London, Newquay, Plymouth and Southampton.

Here’s how long it should take you to get to Elland Road from the Leeds Bradford Airport on a normal day, so remember to leave more time on match days.

By road: 28 minutes
By train: 55 minutes

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Anyone driving to the stadium will need to use one of the park and ride facilities in the city. Some Blue Badge spaces are available at the venue itself. Find available park and ride facilities here.

Where to stay: If you’re staying over before or after the game, here are some hotels close to Leeds Bradford Airport. Get your instant quotes here.

Fanzone: Head to the city’s Millennium Square, where the fanzone will operate for 15 days with a capacity of 5,000. Get full details and directions here.

KINGSHOLM STADIUM, GLOUCESTER

Kingsholm Stadium

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Stadium capacity: 16,115

Fixtures:
The following matches will be played at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester.
Sat Sep 19 Tonga v Georgia (Pool C)
Wed Sep 23 Scotland v Japan (Pool B)
Fri Sep 25 Argentina v Georgia (Pool C)
Sun Oct 11 USA v Japan (Pool B)

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Nearest airport: Bristol Airport is closest to Gloucester at 50 miles away, while Birmingham is just a little further at 60 miles. Domestic and Irish destinations served by the airports are as follows:

Birmingham Airport: Aberdeen, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle.

Bristol Airport:  Aberdeen, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Knock and Newcastle.

Here’s how long it should take you to get to Kingsholm Stadium from Birmingham and Bristol airports on a normal day. Please leave more time on match days.

By road…
Birmingham: 1 hour
Bristol: 1 hour

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not to park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

By train…
Birmingham: 1hr 30mins
Bristol: 1hr 45mins

Venue parking: Anyone driving to the stadium will need to use one of the park and ride facilities in the city, while some Blue Badge spaces are available at the venue itself. Park and ride will add around 15 minutes to your trip to the stadium and should be pre-booked here.

Where to stay: If you’re staying over before or after the game, here are some hotels close to both Birmingham and Bristol airports. Get hotel quotes here
Birmingham
Bristol

Fanzone: The local fanzone is located at Gloucester Docks. It’s operational for 11 days during the tournament and has space for 5,000 fans. Get full details and directions here.

LEICESTER CITY STADIUM, LEICESTER

Leicester City Stadium

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Stadium capacity: 32,312

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at.
Sun Oct 4 Argentina v Tonga (Pool C)
Tue Oct 6 Canada v Romania (Pool D)
Sun Oct 11 Argentina v Namibia (Pool C)

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Nearest airport: East Midlands Airport is about 20 miles from the stadium in Leicester. Services to and from domestic cities include the following: Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey.

Getting to Leicester is best undertaken by bus or car, with a drive time of around 40 minutes for a car or one hour by bus (allow more time for match days). A bus/train option is also available.

By car: 40 minutes
By bus: 1 hour
By bus/train: 1 hour

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Other than limited Blue Badge spaces, there is no spectator parking at the venue. Park and ride options are available. Check terms and conditions first, because some will only accept cars with two or more passengers. Book your space here.

Where to stay: If you’re planning to stay in the area before flying home the following day, here are some hotels located close to East Midlands Airport. Get your instant hotel quotes here.

Fanzone: Those without tickets to the match can head to the city’s fanzone; located at Victoria Park. It’s a 15 minute walk from the stadium and railway station and is open for seven days during the competition and can accommodate more than 5,000 fans. Get full details and directions here

MANCHESTER CITY STADIUM, MANCHESTER

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Stadium capacity: 47,800

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at.
Sat Oct 10 England v Uruguay (Pool A)

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Nearest airport: Fans heading from around the UK to watch this England match will land at Manchester Airport, which offers services to and from the following domestic cities: Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, London, Newquay, Norwich and Southampton.

Here’s how long it will take to get from Manchester Airport to the stadium, but remember there is no parking at the venues so add extra time to locate your park and ride facility.

By car: 30 minutes
By train: 50 minutes

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Limited Blue Badge parking is available at the stadium, but all other drivers will need to use one of the park and ride options. Five free park and ride facilities are available, but there is a £3 fee to use the Metrolink transfer to the ground. The free park and ride facilities can be found at the following locations:

Ashton West (postcode: OL7 0PG – 20 minutes from the stadium)
Ashton Moss (postcode: OL6 7UB – 20 minutes from the stadium)
Whitefield (postcode: M45 8GT 30 minutes from the stadium)
Radcliffe (postcode: M26 2SZ 35 minutes from the stadium)
Hollinwood (postcode: OL9 7LG 35 minutes from the stadium)

A park and walk site is available close to the stadium; it costs £10 per car. Space in this facility must be booked in advance here.

Where to stay:
Planning to stay in the area before flying home? Here are some hotels located close to Manchester Airport. Get your instant hotel quotes here.

Fanzone: The Manchester fanzone is located at in the city’s Albert Square. It’s open for three days during the tournament and can hold around 8,000 fans for food, drink and live screenings of the match. Get full details and directions here.

MILLENNIUM STADIUM, CARDIFF

Millennium Stadium

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Stadium capacity: 74,154

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at the Millennium Stadium:
Sat Sep 19 Ireland v Canada (Pool D)
Sun Sep 20 Wales v Uruguay (Pool A)
Wed Sep 23 Australia v Fiji (Pool A)
Thu Oct 1 Wales v Fiji (Pool A)
Fri Oct 2 New Zealand v Georgia (Pool C)
Sun Oct 11 France v Ireland (Pool D)
Sat Oct 17 Quarter-Final 1 (Winner Pool C v Runner-Up Pool D)
Sun Oct 18 Quarter-Final 3 (Winner Pool D v Runner-Up Pool C)

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Nearest airport: Cardiff Airport is situated just 12 miles west of the city centre and offers connections to Anglesey, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Newcastle.

By car: 30 minutes
By train: 30 minutes

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Other than spaces for Blue Badge holders, there is no dedicated spectator parking at the stadium. Use the Cardiff East Park & Ride facility, which costs £12.00 per vehicle and provides free shuttle buses for the 25 minute transfer to and from the venue. Space will be limited, so must be pre-booked here https://cardiff.estparking.co.uk/

Fanzone: The fanzone is located at the Cardiff Arms Park and is open for 11 days and can hold more than 5,000 supporters. Get full directions and details here

OLYMPIC STADIUM, LONDON

London Olympic Stadium

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Stadium capacity: 54,000

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at the Olympic Stadium:
Wed Sep 23 France v Romania (Pool D)
Thu Sep 24 New Zealand v Namibia (Pool C)
Sun Oct 4 Ireland v Italy (Pool D)
Wed Oct 7 South Africa v USA (Pool B)
Fri Oct 30 Bronze Final

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Nearest airport: Anyone flying into the capital to catch a match at the 2012 London Olympics centrepiece will be able to choose from the following airports:

Gatwick: This airport is around 40 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Knock, Newquay and Shannon.

Heathrow: This airport is around 28 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast City, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Shannon.

London City Airport: This airport is just over five miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey.

Luton: This airport is around 45 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness Kerry, Knock and Waterford.

Stansted: This airport is around 30 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Londonderry, Newcastle and Newquay.

Here are standard journey times to the stadium from each airport. Allow more time for peak periods on match day.

By road…
Gatwick: 1hr 12mins
Heathrow: 1hr 18mins
London City: 20 minutes
Luton: 1hour
Stansted: 37 minutes

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

By train…
Gatwick: 1hr 6mins
Heathrow: 1hr 14mins
London City: 34 minutes
Luton: 1hr 15mins
Stansted: 1hr 19mins

Venue parking: Other than spaces for Blue Badge holders, there is no dedicated spectator parking at the stadium. Additionally, no official parking has been arranged within London. Parking outside of the capital and using rail services will provide the fastest access to the venue. For those who need to drive, use a site such as http://www.parkopedia.co.uk/ for locating the cheapest parking close to the venue.

Where to stay: Planning to stay in the area before flying home? Here are some hotels located close to airports serving the Olympic Stadium.

Gatwick hotels
Heathrow hotels
Luton
Stansted

Fanzone: The local fanzone, located in Newham, East London, is open for 15 days and can accommodate 10,000 fans. Find directions and more information here

SANDY PARK, EXETER

Sandy Park

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Stadium capacity: 12,300

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at.
Tue Sep 29 Tonga v Namibia (Pool C)
Wed Oct 7 Namibia v Georgia (Pool C)
Sun Oct 11 Italy v Romania (Pool D)

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Nearest airport: Exeter Airport is just five miles from the stadium and offers connections to the following UK and Irish cities: Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Jersey, London City, Manchester, Newcastle and St Marys on the Isles of Scilly.

By car: 25
By bus: 35
By bus/train: N/A

Please note driving times are to the stadium and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Other than limited Blue Badge spaces, there is no spectator parking at the venue. Fans driving to the stadium should head for the Westpoint Arena Park & Ride facility (EX5 1DJ) close to Junction 30 of the M5. Spaces cost £7 per vehicle, include a shuttle bus to the stadium and should be pre-booked here.

Where to stay: If you’re planning to stay in the area before flying home the following day, here are some hotels located close to Exeter Airport. Get your instant hotel quotes here.

Fanzone: Head to the Exeter fanzone at Northernhay Gardens. This is open for 13 days during the Rugby World Cup and has a capacity of 5,000. Get more information here.

ST JAMES’ PARK, NEWCASTLE

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Stadium capacity: 52,409

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at.
Sat Oct 3 South Africa v Scotland (Pool B)
Fri Oct 9 New Zealand v Tonga (Pool C)
Sat Oct 10 Samoa v Scotland (Pool B)

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Nearest airport: Newcastle Airport is just five miles from the stadium and offers connections to the following UK and Irish cities: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Dublin, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Heathrow, Newquay, Stansted and Southampton.

By car: 15 minutes
By Metro: 25 minutes

Please note driving times are to the stadium and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Other than limited Blue Badge spaces, there is no spectator parking at the venue. Fans will need to use one of the following park and ride or park and walk options:

Newcastle Falcons (postcode NE13 8AF): This facility operates from 5am-midnight. Parking is free, followed by a Metro ride to Haymarket or Monument stations. There’s a 10-minute walk between stations and the stadium.

Metrocentre Coach Park (Postcode NE11 9YG): Parking is free and operates all day. Buses provide a direct route to the stadium.

Callerton Parkway Metro Station:  Open from 5.30am-11.30pm, this facility charges £1 per vehicle. Then grab the Metro to Haymarket or Monument stations. 10 minute walk from stations and stadium.

Heworth Metro Station: Open 5.30am-00.15am the following day. Charges are £1 per vehicle.  Take Metro to St James station followed by a 10-minute walk to the stadium.

Northumberland Park Metro Station: Open 5.30am-11.30pm. Costs £1 per vehicle. Then take Metro to St James station followed by a 10-minute walk to the stadium.

Park and walk: This option is located closer to the stadium, with a limited number of spaces just 15-minutes’ walk from the venue. Prices are £15 for one day and £20 for two. You’ll need to book space in advance by emailing eventparking@newcastle.gov.uk.

Download a map of park and ride locations here

Where to stay: If you’re planning to stay in the area before flying home the following day, here are some hotels located close to Newcastle Airport. Get your instant hotel quotes here http://www.aph.com/hotels/newcastle_airport/

Fanzone: Head to the Newcastle fanzone at Science Central. This is open for 8 days during the Rugby World Cup and has a capacity of 10,000. Get more details here.

STADIUMMK, MILTON KEYNES

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Stadium capacity: 30,717

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at.
Thu Oct 1 France v Canada (Pool D)
Sat Oct 3 Samoa v Japan (Pool B)
Tue Oct 6 Fiji v Play-Off Winner (Pool A)

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Nearest airport: Milton Keynes has a number of airport options. Choose the one that’s right for you here…

Birmingham Airport: Milton Keynes is just 50 minutes by train and around an hour by car from Birmingham Airport. Connections to UK and Irish cities include the following: Aberdeen, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle.

Heathrow Airport: Around one hour by road and 1hr 30mins by train from Milton Keynes. It offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast City, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Shannon.

Luton Airport: This is approximately 45 minutes away by car and 1hr 30mins by train. UK and Irish connections include: Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness Kerry, Knock and Waterford.

How far is it to Milton Keynes…

Birmingham Airport:
By car: 1 hour
By Train: 50 minutes

Heathrow Airport:
By car: 1 hour
By Train: 1hr 30mins

Luton Airport:
By car: 45 minutes
By Train: 1hr 30mins

Please note driving times are to the stadium and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Apart from Blue Badge parking, there is no spectator parking provided at the stadium. Drivers should head to one of the following park and ride or park and walk facilities:

Theatre Park & Ride (postcode MK9 3NZ) and Campbell Park Park & Ride (postcode MK9 4AD): These operate from four hours before kick-off to four hours after the final whistle sounds. Both will cost £15 per vehicle and provide a free transfer bus to/from the venue. This will run three hours before kick-off and up to three hours after the match ends.

Fenny Lock (postcode MK1 1JE) and National Bowl (postcode MK5 8AA) Park & Walk Sites:
The operate three hours before kick-off to three hours after the match. Drivers will pay £15 per vehicle and take a 20-minute walk to the venue.

All types of parking must be pre-booked here.

Where to stay: If you’re planning to stay in the area before flying home the following day, here are some hotels located close to available airports. Get your instant hotel quotes here:

Birmingham Airport
Heathrow Airport
Luton Airport

Fanzone: Head to the Milton Keynes fanzone at Campbell Park. This is free and open for 9 days during the Rugby World Cup and has a capacity of more than 5,000 rugger-hungry sports fans. Get more details here.

TWICKENHAM STADIUM, LONDON

Twickenham Stadium

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Stadium capacity: 81,605

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at the Millennium Stadium:
Fri Sep 18 England v Fiji (Pool A)
Sat Sep 19 France v Italy (Pool D)
Sat Sep 26 England v Wales (Pool A)
Sat Oct 3 England v Australia (Pool A)
Sat Oct 10 Australia v Wales (Pool A)
Sat Oct 17 Quarter-Final 2 (Winner Pool B v Runner-Up Pool A)
Sun Oct 18 Quarter-Final 4 (Winner Pool A v Runner-Up Pool B)
Sat Oct 24 Semi-Final 1 (Winner Quarter-Final 1 v Winner Quarter-Final 2)
Sun Oct 25 Semi-Final 2 (Winner Quarter-Final 3 v Winner Quarter-Final 4)
Sat Oct 31 Final

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Nearest airport: Anyone flying into the capital to catch a match at the spiritual home of British rugby, will be best served by Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Here’s all you need to know…

Gatwick: This airport is around 45 miles from the Twickers and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Knock, Newquay and Shannon.

Heathrow:
This airport is around 15 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast City, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Shannon.

By road…
Gatwick: 50 minutes
Heathrow: 20 minutes

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

By train…
Gatwick: 1 hour
Heathrow: 20 minutes

Venue parking: Aside from Blue Badge parking, there is no spectator parking provided at the stadium and local roads are heavily protected by residents-only parking permits. Drivers will need to use one of the following park and ride options:

Kempton Park Racecourse (postcode TW16 5AQ)
Hounslow Civic Centre (postcode TW3 4EB)

Both of these facilities cost £20 per vehicle and operate five hours before kick-off and three hours after the match ends. These times also apply to those attending the opening ceremony.

There will be huge demand for parking space, so you must book in advance here.

Where to stay: Planning to stay in the area before flying home? Here are some hotels located close to airports serving the Twickenham stadium.

Gatwick hotels
Heathrow hotels

Fanzone: The local fanzone – located in Old Deer Park, Richmond – is open for 10 days and can accommodate 10,000 fans. Get more information and directions here.

VILLA PARK, BIRMINGHAM

Villa Park

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Stadium capacity:  42,785

Fixtures: The following matches will be played at.
Sat Sep 26 South Africa v Samoa (Pool B)
Sun Sep 27 Australia v Uruguay (Pool A).

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Nearest airport: Birmingham Airport is just 10 miles from Villa Park. Connections to UK and Irish cities include the following: Aberdeen, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle.

By car: 20 minutes
By Train: 45 minutes

Please note driving times are to the stadium and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

Venue parking: Apart from Blue Badge parking, there is no spectator parking provided at the stadium. Drivers should head to one of the following park and ride or park and walk facilities:

Park & Ride at Perry Park and Perry Hall Park
Park & Walk at Power League, Salford Stadium, Lichfield Rd (Postcode B6 7TG)

These services will cost £10 per vehicle. Park and ride users have a transfer bus to the stadium, while park and walk customers face a 20-minute walk. Both options operate from three hours before kick-off and three hours after the final whistle. Park and ride transfer buses are accessible. Book your space here.

Where to stay: If you’re planning to stay in the area before flying home the following day, here are some hotels located close to Birmingham Airport. Get your instant hotel quotes here  http://www.aph.com/hotels/birmingham_airport/

Fanzone: Head to the Birmingham fanzone at Eastside Park. This is free and open for 8 days during the Rugby World Cup and has a capacity of 8,000 sports fans. Get more details here.

WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON

Wembley Stadium

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Stadium capacity: 90,256

Fixtures:
The following matches will be played at the Millennium Stadium:
Sun Sep 20 New Zealand v Argentina (Pool C)
Sun Sep 27 Ireland v Romania (Pool D)

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Nearest airport: Anyone flying into the capital to catch a match at Wembley will be able to choose from the following airports:

Gatwick: This airport is around 40 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Knock, Newquay and Shannon.

Heathrow:
This airport is around 28 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast City, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Shannon.

London City Airport: This airport is just over five miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey.

Luton: This airport is around 45 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness Kerry, Knock and Waterford.

Stansted: This airport is around 30 miles from the venue and offers domestic and Irish connections to the following cities: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Londonderry, Newcastle and Newquay.

By road…

Gatwick: 1hr 12mins
Heathrow: 1hr 18mins
London City: 20 minutes
Luton: 1 hour
Stansted: 37 minutes

Please note these times are to the stadiums and not the park and ride facilities. Please check your destination when planning car journey times.

By train…
Gatwick: 1hr 6mins
Heathrow: 1hr 14mins
London City: 34 minutes
Luton: 1hr 15mins
Stansted: 1hr 19mins

Venue parking: Other than spaces for Blue Badge holders, there is no dedicated spectator parking at the stadium. Additionally, Wembley Stadium is a ‘public transport venue’ no official parking has been arranged within London. Parking outside of the capital and using rail services will provide the fastest access to the venue. For those who need to drive, use a site such as http://www.parkopedia.co.uk/ for locating the cheapest parking close to the venue.

Where to stay: Planning to stay in the area before flying home? Here are some hotels located close to airports serving the Wembley Stadium.

Gatwick hotels
Heathrow hotels
Luton
Stansted

Fanzone: The local fanzone, Wembley Park (next to the stadium), is open for 2 days and can accommodate 15,000 fans. Find directions and more information here.

Planes, trains or automobiles… the best way to your match

With venues spread across the entire country, it could be easier to simply swap the car or train for a plane. Here we look at the case of two Scottish rugby fans living in Glasgow who would like to make the trip south to watch their home nation play Japan at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester on Wednesday, 23 September… but which is the best way to get there from his home in Plymouth? We found out…

The total cost and times of return trips using planes, trains and automobiles

The total cost and times of return trips using planes, trains and automobiles

Glasgow to Gloucester…
Click below for the total travel costs and times in detail. Why not see how your trip compares?

FLYING FROM GLASGOW TO GLOUCESTER

Car journey from Woodcroft Avenue, Glasgow to Parkfast Airport Parking
Distance:
16 miles
Total drive time: 46 minutes
Total cost: £3.00

Parkfast Airport parking
Total transfer time to airport:
10 minutes
Total cost for parking: £13.99

Flight from Glasgow to Bristol International Airport
Total flight time:
4hrs 25m (including one-hour check-in both ways)
Total cost for air fares: £104.00

Bristol Airport to Gloucester (via coach and train)
Total time:
3hrs
Total cost: £57.60

Total time for air travel: 8 hours
Total cost of air travel: £178.59

DRIVING FROM GLASGOW TO GLOUCESTER

Car journey from Woodcroft Avenue, Glasgow to Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester
Distance:
341 miles
Total driving time: 12hr 26m (including two one-hour rest breaks)

Total cost of driving:
£122.00

TAKING THE TRAIN FROM GLASGOW TO GLOUCESTER

Taxi journey from Woodcroft Road to Glasgow Central station
Total distance:
6.4 miles
Total time: 20 minutes
Total cost: £26.50

Total for off-peak return train journey from Glasgow to Gloucester:
Total time:
11hrs 30m
Total cost: £297.20

Total time
: 12hrs 20m
Total cost: £323.70

Get your match tickets here

Find out what tickets are still available here

Find out what tickets are still available here: image credit

While most fans will already have match-day tickets, many are still available for big games throughout the tournament. Use the links below to secure your place.

How much are tickets: Adult ticket prices start at £15 for pool matches and children’s tickets will be available from £7 at 41 of the 48 matches. Tickets for the World Cup final range from £150 to £715.

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Fanzones: Get closer to the action for free

Trafalgar Square

Locations such as Trafalgar Square will be transformed into fanzones: image credit

Not got a ticket for the match, but want to shun your sofa for some real match-day atmosphere? Simply head to one of the 15 fanzones popping up across the UK throughout the tournament. Here’s our at-a-glance guide to where you’ll find them and what to expect when visiting one.

What is a fanzone: Rugby World Cup fanzones are free to enter and will be open on match days and various other times throughout the tournament to let fans mingle and enjoy the build up to matches. Most will also host live big-screen coverage of matches. Food, drink and entertainment will also be available.

Where are the fanzones: Click below to reveal the complete list of locations, days open and capacity of fanzones across the UK.

Rugby World Cup fanzones: When and where
City Name/Location Days open Capacity
Birmingham Eastside Park 8 8,000
Brighton & Hove Madeira Drive 3 10,000
Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 11 5,000 +
Exeter Northernhay Gardens 13 5,000
Gloucester Gloucester Docks 11 5,000
Leeds Millennium Square 15 5,000
Leicester Victoria Park 7 5,000 +
London: Brent Wembley Park 2 15,000
London: Newham Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 15 10,000
London: Richmond Old Deer Park 10 10,000
Manchester Albert Square 3 8,000
Milton Keynes Campbell Park 9 5,000 +
Newcastle Upon Tyne Science Central 8 10,000
Rugby Old Market Place 17 2,000
Central London Trafalgar Square (No live screening) 9 5,000

No ticket… where can I watch the Rugby World Cup on TV

No ticker ... take your seat in the lounge and turn on the TV

No ticker … take your seat in the lounge and turn on the TV

If you can’t make it to the match or one of the many fanzones that’ll be showing games on big screens, why not reserve your seat on the sofa? Banish kids to their bedrooms and tune in to the Rugby World Cup on these channels…

England, Scotland and Wales: ITV has purchased the rights to broadcast the entire tournament across the entire UK and will show all matches along with the opening and closing ceremonies on its ITV and ITV4 channels. The action starts on September 18 and concludes on October 31.

How about online: You can also stream live matches through ITV’s online iPlayer. However, this will only work if you access it from within the UK.

Any Welsh-language matches: Yes, SC4 will broadcast matches where Wales are playing, with commentary in Welsh. ITV will also show these matches live with English-language presentation.

Ireland: TVW and 3e will show matches in Ireland.

What if I am on holiday: Click below to reveal a full list of broadcasters covering matches on TV and radio…

Full worldwide TV coverage: Click here to reveal where you can watch on holiday
Country Network Broadcasting
Argentina ESPN Minimum of 16 matches (including the bronze final and the final)
Australia Fox Sports All 48 matches broadcast live
Nine Network All Australian matches live
Canada TSN All 48 matches live on either TSN, TSN2 or TSN.ca
RDS Rights to a number of matches in French
Fiji Fiji TV All 48 matches live
FBC TV All 48 matches live free-to-air
France TF1 21 matches, including all French matches, selected pool stage matches, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and final
Canal+ 27 matches not be broadcast by TF1
Georgia 1tv All 48 matches broadcast live
Republic of Ireland TV3 All 48 matches broadcast live
Italy Sky Sport All 48 matches broadcast live
Japan J Sports All 48 matches broadcast live
Nippon TV Japanese commentary of all Japanese pool-stage matches, 2 quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and final.
NHK Free-to-air coverage of 16 matches including all Japanese matches, the opening match, 2 quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and final.
Namibia SuperSport All 48 matches broadcast live
New Zealand Sky Sport All 48 matches broadcast live
Romania Digi Sport All 48 matches broadcast live
Samoa Fiji TV All 48 matches broadcast live
South Africa SuperSport All 48 matches broadcast live
Tonga Fiji TV All 48 matches broadcast live
United Kingdom(England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) ITV, STV, UTV, ITV4 All 48 matches live on either ITV1, UTV, STV or ITV4 in the UK
BBC Radio Live radio commentary for all 48 games
United States Universal SportsNBCUnivision Live coverage of nine matches between the two broadcasters – four USA pool matches, opening match, both semi-finals, bronze final and the final. UniversalSports.com will live stream all 48 matches online in the US.
Uruguay ESPN At least 16 matches (all Argentina and Uruguay matches, plus all knock-out stages matches with the bronze final and the final)
Wales S4C All Welsh matches live, the opening match, one quarter-final and one semi-final, the bronze final and the final
BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru Live radio commentary for all Wales games in English and Welsh

 Coverage in non-participating nations

Network Country(s) Broadcasting
Canal+ Spain Spain TBA
Canal+ France French overseas territories 27 matches that will not be broadcast by TF1, as per France broadcaster
ESPN Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Falkland Islands, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, French Guiana, Caribbean, Columbia and Mexico Min 16 matches (all Argentina and Uruguay matches, plus all knock-out stages matches with the bronze final and the final)
ESPN Brasil Brazil Min 16 matches (all Argentina and Uruguay matches, plus all knock-out stages matches with the bronze final and the final)
Eurosport Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland 20 matches live, including opening match and final
Fiji TV Cook Islands, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Niue, Nauru, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Northern Marianas, Tokelau, Tahiti, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Palau and Federated States of Micronesia. Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Nouvelle Caledonie, Iles Esparses, Polynesie Francaise. All 48 matches broadcast live
ITV Channel Television Channel Islands All 48 matches live, as with ITV
OSN Middle East All 48 matches broadcast live or on delay
Polsat Sport Poland All 48 matches broadcast live or on delay
Pragosport/Česká televize Czech Republic, Slovakia All 48 matches broadcast live
RTL 7 Netherlands Total of 24 matches live
SuperSport Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Socotra, Swaziland, St Helena and Ascension, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All 48 matches broadcast live
TF1 Monaco 21 matches, all French matches, the bronze final and final
Viaplay, Viasat Sweden All 48 matches live on OTT Service Viaplay, with selected games on Viasat Sport
Broadcast informmation source: Wikipedia

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