Guide to FIFA Fan Fests at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Where to support Kane once you get off the plane

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, all eyes will be on Russia this summer as the 21st international football tournament takes place in 12 venues located in 11 cities. For those football fans unable to purchase tickets to the stadium games, APH is helping England supporters join in the celebrations with a guide to the FIFA Fan Fest venues in each of the host cities, the best place to watch matches outside of the stadiums.

The official FIFA fan zones will be staged in each of the 11 iconic host cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi, and entry will be free of charge to all visitors during match days. Unsurprisingly, most of the World Cup matches, including the semi-final and final, will be staged in the capital city of Moscow and Russia’s second largest city St Petersburg. However, for those fans looking to be as close to the action as possible then the cities of Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd will all be hosting England matches during the first stage of the tournament.

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Fans should be aware that travel to and between the host cities may not be easy, with the distance between Moscow and Kaliningrad covering 1,235km, an approximate travel time of two hours by plane or 20 hours by train. Direct flights from the UK are also only available on a regular basis from London to Moscow and St Petersburg, so fans will need to use internal flights or travel via a third country to arrive in other host cities. For further information and guidance on traveling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, APH recommends visiting the FCO Website.

Guide to FIFA Fan Fests at 2018 World Cup in Russia


Ekaterinburg

MATCHES IN CITY
• Egypt vs. Uruguay on 15th June
• France vs. Peru on 21st June
• Japan vs. Senegal on 24th June
• Mexico vs. Sweden on 27th June
VENUE
• Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture
DESCRIPTION
• Ekaterinburg is Russia’s fourth largest city
• The city is located on the geographical borderline of Europe and Asia and is the furthest Host City from the UK for this World Cup
• Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture is located just outside the city centre
CAPACITY
• 17,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Ekaterinburg
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Moscow
• Ekaterinburg’s Koltsovo International Airport is located in the Oktyabrsky District, south-east of the downtown area
• From the airport, the city centre can be reached by taxi, a Koltsovo Express train or a bus shuttle
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• Ekaterinburg was founded in 1723 by Peter I The Great
• The city is well-known for its arts and sports centres
• Ekaterinburg’s Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land was built in 2003 at the site of the execution of Nicholas II and his family


Kaliningrad

MATCHES IN CITY
• Croatia vs. Nigeria on 16th June
• Serbia vs. Switzerland on 22nd June
• Spain vs. Morocco on 25th June
• England vs. Belgium on 28th June
VENUE
• Tsentralnaya Square
DESCRIPTION
• Kaliningrad is the westernmost regional capital in Russia
• The province of Kaliningrad is located between Poland and Lithuania, along the Baltic Coast
• The historical Tsentralnaya Square is on the way from the city centre to the stadium
CAPACITY
• 15,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Kaliningrad
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Warsaw and Riga
• Kaliningrad’s Khrabrovo International Airport is situated 25km north of downtown, which is approximately a 20-minute drive
• From the airport, the city centre can be reached by taxi or bus
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• The 14th century Königsberg Cathedral is located in Kaliningrad
• Kaliningrad’s Zarya restaurant is home to a Woody Allen Monument
• Around 90% of the world’s amber deposits are located here
• The area is home to the nature reserve of Kurshskaya Spit, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000


Kazan

MATCHES IN CITY
• France vs. Australia on 16th June
• Iran vs. Spain on 20th June
• Poland vs. Colombia on 24th June
• South Korea vs. Germany on 27th June
• Round 16 on 30th June
• Quarter-final on 6th July
VENUE
• Family Center Kazan
DESCRIPTION
• The southwestern city of Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia
• The Family Center is a wedding palace built in the shape of a cauldron and located on the Kazanka River
CAPACITY
• 25,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Kazan
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Moscow, Riga, Minsk and Helsinki
• Kazan’s airport is 26km southeast of the city’s centre
• From the airport, the city centre can be reached by bus or Aeroexpress train
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• Kazan is one of Russia’s oldest cities and was founded in 1005
• The 16th century Kazan Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage site
• Kazan is one of the most multinational and multi-confessional cities in the country and Islam, Orthodoxy, Judaism and Catholicism followers can all be found here


Moscow

MATCHES IN CITY
• Russia vs. Saudi Arabia on 14th June
• Argentina vs. Iceland on 16th June
• Germany vs. Mexico on 17th June
• Poland vs. Senegal on 19th June
• Portugal vs. Morocco on 20th June
• Belgium vs. Tunisia on 23rd June
• Denmark vs. France on 26th June
• Serbia vs. Brazil on 27th June
• Round 16 on 1st July
• Round 16 on 3rd July
• Semi-final on
11th July
• Final on 15th July
VENUE
• Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills)
DESCRIPTION
• Moscow is the capital of Russia and situated on the Moskva River in western Russia
• Moscow’s Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) is located at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, at one of the highest points in Moscow, and offers panoramic views of the city
CAPACITY
• 25,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• Direct flights from London to Moscow are available via multiple airlines
• Moscow is served by three international airports and the world’s second busiest underground system
• From Moscow’s major airports, the city centre can be reached via an Aeroexpress train
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• Moscow is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Kremlin and Red Square
• St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square is one of Moscow’s most famous tourist attractions and is well known for its colourful, onion-shaped domes
• Moscow is home to Gorky park plus Sokolniki, Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island), Vorobyovy Gory, Krylatskoye, Izmailovsky and Troparevsky parks


Nizhny Novgorod

MATCHES IN CITY
• Sweden vs. South Korea on 18th June
• Argentina vs. Croatia on 21st June
• England vs. Panama on 24th June
• Switzerland vs. Costa Rica on 27th June
• Round 16 on 1st July
• Quarter-final on 6th July
VENUE
• Minina i Pozharskogo Square
DESCRIPTION
• Nizhny Novgorod is a large city on the Volga River in western Russia
• The Minina i Pozharskogo Square is the main square of Nizhny Novgorod and is next to the Kremlin
CAPACITY
• 15,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (Strigino Airport)
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Moscow
• Nizhny Novgorod’s Strigino international airport is located in the Avtozavodskiy District
• From the airport, the city centre can be reached by taxi, bus or marshrutkas (routed shuttle taxi)
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• The Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod dates back to the 16th century and has a 2km brick fortress wall and 13 watchtowers
• Nizhny Novgorod is a UNESCO World Heritage City
• Nizhny is home to a unique museum of old equipment and tools


Rostov-on-Don

MATCHES IN CITY
• Brazil vs. Switzerland on 17th June
• Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia on 20th June
• South Korea vs. Mexico on 23rd June
• Iceland vs. Croatia on 26th June
• Round 16 on 2nd July
VENUE
• Teatralnaya Square
DESCRIPTION
• Rostov-on-Don is in port city in southern Russia and is known as ‘Rostov’ to locals
• Teatralnaya Square is close to the city centre
CAPACITY
• 25,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Rostov-on-Don
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Istanbul or Moscow
• Platov International Airport is located 30km to the north west of the city and was constructed during preparations for the FIFA World Cup
• From the airport, the city centre can be reached by taxi or minibus
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• The city is well known for its historical Cossack culture
• The Don river runs through the city and the embankment is very lively during the summer months
• There are many museums and parks in the city, including Gorky Park


Saint Petersburg

MATCHES IN CITY
• Morocco vs. Iran on 15th June
• Russia vs. Egypt on 19th June
• Brazil vs. Costa Rica on 22nd June
• Nigeria vs. Argentina on 26th June
• Round 16 on 3rd July
• Semi-final on 10th July
• Third place play-off on 14th July
VENUE
• Konyushennaya Square
DESCRIPTION
• Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city and is a port city by the Baltic Sea
• Konyushennaya Square is located in the heart of the historical city centre, directly next to the Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood, Hermitage Museum and Palace Square
CAPACITY
• 15,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• The city is accessible via a direct flight with British Airways from London Heathrow
• Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport is 20km south of the city’s downtown area
• From the airport, the city can be reached by bus, minibus shuttle or taxi
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• The city was founded by Peter I the Great in 1703 as Russia’s new imperial capital
• Saint Petersburg is a UNESCO World Heritage City
• The city has around 4,000 individual monuments of architecture, history and culture, according to UNESCO


Samara

MATCHES IN CITY
• Costa Rica vs. Serbia on 17th June
• Denmark vs. Australia on 21st June
• Uruguay vs. Russia on 25th June
• Senegal vs. Colombia on 28th June
• Round 16 on 2nd July
• Quarter-final on 7th July
VENUE
• Kuybysheva Square
DESCRIPTION
• Samara is the sixth-largest city in Russia and the administrative centre of Samara Oblast
• The city is in southwestern Russia, situated on the Volga and Samara Rivers
• Kuybysheva Square is the largest square in Russia and is located in the heart of the city
CAPACITY
• 20,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Samara
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Helsinki or Moscow
• From the airport, the city can be reached by taxi, Aeroexpress train, bus or shared taxi
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• Samara was founded in 1586 as a fort and is now well-known for being Russia’s aerospace centre
• The world’s first satellite and manned spaceship were launched by means of carrier craft designed and built here
• The city is home to the 37-metre deep Stalin’s bunker
• The area also plays host to Zhigulevskie Hills nature preserve and Samara Embankment, which is popular with sunbathers


Saransk

MATCHES IN CITY
• Peru vs. Denmark on 16th June
• Colombia vs. Japan on 19th June
• Iran vs. Portugal on 25th June
• Panama vs. Tunisia on 28th June
VENUE
• Sovetskaya Square
DESCRIPTION
• Saransk is a city in the eastern part of Central Russia and is located in the Volga basin
• The 17th century Sovetskaya Square is Saransk’s main square and is located in the centre of the city
CAPACITY
• 20,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Saransk
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Moscow
• Saransk International Airport is located near the southernmost point of the city, 5km from the city centre
• From the airport, the city can be reached via share taxi, bus, taxi
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• Saransk was founded as a fortress in 1641 and today it is the capital of the Republic of Mordovia
• The city is home to the Cathedral of St Theodore Ushakov
• The Mordovian Erzia Museum of Vidual Arts in Saransk is home to over 1,500 items of art
• The airport opened after reconstruction for the FIFA World Cup


Sochi

MATCHES IN CITY
• Portugal vs. Spain on 15th June
• Belgium vs. Panama on 18th June
• Germany vs. Sweden on 23rd June
• Australia vs. Peru on 26th June
• Round 16 on 30th June
• Quarter-final on 7th July
VENUE
• South Mall of the Seaport
DESCRIPTION
• Sochi is located on the shores of the Black Sea and near the border between Georgia and Russia
• The South Mall of the Seaport is an iconic location in the heart of Sochi, at the famous peach promenade
CAPACITY
• 10,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Sochi
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Istanbul, Riga and Moscow
• Sochi’s international airport is in the Adlersky District, 30km from the centre of Sochi
• From the airport, the city centre can be reached by Lastochka express train, bus or marshrutkas (routed shuttle taxi)
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• Sochi is a busy summer sea resort and the city’s former Marina is now a shopping and amusement centre
• The city’s Cathedral of St Michael the Archangel was built in 1890
• Sochi National Park offers scenic hiking routes and views of the city, waterfalls and mountains


Volgograd

MATCHES IN CITY
• Tunisia vs. England on 18th June
• Nigeria vs. Iceland on 22nd June
• Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt on 25th June
• Japan vs. Poland on 28th June
VENUE
• 62 Armii Embankment
DESCRIPTION
• Volgograd is located in the southeastern European part of Russia, on the western bank of the Volga River
• The embankment is located in the city centre on the Volga river
CAPACITY
• 15,000
HOW TO GET TO THE CITY
• There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Volgograd
• UK travellers can fly to the city via Moscow
• Volgograd’s international airport is located in the Dzerzhinsky District 20km northwest of the city
• From the airport, the city can be reached by taxi, bus or train
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
• Volgograd and the surrounding area saw battles during World War II and the city is now home to a victory monument
• The city is nearby to the Volga-Akhtubin Floodplain, which is a Biosphere Reserve
• Volgograd also has a Speed Tram, which is a fast way of travelling around the city


• Free travel via additional trains travelling between the host cities during the FIFA World Cup in Russia will be provided to spectators holding match tickets or documents granting access to the match, along with fan identification. More details: https://tickets.transport2018.com/free-train/schedule

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