The World Cup in Russia is going to be incredible. Not only is it one of the best sporting events in the world, but it’s an excellent opportunity to explore Russia while you’re there.
If you’re like most people, you’re aiming to stretch your budget as much as possible while you’re there. This will allow you to stay in slightly better accommodation or even travel for longer. Here are some ways you can increase that budget for the World Cup:
Get tickets early
Tickets will range from $200 to $1100 for non-residents. There are three phases of ticket sales which began at the end of August last year. Right now, your best bet is the last-minute sales which will be released a month prior to the start of the event in April. These are first-come, first-served.
Book the right accommodation
St. Petersburgh will be the most expensive city for accommodation during the World Cup. The cheapest 2-star rooms will be starting at $80. The best thing you can do is look at your options and book your accommodation well in advance- at least 4 months before the event. Check Airbnb and look for places just out of the city but close to public transportation.
Keep in mind that you won’t need a visa if you’re travelling for the World Cup. This makes it an excellent chance for you to explore the country if you’ve always wanted to see Russia. If you hold a Fan ID, you’ll also enjoy free public transportation both within and between host cities. To avoid needing to suddenly purchase extra clothes, it’s a good idea to pack plenty of layers. While the weather is expected to be mild, Russia is a massive country and the weather will vary.
It’s a good idea to get your money out of an atm when you arrive, as these will often have fewer fees. Whatever you do, don’t change your currency in any airports- these are the worst rates available.