Tours to Russia: World Cup 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament, that is scheduled to take place between 14 June and 15 July 2018 in Russia. This will be the first World Cup held in the area of the former Soviet Union.
The finals tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained. The final is expected to take place in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Russia proposed the following host cities:
- Nizhny Novgorod
- Saint Petersburg
All the cities are in or just outside European Russia to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. The bid evaluation report stated: «The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding FIFA’s minimum requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed.»
In October 2011 Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and Spartak Stadium is competing with Dynamo Stadium which will have been constructed first.
The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list.
Sepp Blatter stated in July 2014 that due to concerns over the completion of venues in Russia, the number of venues for the tournament may be reduced from 12 to 10. He also said, «We are not going to be in a situation, as is the case of one, two or even three stadiums in South Africa, where it is a problem of what you do with these stadiums».
Transportation between world cup’s cities
The longest distance between cities Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg 3 000 km, transport is only by Airplane ( travel time 4 hours)
Transport is only by airplane between Kaliningrad and other cities because another way you have to cross borders between Russia and Lithuania.
From/to Moscow to/from Saint Petersburg you could travel by airplane (travel time 1,5 hours) , by speedtrain (travel time 4 hours), by train ( travel time 8-12 hours).
From/to Moscow to/from Yekaterinburg you have to travel by airplane (travel time 3,5 hours)