Skyscanner’s top travel hacks for the World Cup


DUBAI — With the World Cup kicking off on Thursday and Skyscanner reporting a massive 597% increase in flight exits from GCC countries to Russia (comparing 2018 vs 2017 flights data), the travel app available in Arabic and English gives its top tips on the best way to travel to and around Russia and what to see and do when you’re there:

How to find a cheap flight to the games:
If you’ve left it late to book, don’t panic, Skyscanner can still help get a cheap flight to Russia, just download the highly rated app on Google Play Store (English / Arabic) or Apple Store (English). If you’re more concerned about just being there than you are about the departure airport, select the departure as your country in the app, and “Russia” as your destination country. This allows you to search all flights to Russia from all airports, giving the best chance of finding a cheap flight. Don’t forget your visa (if you don’t have tickets to the games) or your Fan-ID (this is given to all holders of World Cup tickets and are valid as a multi-entry visa between June 4 and July 25).

Fly between venues and save almost a day of traveling:
Due to the sheer size of Russia and the spread of World Cup 2018 venues, it’s essential that you do your homework on the best ways to travel between cities before you arrive. Skyscanner has delved in to the match timetables and can reveal that Saudi fans can save a massive 20 hours by flying between games, instead of jumping on a train.

The best place to watch the games if you don’t have a ticket:
There’s an official FIFA Fan Fest location in each of the host cities which will show the games, for free, on match days. There’ll also be a music and cultural program at every Fan Fest, along with food and drink stalls, FIFA World Cup stores, and plenty of giant screens showing the games. The biggest FIFA Fan Fests will likely be in Moscow and St Petersburg.

What to do when you’re not watching the games:
To help you make the most of your visit to Russia, Skyscanner has created a travel guide including a round-up of what to see and do when you’re in host cities.

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