Planning a Football Trip to Sochi? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Sochi – How to get to Sochi & How to get around
The Black Sea resort of Sochi has risen to global prominence after having been awarded the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Situated along 140 km of the coast (the longest city in Europe) and against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, this resort, now commonly referred to as the “Russian Riviera”, has long been one of Russia’s most popular tourist destinations and a truly great sports city.
Football Trip to Sochi – Fly to Sochi
Sochi International Airport (Russian: Международный Аэропорт Сочи; IATA: AER, ICAO: URSS) is an airport located in Adler District of the resort city of Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea in the federal subject of Krasnodar Krai, Russia. Sochi International Airport is among the ten largest Russian airports, with an annual passenger turnover of 5.2 million people
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Directions from the Airport
The cheapest way to get from the airport to Sochi is by bus: around EUR 0.2 for a 1.5-hour trip. You can also go there by Adler-Sochi electric train: the price is about EUR 2.5, yet the trip duration is 2.5 hours. You should check the timetable for electric trains beforehand. Route microbus will take you to the destination for EUR 0.2 and in 1 hour. The distance between the international airport to Sochi is 28 kilometers.
The stop of buses from Sochi Airport to the city is located right in front of the arrival terminals. Some buses will take you to the biggest mall in Sochi, while others can get you to the train station. You will spend a little more than an hour on this trip; still, you’ll have to wait for a bus for 15-30 minutes (check the timetable!). Adler Airport-Sochi buses, as well as electric trains, are cheap: from EUR 0.2 for a ticket, yet they are not very comfortable. These buses are not always air-conditioned, so mothers traveling with small children should consider the fact that their child might feel sick.
Taxis from the Airport
Taxis and transfers from the airport to Sochi are not the cheapest travel option, but they have some benefits. If you arrive at the airport at night, you won’t be able to get to the city by any form of transport, except Sochi taxi. And if you arrive with a lot of luggage, taxi from Adler airport will suit you best, as you won’t be able to place your bags inside the route microbus, and waiting for a bus or an electric train may take a very long time. The price for taxi from the airport to Sochi depends on the season and on whether you are taking a taxi on the spot or booking a transfer online.
Football Trip to Sochi – Travel By Train
There are regular train connections with key cities of Russia, and also with major cities of Belarus and Ukraine. Round-the-year destinations include:
• Kiev, Ukraine (30 hours)
• Minsk and Gomel, Belarus (34-39 hours)
• Kaliningrad (64 hours, via Vilnius, Lithuania)
• Sukhum, Abkhazia (from Adler station, 5 hours, RUB200 one way, service launched in 2011)
• Moscow (25-28 hours, speed trains and 15 hours route are planned to be launched by 2014 Olympics)
• Saint Petersburg (40-49 hours)
• Chelyabinsk (64 hours)
• Kazan (49 hours)
• Krasnodar (6-7 hours)
• Krasnoyarsk (95 hours)
• Nizhny Novgorod (38-39 hours)
• Novosibirsk (81 hours)
• Perm (68 hours)
• Rostov-on-Don (14 hours)
• Samara (43 hours)
• Saratov (32 hours)
Football Trip to Sochi – Travel Around Sochi
Within Central Sochi most distances are walkable, with some regard to hilly landscape and appropriate physical efforts needed. Sochi does not have any trams or trolleybuses. The initial bus transportation system after the collapce of Soviet Union was doped with smaller private buses and marshrutka (minibuses). The last category mostly duplicates the existing bus routes with some minor, but often useful additions. The sevice is quite frequent and relatively cheap, that makes it the most popular way of transportation in Sochi.
Football Trip to Sochi – How to Get to the Match
Fisht Olympic Stadium is located in the city of Adler, southeast in the greater Sochi area near the Georgian coast. It is located on the former Olympic Complex right on the shore of the Black Sea.
The city of Adler also contains Sochi’s international airport and has a major train station. The stadium lies roughly 12 kilometres from the airport and 11 kilometres from the rail station. Bus 57k connects the airport with the stadium, and bus 57 runs from Adler train station to the stadium.
The daily trains that connect the Sochi area with the rest of the country (e.g. Krasnodar) also stop at Imeretinsky Kurort (Olympic Park) station, which lies at walking distance from Fisht Olympic Stadium.
Football Trip to Sochi – The Stadium
Fisht Olympic Stadium was built to serve as the centrepiece venue of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. During the Olympics, it hosted both the opening and closing ceremony.
The stadium lacked a purpose following the Games, but was selected as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup. For this, the closed roof had to be opened up, and additional seating was placed to boost capacity with a little over 6,000 seats. Works were completed in late 2016.
During the 2018 World Cup, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host four first round group games, one round of 16 match, and one quarter-final.
Football Trip to Sochi – Getting to the Stadium
Adler is home to Sochi’s international airport and has a major train station. The stadium lies roughly 12 kilometres from the airport and 11 kilometres from the rail station. Bus 57k connects the airport with the stadium, while bus 57 runs from Adler train station to the stadium.
The daily trains that connect the Sochi area with the rest of the country also stop at Imeretinsky Kurort (Olympic Park) station, which lies within walking distance of Fisht Olympic Stadium.
Football Trip to Sochi – Getting Tickets
FC Sochi was founded in 2103. It has played in the Russian Premier League. On 22 June 2017, the club announced that it is “taking a one-year break to change strategy and to refurbish the stadium” and will not play on professional level in the 2017–18 season.
You can buy tickets online via the club website.
Football Trip to Sochi – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Russia can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Russia page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Sochi – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Sochi – Where to stay
Football Trip to Sochi – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Sochi it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
The city offers countless opportunities for sports: mountain climbing, hang-gliding, diving, sailing, aqua bikes, skiing and much more. The famous mountain resort, Krasnaya Polyana, is located 40 km from the seacoast. In
Sochi one can go skiing in the morning and sailing or swimming in the afternoon on the same day.
FIFA Fanfest – Location: South Mall of the Seaport* * Venue Capacity: 10,000 – The South Mall of the Sochi Commercial Seaport is a venue for mass events for the inhabitants and guests of the resort and is the most
popular site for the City Day celebration.
Sergo Ordzhonikidze Spa Resort – A wonderful example of the Stalin Empire architecture in Sochi is a spa resort named after Sergo Ordzhonikidze, head of the heavy industry authority in the early Soviet government.
Fort Alexandria Ruins – In the very heart of Sochi you can see from where the key Russian resort began. The small stonework remains between the sea port and the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel are ruins of the
Alexandria Fort (also called Navaginsky or Dahovsky). The fort’s first stone was laid in 1838 at the sea shore, at the mouth of the Sochi River. Later on, it served the military during the Caucasus War, and later on builders made use of it.
Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain – The Observation Tower on the Akhun Mountain was built in 1936 by architect Sergei Vorobyev. It can be seen from any location in Sochi. The tower, made of white limestone, resembles lookout towers, which were built in the North Caucasus in the Middle Ages. The view from the observation deck, which is almost 700m above the sea level, is the best in the city, making the tower the biggest attraction both for tourists and for the locals. Guides tell visitors that the Turkish shore can be seen from the tower in clear weather.
Football Trip to Sochi – Where to Drink
Bar Cocos offers a satisfying variety of alcoholic drinks, from Russian vodkas to tequila and Scottish whiskeys. At night, Bar Cocos becomes a vibrant venue with live music comprised of the best local bands and DJs playing indie, rock, funk, and jazz styles.
Bar London – Once a hotel called ‘London’ in the late 19th and early 20th century, this site attracted Silver Age bohemian artists like the Symbolist poet Maximilian Voloshin, who stayed at the hotel at different times in his life. Today, the location is a bar that hosts some of the best live music in Sochi. The interior is upscale and the atmosphere rather dark and classic, but they also offer fun events like karaoke.
Alpine Pub O’Hare – For decent beers and filling and tasty pub fare, try Alpine Pub O’Hara. They have a good selection of beers and serve tasty dishes like duck, shrimp, and other meats.
Dionis Tavern is a great place to get a drink and go for an evening stroll on the shore of the Black Sea.
Frau Marta serves tasty sausages and good beer at this German style pub.
Old Boys Pub serves a wide range of homemade alcohol. You have to take a shuttle or go by car to reach it, but the climb up the trying road is worth it.
Churchill Steak & Pub is both a local and tourist favorite. It serves good food, which is mostly British-inspired cuisine like roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
Delirium & Boroda is a great place to go for a drink in Sochi. ‘Boroda’ in Russian means ‘beard.’ Their craft beers include Sochi lagers, IPAs, and blonds.
Harat’s Pub serves Irish beers like Guinness, Kilkenny, and other European beers.