Planning a Football Trip to Kaliningrad? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Kaliningrad is situated between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. Formerly the German city of Königsberg, after being largely destroyed in World War II by Allied bombing and Soviet forces and annexed by the Soviet Union thereafter, the city was renamed Kaliningrad. Few traces of the former Königsberg remain today.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – How to get to Kaliningrad & How to get around
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Fly to Kaliningrad
No airlines flying direct from United Kingdom to Kaliningrad. You can fly via Warsaw, Riga, Berlin, Minsk, Kiev and of course Moscow.
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Directions from the Airport
Kaliningrad Khrabovo airport is located 21km north-east of the city and can be reached by car in about 30 minutes.
Find the bus stop outside of the terminal building and take either route 144 or 244-Э which will get you to Victory Square in about 45 minutes. A ticket costs 18 RUB and can be purchased from the driver. Buses from the airport run every 40 minutes from 08:20 in the morning to 22:00 in the evening. You can find the full timetable (in Russian) here.
Taxis from the Airport
The simplest way to get to the centre of Kaliningrad (centre here being Victory Square; the nearby Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Clover Shopping Centre with the adjacent Radisson Blu hotel) is to take a taxi. At the exit to the terminal you will see two booths offering taxis services. You can trust both of these to call you a taxi which will help you to avoid the independent ‘vultures’ that swoop through the crowd offering ‘taxi’. A journey to the centre should cost you approximately 600 Rubles.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Travel By Train
Many people will travel to Kaliningrad by overnight train from Moscow. Departures are daily from Moscow (22h) via Minsk (11h) and every two days from Saint Petersburg (26h).
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Travel By Coach
By coach from London it is possible to get to Kaliningrad via Berlin, Tallin, Gdansk and Warsaw. From Berlin the bus runs twice per week, from Tallin it is twice per day. The bus from Warsaw leaves at 7am daily and takes around 8 hours and 30 minutes. There may also be a night bus.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Travel By Ferry
During summer there is a boat service between Kaliningrad, and Frombork, Krynica Morska and Elblag, Poland
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Travel Around Kaliningrad
City has bus, minibus, trolleybus, and tram networks. The best way to explore the city is by bus. The public transportation system is very good. Half of the population live in the city, hence it is very well-connected. Fares are kept low, at a flat rate of RUB20 (USD0.35 as of 2017) on the bus and the waiting time is short. Tickets on the buses are handed out by the conductors who walk around and take your money, don’t try to find them they will find you.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – The Stadium
Kaliningrad Stadium was built for Russia 2018 on Oktyabrsky Island, right in the heart of Kaliningrad. After Russia 2018, FC Baltika Kaliningrad will play its home games at the stadium.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Getting to the Stadium
Bus – The infrastructure around the stadium will undoubtedly improve once the World Cup gets closer, but for now both buses 45 and 46 stop on the right side of the Pregolya River to walk there easily enough.
Car – the A229 is the largest main road close to the ground’s location
Taxi – A taxi from the centre of Kaliningrad out to Kaliningrad Stadium will cost you around 1600 rubles and take about twenty minutes to complete its journey.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Getting Tickets
You can get tickets directly from the stadium or you can call the club up and buy them over the phone. There’s also a website that you can go to if you’d rather pay for your tickets online. It’s in Russian though – http://fc-baltika.ru/
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – 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 Kaliningrad – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Where to stay
Stay in the City Centre.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Kaliningrad 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.
Königsberg Cathedral (Кафедральный собор Калининграда), ulitsa Kanta (Kant’s street), 1(Easily approachable by foot either from the direction of the Kaliningrad Hotel (take the left side of the Leninsky Prospekt auto bridge south, and descend the stairs when the cathedral appears on your left) or from the direction of the Fish Village). Originally built in 1333-1380 and largely reconstructed after World War II, the cathedral on Kneiphof Island along the Pregolya River is a sight to see. The cathedral links Kaliningrad to its German past, where the Prussian kings were once crowned.
The old fortifications (approx. 1860-’70). Includes 15 town gates – Sackheim, King’s, Rossgarten, Attack, Railway, Brandenburg, Friedland, Friedrich Wilhelm III. One of the towers is home to the Amber Museum.
Victory Square. The central area where the administrative buildings, banks and shops are.
Fishing Village. Red-roofed buildings and colourful exteriors illustrate the charm of old Koenigsberg, what Kaliningrad used to be known as.
Yantarny – Yantarny has the biggest amber mine in the world and accounts for more than 90 per cent of the world’s output. This settlement has a wide variety of amber products.
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Where to Drink
Bar Yeltsin (Ulitsa Garazhnaya) – Great selection of craft beers – 16 on draft and a fridge full of bottles. A number of porters and stouts which I was particularly looking for. Great location 5 mins walk from Victory Square
Britannica (Ulitsa Gorkogo) A chain British pub with a traditional set of values for such places: leather furniture, a lot of wood, sports broadcasts, whiskey, beer and an extensive menu
Khmel (Ploschad Pobedy, 10) Beer restaurant with an industrial-style interior: brick, exposed pipes of an unintelligible purpose, hoods, hoses, taps – everything sparkles, giving you a feeling that you are at an old brewery.
Zotler (1100 rub) A noisy chain beer restaurant, in which equally much attention is paid to beer, snacks, and entertainment. There are six types of beer on the menu, including Bavarian Zötler beer. This beer is brewed according to the old Koenigsberg recipes. The menu is also full of specialties, for example, Koenigsberg klops (meatballs).
Pivovar (1100 rub) A chain bar with a traditional interior for such places – an extensive bar, flaunted huge beer tanks of its own brewery, television screens with football, a refrigerator with live beer.
Kropotkin, (Teatralnaya ulitsa 30, Next to the big McDonalds near Victory Square.), Self-made beer (100 RUB 0,5l), probably the best in town. Try the unfiltered one
Football Trip to Kaliningrad – Where to Eat
Karamel (Leninsky Prospekt 30) – Some of the best views from the city from this cafe. Excellent food and fairly broad range of European cuisine, approximately 500 rubles per entree.
Fish Club (Oktyabrskaya 4a) Kaliningrad is a port city, so seafood is the thing to try here. Fish Club offers a variety of seafood dishes, as well as a selection of wines.
Borsh y Salo (Ploshad’ Pobedy 10) Serving a mixture of Russian and Ukrainian cuisines
Gerkules (Prospekt Mira 105) Gerkules is, on the one hand, a family restaurant with a summer terrace and special kids’ menu. On the other hand, it’s one of the last restaurants to close in the whole of Kaliningrad. The menu contains a vast array of options of both Russian and international cuisines.