Planning a Football Trip to Kazan? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Kazan – How to get to Kazan & How to get around
Kazan, one of the oldest Russian cities, celebrated its millennium in 2005. The ancient walls of Kazan recall many dramatic events, including the historic siege by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.
Modern Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and is home to 1.2 million residents. This timeless city is also a city of youth, home to 30 of Russia’s largest universities and more than 180,000 students. This “culture of youth” provides Kazan with a modern and progressive vibrancy, an energy that only young people can instil.
Football Trip to Kazan – Fly to Kazan
Kazan International Airport is an airport located in Tatarstan, Russia, around 25 km southeast of Kazan. It is the largest airport in Tatarstan, and the 15th busiest airport in Russia. Kazan Airport served nearly 3.8 million citizens of the region.
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Directions from the Airport
Kazan Airport is located about 26 km from the city. It has very good transport connection – you can get there by bus, aero express or by taxi. Aeroexpress train goes directly to Kazan railway station (directly connected with Terminal 1 and Terminal 1A) which is located in thecentre of the city. It costs 200 rubles (€5) for standard class and 400 rubles (€10) for business class. It departs from the airport every 2 hours starting from 7 a.m until 11 p.m.
Bus is maybe not the fastest (near 1 hour), but the cheapest option. The ticket costs just
39 rubles (€1). The bus starts every day at 5.00 and finishes at 23.00 (the last bus from the Airport is at 21.45). You should also be prepared for traffic jams and the bus full of people, so the trip could be a bit exhausting.
Taxis from the Airport
There are lots of taxis in Kazan and comparing to other cities they are really cheap. Kazan airport has an official carrier “Kazan city” taxi, which is probably more expensive but safer. Upon arrival to International Airport “Kazan” you can order a taxi only at a special desk located in the arrival area of Terminal 1A.
Football Trip to Kazan – Travel By Train
The railway station was also renovated by the summer 2013 and now looks really good and modern, also with English signs everywhere. It’s easy enough to reach Kazan from any major city in European Russia and it is possible to go through Kazan on the Trans-Siberian route.
From Moscow the best train to take is the direct link between the two cities, train 002, which takes 11 hours and costs about 2300 rubles (€55) 2nd class and 5160 rubles (€130) 1st class. Numbers 050, 112, 098 take 13 hours but cost cheaper: near 1350 rubles (€30) 3rd class, 2100 rubles (€50) for the 2nd class and 3700 rubles (€90) for 1st class.
The trains from Moscow that continue on to places like Ekaterinburg, Omsk or Tumen are usually a little bit cheaper but are slower and not as nice. Train 104 runs from St. Petersburg to Kazan on even dates (the 103 does the return route) and takes about 1 day and 3 hours.
Other destinations that are easy to reach from Kazan include Samara,Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, NizhnyNovgorod, Kirov, Perm, Ufa and Ulan Ude.
Football Trip to Kazan – Travel Around Kazan
Kazan’s city center is small enough to walk between most places of interest. But you will need to take public transport to get across the river to the north side of town or when you’re tired after spending all day on your feet. Buses, trams, trolleybuses and taxi vans are the cheapest and most efficient modes of transport but there is also a small metro and taxis are fairly cheap.
Football Trip to Kazan – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Kazan – The Stadium
Kazan Arena is a stadium in Kazan, Russia. It was completed in July 2013, and will host football matches, especially Rubin Kazan’s home games in the Russian Premier League. The stadium has the largest outside screen in Europe.
Football Trip to Kazan – Getting to the Stadium
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
“Football stadium Kazan Arena” public transport stop is just 5 minutes away from the stadium
“Gavrilova” stop is 10 minutes away from the stadium
- You can get to this stops from different districts of town by the following routes:
Buses number 1, 7, 10а, 18, 33, 35, 35а, 36, 44, 45, 46, 49, 55, 60, 62, 76
- Trolleybus number 7
- Trams number 5 and 6
Football Trip to Kazan – Getting Tickets
Rubin Kazan are in the Russian Premier League and have been regular players in European Competitions for the past 10 years.
You can buy tickets online via the club website
Football Trip to Kazan – 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 Kazan – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Kazan – Where to stay
Kazan is divided into seven districts and separated by the Kazanka river into two more or less equal parts connected with each other via the Millennium bridge and three dams.
Kazan’s districts are: Vakhitovsky (Вахитовский), Kirovsky (Кировский), Moskovsky (Московский), Aviastroitelny (Авиастроительный), Novo-Savinovsky (Ново-Савиновский), Privolzhsky (Приволжский), Sovetsky (Советский). From a tourist’s point of view, a good district for accommodation is Vakhitovsky – the central district because here you will find the main tourist attractions. Some people might find Novo-Savinovsky district of interest. Even though it is just a residential district it is home to the water theme park Riviera with a great entertainment center.
Football Trip to Kazan – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Kazan 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.
Kazan (Казань) is one of the oldest Russian cities, it is more than one thousand years old. The city is located on the confluence of rivers Volga and Kazanka, approximately 800 kilometers from Moscow. Today it is a large economic and cultural center that is included in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
The main tourist attraction is, of course, the Kremlin – the gem of the Tatarstan’s capital. But the Kremlin is not the only sight worth visiting in the city. Kazan is such a unique place where a tourist can enjoy not only architectural masterpieces and the beauty of nature, but also experience a remarkable atmosphere of this city fueled by its millennial history.
The Kazan Kremlin includes a great number of tourist attractions such as the Museum of Islamic culture, the Museum of natural history of Tatarstan, the Great Patriotic War Memorial, the Mausoleum of the Khans of Kazan, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Savior-Transfiguration Monastery, as well as the Qol-Şärif mosque – the main mosque not just in Kazan but in the entire Republic of Tatarstan. Here you will also see the leaning Söyembikä Tower.
The historical downtown of Kazan is not limited by the Kremlin, the entire city center preserved architectural buildings dated back to the 19th the beginning of the 20th century. You should definitely pay a visit to the Shamil House, Gostiny Dvor, Kazan Town Hall – all of these historical monuments demonstrate fine samples of architecture of at least one century old.
Football Trip to Kazan – Where to Drink
Beerhouse (Ulitsa Astronomicheskaya, 10) This is a German cuisine restaurant, and it likes to show off its Germanness in every way.
Trinity (Ulitsa Baumana, 44/8) – Irish Pub, They have about 15 choices of beer and a convincing array of Irish and Scotch whiskeys.
Relab (Ulitsa Chistopolskaya, 19A) – Cocktail Bar
SoLab (Ulitsa Profsoyuznaya, 22) – Affordable Prices and a good selection of drinks
Maximilian’s (Ulitsa Spartakovskaya, 6) is a chain brewpub
Belgian Beers Bar (Ulitsa Profsoyuznaya, 10/14) this is a small independent bar specialising in Belgian beer
Football Trip to Kazan – Where to Eat
Football trip to Kazan – Useful links