Planning a Football Trip to Moscow? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Moscow – How to get to Moscow & How to get around
Football Trip to Moscow – Fly to Moscow
• The most popular airline flying from Manchester to Moscow last month was Air France
• £152 was the cheapest return price from Manchester to Moscow last month
• The average flight time from Manchester to Moscow is 5h 35min
• Moscow is served by 4 airports. These are Moscow Domodedovo, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Moscow Vnukovo, Zhukovsky International.
There are no direct flights from Manchester to Moscow.
There are plenty of flights with one connection available to Moscow’s three airports.
Flights from Manchester to Moscow Domodedovo with one connection are operated by Lufthansa flying via Munich or Frankfurt, Brussels Airlines flying via Brussels, Swiss Airlines flying via Zurich, British Airways flying via London Heathrow and Austrian Airlines flying via Vienna.
Flights from Manchester to Moscow Sheremetyevo with one connection are available; KLM and Aeroflot fly via Amsterdam, FinnAir fly via Helsinki and Air France fly via Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Flights from Manchester to Moscow Vnukovo with one connection are available with Turkish Airlines who fly via Istanbul.
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Directions from the Airport
Moscow Domodedovo Airport is 42km from Moscow, there is one terminal at the airport and an international arrivals hall. Here you will have access to onward travel options and small number of shops. The quickest way to reach Moscow is by the high speed direct train to Paveletsky Station which takes around 45 minutes. There are taxi desks in the arrival hall, here you can book and pay for a taxi in advance of your journey. It will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the city centre. Car rental desks are on the first floor of the arrivals hall, companies here include Hertz, Europcar and Avis.
Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport is located 29km north-west of Moscow, there are 5 terminals connected by shuttle bus and walkways. You can reach the city centre by the Aeroexpress train to Belorussky Station. Trains depart every 20-30 minutes and take 30-40 minutes. Two bus routes depart from the airport (817 and 948) running to Planermaya Metro Station. Each terminal has car hire desks for the likes of Alamo and Hertz as well as taxi desks where you can book a taxi into Moscow.
Moscow Vnukovo Airport is 28km south-west of Moscow. International flights arrive at terminals A & B. The fastest way to reach the city centre is by Minibus 45M to Yugo-Zapadnaya metro station on line 1 (red line). This takes 20-25 minutes. You can also take the direct Aeroexpress bus from the bus stops outside of Terminal A, it takes 35 minutes to reach Kievskiy railway terminal.
Football Trip to Moscow – Travel By Train
Another option could be to get a cheap flight to Berlin, Cologne, Warsaw, Tallin, Riga – Real Russia can help you buy train tickets from numerous destinations in Europe offering overnight trains to Moscow – http://realrussia.co.uk/Trains
Football Trip to Moscow – Visa
To enter Russia you’ll need a visa before travel. Make sure you apply for the correct type and duration of visa and that you abide by the conditions of your visa. During periods of high demand, you should apply for your visa well in advance. For example, tourist visa applications normally take 10 working days to be processed, but this will be longer during busy periods.
All applicants over the age of 12 will need to visit a visa application centre to submit biometric data (scanned fingerprints). For further information see the Russian embassy website and the website of VFS Global who manage Russian visa applications.
On receiving your visa you should check the details carefully including the validity dates and passport number to make sure they are correct. You should make sure you’re aware of the terms and conditions attached to your visa, for both entry and exit, before you travel. You should adhere to the validity and conditions of your visa.
Football Trip to Moscow – Travel Around Moscow
Moscow Metro – It is easy to use it, although there are no signs in English. As you can see on the Moscow metro map all the lines have its own color. There is a ring-line (brown) which has crossings with all other radial lines. Metro entrances are marked with a large red letter “M”. The open hours are from 5.20 a.m. to 1.00 a.m. Usually the last train starts its way at 00.50 from the last station at any line; the passes between stations are closed at 1.00 am. When there’re rush hours (8.00-9.00, 17.00-19.00) the metro is overcrowded, so it’s better to avoid it. Tickets & Prices. The metro has no special zones – all the metro is one zone, and there’s no time limit for using your ticket. You can buy a ticket for 28R ($1) for one trip and spend as much time inside as you like. You can also save money and buy tickets for 5, 10 or 20 trips – they are less expensive. If you don’t pay, then you’ll have to pay around $50 fine.
The most interesting stations of Moscow metro are: Kievskaya (blue line, west center – mosaics dedicated to the life of Ukrainian people), Komsomolskaya (circle line, north-east – mosaics on the ceiling), Mayakovskaya (green line, north – the winner of grand-prizes, decorated in a cool way), Ploshchad Revolutsii (blue line, center – sculptures of Russian workers, soldiers, and just normal people), Arbatskaya (blue line, center – just nice interior), Chkalovskaya (light green line, east center – one of the newly built stations, futuristic minimalistic design).
Taxi and Cars in Moscow – In Russia you can use any car as a taxi, most of the private drivers will give you a lift but only for money. Just wave any car like a taxi. It’s better to negotiate the price before starting a trip (even cabmen don’t like to use counters). When the driver recognizes you as a foreigner, he will try to make you pay the highest price – so bargain. It is a good way to find out the fair price before (ask the locals). In any case the car prices have risen up in Moscow recently but are still not as high as in Europe, for example. Normally it should cost around 400-500 R ($12-$15) to get from the outskirts of Moscow to the center of the city (about 30-60 min drive depending on the traffic) and it’s around 200 R ($8) to move around the center (10-15 min drive). I usually calculate 200 R ($7) for every 10 minutes.
Football Trip to Moscow – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Moscow – The Stadium
CSKA Arena was initially planned to be built with a continuous bowl of seating similar to most new European stadiums. Then a decision was taken to add a skyscraper into one of the corners shaped like the UEFA Cup and to have office buildings in the other corners. Consequently the ground ended up with four individual stands with two tiers separated by a row of 127 Skyboxes. The upper tiers can hold 14,500 people in total and the lower ones can welcome 12,500 guests throughout the ground.
Spartak Moscow is one of the most high-profile clubs in the Russian Federation and they regularly qualify for the UEFA Champions League. However, until recently, the club has never owned its own stadium. The design is dominated by the stadium bowl and a consolidated VIP zone. The aim was to produce a tight, efficient bowl which would create an intimate fan experience, and be highly cost-effective to build. A two-tier rectilinear design, which places fans as close as possible to the pitch, was chosen to generate an intense atmosphere and contribute to the team’s home field advantage.
They are playing their Champions League matches this year at the Luzhniki stadium.
Luzhniki Stadium, is the venue hosting the opening and final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The stadium was built in 1955–56 as the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium. It was the national stadium of the Soviet Union, and is now the national stadium of Russia. The stadium was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympics, the spectator capacity being 103,000 at that time. On 20 October 1982, disaster struck during a UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem. 66 people died in the stampede, which made it Russia’s worst sporting disaster at the time. In 1992, the stadium was renamed Luzhniki Stadium. An extensive renovation in 1996 saw the construction of a roof over the stands, and the refurbishment of the seating areas, resulting in a decrease in capacity. The original stadium was demolished in 2013 to give a way for the construction of a new stadium. The self-supported cover was retained. The facade wall was retained as well, due to its architectural value and later was reconnected to a new building. Construction of the new stadium is expected to be complete by 2017
Eduard Streltsov Stadium
Eduard Streltsov Stadium, formerly Torpedo Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Moscow, Russia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Torpedo Moscow. The stadium was built in 1959.
Football Trip to Moscow – Getting to the Stadium
Once you’re in the city you’ll want to take the Metro to get to the ground. The closest stop is Sportivnaya (СПОРТИВНАЯ in Russian) and that’s on Line 1, the Red line. you can get there from Lubyanka Station in the centre of the city. Bus – Buses T31, 255 and 05 all call near enough to the stadium.
The Arena CSKA is located north-west of Moscow’s city centre, roughly 8.5 kilometres from the Red Square and 5 kilometres from Belorussky train station. The nearest metro stations are Sokol and Aeroport on the green line 2.
Subway Service 7 takes you to a station right outside the football ground. If buses are more your thing then keep your eyes peeled for either the number 70 or the 248. You can also get a tram, with numbers 7, 15, 28, 30 and 31 all stopping within walking distance. A taxi from the Bolshoi Theatre near to the centre of Moscow out to the Otkrytiye Arena will cost you in the region of 750 Rubles and will take about half an hour to get you there.
Football Trip to Moscow – Getting Tickets
CSKA MOSCOW – Ticket prices for CSKA Moscow games vary wildly depending on the opposition, where about in the ground you’d like to sit and who you are. The least popular games cost between 300 roubles (around £3.90) through to 8000 roubles, or £104, for an average fan. The most popular games against opposition like Barcelona and Fenerbahce cost from 500 roubles (£6.50) to 12,000 roubles (£156) for the normal punter. If you’re a World War Two veteran, disabled, retired or under twelve-years-old then you can get a 30% discount on the cost of your tickets. Tickets – http://en.pfc-cska.com/tickets/ucl/
Spartak Moscow – Tickets for Spartak matches can be bought online, by phone +7 8 495 777 42 00 or at the ticket windows of the Otkritie Arena from a few days before the match as well the day of the match.
Torpedo Moscow – For most games it should be possible to buy on the gate; advance ticket arrangements are advertised (in Russian) on the club’s website a couple of days before each game.
Football Trip to Moscow – Fixtures
Football Trip to Moscow – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Moscow – Where to stay
For “main sights” the closer to the Kremlin the better, and a metro station should be near for visiting more remote sights conveniently.
Football Trip to Moscow – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Moscow 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.
Football Trip to Moscow – What to see
The main sights are located in the famous Red Square, which is a sight in itself. This is usually the first destination for tourists. Red Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site (along with the Kremlin), and while formerly famous for military parades under the communist regime, it is now more likely to be home to massive open-air concerts.
The Kremlin, on the banks of the Moskva, is the official residence of the President of Russia, and the complex houses four palaces, four cathedrals, and the Kremlin towers.
St Basil’s Cathedral (or Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat to give it its less snappy title) is one of the most recognisable buildings in Europe. Located just across Red Square from the Kremlin, it was initially commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 1500s. A popular myth is that Ivan had the architect, Postnik Yakolev, blinded after he created St Basil’s, in order that he could not build a more magnificent building anywhere else.
Lenin’s mausoleum – Entry to the famous mausoleum on Red Square is free, and worth the inevitable queue.
Football Trip to Moscow – Where to Eat & Drink
George Best, Rybniy Pereulok, 2 (Gostinyi dvor) (M. Ploshchad’ Revolyutsii, M. Kitay-gorod), Gastropub named after the legendary Manchester United footballer & playboy is trying to satisfy adult hipster sport fans with high quality food, wide range of beers and cocktails, broadcasts and weekend techno/house parties. Located inside Gostiny Dvor, the medieval trading area turned contemporary mall just east of the Kremlin, the 19th century exposed-brick interior has three floors, and a variety of atmosphere.
Yan Primus, Miklukho-Maklaya, 27A (M. Belyaevo, Vityaz cinema), 10AM-6AM Mon-Sun. Belgian beer restaurant, a rare women-friendly beer place. Table games. Parking; outdoor terrace (open until 11PM; booking required).
Bobby Dazzler Pub (паб Бобби Дэззлер), Kostyanskiy pereulok 7/13 (Metro: Turgenevskaya, Chistye Prudy), (firstname.lastname@example.org,) 11:00-0:00 Mon-Thu, 11:00-3:00 Fri, 13:00-6:00 Sat, 13:00-0:00 Sun. British-style pub. Wide choice of UK beers. Large food menu. Beers and food are reasonable priced.
Rule Tap Room, Starovagankovskiy Lane, 19/7 (Metro Borovitskaya), (email@example.com), . 4pm-midnight daily. A truly incredible selection of draught and bottled craft beers. A young crowd and a great place to try a fantastic variety of every possible kind of beer.
Craft rePUBlic (Malyy Gnezdnikovskiy per., 9, стр. 7, Moskva) – Over the road from the Chelsea gastropub, this underground watering hole has a no-frills vibe more suited to a ryumashka than a bar.
Beer Market – Located down in alley off of Pushkin Square, Beer Market is an older craft bar. In addition to a selection of local craft beer on tap, Beer Market sells an expansive variety of bottled beers. Prices are cheap, but the place is often crowded. facebook.com/beermarketbar
GlavPivMag – This craft venue recently opened a second location at Chistiye Prudy in addition to its original location near the Novo¬kuz-nets¬ka¬ya and Tretyakovskaya metro stations. The new location features a minimalist interior decor, with quick service across a long bar. Spacious, but not a lot of sitting room. Mostly a stand-up bar. glavpivmag.com
Kamchatka, If you want a taste of a Perestroika-esque Russia, enjoy a drink in the pleasant stolovaya atmosphere. The cafeteria-style interior exudes a retro vibe of post-Soviet nostalgia while the simple menu of traditional fare goes down well with the very reasonably priced beers.
Tema is considered to be one of the oldest cocktail bars in Moscow and continues to live up to its reputation as one of the best. The bar is open 24 hours ensuring that time flies by in one of the capital’s most popular watering holes. (Potapovskiy per., 5, стр. 2)
No. 57 is both a cafeteria style eatery and cafe located on the top level of the famous GUM shopping mall that faces Red Square. Where just about every store in GUM is connected to high-end living, No. 57 keeps it real with hearty, down home Russian comfort food.
Blinnaya – Locals come here for the incredibly cheap pancakes (RUB 30 for three). It has been open since 1962
Chicken Run is the first place in Moscow where you can get gourmet quality food on the cheap. Tender chicken breast with quinoa garnish will only cost you 370 rubles, as will the chicken tandoori style with potato mousse and smoked cheese. (ul. Arbat, 1)