Planning a Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – How to get to Rostov-on-Don & How to get around
Rostov-on-Don is situated about 1,000 kilometres southeast of Moscow and is a key transport and cultural hub of southern Russia.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Fly to Rostov-on-Don
Platov International Airport serves Rostov-on-Don (as a replacement for the old Rostov-on-Don Airport) and started operation in December 2017. No airlines flying direct from United Kingdom to Platov International
Other airlines flying to Platov International
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Turkish Airlines flights
British Airways flights
Czech Airlines flights
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Directions from the Airport
Platov Airport complex is connected to Rostov-on-Don using two transportation routes:
• Route 285: from Train Station Square along Levobereahnaya St., M-4 Don Highway, Rostov-on-Don Nothern Bypass road and down the southern approach road to Platov Airport, both on the way to the airport and back.
• Route 286: from Oktyabrskaya Square bus terminal (Suburban Bus Station) along Sholokhov Avenue, M-4 Don Highwayand down the southern approach road to Platov Airport, both on the way to the airport and back.
Train Station and Oktyabrskaya Squares are Rostov-on-Don’s major transport hubs concentrating various kinds of transport.
There is a minimal number of stops on the aforesaid routes.
Route 285 has an intermediate stop in Aksai city (Zapadnaya St., М-4 Don Road, crossover bridge).
Route 286 has two stops: close to Rostov-on-Don old airport location in Sholokhov Avenue (upon request) and in Krasky Kolos settlement on М-4 Don Road. The latter stop is organised for the convenience of people residing in the region’s northern territories, where they are able to transfer to the buses going to Platov Airport Complex.
Routes 285 and 286 travel time will be up to 1 hour.
The fare from Train Station Square is RUB 95, from Oktyabrskaya Square (Suburban Bus Station) RUB 75. Bus services to Platov Airport operates on a 24/7 basis.
The interval between buses is 30 – 40 depending on the time of day.
Taxis from the Airport
Platov International Airport is located 30 km to the north west of the city. It was constructed within the framework of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. 2018 The road by car takes about 40 minutes along Novocherkasskoe highway and the M-4 “Don” highway. The transport connection of the airport with the city is provided by two routes of public transport and taxi.
A taxi ride from the airport to the city center costs 800-1,000 rubles (mobile applications Uber and Yandex.Taxi) . Two share taxis stop near the airport. Route No. 285 goes along the South entrance from Platov Airport along the Northern bypass road of Rostov-on-Don, then along the M-4 Don highway to Levoberezhnaya street, along it to Privokzalnaya square. Route No. 286 departs from the airport along the Northern Entrance to the Prigorodny bus station on October Square. The fare for minibus No. 285 is 95 rubles, for No. 286 – 75 rubles. Intervals of 30-40 minutes
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Travel By Train
To travel by train from Rostov-on-Don in Russia to London in the United Kingdom you can either split your trip. Or use the direct night train from Moscow to Paris and from Paris you continue by direct Eurostar train to London. To Moscow you have good connections from several places in Russia.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Travel Around Rostov-on-Don
Within Central Rostov-on-Don most distances are walkable, with some regard to hilly landscape and appropriate physical efforts needed. Rostov-on-Don 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 Rostov-on-Don.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – The Stadium
Rostov Arena is situated on the left bank of the Don River. Rostov Arena’s original design blends harmoniously into the picturesque landscape. The shape of the arena’s roof imitates the meanderings of the Don River. The varying heights of the stands allow spectators to savour not only what is happening on the pitch, but also to enjoy views of Rostov-on-Don. From the left bank of the Don, the city looks particularly beautiful.
FC Rostov, the 2014 Russian Cup winners, will play its home games at the stadium.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Getting to the Stadium
Rostov Arena, completed in the city’s Kirovskiy District at the end of 2017, stands on the left bank of the River Don, between Levoberezhnaya Ulitsa and Grebnoi Canal.
There are two public transport stops near the stadium: Gorodskoi Plyazh and Dinamo Recreational Centre. Buses 39 and 516 stop at both. Buses 109, 112, 122, 133, 135, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 211 & 516 and marshrutkas 49, 73, 77, 92 & 278 stop near MEGAMAG shopping centre and the junction of Vostochnoye Shosse and Poimennaya Ulitsa, a 20-minute walk from the stadium.
The train stop nearest to Rostov Arena is Zarechnaya, accessible by train from most Rostov neighbourhoods. Almost the entire city is covered by train service. From the train stop, it’s a five-minute walk to the Elevator bus stop, where bus 516 will take you the rest of the way to the stadium in about five minutes: the arena is two stops away.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Getting Tickets
FC Rostov-on-Don was was established on 10 May 1930, and was initially named Selmashstroy (Сельмашстрой). They were renamed Selmash in 1936 and Traktor in 1941. In 1950, the club joined the South Zone of the Azov-Don group of the Russian SFSR Championship
In 1991 the club finished fourth in what was the final season of Soviet football following the USSR’s disintegration. This was enough to earn them a place in the new Russian Top League. Following an eighth-place finish in their first season, the 1993 season saw the club struggle, eventually finishing second bottom, resulting in relegation to the First League.
They currently play in the Russian Premier League
You can buy tickets online via the club website.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – 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.
Plan your Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don with our full list of fixtures on Soccerways or Check the Russian Superleague Website when planning your football trip to Russia for latest fixture information.
The schedule for kick-off times in Russia can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Russia page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Where to stay
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Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Rostov-on-Don 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.
Here you can take a stroll along Pushkin Street loaded with cafes and shops, a bit expensive, but in any case much cheaper than in Moscow. The majority of the city’s old buildings can be found around Pushkinskaya and Bolshaya Sadovaya Streets. It is best to get around on foot; when you need to get to the left bank of the Don, you can take a taxi or use one of the public minibus taxis.
Gorkovo Park is also a pleasant place in any season, especially near the New Year, when it is decorated with a huge Christmas tree. The Regional Art Museum is also a landmark.
Supporters who will come to Rostov-on-Don will be able to familiarize themselves with Cossack culture and traditions. Not far from Rostov-on-Don is the cossack capital of Don – Starocerkasskaia. The inhabitants carefully guard the way of life of the Cossacks from the past centuries.
Around Sobornaya/Cathedral Square, next to Budennovsky Avenue, lies Central Market, also known as the Old Bazaar. Here you can buy anything, from sausages to fabric.
The beautiful house of lawyer Alexander Petrov at 115 Pushkinskaya Street became the Fine Arts Museum in 1938. Its collection includes still lifes by the Little Dutch Masters, genre paintings from the workshop of Rubens, Chinese vases and jewel boxes, Samurai swords, Piranesi drawings and Russian art, from the icons of the sixteenth century to the Peredvizhniki art group of the late nineteenth century and collages of the twenty-first.
The remains of Matvey Platov rest in the Don Host Cathedral of the Ascension, which has been given the status of patriarchal cathedral, along with the Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin.
Football Trip to Rostov-on-Don – Where to Drink
Yesenin (Ulitsa Pushkinskaya, 57) is another place for beer lovers. Although it has a great assortment of bottled bears, try what’s on tap. There are 12 taps altogether, and you can order a pint or 0.6 pint (300 ml). The pub’s owners prefer classical stouts, porters, tripels, and IPA. Talkative bartenders are always ready to come to the rescue and pour something
Schneider Weisse Brauhaus (Beregovaya Ulitsa, 27) The beer of this famous Bavarian dynasty of brewers has been made in accordance with its founder’s original recipe for several centuries, and personifies everything that people world over love about German beer. When the Schneider family opened its restaurant in Rostov, it was a newsworthy move, since this is their one and only establishment in
Abbey Road Pub (Prospekt Sokolova, 31) has been around for a long time, and it’s an iconic establishment for the lovers of music, beer, and decent food.
Beer Library (Budennovsky Prospekt, 7) describes itself as a club for the real connoisseurs, and not just of beer.
Cheska (Ulitsa Maksima Gorkogo, 151) This noisy sports bar with its own ambiance is located in the vicinity of Tabachki restaurant cluster. Its main feature is proprietary brewery, which offers the visitors three kinds of house beer: pale ale, dark beer and wheat beer.
Pint (Voroshilovsky Prospekt, 62) The Pint chain of affordable sports bars is probably the principal venue for local residents who want to watch athletic events together.
Harat’s pubs can be found in many Russian cities — and the one in Rostov is a favourite with local expats. (Ulitsa Sotsialisticheskaya, 141)
Beerhof (Ulitsa Temernitskaya, 80) BeerHof house of beer incorporates a classical beer restaurant, a sports bar, and a private brewery that was opened in 1995. People come to BeerHof to get a glass of their house special beer.