Planning a Football Trip to Samara? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Samara – How to get to Samara & How to get around
Samara is a city in southwestern Russia, framed by the Volga and Samara rivers. The central Samara Regional Art Museum, housed in an ornate mansion, exhibits Russian paintings from the 16th century onward. Nearby, Stalin’s Bunker, designed in WWII to protect the political leader, is now a subterranean museum.
Football Trip to Samara – Fly to Samara
Kurumoch International Airport is the international airport of Samara, Russia, located 35 km north of the city. Besides Samara, the airport serves Tolyatti – the second largest city in the region
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Directions from the Airport
Bus schedules on routes Airport – Samara and Airport –Togliatti:
Bus departure time from the airport
to Samara to Togliatti
Airport bus departs from the domestic arrivals terminal. Bus tickets are available at the cashier desks located inside the terminal building.
Operating hours of cashier desks: 7.00-22.00 (daily)
You can also take a minibus taxi №392 and public transport bus №78 which run between Samara and Bereza settlement which is close to Kurumoch airport.
Minibus taxi № 392
Molodaya Gvardia – Central Bus Station – Barboshina Polyana – Bereza
Operating hours: 06.15 – 21.00 (daily). Time interval: 7-10 min.
Public transport bus № 78
Barboshina Polyana (Samara) – Bereza (The bus stop is located 200 m away from the passenger terminal).
Operating hours: on schedule
Bereza – Barboshina Polyana (Samara) Barboshina Polyana (Samara) – Bereza
Taxis from the Airport
Taxis are available outside arrivals. The journey to the city centre takes 45 minutes.
Football Trip to Samara – Travel By Train
From Moscow the best train to take is the direct link between the two cities, train 010 which takes just under 16 hours and costs about 750R ($28) 3rd class, 2000R ($74) 2nd class and 3900R ($145) 1st class. The 056 is a slightly lower quality direct link. Although it takes 18 hours, it is a bit cheaper at around 500R ($18) 3rd class and 1300R ($48) 2nd class. The respective return trains are numbered 009 and 055. The trains from Moscow that continue on to places like Tashkent, Ufa and Magnitgorsk are often a little bit cheaper but are slower and not as nice. The exception perhaps is the 014 Moscow-Chelyabinsk which takes 16 hours 42 minutes and costs about the same as the 010.
Train 337 runs from St Petersburg to Samara, takes just over 41 hours and costs about 900R ($33) 3rd class and 2500R ($93) 2nd class. Other destinations that are easy to reach from Samara include Kazan, Volgograd, Saratov, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, Chelyabinsk and Tashkent.
Football Trip to Samara – Travel Around Samara
Samara’s city center is small enough to walk between most places of interest. But you will need to take public transport to get from the train and bus stations to the central tourist area (although walking is possible from the train station) and to make reaching the east side of town easier. 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.
Samara Metro. The metro currently has only eight stops and is of very limited use for tourists. There are no stations in the city center or near the train station – the single line services only the south-east of the city.
Football Trip to Samara – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Samara – The Stadium
The Samara Arena is hosting six games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, including a Round-of-16 tie and a quarter-final match-up. Costa Rica kick off their tournament campaign here against Serbia on 17 June, while hosts Russia play their final group-stage match against Uruguay at the stadium on 25 June.
Football Trip to Samara – Getting to the Stadium
It will take about 20 minutes to walk to the “Samara Arena” along Dalnaya street from the bus stop “16th kilometer”. It can be reached by buses Nos. 1, 45, 51, 67, 110, 410a and share taxi Nos. 1, 1k, 96, 205, 210, 221, 295 (some stop here only by request).
Football Trip to Samara – Getting Tickets
FC Krylia Sovetov Samara is a football club from Russia based in Samara. In 2004, they finished third in the Russian Premier League. Krylia Sovetov will return to the Russian Premier League for the 2018–19 season.
You can’t buy tickets online via the club website but The Stadium Guide says Tickets for Krylia Sovetov games can be bought at Metallurg Stadium or one of the other sales outlets, which typically include shopping centres Viva Land, Babylon (in the centre), Kosmoport, and Mega City. Expect to pay Rub. 200.00 for a ticket.
Football Trip to Samara – 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 Samara – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Samara – Where to stay
Like its attractions and sights, Samara‘s accommodation is scattered throughout the city. Much of it lies either close to the promenade and along the length of the Volga River, or towards the train station. There are also good hotels by the beach.
Football Trip to Samara – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Samara 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.
While there is plenty of interest in the city (see below), the biggest attraction for tourists is probably the beach along the banks of the Volga. But aside from the listed attractions, take some time to just wander around. Samara’s streets boast many charming old wooden houses and large, serene parks abound in the center.
Volga Waterfront. Samara’s beaches are perhaps the city’s biggest attraction. In the summer they are packed with locals and holiday-makers soaking up the sun and swimming in the enticing waters of the Volga. The facilities on the beach are better than you would expect with change rooms, toilets and beach volleyball nets.
Ploshchad Slavy and the Monument of Glory. Ploshchad Slavy is Samara’s requisite war memorial square and the spot where you will get the best possible views of the Volga.
Zhigulevsky Brewery. It might not be world famous, but Zhigulevskoe beer is well-known throughout Russia. The brewery was founded by Austrian Alfred von Wakano in 1881, one year after his arrival in the city.
Ploshchad Chapaeva is the Samara Drama Theater. Construction of this beautiful building finished in 1888, under the guidance of architect Mikhail Chichagov who designed it in a “Moscow baroque” style.
Stalin’s Bunker. When the German’s had almost reached Moscow in 1941 Samara was chosen as a ‘reserve’ capital, mainly for its advantageous geographical location. While many of the top Kremlin officials were relocating to Samara work had begun on accommodation for Stalin. A team of more than 500 metro builders from Moscow, sworn to complete secrecy, were brought to Samara to construct the bunker. The 8-meter diameter shaft down to the bunker was dug by hand to an incredible depth of 37 meters.
The War History Museum. The museum almost exclusively focuses on this war, when Samara was made the ‘reserve’ capital of Russia and assisted the Russian war effort through its aviation industry.
Football Trip to Samara – Where to Drink
Churchill (Prospekt Lenina, 14) Place with the best wine and the best whiskey in Samara
Maximilians (Moskovskoye Shosse, 4/14, Skala mall, floor 1) A popular Russian chain, the bar has it’s own brewery and pub food menu.
Harats (Ulitsa Dachnaya, 2, Iceberg mall) Two-story Irish bar in a mall,
Na Dne (ulitsa Ulyanovskaya, 1) An important city landmark, an ancient beer house, which you must necessarily visit, even if you do not drink beer – just to have an idea about the urban drinking culture – crayfish, dried fish, sausages, Soviet beer mugs.
Frau Muller (Ulitsa Novo-Sadovaya, 184a) German style bar, for more than a decade now, it has been regularly serving good beer along with classic beer food.
Pilzner (Ulitsa Vilonoskaya, 24) A chain pub with a typical interior for such types of establishments – copper and wood, floor-to-ceiling windows, large distance between tables. The main dish on the menu is pork knuckle, and it is ordered mostly by men happy with their lives.
U Vakano (Volzhsky Prospekt, 4) The restaurant at a local beer factory, opened at the end of the 19th century by the Austrian nobleman Alfred von Vacano which subsequently became the Zhigulevsky Beer Factory.
Football Trip to Samara – Where to Eat
Puri has several locations around Samara and is the best option if you want a filling Georgian dinner or a freshly baked khachapuri.
For burgers and craft beer try Parburg, Samara’s premier burger bar