Planning a Football Trip to Yekaterinburg? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
The fourth-largest city in Russia, located on the Iset River east of the Ural Mountains, in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the border of Europe and Asia.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – How to get to Yekaterinburg & How to get around
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Fly to Yekaterinburg
The main air gate of Ekaterinburg is an international airport “Koltsovo”. It is one of the largest and most modern airports in Russia handling millions of passengers a year.
The other city airport “Uktus” offers local flights and charter flights of business aviation.
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Directions from the Airport
Municipal bus #1 operates between the airport and Yekaterinburg-Sverdlovsk Railway Station through the city centre every 15 minutes, the journey takes 50-70 minutes and costs RUB28 as of June 2017. There are also small #01 express buses operating on the same route, but without any intermediate stops, the journey takes 30-40 minutes and costs RUB100.
Taxis from the Airport
A taxi to/from the city centre should cost no more than RUB500 for the 25-minute journey, but airport taxis will ask more, so better consider using taxi services like Uber or any local services.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Travel By Train
All Trans-Siberian trains stop at Yekaterinburg-Sverdlovsk Railway Station. It’s located almost in the city center and you can reach the center in 30 minutes on foot or in 5 minutes using the underground.
There is also an extensive network of local trains serving the Sverdlovsk Oblast.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Travel Around Yekaterinburg
The public transport system is very extensive and has lots of routes. The city is known for its extensible tram network, which is still being extended, unlike other Russian cities. Trams are very popular among citizens and can be quite crowded. There are also lots of buses and trolleybuses which are also very crowded during peak hours.
Yekaterinburg has 1 underground metro line, connecting the city south, through the city centre, to Uralmash — a large industrial and residential area, with a stop near the main railway station. The metro is popular with locals because it is quick and inexpensive. The stations are impressive, decorated with native Ural stones, granite and marble. All stations are open between 6:00 and 24:00. Train frequency on weekdays in rush hour is 4-5 minutes; all other times and weekends it is 8-15 minutes.
All public transport costs RUB28 (as of June 2017) for a single ride. Tickets can be purchased from the special person in trams, trolleybuses, big buses and some small buses. In rare cases, in small buses, you have to buy the ticket from the driver. Underground tickets could be purchased in ticket offices on any station.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – The Stadium
Ekaterinburg Arena is home to one of the country’s oldest football clubs, FC Ural, the stadium was built in 1953. Since then, it has been refurbished on a number of occasions. The last of these refits has been made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. On each occasion, however, the stadium’s historical façade remained untouched, as an architectural legacy. Architectural and decorative features typical of Soviet neo-Classicism were used lavishly in the construction of the stands, along with decorative art in the form of sculptures, vases and banners.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Getting to the Stadium
The Ekaterinburg Arena is located in central Yekaterinburg just east of the city centre. The walk from the principal 1905 Square takes about 20 minutes.
Yekaterinburg’s main train station, located a little north of the city centre, is somewhat further away from the Ekaterinburg Arena, just under 4 kilometres or a 45-minute walk. Tram 3, 5, 7, 21, 23, 27, and 32 all connect the station with Kommunarov Square, from where it’s a short walk to the stadium.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Getting Tickets
Tickets for FC Ural games can be bought online, or at the club shop at Grinvich shopping centre in central Ekaterinburg.
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Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – 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 Yekaterinburg with our full list of fixtures
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Where to stay
Stay close to the centre.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Yekaterinburg 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.
Ganina Yama. Once a pit in the woods where the bodies of the executed Romanov family and three of their dedicated servants were disposed, Ganina Yama is now home to a series of wooden chapels dedicated to the memory of the Romanovs. In addiction to the chapels on sight, there is a garden of lilies that honors the family. Bus 223 runs to Ganina Yama 6 times a day. Take the Yekaterinburg metro line to Mashinostroiteley and walk to the bus stop
Church on the Blood, (Near the metro station Dinamo). Church on the Blood built in 2003 at the site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
Vysotsky Skyscraper. Best-known urban observation deck is located on the 52nd floor. From a height of 186 meters you can see both the center of Yekaterinburg and remote areas.
Yekaterinburg Zoo, located within one block in the city center (an area of 2.5 hectares), has a rich collection consisting of more than 700 animals.
The Central Park of Culture and Rest named after Mayakovsky is the main city park, a popular place for holding mass events. The park has a variety of rides, a summer theater, a musical fountain, a children’s railway.
Yekaterinburg State Circus named after V.I. Filatov is an entertainment facility with 2,600 seats offering a new circus program every year.
Aqua Gallery is one of the largest in Russia exhibition of exotic fish. There are more than 40 aquariums, a pond with a sight glass and the first underwater tunnel in the Urals.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Where to Drink
Doctor Scotch, Malysheva St 54a. Very large pub attracting crowds at weekends. After the midnight there is a lot of drunk people, music, a little dance floor near the bar. Worth a visit.
Rosy Jane, Prospekt Lenina 32-34,
Jawsspot, Turgeneva 3. Craft beer bar and shop run by a city famous Jaws brewery. Offers the most extensible set of craft beer (including their own) in the city. Serves only beer (no food at all), but you’re free to bring your own food there.
Coyote Ugly‘s (51 Malysheva Street). Open seven nights a week until six in the morning, it’s at its wildest, busiest and dancing-on-tables-ist on Fridays and Saturdays.
Ben Hall, Ekaterinburg’s very own English pub.
Amy Wine House. The bar has an extensive selection of wines, including organic and biodynamic ones, from across the globe and offers up a creative tapas and small plates menu designed by local culinary wiz Vladimir Olkinitsky, of 26/28 fame.
Press House Loft will screen the games during the World Cup.
Maximilians – Brew Pub, part of a national chain. Bavarian styled food and drink. Often has bands on.
Royal Pub and restaurant – English style pub with sport on TV, music, pool. This pub brews its own beer – five kinds of it. The brewery is next door, also on the ground floor.
Football Trip to Yekaterinburg – Where to Eat
Svoya kompaniya (Своя компания), Moskovskaya 29, Malysheva 44, Lenina 49, etc. Extensive and very popular chain of cozy (as they say themselves) restaurants scattered around the city. Serves wide variety of cuisines including Russian, Italian, Asian etc. Be ready for queues, especially at lunch and dinner time. 500-750RUB.
Hmeli Suneli (Хмели Сунели), Lenina 69/10. Serves Georgian cuisine, offers the perfect service and reasonable prices for a high quality food.