Media and spectators will enjoy a free ride during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
Media representatives accredited by FIFA will be able to start booking free tickets for additional trains using their 6-digit FIFA accreditation number starting from April 23rd, 2018. They will be able to do this at tickets.transport2018.com or by calling the Transport Directorate‑2018 hotline: 8 (800)775-20-18 (for calls from Russia) or +7 (495) 741-18-18 (for calls from other countries).
The free rail travel to 11 Host cities also extends to the fans who have officially bought tickets for the World Cup matches. In total, 728 additional trains for more than 440,000 seats have been allocated for free transportation of fans and media, including seats for disabled.
Free public transport in the Host cities and free trains between them for journalists and fans is a unique feature of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. It was mentioned in the Russian application for the right to host the FIFA World Cup and became a competitive advantage over other countries.
For the convenience of the World Cup guests, a special FREE RIDE logo with an eye-catching and memorable design will be placed on all rolling stock used for free transportation. The emblem follows traditional FIFA 2018 style and colors. This emblem will be used to identify buses, shuttles and other public transport in all 11 Host cities.
“In cooperation with our colleagues from the Russian Railways, we have done a tremendous job of ensuring the mobility of media and fans in such a large country as Russia. 728 trains were added to the current schedule with about 500 of them stopping at 11 stations along the way, including Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, etc.”, added Kirill Polyakov, General Director of Transport Directorate‑2018:The Transport Directorate of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ also recalls that in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 202 only buses with installed GLONASS-transmitting satellite navigation equipment can enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host cities. Bus owners can visit the official bus.transport2018.com website and use the hotline: 8 (800) 511-30-18 (for calls from Russia) and +7 (499) 426-05-72 (for calls from abroad).