Sapsan trains to provide free transport during the 2018 FIFA World Cup
The fleet of free trains has grown to include six high-speed Sapsan trains on the Moscow–St. Petersburg route, increasing capacity by more than 3,500 places. Now fans and journalists accredited by FIFA will have 448,162 places available to them, reported ANO “Transport Directorate-2018” General Director Kirill Polyakov during a press conference on Tuesday.
There are now an additional 734 trains to service fans and media for free. Of these, 130 will be arriving at St. Petersburg from Moscow, Sochi, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. There will be 138 trains departing from St. Petersburg for Moscow, Sochi, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. Currently, the capital of the north is the most popular area for reserving free trains, with 74% of the 448,162 places already booked.
Free routes within the cities themselves will connect points of interest for fans: airports, train stations, fan zones and stadiums. In St. Petersburg, free transport on match days will be provided by shuttle buses, metro, suburban trains, and several bus and tram routes. Fans wishing to take advantage of free transport in St. Petersburg must have a ticket for that match day and their passport.
The Transport Directive has developed various services for fans’ convenience. Available forms of free transport will be marked with a FREE RIDE emblem. Three of St. Petersburg’s train stations – Moskovskiy, Vitebskiy, and Ladozhskiy – will be staffed by 126 employees of “Transport Directorate-2018” to help passengers using the free trains to get acclimated to the city. Should fans have any difficulties, they can always call the 24/7 “Transport Directorate-2018” hotline on: 8 (800) 775-20-18 (for calls within Russia) and +7 (495) 741-18-18 (for calls from abroad).
ANO “Transport Directorate for FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia” would also like to note that in accordance with Presidential Order No. 202, during the 2018 World Cup from June 1 to July 17, 2018, travel into St. Petersburg (Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Sochi, and from June 1 to June 30, 2018 into Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad and Saransk) will be permitted only to those buses equipped with satellite navigation equipment sending information to AO GLONASS, and which have sent notification of their entry. Bus owners can visit a specially-created site www.bus.transport2018.com and use the customer support service: 8-800-511-30-18 (for calls within Russia) and +7-499-426-05-72 (for calls from abroad). These restrictions will not apply to buses performing the regular transport of passengers along municipal, intermunicipal and intercity routes.