86% of places on free trains going to World Cup 2018 group-stage matches have been booke

86% of the places on free trains going to the 11 World Cup 2018 host cities for group-stage matches have been booked, General Director of ANO Transport Directive 2018 Kirill Polyakov told journalists on Saturday.

“Free transport for fans and media representatives accredited by FIFA will be provided by over 700 additional trains with almost 450,000 places. Currently, more than 86% of the places on free trains going to group-stage matches in the first two weeks have been booked. 64% have been booked for playoff matches” said Polyakov.

He added that fans wishing to take advantage of the free train service going to the 11 host cities much have a ticket to a match in the city the train is going to, their fan passport and identification documentation.

Polyakov reminded fans that Russian cuisine will be available in the restaurant cars of the free trains.

“This week, we confirmed the menu for the restaurant cars, which include vegetarian, meat and fish-based dishes, hot and cold snacks and, for foreign guests wanting to try out Russian cuisine, a menu featuring foods such as solyanka (meat and vegetable soup), shchi (cabbage soup), bliny (pancakes) and more” he said.

Polyakov emphasized that all of the dishes will be prepared by the kitchen chefs only once the passenger has made their order – so fans traveling to matches by train need not worry about the quality or freshness of the ingredients.

What’s more, he added, the menu will also include hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks. It will also be possible to purchase official World Cup souvenirs on the trains.

The FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15. It is the first time that Russia will host the global competition. The World Cup will be held in 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities. Matches will take place in Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Sochi and several other cities. The opening and closing matches of the championship will take place in Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

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