The first Moscow free train of World Cup 2018 has departed for Adler
On June 13 at 10.52, the first free train from Kazan station in Moscow transporting fans of the World Cup 2018 departed for Adler. The train is going to the first match in Sochi, between Portugal and Spain. The match will be held on June 15 at 21.00 at Fisht stadium. The train is traveling to Adler with three intermediate stops at Rostov-Main, Krasnodar-1, and Tuapse Passenger stations.
“There are just over 30 hours left before the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018. And today, fans are traveling to cities where the first matches will take place,” noted Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, who came to Kazan station to see off the first train, departing for Adler.
This two-story, comfortable modern train of 15 cars with 796 seats and a buffet car also has places for citizens with limited mobility.
“There are passengers traveling from 19 countries on the train, most of them Russian, but there are also people from Belarus, Ukraine, China, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries on the train,” commented Kirill Polyakov, General Director of ANO “Transport Directorate of 2018 FIFA World Cup in the Russian Federation”. “Journalists accredited by the International Football Federation (FIFA) are also among the passengers.”
“This is a huge impetus for the development of our country’s infrastructure, and our future projects for the development of domestic and incoming tourism. We are extremely interested that people of all ages, including those with disabilities, can freely and comfortably travel to beautiful places in the Russian Federation,” the Deputy Prime Minister noted.
Fans from 158 countries have booked 88% of seats in free trains for matches of the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and 67% on trains for playoff matches.
The first football World Cup in the history of the Russia will be staged from June 14 to July 15, 2018. The tournament matches will be played in Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi.
734 additional trains with 448,000 seats will be involved in free transport of fans and journalists accredited by FIFA. Reservation of seats is carried out on the Internet resource of ANO “Transport Directorate-2018” or on a hotline. Since June 11, tickets for free trains may also be issued at railway station ticket offices. In order to take advantage of free travel, you need to purchase a ticket for a 2018 World Cup match and register a Fan ID. Journalists accredited by FIFA may also book tickets for free trains.