The Socceroos will represent Australia for the fifth time at the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Fans are eager for the opportunity to support Australia as the Socceroos embark on their World Cup journey. For those who wish to take part in the exciting action this year, Keith Prowse Travel has put together a comprehensive guide on traveling to the World Cup from Australia. Here you’ll find all of the information you need to plan your trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia including: locations, venues, match schedules, where to purchase tickets, accommodations, events, and practical travel information.
When is the World Cup 2018
The World Cup 2018 is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July. With the tournament dates fast approaching, players and fans alike are thoroughly preparing for the upcoming trip to the world’s largest country.
For Australians interested in attending this year’s event, Keith Prowse Travel has created the Follow Australia Tour. The World Cup tour will make its way through the host cities for each of Australia’s group stage matches, ensuring football fans will get the opportunity to soak up the festive atmosphere that only the World Cup offers.
Where is the World Cup 2018
The 21st World Cup will take place this year in Russia. There’s a total of 64 matches that will be played throughout Russia’s 11 host cities. The matches are divided between 12 venues, with Moscow being the only city to have more than one venue. The World Cup 2018 finals will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
World Cup 2018 Host Cities:
- Moscow (Luzhniki Stadium & Spartak Stadium)
- Ekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg Stadium)
- Saint Petersburg ( Saint Petersburg Stadium)
- Sochi (First Stadium)
- Kazan (Kazan Arena)
- Saransk (Mordovia Arena)
- Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Stadium)
- Samara (Samara Arena)
- Rostov-On-Don (Rostov Arena)
- Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium)
- Volgograd (Volgograd Arena)
Who will Australia play
The 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup have been drawn and divided into 8 groups. For the World Cup 2018, Australia has been drawn into Group C with France, Peru, and Denmark. These teams will be the Socceroos first round of opponents in the World Cup finals.
The top 2 teams from each group will advance to the next stage – the knockout stage. Australia will verse each team in their group, and will need to win two of the three games in order to secure their spot in the World Cup Finals.
When will Australia play
Each of the 3 group stage matches will take place in a different city. The World Cup 2018 matches for Australia will begin in the city of Kazan at the Kazan Arena, which is where the Socceroos will play their opening match against France.
Socceroos 2018 World Cup Schedule:
Match 1: Australia vs. France at the Kazan Arena (Kazan, Russia)
Saturday, 16 June @ 8pm AEST
Match 2: Australia vs. Denmark at the Samara Arena (Samara, Russia)
Friday, 22 June @ 1pm AEST
Match 3: Australia vs. Peru at the Fisht Stadium (Sochi, Russia)
Tuesday, 26 June @ 12am AEST
Beginning in Kazan and ending in Sochi, the Follow Australia Tour will take you to each of the 3 group stage matches over the course of 13-days. Fans who purchase the tour package will be able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support Australia at the World Cup and explore the breathtaking sights of Russia.
Where to get World Cup 2018 tickets
Tickets to the World Cup 2018 matches are not included within the Follow Australia Tour package. Contact Keith Prowse Travel to learn how we can assist in getting guaranteed World Cup tickets or purchase tickets directly from the official FIFA website.
What documents are needed to travel from Australia to Russia
A visa is normally required when traveling to Russia from Australia. However, entry restrictions have recently eased to better assist the World Cup and its fans across the world. Anyone who has a ticket to any of the World Cup 2018 matches may apply for a document referred to as the FAN ID. The FAN ID will allow visa-free travel throughout the duration of the competition, from 14 June to 15 July 2018.
The application and delivery process for the document is completely free. Once you have received a confirmation email from FIFA on your ticket purchase, you may apply for your FAN ID.
Where to stay for the World Cup 2018 in Russia
The Follow Australia Tour offers an inclusive package for football fans with a 13-night hotel accommodation across 4 of the World Cup 2018 host cities. Guests will enjoy a 2-3 night stay in Kazan, Samara, Sochi, and Moscow. Keith Prowse Travel also provides an additional 2-night cruise on the Volga between Kazan and Samara . The cruise will take port for a day adventure in Ulyanovsk, the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin.
For those not joining the tour, it’s strongly recommended to book your hotel accommodation as soon as possible. With over 100,000 people expected to attend the World Cup 2018, hotel rates are set to increase with very limited availability as the tournament dates approach. Secure your place in the Follow Australia Tour today, and leave the hotel accommodation to us.
What is included in the Follow Australia Tour
The Follow Australia Tour offers the ideal opportunity to explore each of the host cities where the Socceroos matches will be taking place. Fans will be able to discover famous attractions, authentic culture, and the rich history of Russia. Keith Prowse Travel offers an inclusive experience on the tour, including: hotel accommodation, economy flights between each city in Russia, airport transfers, a Volga river cruise, city tours with English-speaking guides, daily breakfast, and an exclusive welcome dinner. Please refer to the Follow Australia Tour itinerary for a breakdown of the daily schedules, as well as specific tour inclusions and exclusions.
It’s important to note that there are a limited number of places available for the World Cup tour. To secure your place today or to speak directly with our travel team, please contact us today or give us a call at 1300 730 023.