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We are getting closer to the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which is super exciting!
Let me tell you something very important. Right now, as you are reading this, is the best time to book your accommodation for the 2018 World Cup.
Don’t waste any time, the best hotels and hostels will be booked very quickly! Go ahead and find your place to stay for the FIFA World Cup on Booking.com, which offers the most accommodation options in Russia.
You can book accommodation even before you get the World Cup tickets. Most hotels on “Booking” offer free cancellation so there is no risk for you. Make a reservation right now and if needed, make adjustments later when you are 100% sure with your itinerary.
Prior to the World Cup, Russian government set a cap on the minimum and maximum rates of hotels for the 2018 World Cup. This should prevent hoteliers from hiking up the prices above the set limit for each of the 11 cities, that will host the tournament.
There was no limit set at the previous World Cups in South Africa and Brazil and it was a disaster.
For example, hotel rooms in Johannesburg that would normally cost $50 a night, at the time of the 2010 World Cup were going for $140-$170. On top of it, these kinds of hotels did not guarantee the safety of personal belongings. An average cost of the hotel room in South Africa during the tournament was $200 US Dollars for a night of stay.
It was even worse 4 years later during the World Cup in Brazil. Already half a year before the start of the tournament, most hotels in Brazil was sold out, which caused an increase in prices. On average, 2014 World Cup hotels were found to be at least two to three times more expensive than their regular prices.
The average cost of a hotel room in Rio de Janeiro was about $400 per night! It even got to the point that the World Cup visitors had no other option than stay at love motels and guesthouses in favela’s of Rio at the price of a 2-3 star hotel.
Accommodation in Russia shouldn’t be as bad as it was in Brazil or South Africa. Bigger cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, and Sochi will definitely have a lot of options hostels, hotels and Airbnb’s for all kinds of budget. But there might be some problems with finding decently priced accommodation in smaller host cities, like Saransk, Volgograd, Samara, and Kaliningrad.
Let’s take a close look and see what is a situation like with the hotels in each of the host cities.
Hotels in Moscow for World Cup
Are you looking where to stay in Moscow for World Cup? Moscow has plenty of accommodation options to choose from. There are a lot of hostels for under $20 a night, 2-star hotels and apartments for about $50 and more expensive 3-4 star hotels starting at $100+.
As an example, I am going to search for a hotel in Moscow for one night on July, 3 with check out on 4th. It’s just a random date that I picked (there will be a Round of 16 game at the Spartak stadium in Moscow on that day which I am planning to attempt).
Let’s see what our options are on Booking.com…
Over 1000 options to choose from starting from $4 and the most expensive hotels being over a $1000 a night!
If you are on a tight budget, hostels are the way to go and luckily, there are a lot of them in Moscow.
Here is one of the hostels for only $4 a night! It also has a free cancellation which means that you could book this place now and cancel it later if needed without paying any fees.
Make sure to take a look at my 2018 World Cup Moscow guide where you’ll find information about getting around, stadiums, places to eat and hang out. It’s a must read if you are going to visit the Russian capital.
St. Petersburg: the most expensive 2018 World Cup city
St. Petersburg is the most expensive city to stay for the World Cup fans. On an average, hotels in St. Petersburg about 30-40% more expensive compared to Moscow.
Just like Moscow, St. Petersburg has a lot of accommodation options for the fans. You can choose from over 2000 properties with the cheapest hostels starting from $10 per day.
You can find some cheap 3-star hotels in St. Petersburg for as much as $40-$50 a night. Here are a few good hotels in the city for under $100 a day, make sure to double check if they are available:
- Melange Hotel (about $55 a day);
- Style Hotel (about $80 a day);
- Hotel Dalisi (about $100 a day);
- Talisman Gorokhovaya (about $100 a day);
You can also consider staying somewhere closer to the St. Petersburg Stadium for the ease of getting to and after the game. Some of the options are Amber House ($80 a day), Apartment in Premier Place ($158) and Guest House na Maloy Nevke ($180).
Prior to your visit, make sure to take a look at the 10 best things to do in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the cultural capital and the most interesting city in Russia so you know that there is so much to see and do.
Sochi is a very popular vacation destination on the Black Sea coast of Russia.
Currently, there are about 800 hotels in Sochi with a total capacity of 57,614 rooms. Most of these hotels are brand new because they were built prior to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
One of the most popular places to stay in Sochi among the visitors is Park Inn hotel. It has the best location in the city center next to the train station, which is very convenient if you are getting to and from Sochi by train or from the airport. This hotel is pretty expensive to stay at the time of the World Cup (about $170 a night) but well worth it as it’s one of the best ones in the city.
Another good area to stay in Sochi is actually located in Adler nearby the Olympic park which is also a location for the Fisht stadium (that’s where the World Cup games in Sochi will be held). Here are a few hotels near the Olympic park to choose from: Astra Hotel ($35), Bogatyr Hotel ($164), Ioanna Hotel ($61).
Kazan will host six games at the 2018 World Cup including one of the quarter-finals on July, 6.
Kazan is not as touristy as Moscow and St. Petersburg so you won’t find here as many accommodation options. A lot of hotels in Kazan are already sold out at this point. If you want to get a good place to stay in the city, I’ll recommend you to do it as soon as possible.
Some of the most popular hotels in Kazan are 4-star hotel “Korston Tower”, “Park Inn by Radisson” and “Doubletree by Hilton” (they are already sold out for the World Cup dates). To name a few other 4-star hotels you might want to consider – “Riviera Hotel”, “Grand Hotel Kazan”, “Shalyapin Palace Hotel” and “Center Hotel Kazan”.
If you are looking for some cheaper options, take a look at these properties: “Mini-hotel Nice Kazan”, “Wings Hostel”, “Geography Hostel”, “Hostel V Tapochkakh”. At these hostels, you can get a double room like at the normal hotel for under $50 a night which could save you a lot of money.
Kaliningrad is a very unusual Russian city which is located away from the main territory of the Russian Federation. It is on my list of the 20 most interesting cities in Russia.
There are just a few big hotels in Kaliningrad, which means you’ll probably be better off staying at one of the smaller hotels or at the apartments. Likely, there are plenty of those available on Booking.com and Airbnb. You can rent some really nice apartments in Kaliningrad for under $50 a night during the World Cup.
Once again, you shouldn’t wait to book your accommodation until the last minute as you may end up paying double or even triple the price.
By 2018, Nizhny Novgorod has to provide at least 7,760 rooms. How much will hotels in Nizhny Novgorod cost during the World Cup? The prices for a night stay here will vary from 4,250 Rubles to 70,680 Rubles.
The cheapest hotel room in Volgograd during the World Cup in Russia will cost 3,200 Rubles a night, the most expensive one – 45,000 Rubles.
Yekaterinburg met FIFA accommodation requirements at the beginning of 2016 – there are 112 hotels and hostels with a total of 7,500 rooms that can accommodate over 19,500 fans.
Hotel prices in Yekaterinburg at the time of the biggest football tournament will start from 2,610 Rubles a night. The cost of the most expensive hotel room in Yekaterinburg will not exceed 47,000 Rubles.
Saransk is the smallest of the cities that will host the 2018 World Cup in Russia and for the guestsб there will be a complex called “Tavla”- something like an Olympic village. It will be located close by to the Mordovia Arena.
The price for a night stay during the World Cup in Saransk will vary from 2,610 Rubles to 26,400 Rubles.
At the time of the World Cup in Samara, you’ll find the cheapest accommodation options. The cheapest room at a 1-star hotel in Samara will cost only 2,250 Rubles a night; the fancy and the most expensive room in town will be priced for 75,300 Rubles.
Hotel prices in Rostov-On-Don will also be significantly lower, compared to St. Petersburg or Moscow. The prices for a night stay here will vary from 2,440 Rubles to 52,290 Rubles.
Overall, the 2018 World Cup accommodation in Russia will be cheaper, compared to 2010 in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil.
The cheapest 2-star hotel at the time of the tournament you’ll find in Samara city – the prices for a night of stay here will start at 2,250 Rubles.
The most expensive city to stay at during the World Cup in Russia is going to be St. Petersburg, with the cheapest rooms at 2-star hotels starting at 4,600 Rubles a night.
I hope you have found the information you’ve been looking for! If you have any questions regarding the World Cup accommodation in Russia, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. Also, check out my other posts on the topic – for example, about the cost of traveling to 2018 World Cup.