Kazan is the 8th largest city of Russia, a superb metropolis situated right at the confluence of the Volga River and Kazanka. Kazan is renowned in the world for historical buildings and the specific Russian atmosphere, but also for the way Muslims and Christians have lived in peace for centuries. Many of the buildings are already part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, and Kazan is also home to numerous international sports competitions. In the summer of 2018, it will be home to football games from the Football World Cup.
With a population of more than 1.3 million people, a rich history, a deep culture and a strong economic status, Kazan was nicknamed “Russia’s Third Capital” after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Among other things, Kazan is the place where emphasis is placed on high standards of living, being the city where people live without much worry. This vibrant city with over 1000 years of history is an excellent holiday destination, and the number of tourists arriving in Kazan is steadily rising.
In my humble opinion, Kazan is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia!
Kazan meets European and Asian cultures, the history of the Russian people and the Tartar. The Kul Sharif mosque and the Annunciation Cathedral are located in this city. There are many cafes and restaurants with traditional Russian cuisine.
Many transport hubs arebuilt; the streets have been widened so that the athletes and the large number of supporters that are expected for the World Football Cup can quickly reach from one point to another. It is only natural that you should look for accommodation as early as possible, seeing that Kazan will be one of the best cities to visit during the World Cup.
Let’s take a look at some available accommodation options:
(we use Booking.com in Russia, and I recommend you searching on that web site because you will see all the options there)
Luxury hotels in Kazan ($200 – $300)
Ramada Kazan City Centre
Ramada Kazan City Centre, as the name suggests, is situated in the very heart of the city. If you want to experience top class services, large rooms with a classic-style décor and wonderful staff, this is the place to choose!
Past guests have stated that the beds in the rooms where like sleeping on clouds, the breakfast comprised of a large variety of options including fresh fruit, and the location is great, within walking distance of numerous tourist attractions.
We encourage you to book a room as soon as possible, as you may not find one in the near future.
Apartment near Kazan Arena
This apartment will be your home away from home and it will please you in every aspect. The best feature of this apartment is that it is situated just 850m from the Kazan Arena where football matches will be played during the 2018 World Cup.
Here you will find everything that you need to make your stay more pleasurable: a bicycle rental service for those who want to explore the surroundings, free Wi-Fi, an oven, a microwave and a fridge. This is the best choice if you are travelling at the World Cup with friends or family!
If there are absolutely no hotels left, you can try Airbnb.com, but make sure to ask your hosts in advance if they can register you.
What is registration? It is a Russian (very outdated if you ask me) law, that requires every foreigner to register in the immigration office in the first (!) day when he/she arrives. If you are staying in a hotel, they do the whole procedure for you. But in case you stay in a flat, you will probably need to take care of this by yourself.
If you are staying by Airbnb, here is my 22 EUR coupon discount for your first booking:
Middle ranged hotels in Kazan ($100 – $150)
Apartment on Chistopolskaya 85
This is a standard apartment which has the advantage of being situated only 500m from the Kazan Arena. You will find that activities such as hiking can be enjoyed nearby, but because of the World Cup, there will be Fan Zones where you can have a good time with the rest of the football fans that are in town for this tournament!
If you are planning on booking an accommodation for the World Cup, we encourage you to do it as soon as possible, because the city of Kazan will be fully booked in the near future.
Hotel Nogai is a fantastic choice, a modern hotel with rooms that have large and extremely clean bathrooms, is located right in the city center where the pedestrian zone is situated, near café’s, shops and tourist attractions.
It has a great restaurant with local and international cuisine, and past guests have reviewed the soundproof rooms as one of the best features of this hotel. You will probably find this feature of use as well, because during the World Cup, football fans tend to make noise.
Budget hotels in Kazan ($50 – $100)
Apartment on the Chistopolskaya
This apartment is situated only 400m from the Kazan Arena, so you can only imagine what it will be like during the 2018 World Football Cup. If you decide to stay here, you should hurry up and book it immediately, because it has had wonderful reviews from past guests and it will probably stop being available in the near future.
This apartment will make you feel like home. It welcomes its guests with free Wi-Fi, a balcony from which you have a nice view and everything you would normally find in a home is provided: an oven, a microwave, a dishwasher as well as a kettle.
Giuseppe Hotel is situated on Ground Zero in Kazan, meaning that it is in the very heart of the city. What better place to stay during the World Football Cup than the place where all the magic happens, besides the football pitch?
This hotel offers rooms which are decorated in an Italian style and are large and comfortable. The restaurant offers Italian cuisine, and past guests have reviewed the food here as top class.
The fact that this hotel is situated in the city centre makes it easy for guests to roam around and discover the surroundings, the tourist attractions and so on.
Buying a World Cup ticket
If you haven’t yet, head to the official World Cup website and buy your tickets for the tournaments you are interested in.
Check out the site carefully, you will not only be able to buy individual tickets, but ticket packages for multiple matches are also available.
You can see the match schedule here.
Trains in Russia
Oh, I know a lot about transportation in Russia, trains and Trans Siberian in particular. Writing a detailed post that would help you guys plan your journey is in my to-do list for forever.
Before I publish it, how about you ask me questions in the comments section below this post? I promise to reply!
For now I can say that this is the official site for Russian trains, but the interface is quite poor and sometimes it doesn’t accept foreign cards.
If you have troubles, there is a great friendly website that accepts foreign cards, PayPal, sends you SMS with train updates and is user friendly, the price is 5% higher on average, but I think it is worth it because you won’t need to spend hours understanding how the official one works. And one more cool things – if you need to cancel or change the ticket, you can do it online!
If you want to go for a short distance, you can also try buses. Here is a good site for buying bus tickets online.
I hope you found this article useful and you were able to find something good and fitting your budget.
Even this is not Moscow, I predict the accommodation situation will be quite taught during the World Cup and the sooner you book, the better. It will not get cheaper, trust me!
Have a great time at the matches and do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!