Samara is situated in South-West Russia. It is the 6th largest city in Russia and its name comes from the river which flows through it. It is one of the most visited cities in the country, because it is an important architectural and cultural centre of Russia.
Initially, it was decided that the stadium be built in the place where the Samara River flows into the Volga River. The new arena would have radically changed the historical image of the city in which buildings from the 19th century were preserved.
The main Fun Zone in the city will be Kuibashev Square, the largest market square in Europe. It has a size of 17.4 hectares, a hectare more than the Red Square in Moscow. In the breaks between stadium matches and broadcasts on the big screens in Fun Zone tourists will be able to descend into a government bunker.
In the years of the Second World War, Samara was the “reserve capital” of the USSR. In 1942, Stalin expected to arrive here, and specifically for him a 37 meter deep bunker was built. After the war, the city became a capital of space. Here the first carrier rockets were built. Among them is the rocket that launched the ship of Yuri Gagarin into orbit. There is a museum with unique exhibits in the city, including modules with which the cosmonauts have descended to Earth. In addition to the missile building plant, Samara has a passenger airplane construction plant.
In 2014 the reconstruction of the Kurumoci International Airport was completed and there is a river port in the city, so getting to Samara for the World Football Cup in 2018 will be easy.
With the problem of transportation out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the accommodation options Samara has to offer:
(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 Samara ($150 – $250)
Hotel 19 is located 3.7 km. from the Samara Arena, which is an advantage for guests staying here during the World Football Cup. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant which is nicely designed, clean and stylish rooms and impeccable service with a 24-hour front desk.
On the property, free Wi-Fi and parking is provided, pets are allowed, and they even provide transport to or from the airport, free of charge!
Hotel Tonika is located in the very centre of Samara, where all the action will take place during the World Football Cup. It offers 24-hour front desk service, free Wi-Fi and has very polite staff.
The building is located in a quiet area, and the rooms have balconies from which you have a wonderful view of the city. The pedestrian Leningradskaya Street is located within walking distance from this establishment, and if you are planning to stay here during the World Cup, you should book it right away!
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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 priced hotels in Samara ($50-$100)
The Old Samara
This hotel is located in walking distance from the beach and it also has the advantage of being 1.2 km from the city centre. The establishment offers 24-hour front desk service and the rooms are well equipped.
The rooms offer a clear vantage point of the pedestrian area and guests are encouraged to walk and explore the surroundings, especially during the 2018 World Football Cup when thousands of fans will be present. To be sure of your stay here during the World Cup, we advise that you book a room right away!
Hotel Stara Zagora
Hotel Stara Zagora offers fantastic means of recreation, consisting of a sauna, tennis court and billiards. It is situated 4.7 km. from the Samara football arena, where games during the world cup will take place.
Public means of transportation can be found in the area but staff can provide taxis as well. The breakfast they offer is freshly made and delicious.
If you plan on staying here during the World Cup, you should book a room right away as they tend to run out fast!
Budget hotels in Samara (up to $50)
This hostel is located 6 minutes away from the beach. It features a shared loungeand puts at the disposal of guests free Wi-Fi access and rooms, which have balconies with a city view. The rooms are equipped to make you feel right at home and offer a shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.
It is located 1.8 km. from the city centre, so you will have no problem getting in the middle of the World Cup atmosphere fast.
The staff is very helpful and will help guests at any times.
Nice Hostel Samara
This hostel is located 2 km. from the city centre, and most important, 2.7 km. from the Samara football arena. This means that you will be at all times right in the middle of the atmosphere created by football fans which are coming from all over the globe to see their national teams in action!
It features a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi and has clean rooms with friendly staff. Another advantage is that it is located near to the public transport.
If you are planning on visiting Samara for the World Football Cup, you should book right away, because if you wait any longer the possibility of not finding a room increases!
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!