The city of Saransk is preparing to receive the final stage of the World Football Championship. In the capital of Mordovia, supporters should expect ethnic diversity, exotic cuisine, comfort and low prices.
In the Republic of Mordovia, the traditions of the people of Moksa and Ezeria are carefully guarded, with culture, history and even their own language. But, Saransk differs not only through ethnic diversity. Often, the city is named one of Russia’s sports capitals. That’s where the renowned sport walking school is. The majority of Russian Olympic champions at sport walking come from Mordovia. As for football, the Mordovia team plays in the national league and the stadium in the city will become the main training ground for the teams that will come to the Saransk tournament, and the matches will take place on the new arena.
After the city of Saransk was included in the cities in which World Championship games will be played, the construction of the “Iubileinâi” stadium began.
Particular attention should be paid to the Mordovian cuisine. Apart from meat and fish dishes, tourists will be offered to taste a beverage made from honey. Mordovia is famous for its minced meat. For example, the meat of the meatballs is not obtained from the chopping machine, it is cut with the knife, and thus the food has a different taste.
To be sure you will take part in the wonderful show that will be on display, you should take a look at some of the accommodation options we provide and book one as soon as possible, because you will probably not find one in the near future.
(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 Saransk ($100 – $150)
The Meridian Hotel is located in the very heart of Saransk, meaning that if you will book a room here, you will gain access to the hottest atmosphere created by football fans at the World Cup!
The hotel staff has been reviewed as very helpful, and the rooms which this hotel has to offer are top class! Free Wi-Fi is provided, as well as access to a sauna, billiards and a 24-hour reception. Book a room as soon as possible because the demand is high!
Holiday Home on Voroshilova
The house is situated 1.5 km from Mordovia Arena and it consists of 3 bedrooms and a kitchen which is equipped with an oven and a kettle.
The villa also puts at the disposal of guests a hot tub and a terrace which is perfect for relaxing when taking a break from football games that keep you on the edge of your seat.
With these fantastic features that the villa provides, it will be on high demand, so it is recommended that you book it as soon as possible.
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 Saransk ($50 – $100)
Hotel Shpinat is located 2 km. from the Mordovia Arena where games from the World Cup will take place, making it an excellent choice for supporters visiting the city.
The Sobornaya Square is located within walking distance from the hotel and the area around the hotel is populated with pubs and cafes, perfect for tourists!
Shpinat Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, accepts pets and offers free parking as well.
Квартира в центре Саранска
Квартира в центре Саранска (Apartments on Marinina) is a good choice for football fans which are planning to visit Saransk for the World Football Cup which will be held in the summer of 2018. The apartment consists of 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.
Being situated 2.3 km. from Mordovia Arena, you are practically in walking distance from football matches that will keep you on the edge of your seat, fantastic fans and atmosphere and much more.
Because the World Football Cup is getting closer and closer, it is advised that you book as soon as possible, because if you will wait any longer there is the possibility of not finding anything, nevermind something which you like and offers great value for money!
Budget hotels in Saransk (under $50)
Apartments on Kommunisticheskaya 25
This is a cozy apartment situated 400 m from the city centre, and it offers everything one would need in order to feel right at home! The parking and the Wi-Fi are free, and it is the perfect budget choice if you want to go out and explore the surroundings.
Apartment on Volgogradskaya st. 60\2
This small but cozy apartment is situated 1.1 km from Mordovia Arena, making it a perfect choice for football fans visiting the city for the 2018 World Football Cup.
The apartment has high reviews on booking.com and past guests have said that it is the perfect spot for a quiet retreat.
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!