Founded with the name of Tsaritsin, with the purpose of defending Russia’s unstable southern regions, the city was shaped by the Volga River and by immigrants, trade and war. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Cossack rebels conquered the city twice. Poorly populated, the area was easy prey. Empress Catherine the Great launched a campaign to solve this problem once and for all. She issued a decree promising privileges and land to foreign colonists who settled here and promoted this offer especially in her native Germany.
As a result, immigrant peasants and craftsmen will form more than a hundred cities in the region. Tsaritsin thus flourishes and becomes one of the most important Russian commercial centers together with Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
The city on the banks of the Volga River will offer amazing scenery. A special area on the banks of the Volga River, the largest river in Europe, will be created for supporters coming in for the World Cup. During the World Cup, road traffic will be banned on the streets of the city.
Volgograd changed its name three times: at first it was called Tsaristin, during the Soviet period it was named Stalingrad (in 1943, the battle that led to the defeat of the Nazi troops took place here). Then the city was brought down to its very foundation, and from the historical buildings, only an18th-century Orthodox Church remained standing.
Without a shadow of a doubt, you are already excited to go there, so let’s take a look at the best 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 Volgograd ($150 – $200)
Hotel Volgograd offers the best luxury suite that money can buy. It is the perfect choice for those who want to be in the heart of the city, as it is situated in the city centre.
The hotel offers Free Wi-Fi, and a restaurant, which has 24-hour service, offering dishes from Russian and European cuisine.
If you fancy walking and exploring, this is the perfect hotel, but we encourage you to book a room as soon as possible, because they are on high demand!
Apartment on pr-t Lenina 16
This apartment has the advantage of having a size of 110 square meters, meaning that it can accommodate you and your friends travelling for the World Football Cup in 2018.
It has 3 bedrooms and a fully stacked kitchen. This establishment will make you feel like home and it has had, over time, magnificent reviews from past guests.
Another advantage that this apartment has to offer is that the train station is situated only 750m. away, so if you are arriving in Volgograd by train, this will be of help.
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 Volgograd ($100 – $150)
Hilton Garden Inn Volgograd
If being part of the atmosphere of the Football World Cup is what you are seeking than this is the place to stay. Hilton Garden Inn Volgograd is located 1km. from the Volgograd Arena.
It offers big rooms, a front desk with 24 hour service as well as a restaurant which has quality food. For those who fancy walks, the Volgograd-Baku Friendship Park is located nearby.
Apartment Sofia 1
This apartment offers one bedroom and one bathroom as well as other facilities that are going to make you feel like home during your stay.
It is the perfect location for those who want to be as near as possible from the city centre, and if you will be staying here, we are sure that you will enjoy taking long relaxing walks.
Because of the fact that it is situated 900m. from the city centre, it is probably going to be on high demand, so we suggest that you book it as soon as possible!
Budget hotels in Volgograd ($20 – $50)
The Scotch Hostel is located in the very centre of the city of Volgograd. It offers comfortable beds, each with curtains, lights and an outlet. There are enough toilets and showers and the rooms are clean. The staff is very friendly and they even offer free internet.
This is one of the best budget options that you will find in Volgograd, and you should hurry up and book a place to stay, because with the passing of time it will be more difficult to do so.
Sunny City apartment is situated 3.2km. from the football arena on which matches during the 2018 World Cup will take place. This is the perfect choice if you want to feel like home.
This establishment offers free Wi-Fi, andkitchen equipped for your needs and a balcony from which you have view over the city.
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!