We have an unexpected news today. Two trains to Poland and Lithuania was announced by the local railway company. Actually, you will have to switch trains near the border. Test runs scheduled in January. Continue reading “New trains from Gdansk and Klaipeda to Kaliningrad”
Kaliningrad region has one airport Khrabrovo and it under reconstruction for the FIFA World Cup now. Most of the flights are domestic. Popular destinations are Saint Petersburg and three different Moscow airports: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo.
Connection in those cities will be most popular option for those who will travel to see football matches for long distances.
Two more World Cup Host Cities have direct flights from Kaliningrad – to Yekaterinburg and Kazan. Second can be very useful for B2 team fans in June 2018.
Other Russian destinations are Novy Urengoy, Ufa, Cherepovec.
International Flights from Kaliningrad airport
2017 was memorable for good news about international flights: now we got new flights to Berlin (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Prague (Czech). It’s a nice option for Deutschland and Polska fans to start their World Cup journey to Russia. Continue reading “Flights to Kaliningrad: international and domestic”
Kaliningrad will host 4 matches during the FIFA Football World Cup in Russia. A lot of recent questions from traveling fans are related a very typical: where to stay before and after the matches. There are a lot of hotels and hostels around, not all are available for booking yet. Prices and availability will change in the following months many times. So let’s check available options and try to figure out best areas to settle.
Where to stay in Kaliningrad?
Main part of the city that is worth to visit is quite small and most of the hotels located there within 5-8 km circle. So here we see important spots for planning the trip and choose best possible location to settle your base.
Continue reading “Hotels in Kaliningrad for the World Cup 2018 in June”
Lithuanian capital is one of the major transit routes to Kaliningrad. Vilnius Airport offers various flight connections across Europe as well as to Morocco, Egypt and Israel. Also international trains and buses are used by tourists to get there.
There are several ways to travel from Lithuania:
Train from Vilnius to Kaliningrad
Using Vilnius Train station you can board trains to Russia: Kaliningrad, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, etc. There are 5 different trains available. Schedule is quite complex, but you will find from one to three options for any date. Continue reading “Travel from Vilnius to Kaliningrad and back”
As some already know there will be a number of special trains to the World Cup Host Cities that fans will be able to book for FREE. That option includes Kaliningrad as well. Continue reading “Free trains for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup”
While reading various travel forums about visiting Russia for the World Cup, I was impressed how adventurous football fans are. Some of them plan to travel across the oceans and follow their National Team for thousands of kilometers in the unknown country and culture. That gave me the idea to calculate longest and shortest possible travel routes for each team. It took me several hours to make the spreadsheet with all possible distances. Google Map used to calculate the distance between the Host Cities to travel by car.
Group Stage and the shortest trip
The final draw will take place in December, so we have only one team with known stadiums to play during the group stage. Hosts, Russian National Team will play in Moscow than in St. Petersburg and Samara. This will make 2481 km trip in total. That is close to the average distance all team will have to cover during the group stage. Continue reading “FIFA World Cup 2018: shortest and longest possible trips for football fans”
Finally! There is an official confirmation from FIFA that ticket sale will start on 14 September. There will be several sales phases with different procedures. You will find some details here.
Also Kaliningrad Guide Blog will cover all possible topics about visiting Russia and Kaliningrad for the 2018 World Cup. Feel free to ask any related questions in the comments bellow.
So far we have the following qualified teams: Russia as Host, Brazil, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Belgium.
And while Kaliningrad Guide Blog is waiting for any new information about free visas to visit Kaliningrad, the issue of getting “Letter of invitation” for standard Russian Tourist Visa is still actual. Latest question was received from Seattle, USA. Continue reading “Letter of invitation to visit Kaliningrad”
Svetlogorsk is one of the main seaside resorts in Kaliningrad region. We`ve got a question from UK about getting there by train. Let’s start our research!
Train stations in Kaliningrad
There are two stations in Kaliningrad where you can find the train to the seaside.
- Youzhny Vokzal – Южный вокзал – South Station – (note the official name: Kaliningrad Passajirskiy)
- Severnyi Vokzal – Северный вокзал – North Station
The first one is the main city station where you can find local trains, international ones and transit to “Main Russia” like Moscow, Saint Petersburg, etc. Also you will find a big Bus Station with local and international routes, as well as the airport shuttle.
I prefer to take a train to Svetlogorsk there since it’s the route starting point and you have better chances to find a free seat. Yes, there are no allocated seats with your ticket. But this area is of the tourist path and far from the city center.
Next station is Severnyi vokzal (North Station) is for local routes to the seaside only. It’s located right next to the main city square, so it’s on option too. But expect bigger crowds on sunny days especially on weekends.
Continue reading “Train from Kaliningrad to Svetlogorsk schedule”
Good News Everyone! Russian ministry of foreign affairs is working on a new type of Russian Visa that will allow to visit Kaliningrad for 10 days. It was mentioned by Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia during his meeting with the local government.
So what do we know about this free Visa to Kaliningrad so far:
- It should be free
- valid for 10 days
- only for visiting Kaliningrad Region
- single entry
- new type is called “electronic visa”… should require less paper work
- probably it will be “issued” right at the border. Let’s hope that all border-crossing offices will work this way.
- Minister has mentioned that it will make easier to travel for Kaliningrad citizens and their neighbors… That leaves the question open – who will be able to use this offer? Our friends from Poland and Lithuania only? EU citizens? Or everyone is welcomed?
Update: During another event a “list of countries” was mentioned. Last time countries of Shengen Agreement, UK and Japan was in that list. Let hope a new one will be longer.
Let’s keep waiting for the official details and the date when it will be available. Stay tuned!