FIFA World Cup 2018: shortest and longest possible trips for football fans

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”

FIFA World Cup Ticket for sale soon! Including Kaliningrad matches.

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.

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Train from Kaliningrad to Svetlogorsk schedule

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.

  1. Youzhny Vokzal – Южный вокзал – South Station – (note the official name: Kaliningrad Passajirskiy)
  2. 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”

Free Russian Visa to visit Kaliningrad for 10 days?

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!

Kaliningrad – Khrabrovo Airport Shuttle Bus and Airport Transfer

One of the recent questions from one of the travelers was: “How to get from the airport to Kaliningrad?“.

First of all there is a shuttle bus that goes every 40 minutes. Check the timetable from KGD Airport below. The ticket price is 80 RUB, aprox. 1.3 EURO or so. Sounds perfect, isn’t it?

You can check the schedule for both directions at Khrabrovo Airport Official Site.

Second option is a taxi ride. Some taxi apps shows me the prices starting from 500 Rub or so to the city center. Also there are special information desks with taxi-agents that could help you to get the ride to the destination you require.

And annoying taxi drivers that are looking for customers on their own – least recommended but sill an option too. 🙂

Also you will find several Car Rental companies inside the Khrabrovo Airport Building.

And one more exclusive option! Kaliningrad Guide Blog would like make a limited offer for our readers: free airport transfer! Just let us know in the comments below or using the Contact Us form that you need help with getting to Kaliningrad or back to the Airport. The only requirement is to write later a short review on your stay in Kaliningrad. Share some tips and ideas that could be useful for those who will travel after you.

Have a good flight! And feel free to send your questions about visiting Kaliningrad.

Kaliningrad: top 5 Destinations on the Rise in Europe

Kaliningrad was mentioned in the latest TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards as the 5th destination on the rise in Europe. It’s a great achievement for our region to be in the same list with such great tourist places like:

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canariaa and Malaga, Spain
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • Wroclaw, Poland
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Faro, Portugal
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands

A little extra chunk of Russia stuck between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad was known as Königsberg from its founding by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century until after World War II. It was renamed, repopulated with Russians and became part of the Soviet Union. Today, as it has been for centuries, it’s known for amber products, with most of the world’s harvestable amber still lying off its coast. The 14th century Königsberg Cathedral is a main city attraction.

So If you decided to visit Kaliningrad, feel free to contact us for any related information. We’ll try our best to help you. For example, we can research a way to make a trip that will include four mentioned destinations at once.

72 hour Russian visa to visit Kaliningrad canceled?

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Representation in Kaliningrad just issued the statement that 72-hour Russian visas for short stay in Kaliningrad are going to be canceled from January 1 2017. That was an experiment that was continued in 2016, but now they decided to stop it.

It was a popular way for the tourist to visit our region because it was possible to get that short-stay Russian visa right at the border for some extra fee and paper work.
So starting from the next year you will need to get a regular Russian Visa to visit Kaliningrad. That was the most popular option before.

Kaliningrad Guide Blog will continue to follow the story and inform you af any changes to come.

At least we are waiting for the information about new special visa-free passes for football fans for FIFA Footbal World Cup 2018 and Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia.

Feel free to ask your questions for the details! See you in Kaliningrad.

72-hour Russian Visa for visiting Kaliningrad will be cancelled in 2017. More information at

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