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The Motorhomer’s Guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

This summer, Russia will be hosting the greatest sporting event of the year – the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Every time a World Cup is staged, fans descend upon the host nation in their thousands to witness footballing history – and this year, you might be one of them.

While flights to Russia might be expensive, there are alternative methods of travel – which is why we’ve created this comprehensive guide for motorhome owners who might be planning the trip of a lifetime this summer.

Here you can find out everything you need to know, from how to get a visa to the best driving routes and travel times to and from Russian host cities.

Then you can plan and enjoy your unique FIFA World Cup experience from the comfort of your motorhome!

Getting Motorhome Insurance Organised for Russia

First thing’s first – if you intend on making the trip east this summer, you’ll need an insured vehicle to take on the road.

At Comfort Insurance, we sell motorhome insurance providing various different levels of comprehensive cover.

The great thing about our policies is that you can get up to 365 days’ foreign use including breakdown cover in any country within the EU.

That means that if you do end up driving to Russia in your motorhome, we can get you as far Poland – which is an unprecedented distance for which you can travel and benefit from valid motorhome insurance.

Standard EU cover will not be valid in Belarus or Russia itself, so you will need to arrange insurance with another provider to get covered when driving in both of those countries.

Getting a Tourist Visa

In order to legally enter Russia, you will need to arrange a tourist visa.

To apply for a tourist visa, you will need a variety of documents, including:

  • A passport containing a minimum of 2 empty pages. It should also be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the visa period ends.
  • A signed and fully completed visa form (x2 copies required) with accompanying photograph. This can be filled in online via the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
  • A 3.5cm x 4.5cm photograph.
  • An insurance policy that is valid in Russia (the original and a copy).
  • Tourist voucher/confirmation of tourist acceptance (this can be arranged by the Russian National Tourist Office).

You can find details on how to apply for a Russian tourist visa via VFS Global who manage Russian visa applications and also via Russian embassy website.

In addition to the submission of the documents outlined above, all applicants over the age of 12 should visit a Russian visa application centre to have their finger prints scanned. These are located in London, Edinburgh and Manchester.

The submission fee varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for and how urgently you require it to be processed by.

The standard processing time you can expect for the issuing of a Russian tourist visa is between 4 and 20 days – however, you can have the processed fast-tracked if you pay double the visa fee. In this case the processing should take no longer than 3 days.

As mentioned above, you need to be insured to enter Russia. You’ll be required to hold a travel insurance policy to keep you covered for accidents should anything unexpected and unfortunate take place regarding your personal health during your trip.

There are also some additional considerations to bear in mind – especially if you are travelling with children.

If a child is included in the parent’s passport, then they will also be included in the visa. Therefore, a separate visa form would not be required in this case. All that’s needed is a photograph of the child to go in with the parent’s own application.

However, if the child has their own passport, then they will need separate visa and will have to go through the process as normal.

If you’re planning on taking pets with you, it’s important to remember that you are only limited to x2 animals per entry. An international veterinary passport is required and it must be issued in your country of residence.

As far as bringing pets into Russia in your motorhome, there are a variety of customs posts where veterinary passports are considered – so make sure you check before travelling which entry point on the Russian border suits your requirements best.

Driving in Russia

To drive in Russia, you will need an International Driving Permit (1949) and you must be aged 18 or over.

You also need the following documents:

  • Full, valid driving license
  • Proof of insurance
  • Photo ID
  • Proof that you own your vehicle (V5C certificate)
  • Russian Visa

Russian law also requires that the following items are carried in your vehicle. Failure to do so may result in hefty on the spot fines:

  • Warning triangle
  • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spare bulbs

Driving in Russia, you must drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left.

Traffic from the right gets priority at roundabouts, unless otherwise sign posted, whilst using the horn is prohibited in large towns and cities unless absolutely necessary (in emergency situations).

The speed limit for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes is 60 km/h in built-up areas and 110 km/h on expressways and on other roads.

In some residential areas, the speed limit may not surpass 20 km/h.

You are permitted to park your vehicle on the right-hand side of the road facing the same direction as the flow of traffic.

Parking your motorhome for an extended period of time is only permitted in allocated parking places and campsites. Failure to follow vehicle parking regulations can result in fines and the police can tow away illegally parked vehicles.

What’s the Best Route to Drive to Russia for the World Cup 2018?

Best route when driving to Russia

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Assuming you are travelling directly to Moscow, the fastest route you can take from Calais is as follows:

France (A16) > Belgium (E40, E34) > The Netherlands (A67) > Germany (40, 3, 2, 10, 12) > Poland (A2/E30, S8/E67, 65) > Belarus (P99/E30, M1/E30, > Russia (M-1/E30)

All being well, this route should take you 28 hours to drive from Calais.

Where to Stop along the Way to Moscow

Even the hardiest of drivers won’t be able cope with a 28 hour drive, so you may wish to plan where you’re going to stop along your route.

The following cities represent some of the main stopping points along the above journey. Where possible, we’ve provided a link to information on where you could go about booking your stay for the night.

  1. Antwerp, Belgium
  2. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  3. Dortmund, Germany
  4. Hanover, Germany
  5. Berlin, Germany
  6. Poznan, Poland
  7. Warsar, Poland
  8. Bialystok, Poland
  9. Minsk, Belarus
  10. Smolensk, Russia
  11. Moscow, Russia


Which Cities Are Hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018?

There are 11 host cities in total:

  • Moscow
  • Yekaterinburg
  • Sochi
  • Petersburg
  • Kazan
  • Samara
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Volgograd
  • Kaliningrad
  • Saransk
  • Nizhny Novgorod

Travel Times between Russian Host Cities

Once you’re in Russia, the driving doesn’t stop.

Given the sheer size of the country, there are still going to be some long journeys from stadium to stadium.

For example, Moscow to Yekaterinburg takes around as long as it would take you to drive from Calais to Moscow.


Driving from Moscow

RouteDriving TimeDistance (km)
Moscow to Yekaterinburg26 hrs1,766 km
Moscow to Sochi21 hrs1,622 km
Moscow to St. Petersburg9.5 hrs709 km
Moscow to Kazan13 hrs815 km
Moscow to Samara15 hrs1050 km
Moscow to Rostov-on-Don13 hrs1075 km
Moscow to Volgograd12.5 hrs969 km
Moscow to Kaliningrad16 hrs1264 km
Moscow to Saransk9.5 hrs648 km
Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod8 hrs478 km


Driving from Yekaterinburg

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Yekaterinburg to Moscow25 hrs1787 km
Yekaterinburg to Sochi38 hrs2776 km
Yekaterinburg to St. Petersburg30 hrs2225 km
Yekaterinburg to Kazan13 hrs943 km
Yekaterinburg to Samara13 hrs949 km
Yekaterinburg to Rostov-on-Don30 hrs2230 km
Yekaterinburg to Volgograd25.5 hrs1765 km
Yekaterinburg to Kaliningrad40 hrs3042 km
Yekaterinburg to Saransk18 hrs1315 km
Yekaterinburg to Nizhny Novgorod18.5 hrs1345 km


Driving from Sochi

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Sochi to Moscow21hrs1624 km
Sochi to Yekaterinburg38 hrs2780 km
Sochi to St. Petersburg30 hrs2336 km
Sochi to Kazan28 hrs2055 km
Sochi to Samara25 hrs1830 km
Sochi to Rostov-on-Don8.5 hrs554 km
Sochi to Volgograd14 hrs1018 km
Sochi to Kaliningrad36 hrs2878 km
Sochi to Saransk22 hrs1626 km
Sochi to Nizhny Novgorod24 hrs1758 km


Driving from St. Petersburg

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
St. Petersburg to Moscow10 hrs720 km
St. Petersburg to Yekaterinburg31 hrs2223 km
St. Petersburg to Sochi30 hrs2344 km
St. Petersburg to Kazan20.5 hrs1527 km
St. Petersburg to Samara24 hrs1771 km
St. Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don22 hrs1798 km
St. Petersburg to Volgograd21.5 hrs1691 km
St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad13 hrs965 km
St. Petersburg to Saransk17.5 hrs1369 km
St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod16 hrs1181 km


Driving from Kazan

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Kazan to Moscow11.5 hrs819 km
Kazan to Yekaterinburg13.5 hrs944 km
Kazan to Sochi28 hrs2027 km
Kazan to St. Petersburg20 hrs1520 km
Kazan to Samara5.5 hrs359 km
Kazan to Rostov-on-Don20.5 hrs1509 km
Kazan to Volgograd14.5 hrs1044 km
Kazan to Kaliningrad27 hrs2092 km
Kazan to Saransk6 hrs396 km
Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod6 hrs394 km


Driving from Samara

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Samara to Moscow15.5 hrs1063 km
Samara to Yekaterinburg13 hrs952 km
Samara to Sochi26 hrs1866 km
Samara to St. Petersburg24 hrs1768 km
Samara to Kazan5 hrs358 km
Samara to Rostov-on-Don18 hrs1285 km
Samara to Volgograd12 hrs855 km
Samara to Kaliningrad31 hrs2340 km
Samara to Saransk7 hrs470 km
Samara to Nizhny Novgorod9.5 hrs655 km


Driving from Rostov-on-Don

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Rostov-on-Don to Moscow13 hrs1079 km
Rostov-on-Don to Yekaterinburg30 hrs2236 km
Rostov-on-Don to Sochi8 hrs552 km
Rostov-on-Don to St. Petersburg21.5 hrs1792 km
Rostov-on-Don to Kazan20 hrs1510 km
Rostov-on-Don to Samara18 hrs1286 km
Rostov-on-Don to Volgograd6.5 hrs473 km
Rostov-on-Don to Kaliningrad28 hrs2335 km
Rostov-on-Don to Saransk15 hrs1083 km
Rostov-on-Don to Nizhny Novgorod16.5 hrs1215 km


Driving from Volgograd

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Volgograd to Moscow12.5 hrs972 km
Volgograd to Yekaterinburg24 hrs1768 km
Volgograd to Sochi15 hrs1019 km
Volgograd to St. Petersburg21 hrs1685 km
Volgograd to Kazan14 hrs1043 km
Volgograd to Samara12 hrs788 km
Volgograd to Rostov-on-Don6.5 hrs472 km
Volgograd to Kaliningrad27 hrs2226 km
Volgograd to Saransk9.5 hrs716 km
Volgograd to Nizhny Novgorod13.5 hrs988 km


Driving from Kaliningrad

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Kaliningrad to Moscow16.5 hrs1261 km
Kaliningrad to Yekaterinburg40 hrs3037 km
Kaliningrad to Sochi36 hrs2543 km
Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg13 hrs964 km
Kaliningrad to Kazan27 hrs2085 km
Kaliningrad to Samara31 hrs2327 km
Kaliningrad to Rostov-on-Don28 hrs2327 km
Kaliningrad to Volgograd28 hrs2221 km
Kaliningrad to Saransk25 hrs1926 km
Kaliningrad to Nizhny Novgorod22.5 hrs1740 km


Driving from Saransk

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Saransk to Moscow9 hrs651 km
Saransk to Yekaterinburg18 hrs1347 km
Saransk to Sochi23 hrs1628 km
Saransk to St. Petersburg17.5 hrs1357 km
Saransk to Kazan6 hrs402 km
Saransk to Samara7 hrs476 km
Saransk to Rostov-on-Don15 hrs1081 km
Saransk to Volgograd9.5 hrs715 km
Saransk to Kaliningrad24 hrs1928 km
Saransk to Nizhny Novgorod3 hrs224 km


Driving from Nizhny Novgorod

RouteDriving TimeDistance (Miles)
Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow7 hrs473 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Yekaterinburg18.5 hrs1345 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Sochi24 hrs1748 km
Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg16 hrs1174 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan6 hrs394 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Samara9.5 hrs653 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Rostov-on-Don16.5 hrs1202 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Volgograd12 hrs927 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Kaliningrad22 hrs1746 km
Nizhny Novgorod to Saransk3 hrs223 km


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