The Russia Report
As part of our series on Russia 2018, Andy May looks at how much it could cost to go to the World Cup.
Last Updated: 24/02/11 10:51am
If the World Cup in Russia was this summer, fans could spend six days in Moscow for less than £700.
With the capital set to host matches in four stadiums in 2018, a visit on a budget is possible but booking early may be advisable
Andy Potts, a reporter for The Moscow News, told me: "A lot of things are very expensive but it is a mixture - if you drink the local beer, for instance, it will only cost £2 a pint."
The most expensive item for supporters - even after a return flight - will be accomodation. Hotels in Russia are likely to increase their prices by up to four times.
We looked at flights from London to Moscow during June and it is possible to get a return for £180. But Potts, who has lived in Russia for five years, told us that somewhere to sleep could be a bit of an issue.
"At the moment there are not many mid-range 3-star hotels anywhere in Russia, you have got the Ritz's - and 5-star places - and then you have got the flea pits."
I went into six different hotels in Moscow but every one of them refused to tell me what their policy is for sporting events and big occasions when it comes to pricing. As it stands now, booking in advance can secure you a room for £60 a night in June.
Daniel Darby is a Russian football writer and he believes that supporters will need to be prepared to spend a lot of money on everday items such as food and drink.
"If you ask anyone who visited Moscow ten years ago they will tell you that prices have gone up sharply - it will cost twice as much as London to have a coffee in the capital."
But the good thing about Moscow is that it has a lot of burger vans and small road-side shops which do sell food and drink very cheaply. And a standard burger, fries and drink meal at a certain well-known fast food establishment costs the same in Russia as it does in England.
The best thing about a visit to the capital is the metro. A single journey costs the equivalent of 58p and this is even less if you buy a tourist pass.
A big concern for supporters of the home nations is terrorism in Russia. As we mentioned earlier this week, at least 35 people were killed in an attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. Darby does not think it should put people off visiting.
"It goes on everywhere in the world and people have not stopped going to Thailand or Madrid or even London because of it. Fans will follow their team anywhere.
"Normally the only issue with Russia is the expensive and time-consuming visa system but during the World Cup fans won't have to go through this."
Staying away from Moscow could present problems in 2018 according to Potts: "I was in Kazan earlier this year and there are not many hotels, so once you have ten to fifteen thousand supporters turning up there is going to be a real supply and demand issue.
"But look, I have been in Russia for almost five years so I would not have stayed if it was not any good!"
Listen to the first of Andy May's reports from Russia here
You can hear the second of May's reports from Russia here as he investigates the threat of racism
May's third report looking at the stadia for 2018 is available here
How much would it cost to attend Russia 2018? Click here to listen to the full report.