Samara, the ninth city in Russia by population, will host matches of the group stage, and also one match of the round of last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Samara is located on the Volga, the largest river in Russia, where the river Samara flows into it. The city is a large industrial center of the region. Together with Togliatti, a satellite town, Samara`s population makes up about 3 million people which does the city the third one in Russia by population.
Samara Arena Stadium on the city map:
The airport of Samara named “Kurumoch” is the eleventh airport of Russia by passenger traffic. The airport is 35 kilometers from Samara towards Togliatti, and, thus, serves both large cities. One can get to the airport by aero-express train which was launched specially by the World Cup. Also, regular buses go to the airport from Samara.
The airport was built in 1960 and since 1961 has performed regular passenger transportation. In 1992 the airport in Samara received the status of international, a new international terminal was built. In 2007 the large-scale reconstruction started in the airport and finished only in 2015. From then all flights were transferred to the new modern terminal, the old passenger terminal was preserved.
In the airport building you can rent a car for comfortable movement around the city and if you want to leave for other cities of Russia. Advance booking is available on the RentalCars website.
The airport in Samara, perhaps, is the best regional airport ready to meet guests of the World Cup. The airport requires no additional reconstruction and modernization.
The Samara railway terminal is the highest station in Europe. The terminal complex was built only in 2011 (the first stage was commissioned in 1999), now the complex area makes 32 thousand sq.m. Every day the terminal serves over 40 trains most of which part go to/from Moscow. The distance to the capital trains overcome for 13-16 hours. Travel to Saint Petersburg from Samara takes 30 hours.
Public transport in Samara is presented by buses, trolleybuses and trams. There is also a small 10-station metro. Curiously enough, but the most popular public transport in Samara is trams which make nearly a half of the city passenger traffic.
It is possible to get to Samara Arena by taxi and by bus 50 which goes from the railway terminal each 5 minutes. Most likely, during the World Cup additional public transport will be also started.
Samara is a large industrial center, therefore the city isn't abundant ancient mansions or ancient churches. But Samara strikes its visitors with open spaces and scales.
The Volga embankment
The House with Elephants
Climate in the region is moderately continental. Summer in Samara is hot and dry, air temperature in June-July makes 20-24 °C.
Visit to Samara allows no football fan to stay indifferent. The city has the longest embankment in Europe which is over 5 kilometers long. On the bank of the Volga there is a well-known in Russia brewery “Zhigulyovskoe Pivo” which fresh products one can buy at the cult-favorite pub Na Dne for very reasonable prices. The pub is decorated in the Soviet style, and the atmosphere in summer hot months can quite be compared to Bavarian Oktoberfest.