11 November 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Monday, November 11, 2013
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The England team are on their way to Brazil for the World Cup finals – which means that thousands of fans are in a difficult situation. Should fans commit now on where to fly to, where to stay, what particular location, and risk England being drawn to play many hundreds of miles away? Or wait until the draw for the group stage takes place in December, and risk even higher prices and lower availability? Our travel guide can help you decide.

What if I decide I want to go to Rio 2014 tomorrow morning?

Fares for flights between the UK and Brazil before the tournament starts on 12th June have soared since England qualified. The starting price for a London-Rio return is around £2,000. Of course even though Rio is the premier venue where the England camp will be based - you could be in the wrong location for the group stage matches. We won’t know until the draw for the group stage takes place on the 6th December.

To guarantee seeing the first three group games; Thomson sport has a £7,000 package that includes flights from the UK, two week’s accommodation in good hotels in the three host cities, and transfers. It does not include tickets. Thomson said just after Gerrard scored England’s second goal, traffic on their website went up by 400%.

What about places to stay?

As with the London Olympics, a large number of rooms have been set aside for FIFA - officially organised tours, media etc. It is likely that some of these will be released for sale, either shortly after the draw on 6th December or a few months before the tournament. But rooms in Rio, where the final is played on 13th July, are certainly going to be at a premium. One specialist said rates for good hotels are currently at £400 - £1,000 per room per night, with many accepting only bookings that cover the duration of the tournament.

Would it be sensible to book now?

Yes, if you want some certainty. If you wait until 4pm on 6th December, you will see mighty spikes in hotel and flight prices to wherever England is drawn to play. On the other hand, by booking now you could end up hundreds of miles from where England will play.

How easy will it be to find transport to the games within Brazil?

That depends on your tolerance for long bus journeys; while there’s a big domestic airline operation; capacity will be limited and fares sky-high. But the bus is the backbone of transport in Brazil, and some of them are really luxurious, with lie-flat beds and a hostess on hand supplying refreshments. The other advantage is, if you travel by night, you won’t need accommodation – which of course is going to be scarce.

The big one – tickets?

Good luck. Some tickets have already been sold through www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing , and more go on sale between 5 – 28 November – of course before the draw is made. Things will get really lively on 8th December, when sales re-start. A good strategy, if you are not fussed about following England and simply want to watch some exciting football: pick a location such as Recife and try to get tickets for all four group matches – from 14th to 26th June.

If you want a budget experience

Head for the capital - Brasilia. Air France has just announced a new non-stop flight to the city from Paris, with connections from airports across the UK. Brasilia is not the most exciting place in the world. But fares are much lower than to Rio, and because it’s a government town there are plenty of hotels.

However much you spend on Rio 2014, you can be sure to save on your travel insurance with Discount Insurance.

Gaurav Ahluwalia
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