The 2018 FIFA World Cup™
The 2018 FIFA World Cup™ was hosted between 14 June and 15 July by 11 Russian cities – Kaliningrad, St Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, and Volgograd.
In line with the Transport Support Strategy for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, Russian Railways ensured transportation of 2.616 million passengers, including 448,000 fans and client groups carried free-of-charge by additional trains. To that end, the Company scheduled over 14,000 regular train runs and 734 additional free runs made, among others, by six high-speed trains.
During the World Cup, the Company successfully dispatched all additional trains, sold 383,855 tickets, and provided free-of-charge travel to 318,978 fans. Additional trains were most popular with fans from Russia, Argentina, Colombia, USA, China, Brazil, Peru and Egypt.