With the Olympics dominating the news cycle, you’re probably not focused on the fact that we’re 709 days away from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Finally, with just under two years remaining until the World Cup gets underway, fans have an idea of what they need to save to buy tickets.
Earlier today, Russia and FIFA released the ticket prices for the 2018 World Cup, which will run June 14 to July 15 2018 in Russia.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 5, 2016
As you can see, tickets will be quite expensive if you’re not Russian. The cheapest ticket for non-Russian fans are $165 group matches ticket. That same ticket for Russians will cost them only 1,280 rubles or $20.
That’s right, the same group match ticket will cost non-Russians $165 dollars, but be just $20 for Russians. It’s probably safe to say the 2018 Russian World Cup Committee prefers to have Russians in the stands.
The most expensive ticket is the finals and that will be $710 for non-Russians compared to $109 for Russians. That’s a bargain.
Well how does that compare to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil? Brazilians were given a similar discount as Russians, as were South Africans during the 2010 World Cup.
The cheapest ticket for the 2014 World Cup for international fans was $90, but FIFA made $15 tickets available for Brazilian students, citizens over 60, and members of social programs. Overall, there were 400,000 discounted tickets available for Brazilian residents.
While the cheapest prices rose only 10 percent from 2010 to 2014, they nearly doubled from 2014 to 2018, from $90 to $165.
Overall, the price at the end of the day won’t matter too much for some fans. People will still fly and travel from all around the world to Russia in 2018 for the World Cup. But it sure would be nice to pay those discounted Russian prices.