Travel advice - Rubin Kazan
Advice for fans travelling to Russia for Thursday's Europa League match against Rubin Kazan.
Kazan is the third capital City of Russia, a place of two cultures and two religions, a City of unique monuments and a place of international sports events.
First of all, fans travelling should prepare for colder temperatures with various forecasts suggesting it will be around 3-4C on Wednesday and Thursday.
Once in Kazan, our supporters will find a number of shops, restaurants and cafes and there is the Kazan Kremlin for those wishing to take the historic view.
The Kazan Stadium - Central Stadium - has a capacity of 27,000 and is of modern appearance having undergone recent refurbishment.
It is a typical Eastern European stadium and has a running track surrounding the pitch. The sightlines are good and whilst we were unable to view the welfare facilities, understand these to be in acceptable condition. Whilst most of the Stadium is open to the elements, the area where our fans will be situated is under cover.
Fans arriving at the stadium should make their way to Turnstile Entry Point 8, 9, 10 at the north section of the ground. As always, THFC Stewards will be on hand to assist at this point.
There will be two searches prior to entry, both carried out by local Police Officers. Please be aware that the usual prohibited items will not be allowed in and all banners and flags will be checked by both Police and Stewards for appropriate wording. It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadia in the UK and elsewhere in Europe that flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated — please respect this request.
Seats are in section 10 of this area and are well segregated from adjoining sections. Please note that we will have a small number of Russian THFC fans within section 10.
Fans travelling will have already received a briefing sheet from the British Consul giving advice and information about Kazan in general, but also giving all the important numbers in case of emergency.
Roubles are the main currency and you should obtain these prior to travelling or once there, only change money at Banks, Hotels or at the Airport. If you wish to purchase Roubles in Russia, you should take US Dollars or Euros to change. However, please be aware that it is an offence to change money with street traders and it is illegal to pay directly with either Euros of Dollars. Credit cards are accepted by major Hotels, but cash is the preferred payment method in restaurants, etc.
Whilst in the Russian Federation, you should carry your passport at all times and take a copy of both your passport and visa in case your passport is lost or stolen. Please ensure that you also take out suitable Travel Insurance.
Bus No: 97 runs from the Airport to the City and takes approximately 40-60 minutes. This bus runs every 20 minutes and the fare is 30 RUR.
The Kazan Metro operates from 06:00 to 23:00 and trains run approximately every five minutes, the cost is 15 RUR per journey. Tokens can be purchased at Metro Stations which are valid for the day of purchase only. The nearest Metro to the Stadium is Kremlyovskaya.
The nearest Railway Station to the Stadium is Stantsiya Kazan which is a short walk from the Stadium.
If taking Taxis, please ensure that a fare is agreed prior to the journey beginning. A Taxi from the Airport to the City starts at about 800 RUR. Where possible only use Taxis booked via your Hotel.
THFC Stewards and officials will have all the necessary emergency information you may require, please approach them if you have any difficulties whilst in Kazan.
Finally, whilst we expect you to enjoy your visit to Kazan and all that it has to offer, we would ask you to respect the Police Authorities, Kazan and THFC Stewards at all times and follow their instructions. Anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated and fans risk being arrested if they behave inappropriately.
Spurs fans should note that Friday, November 4 is a national holiday in Russia. Shops and restaurants will be open, but public transport may be running ay a reduced service.
The British Embassy will also be closed on November 4, but anyone needing assistance can phone the Embassy switchboard number and consular emergency cases are diverted to the Global Out of Hours service.
If someone loses a passport, replacing the passport won’t be an issue, but before the person can leave Russia they would need an exit visa, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who would deal with this, will be closed until Monday. It is important, therefore, that fans keep their passports safe at all times.
To view and print this advice on a pdf - plus additional details from the British Consul and a map of the stadium - CLICK HERE...
CLICK HERE to go direct to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's advice for fans travelling to Russia.