England fans who want to see their side in action at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are facing ‘prohibitively expensive’ hotel and flight prices, travel companies have warned.
The 2-0 victory over Poland last night has secured England’s place at the tournament, but Which? Recommended Provider holiday companies warn fans are facing soaring accommodation prices and a battle to find a seat on exceptionally full internal flights.
A Trailfinders spokesperson said that the problem of finding accommodation would be particularly acute in Rio de Janeiro where hotel owners, used to dealing with high demand periods such as Carnival, are letting rooms to corporations for long periods.
As a result it will be very difficult for individuals to find accommodation in the city for one or two nights. A report in August by Brazil’s tourist board, Embratur, suggested that hotel prices could soar by up to 500 per cent in June and July 2014 in the 12 host cities.
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Brazil 2014 World Cup prices
British Airways (BA) and Brazil’s TAM Airlines are the only airlines offering direct flights to Brazil from the UK. BA has not yet announced its World Cup flights, but the cost of a single fare on its daily Rio flight on 12 June 2014 is currently £1,425. Find out how BA fared in our airlines survey.
Once in Brazil, fans could face difficulty getting around to matches. The World Cup will take place in a total of 12 Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, São Paulo and Fortaleza, and no team will be based at one venue during the group stages.
Internal flights between stadium venues are up to eight hours and demand for flights will be extremely high – many have already been block booked by FIFA.
Tickets for Brazil 2014
While tickets for Brazil are not likely to be as difficult to come by as previous world cups, demand is high. Even before last night’s victory, almost 100,000 England fans had applied for tickets. Sales reopen from 5-28 November.
Ticket prices for matches are substantial. As we highlighted in our previous Conversation, a ticket for the opening match, featuring Brazil, will set you back roughly £143-£322.
Due to the high cost of travel during the World Cup, Trailfinders will not be running its usual tours and Audley Travel is advising people who want to travel to Brazil to consider visiting at a different time to avoid the inevitable disruption and high prices.