GUIDE FOR THE HOST CITIES
By Ella Moss and Billj
Discover Brazil magazine will publish a complete guide for those travelling to the Soccer World Cup in Brazil created by a consumer advice site called “Money.co.uk”. It includes the schedule, city guides for where all the matches will be held and some money saving tips for travellers.
32 nations, 8 groups, 31 days, 64 matches, 12 host cities, 1 Trophy.
The numbers involved are staggering, and without proper planning the same could be true for your spending. Here’s our help for planning world cup trips to Brazil in 2014.
Brazil World Cup Dates
The 2014 World Cup finals will take place between 12th June 2014 and 13th July 2014, and like all World Cups before it will be split into stages and held across the country.
About Brazil: 2014 World Cup Geography
Brazil is the longest country in the world, north to south. East to west it spans 3 time zones. It’s also one of the most diverse and beautiful countries to visit. Don’t fancy the Amazon rainforest? Well then, try the world famous beaches in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a hard choice…
However the sheer size of Brazil can make travel a logistical nightmare not to mention a costly one; your priority should be to book well in advance.
Which Host City is Best?
If moving around Brazil on a whim appears to be out, your best bet is to choose a single base and sample what you can of the “carnival of football” from there.
Pick one of the designated host cities and you can’t go far wrong. You can choose your destination because of the city itself, or choose your city based on who will be playing there.
Read our guides to each World Cup host city for local information plus travel advice, accommodation and stadium news.
|Belo Horizonte guide (Southeast Brazil)||Brasilia guide (Central-West Brazil)|
|Cuiaba guide (Central-West Brazil)||Curitiba guide (Southeast Brazil)|
|Fortaleza guide (Northeast Brazil)||Manaus guide (North Brazil)|
|Natal guide (Northeast Brazil)||Porto Alegre guide (South Brazil)|
|Recife guide (Northeast Brazil)||Rio de Janeiro guide (Southeast Brazil)|
|Salvador guide (Northeast Brazil)||Sao Paulo guide (Southeast Brazil)|
Getting to Brazil 2014
Have we mentioned that Brazil is quite large? Wherever you end up, you’re likely to fly into either Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro first. Look up flights to both and check which gives the best saving, then add on the cost of getting to your destination city to compare the total price.
Of course, this means staying in Sao Paulo or Rio may prove cheapest in terms of flying; but they’re also likely to receive the most visitors hence more expensive hotels and more competition for match tickets.
In order to get your visa to visit Brazil check the http://www.passportvisasexpress.com/visa_services/brazil/country_news/do_i_need_a_visa_to_enter_brazil
It’s always worth checking if you can get cheaper flights by travelling direct to your chosen host city via another country, rather than flying into Sao Paulo or Rio then changing internally.
Compare flights and find out if you can save by flying in direct from Lisbon, Miami, Madrid, Frankfurt or Amsterdam.
Self-Book or Package Tours?
Book things yourself and you do get greater flexibility than you would with a World Cup “package” – choosing when you arrive, how long you stay and what you’ll see/do. Try searching weekday rather than weekend flights for savings, and look into flying out late-at-night or early-morning.
The benefits of booking via a world cup travel agency Brazil 2014 are obvious. Fail to get match tickets and your entire trip will be refunded; plus your hotels and airport transfers are sorted for you. Package holidays also benefit from ABTA and ATOL protection but you still must make sure you have sufficient travel insurance in place to cover your trip.
Read more : Oficial World Cup Portal / Brazil – http://www.copa2014.gov.br/en