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What You Need To Know About Travelling To The UK For The Rugby World Cup
When it comes to sporting events, there is nothing in 2015 that will come close to the drama and the action of the Rugby World Cup, which is to be held in England, with a few games over the border in Wales. The first game will get under way on the 18th of September and the tournament will culminate with the final which will be held at Twickenham Stadium on the 31st of October. There are plenty of things to consider when you are planning your trip, and while you won’t need to get everything in place before you travel, doing the right preparation will certainly help things to go as smoothly as possible during your visit.
Getting To The UK
Most people who will be travelling into the country for the World Cup will be coming by air, and the transport hubs of Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach of London city centre, and have great international links across the world. If you are coming in for one individual game, or your team’s first game is being held in the north of England, then going into one of the regional airports at Manchester or Birmingham will also be a useful option. Some people will also be travelling to the World Cup by land, and the international links from France are also good options, with the Eurostar train service taking visitors from France to London within a few hours, with a series of ferry services also an option.
Key Points To Remember When Planning Your Trip
If you are going to be visiting the UK for the pool stages, and intend to follow your team throughout their four pool games, make sure you have checked their schedule and where they are playing, and plan your itinerary accordingly. For example, United States fans will start in Brighton on the South Coast, before travelling to Leeds, 260 miles north, then back to London for the third match, before heading to the west country and a final game in Gloucester, another 100 miles west. There is plenty of time between the games, so sights such as Stonehenge or the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors can be included in the trip.
Have You Already Arranged Your Match Tickets?
For the majority of people, they will have needed to arrange tickets in advance to really be sure of getting seats at the most desirable games, but as with many large tournaments, some of the games featuring smaller teams may still be available. There are also some of the more expensive match tickets still available too, so it is worth looking to see what you can get. The official Rugby World Cup website also has a ticket resale function for fans who can no longer attend games, so you may be able to pick up tickets that way too.
Accommodation In The UK
There will be plenty of accommodation options in and around the towns and cities where the matches are being played, but bear in mind that the prices will naturally be higher in London, where a dorm bed can go from £20 upwards, with a single hotel room outside the centre usually available from around £50 upward. Unless you are travelling in specifically to enjoy one of the games, looking for a hotel a little further afield and travelling to the ground will usually offer better value.
Getting To And From The Ground On Match Days
The schedule of the Rugby World Cup has been tailored to ensure that it gives you the best chance of getting to and from the grounds if you do wish to travel by public transport, with the Sunday games finishing in the early afternoon. If you are travelling in London then the Underground and buses will have connections to the stadiums at Wembley, Twickenham and the Olympic Stadium, but you may need to check local schedules for other stadia. Smaller venues such as Kingsholm are served by bus routes from the city centres, while Sandy Park in Exeter has a train station very close to the ground.
Public transport may be a little fuller than usual on match days, but for most visitors it will still prove to be the most practical option, with car rental and a shortage of parking making most rugby stadia better suited to travel by bus and train.