Football World Cup 2018 games are played in St. Petersburg during 14.6. –15.7.2018. A huge number of visitors will attend the games and the St. Petersburg area is expected to get very crowded during that time.
There is a convenient and affordable way to travel to St. Petersburg without a visa via the city of Lappeenranta in Finland. When you have bought your ticket to the games and have registered as a visitor, you can access St. Petersburg VISA-FREE.
Lappeenranta is located only 195 km from the great Russian metropolis: St. Petersburg can easily be reached by train (Allegro 4 x/day from Vainikkala station of Lappeenranta) or bus in a couple of hours from Lappeenranta. In addition, the visa-free Saimaa Canal cruises from Lappeenranta to Vyborg and St. Petersburg offer an affordable way of getting over the border, not to forget the beautiful views you will be able to marvel during the cruise. When travelling via the Saimaa Travel’s Canal cruise, you can stay 72 hours visa-free in Russia. The cruise season starts in May and ends in September. For the Game Pass holders the local transport connections within the City of St. Petersburg are free on the game days.
The matches in St. Petersburg are played on the following dates: 15.6., 19.6., 22.6., 26.6., 3.7., 10.7. and 14.7.2018. The teams will be announced later.
Lappeenranta offers a combination of the FIFA World Cup Games 2018 in St. Petersburg and a relaxing Lake Saimaa experience! Lappeenranta is a safe location for visa-requiring Europeans and family travelers. Lappeenranta region is located 220 km from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Lappeenranta International Airport is located next to Russian border in Finland – offering easy and quick access to St. Petersburg. We plan to announce new flight connections from Europe soon, directly to the International Airport located in the city center of Lappeenranta. Stay tuned for further information on our website.
In Lappeenranta and Imatra area there are many activities for and a wide range of attractive accommodation available. You can choose your favorite from city center hotels, spa resorts or cottages by the lakeshore. Also for caravans Lappeenranta is a convenient pitstop by the border.
We wish you warmly welcome to the Lake Saimaa region in Finland!
Lappeenranta and Imatra region is purest Finland.