World Cup: From Russia with Love

Clockwise, from left: The overnight train journey from Moscow's Leningradsky station to St Petersburg's Moskovsky is about eight hours, and is free for those with a World Cup ticket and Fan ID; Brazilian and Mexican fans still making merry in the min
The overnight train journey from Moscow's Leningradsky station to St Petersburg's Moskovsky is about eight hours, and is free for those with a World Cup ticket and Fan ID.ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE
Clockwise, from left: The overnight train journey from Moscow's Leningradsky station to St Petersburg's Moskovsky is about eight hours, and is free for those with a World Cup ticket and Fan ID; Brazilian and Mexican fans still making merry in the min
Brazilian and Mexican fans still making merry in the mini cafeteria in the wee hours.ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE
Clockwise, from left: The overnight train journey from Moscow's Leningradsky station to St Petersburg's Moskovsky is about eight hours, and is free for those with a World Cup ticket and Fan ID; Brazilian and Mexican fans still making merry in the min
The provodnika (train conductor or guide) selling pirozhki (pies) for breakfast.ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE
Clockwise, from left: The overnight train journey from Moscow's Leningradsky station to St Petersburg's Moskovsky is about eight hours, and is free for those with a World Cup ticket and Fan ID; Brazilian and Mexican fans still making merry in the min
The cabins are cramped but comfortable if you are not fussy.ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE

Travelling to watch the World Cup can be an expensive affair with flight and accommodation prices usually inflated in this period.

However, Russia 2018 has been made more affordable with free train rides between the 11 host cities for fans with a valid match ticket and Fan ID.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2018, with the headline 'From Russia with Love'. Print Edition | Subscribe