2014 World Cup Visitor’s Guide: Tickets
The 2014 World Cup will be the second time Brazil hosts FIFA’s football (aka soccer) World Cup. Watching the matches and letting the great warm football atmosphere sink in are always great reasons to go, but it’s not like anyone ever needed an excuse to visit Brazil.
Unless you live in South America, Brazil is at least one long-range flight away. Ticket prices are usually less than friendly, and booking early is a must (go and book your flight once you finish reading this).
Keep in mind that the busiest international airports in the country are located in state capitals. Check this list for these cities, and try all of them as destinations until you find your ticket. The southeast of the country, with Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is the main hub, but you will find many alternatives that do the job just as well for less.
If you’re looking for direct flights, nearly all major airports have flights to and from Lisbon and Miami non-stop. Baggage allowance is always generous (2 x 32kg/70lbs suitcases).
If you want to keep prices low, Condor (serving Europe, flying out of Frankfurt, Germany) and Copa Airlines (serving North America, through Panama City) offer budget flights. Copa Airlines takes you to Brazil through Panama, flying only Boeing 737 aircraft (see our Airliners: Know Your Aircraft article for more).
FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Brazil requires all American travelers to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Brazil has a reciprocal visa policy with all countries. Call or visit your nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate for more information. Click here for how to contact the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The World Cup
If you like many are in for the matches, take note: head over to the FIFA ticketing website before the 30th January 2014 and apply for tickets. There are 62 matches to choose from, and ticket winners will be defined by random draw – no need to rush, if you apply today or on the 30th January, your chances remain the same.
For matches involving your home country or the country you reside in, tickets are also available from the respective football association in your country. Choose wisely if you want tickets delivered to you or if you’ll collect them yourself – you don’t want to end up without your ticket at the day of the match.
See also: FIFA’s official 2014 World Cup matches page: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/
The Host cities
So, whether you like football or not, each of the 12 host cities can offer you a fantastic experience. Brazil has five regions – North, Northeast, Central-West, Southeast and South. Like the U.S. of A., the country is divided in states, which in turn have their own governor and capital city. With an area of 8.5 million square kilometers/5.2 million square miles, you will find all sorts of sceneries and things to explore.
For this World Cup, the host cities are: Manaus (AM), Cuiabá (MT), Fortaleza (CE), Natal (RN), Recife (PB), Salvador (BA), Brasília (DF), Belo Horizonte (MG), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), São Paulo (SP), Curitiba (PR) and Porto Alegre (RS). As the countdown gets closer and closer to the kick off, you will find exciting and detailed articles on living these cities to the max.