World Cup fans rode on suburban trains of the Central Suburban Passenger Company over 14,000 times. On match days, fans were able to use trains between Moscow and the Moscow Region for free by showing their FAN IDs and game tickets.
“Most often, the fans used the trains on the Yaroslavl, Kazan and Belarus lines. In the Moscow Region, the stations Mytishchi, Pushkino, Odintsovo and Ramenskoye were the most popular. The passenger flow also increased on all lines on the days of matches between Morocco and Portugal on 20 June, Denmark and France on 26 June, and Russia and Spain on 1 July,” the company representative said.
In addition to suburban trains, fans could travel on Moscow public transit for free: the metro, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC), 45 surface transport routes and eight bus routes launched for the World Cup, as well as the monorail.
Fans took some 5 million free rides during the World Cup in Moscow. Most passengers used the Metro, the MCC and the monorail (almost 3.8 million free rides). About 1 million used free shuttle buses and surface transit near the stadiums and fan zones, and over 100,000 used accredited taxis.
The final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place at the renovated Luzhniki Stadium, where France defeated Croatia and became world champion for the second time.
For an entire month, from 14 June to 15 July, Russia hosted a spectacular football festival. Matches took place in 11 cities at 12 stadiums with a total capacity of over 550,000 people. The Russian national team showed its best World Cup performance in history. The team made it into the quarterfinals, losing to Croatia only after a tough fight and a penalty shoot-out.