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Over 100,000 Football Fans Booked Free Train Tickets for 2018 FIFA World Cup

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 100,000 fans from 120 countries have reserved free railway tickets to be used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Kirill Polyakov, director general of ANO "Transport Directorate of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia," told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"After Russia, the top 3 countries are: Colombia, China and the United States," Polyakov said, commenting on the number of booked tickets.

Fans from England, Japan, Belize, Swaziland, Oman, Zambia and Luxembourg are among those who are taking advantage of the free train service, he added.

Russia will host its first FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15. The matches will take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and Sochi.

READ MORE: Over 1.3 Million Tickets Sold for 2018 World Cup in Russia — FIFA

Russian Railways offers free transportation between host cities to football fans carrying both a FAN ID and a match ticket during the World Cup.

In February, Russian Railways CEO Oleg Belozerov said it is expected that free transportation for over 440,000 passengers will be organized. The company intends to launch 728 extra trains to run in 31 destinations, and also deploy new high-speed Strizh and Lastochka trains.


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