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Your World Cup 2018 Guide to Saransk

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Updated: 22 May 2018
Here is our complete guide to Saransk for Russia 2018, including where to watch the game and what to eat, drink and see around the city.

Where to eat in Saransk

Saransk has a lot to offer travelling foodies. If you’re looking for something more upscale, check out our list of Saransk’s best restaurants for an overview of what’s on offer. If you’re looking for a quick, cheap lunch, Otmennaya Pelmennaya, at 31 Sovetskaya Street, is worth a special mention. Serving many types of the traditional Russian dumplings, it is a perfect spot for delicious lunch or dinner on a budget.

Where to drink in Saransk

For those who didn’t manage to get tickets to the live game, there are plenty of sports bars in Saransk that not only broadcast the football but also serve delicious food and cold beer. Rozmarin (also known as Café Rosemary), located where Kirillova Lane meets Respublikanskaya Street, is one of the most popular places to watch the game due to its wide-screen TVs and extensive range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. What else could one wish for? If you celebrated a bit too hard the night before, Saransk has some great places for a strong coffee to help get you going for the next round. Centrally located, ProKofii offers a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, as well as a vast array of teas and coffees.

What to see and do in Saransk during the World Cup

The World Cup may be the reason you find yourself in Saransk, but there are plenty of things to explore in the city when the football isn’t on. One standout landmark is the Cathedral of St. Fyodor Ushakov. This beautiful blue and gold structure was completed in 2006 and was built in honour of one of Russia’s most celebrated naval commanders.

Cathedral of St.Fyodor Ushakov, Saransk
Cathedral of St.Fyodor Ushakov, Saransk | © Savelo / WikiCommons

How to get to the FIFA Fan Fest Zone in Saransk

Almost better than the stadium, the FIFA Fan Fest Zone in Saransk offers a more communal experience for supporters. Head to the fan zone in Sovetskaya Ploshchad, the city’s main square and home to many historical buildings and monuments.

Sovetskaya Ploshchad, Saransk 430005, Russia

How to get to Mordovia Arena

The Mordovia Arena is located on the eastern edge of Saransk. Almost everything is within walking distance in this small city, including the stadium, which you can reach on foot from Sovetskaya Ploshchad in around 20 minutes. The train station is roughly two kilometres away, and will take 30 minutes by foot. If you don’t feel like walking, bus 44 travels from the railway station, and its Mokhovaya Street stop is just five minutes from the arena. However, this bus route loops around the whole city, so can take a fairly long time!

Mordovia Arena, Volgogradskaya ul., Saransk 430009, Russia