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Brits warned over World Cup travel

18 October 2013 12:24

Thousands of England football are expected to flock to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup

Thousands of England football are expected to flock to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup

Following England's success at qualifying for next year's World Cup in Brazil, football fans planning on making the journey overseas would do well to start saving now, travel experts say.

The tournament, which begins on June 12 in Sao Paulo, could see internal air fares and hotel room rates surge into hundred of pounds.

Some reports suggest travellers could fork out as much as £800 a night during the tournament, while the best case scenario would still be around £350 per night at a hotel.

British travel organisation Abta advises: "Brazil is a beautiful and dynamic country and thousands of lucky football fans will be heading off next year for the amazing party that will be the 2014 World Cup.

"We would strongly recommend that fans buy their tickets from official Fifa-appointed agents to avoid disappointment as major sporting events often attract fraudsters.

"There is bound to be a lot of demand for hotels and flights so fans should try and book as early as possible to get the best deals.

"When there, fans should follow advice from the Foreign Office and their travel providers in regards to safety and security.

"The Brazilian authorities are doing, and will continue to do, everything they can to ensure the safety of visiting foreign football supporters, with measures such as increased policing levels."

Meanwhile, travellers are also being warned about the warmer temperatures expected during South America's summer as well as being given advice on how to stay safe, reinforcing the importance of travel insurance.

On its website, the Foreign Office says of Brazil: "Levels of crime and violence are high, particularly in major cities. You should be particularly vigilant before and during the festive and Carnival periods. Bank card fraud is common."

For direct flights to Brazil, travellers should look to British Airways and TAM. BA has daily services running from Heathrow to Rio and to Sao Paulo.

Internal flights across the vast country could be costly, with some of the venues, such as Manaus, up to 2,700 miles away from Rio.

The Brazilian Hotel Industry Association has said: "During the Cup, the cost of everything will go up. That's the market."