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Football fans travelling to France set to spend an average of £2,836 each

8th June 2016 Print

With the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France starting on Friday, new analysis from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money indicates that for UK football fans to travel to France and follow all of the group stage games of one of the home nation teams, it will cost them between £2,771 and £2,888 – depending on who they are supporting.

This is based on a number of costs associated with travelling to the Euros including flights;     transport between games; match tickets; accommodation in three star hotels; two meals a day; travel insurance and, of course, a relevant home nation replica shirt.

Looking at current prices, the Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money estimates you will need around £170 a day for accommodation and food/drink whilst in France.  However, prices vary between cities, and the Bank estimates that in Saint Etienne, where England will play Slovakia on 20th June, fans will need around £216 a day. This is followed by Lille, which hosts four group games including Italy vs the Republic of Ireland (the Bank estimates you will need £194 a day), Paris, where Northern Ireland will play Germany, and Bordeaux, where Wales will play Slovakia (£180 a day each).

Overall, the Bank estimates that it will cost £2,888 to follow all of England’s group stage games; and the corresponding figures for Wales’ and Northern Ireland’s games are £2,848 and £2,771.

Simon Taylor, Head of Travel Money at Sainsbury’s Bank said:“Thousands of football fans will be preparing to travel to France to cheer on their national team. Anyone planning on heading to France should make sure they shop around to get the best rate on their currency; we offer Nectar cardholders an even better rate at our instore bureaux and online, and instore will beat the Post Office & M&S within a five mile radius.”