2014 World Cup rip off


Well I nearly choked on my cornflakes this morning after reading the Daily Mail’s report on the package to Brazil to watch the 2014 World Cup. Yes Brazil is expensive but this is a rip off for 16 nights near Salvador, if it was Rio it would be cheap but as you can see at the bottom the hotels in Costa do Sauipe are currently about £67.00 per night and its highest season carnival period, tonight in Rio you probably couldn’t get a share in a four bed hostel room for that price.

For a start its planning to base fans allegedly in Salvador but the Costa do Sauípe resort complex is about an hour and a half drive away from Salvador. Sure everyone will just love doing that daily commute. The resort itself has five hotels, convention center, re-created local village with six pousadas, (basic B & B to you and me), and a sports center, its part of a 500-acre development in an environmental protection area bordered by rainforest. Sounds like they are attempting to corral you all at a big complex, nice. It doesn’t seem to include flights to other cities so I have to assume it’s only for the games played around Salvador. Brazil is a huge country (think size of Europe and you’re not far off) with games being staged at various stadiums around the country and surely real football fans would want to at least visit the world-famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (The link to Maracana will take you to a Portuguese page, look at the top left and you can choose English, well American anyway)  I can see people buying this and ending up watching the matches in the hotel bar, but at least you would get to meet a retired footballer.

As the Daily Mail reported, official travel packages for next year’s World Cup in Brazil were unveiled today costing a staggering £5,500 – meaning England fans will need very deep pockets if they want to attend

The high prices fans will be expected to pay to attend the World Cup is already a concern for a number of supporters’ organizations.

Kevin Miles, from the Football Supporters’ Federation, said: ‘The World Cup in Brazil is another long haul destination which presents another set of challenges for fans wanting to support the England team. It will clearly require a big commitment.’

read the full story here

A better option would be to buy your own flight to Brazil and at the same time a Brazilian Airpass.  A Airpass is a ticket that can only be brought out of the country but is a very reasonable way to take flights around Brazil. As for accommodation, well there are thousands of hotels, pousadas and campsites (in fact I have a small farm, camp here). The big thing would be to book early, it can only get more expensive as the time goes on, make sure you have insurance if god forbid England doesn’t qualify.

I am not a travel agent but I am going to do some research on this, I feel a budget of £3000 to £4000 for flights and accommodation would be more realistic.

I am not in any way affiliated with the airlines or Airpass, just for the record!

I am doing some research on Brazilian websites on  this topic and will post some information over the coming weekend on various aspects of the tournament such as where matches will be played and some accommodation options for those destinations, I detest people being ripped off when they visit Brazil, it’s so unfair and gives an unrealistic view of the country. Brazil isn’t a cheap option but getting just a little way out of the tourist zone can make a huge price difference. I will try to find some good alternatives.

Quick update, hoteltravel.com  has a few hotels listed at Costa do Sauipe  between £63.00per night  up to £166.00, which isn’t too bad for Brazil, of course not all hotels are created equal.

I have found a couple of sites that specialize in holiday rental. That would be the way I would go, a holiday rental not too far from an airport and an air pass.

ownersdirect homeaway,  and holiday rental

On our fruit farm we also have a small two bed guest cottage, that sleep 6 with a sofa bed, that will be available for rental. Any inquiries please leave a comment and I’ll mail you.

For the outdoor type we have a campsite on our fruit farm that of course will be open for the world cup. Our website campinbrazil, will be finished soon.

Planning your own trip to the World Cup check hotel and tour prices direct with a travel agent based in Brazil, in English and Portuguese, language settings can be found at the top right hand corner. Check if the tour you have seen advertised is really a bargain, check the hotel prices in R$ (approx R$3 /£1, R$2/1US$ ). Tours of the area and World Cup Info. book direct here

I will be adding information all the time so please check back, cheers!

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  • alan slater
    March 6, 2013 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Your comments on cost are exactly the same as mine. My first thoughts are to book a flight to Rio and base myself there for easy acess to flights, judging by what you are saying this would be an expensive option. What other cities offer plenty of internal flightsaround the country.

    • maggie
      March 8, 2013 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

      Sorry for the slow reply, we have been experiencing bad storms and have had power cuts! I personally would base myself about an hour from Rio, where you will get a better price on a rental property. The highway into Rio is great and driving is fine as long as you realise they’re all pretending to be formula one drivers. There are some beautiful small towns on the coast near Rio, I personally recommend Saquarema. Lots of cities do internal flights and have international airports and I can’t recommend the Airpass enough it saved me a fortune when I had one, I think I did 5 internal flights but you need to check what they currently offer, there is a link on my http://expatbrazil.co.uk/2014-world-cup-rip-off story.You can only purchase these outside of Brazil and only when you have purchased a flight to Brazil.I’m currently looking for alternative rentals and will put any I find in the property section. Let me know how you get on and if you any help at all please just ask. Enjoy Brazil and the World Cup.

  • Chris
    April 1, 2013 - 11:40 am | Permalink

    As an ex pat living in Australia I have a dream to be in Brazil for the World Cup that took a severe nose dive when i checked on hotel prices! I have found some good advice here so thank you for that. You expect to pay a premium but also don’t have the money to afford to be ripped off, so staying outside of Rio sounds like a good plan. Getting to games in other cities was not really something I thought would be possible due to the size of the country but learning about the air pass may open that option up too. I’m an England fan and would love to see their games should they qualify but really my motivation for going is to see ANY games I can get tickets to…and enjoy the atmosphere! So anyway -Thanks for the tips.

    • editor
      April 1, 2013 - 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Chris,
      You are more than welcome at our campsite, which would set you back about £10.00 a day.
      We also now have http://worldcuplatest.co.uk, I will be putting all football and World Cup related news on there. I am currently trying to find alternatives and will post as and when I find something, so keep checking in, I hate seeing anyone ripped off. Hope you and England make it. Thx.

      • Sarah
        June 8, 2013 - 11:58 am | Permalink

        Hi there
        Can you tell me where your campsite is? Thanks

        • maggie
          June 8, 2013 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

          Hi we’re just on the outskirts of Saquarema, I have a few thing on the site about Saquarema. Its a beautiful tranquil surfer haven surrounded by mountains and wonderful countryside, they call it the lake district of Brazil as we have a lot of local large lagoons.Very safe and easy road and bus system. Our site http://campinbrazil.com will be finished in the next couple of weeks, I’ll mail you details when we finish it. :)

        • maggie
          August 8, 2013 - 4:18 pm | Permalink

          Due to internet problems etc. we are still working on the campinbrazil.com just so you didn’t think I had forgot to mail.:) Should be ready soon.

          • maggie
            August 9, 2013 - 1:41 am | Permalink

            You’re welcome.:)

  • Elizabeth
    May 28, 2013 - 6:59 am | Permalink

    can you give any advice on the possibilities of renting a motorhome (small) or campervan in Brazil? Two intrepid canadians who have done this for previous world cups (including south africa) but are having great struggles finding anywhere closer than Buenos Aires than rent motorhomes.. can this be? or are we missing something? many thaks if you have time to poit us in the right direction…

    • maggie
      May 28, 2013 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi yes it can be done though there isn’t many options, but you have inspired me to do some research and I will post the result as soon as possible. If you sign up to follow the blog you will get automatic updates when I post information about this and other World Cup info like tickets etc … Leave it with me I will find all the options available for you. :)

      • Elizabeth
        May 29, 2013 - 6:20 am | Permalink

        oh – thank you so much – literally any info you can find would be useful – my portugese is not up to scratch and english searches have left me empty handed so far… thanks again

        • maggie
          May 29, 2013 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

          No Problem at all, in fairness I’m not finding much but now it’s a challenge, so rest assured I will find what’s available.

  • June 4, 2013 - 5:08 am | Permalink

    I’m another Brit who lives in Australia, and one planning on trying to get to the World Cup next year with some friends. It’s still seemingly too early for travel agents over here to provide us with too many deals or information. It seems we may have to wait until July 1 (prices information), then August 20, when the tickets go on sale. We would ideally like to visit Rio for 5 days, see a few matches, and even head over to a few other places – air pass sounds awesome! Thanks for the info, look forward to updates.

    • maggie
      June 4, 2013 - 4:19 pm | Permalink

      If you need any help, please just ask.

  • June 25, 2013 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    We are already experiencing numerous travel questions on overland travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Including many from outside of North America. Some are buying, or renting automobiles, Motorhomes or campervans in the U.S. and driving thru Mexico, Central America all the way to Brazil in South America. Some also purchase vehicles in Florida and then ship them in Containers on freighters to Brazil. Sometimes it pays to think outside the box.

    We are a one stop insurance store specializing in Auto, RV’s (Recreational vehicles), and Trip and Medical insurance for Mexico, Central America (parts not all) and South America. Very reasonable costs, starting at a few dollars, or equivalent Euros a day. E Mail questions to ici@mxici.com or visit our Web Site at http://www.mxici.com. Or call us at (915) 591-8279 with any questions you may have. We are on Mountain Time, 1 hour earlier than U.S. Central Time.

    • maggie
      June 25, 2013 - 8:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Gary
      Thanks for your comments. I have checked out your site and looks a good service. I would warn against trying to ship a vehicle here. regardless of age or cost of the vehicle you would be liable to 50% import tax on the current retail price., ie if you brought a second hand camper at $50,000.00 which had a current retail cost of $200,000.00 you would immediately pay $100,000.00 tax, we know we wanted to do exactly the same but of course abandoned the plan after we found out the costs. The idea of driving from the states is a great one and I would do that for sure, but I am known for being a bit nuts! It would be one great road trip.

  • Scott
    June 27, 2013 - 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Maggie,

    I found this site in researching accommodation possiblilities for the WC — unfortunately for us we will only have a week or so and will probably need to confine ourselves to the Rio area. I’ll have to do some further research on Saquarema!

    A note about your above comment (or more accurately Gary’s): I hope that nobody is actually planning on driving from North/Central America to Brazil, as there is no highway across the Darien Gap in southern Panama and hence any vehicle wishing to make the journey will need to be shipped–probably in a container as Gary mentions. You can’t physically drive between the continents. Not sure if any of the intervening countries still require a carnet de passage, but if so that could add a great deal of expense.

    (I’m enjoying the site–I’m from the US but my sister is an expat IN the UK!)

    • maggie
      June 28, 2013 - 12:27 am | Permalink

      You make a great point Scott, I’d completely forgot that. I would think it would be a very expensive trip.:)
      Any help you want at all please just ask. Shame you only have a week or so, but we may get to have a beer together if you end up in Saquarema.:)

  • August 8, 2013 - 3:18 am | Permalink

    Hi all. Currently trying to marshall 10 family members (myself included) to Brazil for 15 days during FIFA 2014. Now the tough part is that we are scattered from Western Canada, to California, and Thailand, and coordinating travel schedules to coincide with one another could be a nightmare assuming were coming from different parts of the globe. I read a previous post about the Airpass? Once in Brazil is it quite common to travel by air?

    Some family members are also concerned first and foremost of our safety during the trip and are trying to renegotiate the location of the vacation (rhymes :) ) but I however, and few other family members would like to keep the plans the same. But its difficult to say that incidents while traveling can happen anywhere without hurting their feelings. Anyone have any insight as to what and where is safe in hotspots such as Rio, SP and other host cities?

    Ideally proximity to match centres and stadiums is of high priority. But I understand that a daily commute is almost expected as we can’t afford anything to high price. But with 10 travelers is there anywhere that offers group rates close to the action?

    I’m quite up for anything and travel excites me no matter whereby the destination is achieved and how many heads are scratched as we make up our minds on vacation plans.


    • maggie
      August 8, 2013 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

      The danger is more in the minds of main stream media than anything else, yes of course there is crime in Brazil in the rougher areas but has Canada, US and Thailand’s crime suddenly stopped? because is no worse here, bad things happen to good people sometimes that’s life sadly.. In fact having lived here for 6 years and travelling into Rio on a regular basis I personally feel safer here than the UK. Keep alert and on guard as you would in any international city and you’ll be fine, in the rural areas you’ll wonder what you worried about.:) The airpass is a fantastic option BUT can only be purchased out of the country and only once you have brought a flight to Brazil, ie you buy your flight to Brazil then you purchase your airpass, best idea if you want to do a few stadiums. We have a natural campsite on our farm,based in Saquarema about 1hr 20mins from the main Rio airport, GIG, we can organise mini buses etc to help with transport. You need to be looking at booking as soon as, it’s getting very expensive here. Good Luck and any help you need please just ask. :)

  • maggie
    August 8, 2013 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    quick update: Still looking but not finding much of anything available will be in touch soon.

  • August 9, 2013 - 1:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the quick answer Maggie! Very insightful.


  • August 12, 2013 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    i’m renting 2 rooms in my house next year! in Niteroi – Rio de janeiro! please contact me! felipepetty@gmail.com

  • jess
    August 13, 2013 - 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Any advice on Salvador or Fortaleza? Thinking of going for a venue specific ticket at one of those but accommodation seems almost nonexistant already, and I’m very scared about using owners direct or something like that, how safe is it if something goes wrong?!

    • maggie
      August 14, 2013 - 7:58 pm | Permalink

      I haven’t used owners direct and I’m not affiliated with them or anything but i think they have safe guards to protect you, check their FAQ. I’m not familiar with the North East but it’s extremely popular and has a lot of options for tourists, I use Brazil Travel and have find them fine the website is in Portuguese but you can translate it to England in the top right hand corner. Any more help you need please just ask. :)

  • Mark
    August 30, 2013 - 4:37 am | Permalink

    Hi Maggie,
    Have you heard of a rental company called “GoHousel” http://www.gohouse.com.br/ based in Brazil ? I’m looking to rent an apartment and their prices seem reasonable.



    • maggie
      September 11, 2013 - 4:37 am | Permalink

      Thanks for that Mark I have checked out the site and it does look a good option, I’ll research it more, cheers. :)

    • Andy
      October 9, 2013 - 6:59 am | Permalink

      Hi Maggie & Mark

      I’m also looking at renting from this company Gohouse.com and wondering if they are safe to book with?

      Thanks Andy

      • maggie
        October 9, 2013 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

        I have seen them advertising, let me do some digging and get back to you. Thanks a lot for asking. :)

        • Andy
          October 10, 2013 - 10:43 am | Permalink

          Look forward to hearing from you

          • maggie
            October 14, 2013 - 1:32 am | Permalink

            no problem at all, thanks.:)

  • Tiffaldo
    October 10, 2013 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Maggie,

    the campsite website is down but i will be checking back there to book something during the world cup. My question is again about air travel- GOL and TAM are stating they are not offering any pass and the prices are really crazy just now- 900 Reis to travel SP to Recife for example.
    What have you heard about the airpass and flight prices otherwise?
    Thanks for all your help- this is an excellent site and I have posted on our world cup FB page to fellow travellers

    • maggie
      October 14, 2013 - 1:24 am | Permalink

      Hi, thanks for your comments, really kind to post me to FB, cheers…I owe you a beer!;)
      Re the air pass, I’ll make some enquiries for you, it seems terribly unfair if they’re not offering air passes and just cashing in, I’m sure it will spoil the World Cup for many, what a shame, this is an ideal opportunity to show the world the beauty of Brazil, sadly it’s not working out that way.ill try and get you some answered, thanks again. :)

    • maggie
      October 14, 2013 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi again, let me have the address for that FB page please I’d like to take a look. I’m posting something shortly, if the Internet gods allow, in regards to the airpass, thanks for giving me the hands up, cheers.

  • Sherwood Forester
    October 16, 2013 - 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Aaaaaaaihhh Air passes are not available during World Cup .

    • maggie
      October 16, 2013 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I recently found out that they weren’t selling air passes for the World Cup period, I’m utterly disgusted with the corporate greed, but its typical these days. I have emailed their press office, re tickets purchased for a longer period than the World Cup. For example back packers come generally for 3 months minimum so if they brought a ticket that started in May through to August would they be valid for travel in the World Cup period or would they also not be allowed to fly, I suspect that its going to upset more than just World Cup visitors. Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Susan A Morris
    November 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Whoa. I just looked into car rental during the Cup. Approx. $800 per week. Can you tell me about travel between venues?

    • maggie
      November 17, 2013 - 1:15 am | Permalink

      Hi, thanks for the comment, scary prices are being quoted all over at the moment, sorry about that as it’s going to leave lot of upset people. :(
      I personally have a coach company lined up to transport my camp site visitors to the Maracana and near stadiums, but anything over 400 km needs to be by air, I’d have thought. The airlines have generously stopped the cheap air passes for the World Cup period, nice!
      What’s being organised by local companies has yet to be announced, I will be posting about it, if you follow expatbrazil you’ll get the details straight into your inbox. Feel free to ask if you need any help at all and don’t forget you’ll be very welcome at campinbrazil at only £10/$15.00 a night. :)

      • Susan A Morris
        November 17, 2013 - 1:24 am | Permalink

        We want to stay there! Can you send me the information via email or shall I wait until your website is up and running?

        Your blog has been the most informative of anything I’ve come across. Thank you for all the information.

        • maggie
          November 17, 2013 - 2:20 am | Permalink

          Thanks Susan most kind, and we’d love to have you stay. I’ve recently added all the information I have available on the front page of campinbrazil take a quick look. I’ll be added more in December after the draws. I’ll also email you when I have more details, thanks. :)

  • Andy Rayiru
    November 21, 2013 - 4:02 am | Permalink

    Hi there, I’m finding your site really interesting and informative, I’m an ex pat living in South Africa and was lucky enough to get 3 games for the upcoming world cup, 2 in Sao and 1 in Rio, there’s 4 of us and our excitment of obtaining the tickets (we’ve already bought our flights)was short lived when we started looking at acommodation prices,our R (rand) is really weak and I was horrified at what some of the hotels want to charge, even the hostels are jumping on the band wagon, one hostel in Rio went from $37 dollars to $187 per person and thats sharing a dorm with strangers, anyway my question to you is do you know of any acredited b&b’s that will be reasonably priced (we realise they have to make hay while the sun shines so to speak)but 400-600% price hikes is just ridiculous, thanks again for taking the time to assist your fellow ex-pats.

  • Dean
    January 25, 2014 - 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Maggie,

    Can I just say first of all that this blog has been extremely useful and you have been so helpful to everyone who has posted. I am currently living in Chile and plan to make the trip across to Brazil for the WC. Trying to keep costs down while trying to see different venues seems extremely difficult, so it was a great relief to come across the accommodation that you are offering. Plus with the transport you are organising to the different venues is fantastic. I am thinking that setting up base at your site could be the best option all round. Do you still have free space?

    I was also curious about the camper van option and if you have come across any good info. I looked at renting from Chile or Argentina but most seem dubious about taking it into Brazil.

    Look forward to your reply!



    • January 26, 2014 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your kind comments Dean. Yes we have vacancies just bob over to campinbrazil and I’m sure you can easily book a pitch. You can base yourself here and just pay for the nights you stay actually stay as we have a storage area if you need to leave items secure whilst you visit other venues. Very easy to get into Rio and the airports and so safe. Look forward to meeting you. :)

  • Ally
    May 13, 2014 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful website!

    In a nutshell, I’m from England and have about £3500 to spend on plane tickets, accommodation and food. I love South America – the people especially. I am also a football fanatic. Is the World Cup worth it? I have lived in hostels before and intend to do the same in Brazil.

    I want to stay for exactly 6 weeks.

    Will I have enough money to survive? And more importantly, in your opinion, is it worth going to Brazil during this period?

    (Are prices for food also going to be inflated!?)

    Thank you in advance for your help and advice!

    • May 14, 2014 - 10:40 pm | Permalink

      What a nice comment, thank you Ally, hope we can help.
      It will all depend on what your expectations are…So I’ve done a post about it. called World Cup Prices. Which answers your questions, to a degree and I hope its helps you. I can offer a safe haven in Brazil if need be and please anyone coming to or already in Brazil, if you need help please ask…after seven years here I know a bit about the life here and I know a few useful people, if I can I will help you. have a great World Cup. :)

  • Amrita
    May 25, 2014 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I have rented out an apartment in Rio for the world cup, so far it’s me and my sister (from Australia) but apparently the apartment sleeps 4. We’re pretty small so if anyone is interested email me at amritavarma09@gmail.com. Might be a bit of a squash but it looks like a good location in Flamengo, half way between Maracana and the beaches. We paid AUD 4000 so I’d be looking for $1000 each but am willing to negotiate.

    • May 25, 2014 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Good Luck with renting those other beds out…have a great world cup. :)

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