I received a comment today on my post World Cup Rip off from a reader wishing to visit Brazil for the World Cup…
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!”
What a nice comment, thank you very much Ally, let’s see if we can help you and hopefully others…
So the question is….. can you right now plan a visit to the World Cup for six weeks on a budget of £3500.00?
Can it be done, Yes is the answer but it will all depend on what your expectations are…
Camping at our site would be £10 per night per person, so £420.00 for 6 weeks, bringing your own tent. A few have booked 30+ nights with us intending to use us as a base. We are ideal for getting into Rio in a hurry and the Maracana is our side of Rio.
There are some campsites the other side of Rio but their distance away from everything is disceptive…the reality is we are closer. Check out our article which shows Rio campsites and their distance by bus to the beaches of Rio and more importantly the Maracana, which according to Google maps is over 3 hours by bus. Roads experience daily gridlock all over Rio, I dread to think what chaos the World Cup will bring…my advice stick to public buses as they have their own dedicated lanes so don’t get as gridlocked.
A Hostel will be from £20 per night as prices have dropped but match day prices in match cities stay inflated at this time…the days between matches are more reasonable. so if you managed to book all at £20 per night that’s £840.00 for 6 weeks.
A Pousada, Brazil’s B and B’s would set you back at least £25.00 a night and the prices are again effected by match days…that’s £1260.00 for six weeks.
If you wanted a decent hotel expect to pay at least £100.00 a night so that’s blown the budget…Brazil is cheap for some things but not hotels at anytime, never mind when a World Cup is taking place… keep checking some prices are dropping.
Food can be cheap in Brazil. My personal favourite food is street food…you can get huge hot steak sandwiches for R$15,00 (4.00) various noodle dishes, strange little dishes that taste great. For example for R$7,00 (£1.80) would get you a mega burger with everything on, burger, bacon, sausage, egg, potato, salad etc. Cheap, cheerful and available everywhere.
In kilo restaurants you pay by the Kilo, basically you help yourself from a buffet of hot and cold dishes, similar to the old carvery service in the UK then you get your plate weighed and pay for what you have selected…bear in mind they use heavy plates to start with but this is still a cheap option expect to pay between R$10- R$20 (£2.80 – £6) a kilo depending on the restaurant.
Churrasco Restaurants, in Brazil churrasco is the term for a barbecue. It uses a variety of meats, pork, sausage and chicken which maybe cooked on a purpose-built “churrasqueira”, a barbecue grill, often with supports for spits or skewers. They bring different spits and slice off big cuts of meat at the table, it’s an all you can eat deal at a set price…you keep eating they keep coming. You get side dishes and vegetables from a salad bar at the side. Expect to pay anyway from R$25,00 – R$100,00 (£8 – £28) per person depending on restaurant. It’s a fabulous option if you’re really hungry and I’ve never had a bad churrasco even in the cheap places.
Getting around Brazil is easy and good buses are plentiful, check out Brazil by Bus for all the bus details and how to get tickets…some buses even have fold down seats that make into beds which makes travelling at night pleasant. They have A/C, hostess service for food and drinks, toilets…most are new buses, bear in mind buses generally run on time and drivers do drive fast.
The metro is a very clean and safe way to travel around Rio, if you have a smart phone the Googlemaps app takes all the strain out of route planning. This is the way I travel when in the city centre. You can buy a ticket, load it with x amount of Reals then use it till it the loaded amount of cash runs out, more than one person my use the ticket and the ticket machines allow you to select various languages.
Various Facebook groups to help organise meet-ups and car sharing…a quick Facebook search will bring up options of groups to join that may also help when visiting other Brazilian cities.
The last part of the question
“And more importantly, in your opinion, is it worth going to Brazil during this period?”
I just don’t know the answer to that question…could there be anyway better in the world to watch a World Cup match than the famous Maracana, is that not the holy grail to soccer fans.Brazilians always say to me the saying
“English may have invented football but Brazilian perfected football”
who can argue with that, these people live and breathe football. If I was a huge football fan I’d want to be here but I’d stay a bit out of the chaos of the main cities, at least at the beginning, to familiar myself with the country. Rio I think won’t have many problems as they are very experienced in having huge events…two million people hit the beaches of Copacabana at New Year all dressed in white for the goddess of the Sea ceremony and never trouble, so I think they’ll manage…will the other cities cope as well, who knows…but I sincerely hope so.
Check out World cup camping Rio, Brazil by Bus, Brazil by Train, World Cup accommodation, World Cup Rip Off updated, World Cup Travel, World Cup Rental, B&B for the World Cup, and Campinbrazil.
Anyone needing help now or whilst they’re in Brazil, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org