On April 18, the well-known offline international map app, MAPS.ME, in cooperation with both the Federal Agency for Tourism and the website, Russia Travel, officially opened walking routes in cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Apart from already existing routes, you’ll find information on the nearest office to get your Fan ID (if you still have no hint how to, this article can help), or in which stadium the next match will be held, and other football sites. Everything is available offline.
Each city route includes popular sightseeing places, museums, parks and dining options. Clicking on a location provides you with its full description and photos in different languages.
You can also build a route offline using public transportation, or call a taxi using the app.
Eugene Lisovskiy, head of the project, claimed that MAPS.ME is the first system to provide such complete and useful information via offline maps during an international football tournament.
The app’s developers claim at least seven languages will be launched before the World Cup starts: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portugal and Italian. For other regular maps (not the ones for World Cup) there are more languages.
“Every tourist should feel safe and comfortable not only during the World Cup, but at every given moment,” said Oleg Safonov, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism.
Toward that goal, in 2014 a special department was created in the Ministry of International Affairs – the Tourist Police. They speak foreign languages and can answer your questions.
Also, there will be volunteers for the 2018 World Cup.
The most popular Russian navigation system is Yandex.Maps [Яндекс.Карты]. There’re also 2GIS, OsmAnd Maps, and Google Maps. They all include offline maps and routes.
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