Liverpool fans desperate to get to the Champions League final have been warned to expect to pay thousands of pounds for their ticket, transport and accommodation.
Liverpool has already booked their place in the final following a sensational performance from Luis Diaz, but it remains to be seen whether Manchester City or Real Madrid claim the final spot. The Champions League final is set to take place on Saturday, May 28 at 8pm in Paris.
Fans will already be looking to book to attend Liverpool’s third Champions League final in just five years. Here, the ECHO has broken down the key costs those hoping to travel will face.
Liverpool supporters are in luck as more flights have been announced ahead of the club’s major clash in France.
To meet the extra demand 20 more flights will be jetting off from the city’s John Lennon Airport to Paris before the game. But the mad frenzy for transport to the French capital has caused prices to soar.
Ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair is charging fans £297 for a one-way ticket to the French capital – 18 times the amount of the same journey three days later. Prices are even higher at Manchester Airport, with EasyJet charging customers £438 for a morning flight while AirFrance has hiked prices to an eye-watering £684.
Meanwhile if customers want to use the French airline from Birmingham Airport they will have to cough up £966 for a morning flight.
The Eurostar is all but sold out with only Business Premier Class spots available. If Liverpool fans decided to fork out £245 for the trip then they would get there just ten minutes before kick-off.
A ferry from Dover to Calais or Dunkirk is substantially cheaper. An economy ticket for a bright and early start at 4.00am is £80 but a trip three hours later at 7.10am costs £150.
The price of an Airbnb is much more affordable than the journey to Paris. Rooms outside the city centre can be found for almost £20 per night. However a one night stay in a hotel costs thousands of pounds.
Fans can enjoy a private room with a balcony in Ile-de-France for £23. The downside is it’s further out than most of the hotels in the city centre.
A train journey from La Mogotte – the closest train station – to the ground would take supporters an hour. And on top of that it would take at least five hours to walk back if you missed the last train, more than double the length of a flight from Liverpool to Paris.
A more expensive option would be staying at a lucrative apartment in La Varenne St Hilaire. A one night stay in the quaint French neighbourhood costs £247 and it comes with ’18 amenities’ including kitchen space, a locker and air conditioning.
One downside to this luxury flat is it’s an hour away from the Stade de France.
According to Booking.com, hotel prices range from £482 to £3,338 for a one night stay in a two-person room. A midrange hotel fans could choose is Hotel Au Coeur Des Arts et Metiers which sits in the beating heart of Paris.
It will set supporters back by £1,931 for the evening and is a 35 minute train journey from the stadium. And if fans wanted to walk back after the game it would take the length of a football match to get back to the hotel.
A more expensive option is Hotel de L’Empereur which costs £2,538 for a room. It’s further out than Hotel Au Coeur Des Arts et Metiers but it’s still a well connected hotel. A trip to the national stadium would take 43 minutes with trains running every 3 minutes.
Ticket sales for the general public ballot started exclusively via UEFA.com on April 20 and ran through until April 28, meaning the entry date has now closed. Those who entered will be informed by email on or before Friday, May 6 as to whether they have been successful or not.
Tickets for supporters of the two teams who make it to the final will be distributed by the clubs themselves at a later date, following the completion of the semi-finals this week, on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4.
Match entry was broken down into four categories, with the cheapest seats starting at €70 (£58).
Category 1 – €690
Category 2 – €490
Category 3 – €180
Category 4 – €70
Fans interested in splashing out on a “premium dining experience” would have to fork out €5,000 (£4,206). This package includes a box behind the goal, a seat in front of your suite, a private bar, a commemorative gift and free Wifi.
The match will be played Stade de France, Europe’s seventh-largest stadium. Although the ground can hold more than 75,000 supporters Liverpool have been allocated just 25,000 seats.
The winners of tonight’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City or Real Madrid will face Jurgen Klopp’s side on May, 28.