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Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town, FA Cup 5th Round, Saturday 16th February 2008

Posted in  Football by David on the January 30th, 2008

chelsea.jpg     huddersfield-town.jpg

On Saturday 16th February 2008 Huddersfield Town travel to Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th round, in a match that promises to be a true David v Goliath clash. Huddersfield Town FC will want to make the most of this opportunity in what promises to be their own cup final, can Huddersfield do the unthinkable and shock the likes of England captain John Terry and new signing Nicolas Anelka, one things for sure you won’t want to miss it.

CHEAP TRAVEL TO THE GAME

To help Huddersfeld fans (and out of town Chelsea fans) make the most of this big occassion, we have researched the best ways to see the game and enjoy a weekend in London. We have looked into travel options by train, coash, bus and car, hotels near Chelsea’s stadium (Stamford Bridge) and hotels in central London. We based our research on Huddersfield Town fans spending a weekend in London from Friday through to Sunday – this gives fans time to get to The Big Smoke and have a night out in London after the game before heading home to Yorkshire. Our research is summarised at the end of this post where we break down each option by price.

Cheap Chelsea Hotels

For those that like to save money and avoid paying over the odds, we have researched hotels near Chelsea for the game. Here are the cheapest 3, 4 and 5 star hotels available:

  • 3 star Barkston Garden Hotel costs from £26 per person per night
  • 4 star Kyriad Princes Square Hotel costs from £32.50 per person per night
  • 5 star Lord Milner Hotel costs from from £67.50 per person per night 

MATCHhotels.com lists lots more hotels near Chelsea. From budget 1 star hostels and economy hotels through to 4 and 5 star luxury hotels, MATCHhotels.com compares prices to find cheap accommodation.

Cheap Trains to London
  • The fastest route to London is Hudersfield-Wakefield-London in a super quick time of 3 hours.
  • A special offer on yorkshirepost.co.uk allows you to book trains from either Leeds or Wakefield to London at a discount rate of £8, you can do this by collecting 4 tokens (printed daily until February 2nd 2008) and follow the instructions on the yorkshirepost website to book.
  • The cheapest normal train journey we found from Huddersfield to London was £41.35. This was departing Friday morning and returning Sunday night.
 Cheap Coach to London
  • From Leeds, the coach takes 4.5 hours and from Huddersfield, 5.5 hours. 
  • National Express coach from Huddersfield to London is £25 per person (leaving Friday returning Sunday). If you wish to travel from Leeds to London you can get a funfare ticket where prices start from £15 return.
  • Megabus from Wakefield to London starts form £13.50 per person (leaving Friday returning Sunday. If you wish to travel from Leeds to London then Megabus is only £9 per person.
Travel by Car
  • A car journey could take anything from 4 to 6 hours. Based on three people sharing the petrol cost would total about £60 (£20 each). However, beware expensive car parking and the congestion charge which is £8 per day (only applicable for Friday).
Match Tickets
  • Huddersfield Town have been given an allocation of 6,126 tickets at a cost of £25 for adults and £12 for Concessions.
Hotel + car: £72 per person (4-6 hours)
Hotel + train: £87.35 per person (3 hours)
Hotel + bus: £65.50 per person (5-6 hours)

(Prices based on travel and two nights accommodation 15th – 17th February 2008)

HOW TO BOOK

Our guide above should help you find cheap travel deals for Chelsea v Huddersfield Town.

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Inter Milan vs Liverpool, UEFA Champions League, Tuesday 11th March 2008

Posted in  Football by David on the January 22nd, 2008

inter_milan.jpg     Liverpool logo

 

On Tuesday 11th March 2008, Inter Milan face Liverpool at the San Siro Stadium in the 2nd Round of the UEFA Champions League. 2005 and 5 times winners Liverpool face off against current Italian Champions Inter Milan. Liverpool will be hoping to go one better than their defeat in the final last season and to do so need to win this game progress to the Champions League quarter finals. However, Inter Milan are the current Italian Champions and will be desparate to add a third Champions League title to an already great history of their own.

CHEAP TRAVEL TO THE GAME

There are two ways to travel to football games – the cheap way that suits most fans and the expensive corporate way.

Cheap Milan Hotels

For those that like to save money and avoid paying over the odds, we have researched hotels in Milan for the game. Here are the cheapest 3, 4 and 5 star hotels available:

  • 3 star Hotel Ritter costs from £28 per person per night
  • 4 star Hotel ADI Hotel Poliziano Fiera costs from £51 per person per night
  • 5 star Melia Milano costs from £100 per person per night

MATCHhotels.com lists lots more hotels near Inter Milan. From budget 1 star hostels and economy hotels through to 4 and 5 star luxury hotels, MATCHhotels.com compares prices to find cheap accommodation.

Cheap Flights to Milan

Milan is served by three international airports: Malpensa International Airport, Linate Airport and Orio al Serio Airport.

  • Malpensa International Airport is the main airport. The Malpensa Shuttle is a bus service from the airport to Milan Central Station (centre of Milan), this cost from €6 one way. Alternatively, take a train from Terminal 1 – these depart every 30 minutes and take about 40 minutes to get to central Milan. Taxi’s are not recommended from this station as they usually cost around €70 euros.
  • Milan’sLinate Airport is the closest airport to Milan. Fly to Linate and the city centre can be reached easily by all forms of transport.
  • Orio al Serio Airport is not recommended as it is pretty far from the centre of Milan and is the smallest of its three airports.

Compare flights at diytravel.co.uk to find the cheapest deals. diytravel compares over 600 different airlines in one search. We found a £35 return to Milan from London from 10th – 12th March!

Match Tickets

Liverpool have received an allocation of 4,200 tickets for their supporters who wish to travel to the match. These cost £24 each and can be purchased via the Liverpool website by supporters who meet the clubs relevent criteria.

MATCHhotels hotel + flight: £202 per person (2 nights accommdation, 10-12 March, flying from Briminham Intl). (price as of 11/2/08)

EXPENSIVE TRAVEL TO THE GAME

Lots of sports travel companies are happy to charge you the earth for this game. Thomas Cook sport charge a whopping £339 per person for one nights accommodation and a flight (10th – 11th March). This massive price is actually based on two people sharing, if you are travelling alone a single room will cost you even more!

Liverpool/Thomas Cook hotel + flight: £339 per person (1 nights accommodation, 10-11 March). (price as of 11/2/08)

(Prices based on four star hotels in Milan)

HOW TO BOOK

Book cheap sports travel by finding your own hotel and flight. Our guide above should help you find the best travel deals for Inter Milan vs Liverpool. By booking your own hotel and flight you will avoid travel agent commissions and have more money to spend whilst in Milan.

Please tell your friends about the service we are providing and the cost savings. Add a comment to our blog to let us know what deal you found and how much you saved.

Barcelona vs Celtic, UEFA Champions League, Tuesday 4th March 2008

Posted in  Football by David on the January 16th, 2008

Barcelona Logo      Celtic Logo 

On Tuesday 4th March 2008, Barcelona face Celtic at the Nou Camp in the 2nd Round of the UEFA Champions League. Scottish champions Celtic face the unenviable task of taking on Spanish giants Barcelona, Celtic will not be daunted by the task though as they have already beaten last years winners AC Milan at Parkhead in the group stages this season. If Celtic are to have any chance of going through they will have to stop Barcelona’s Thierry Henry, Samuel Etoo, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho from scoring the goals that would knock them out. There is no doubt that Celtic are underdogs for the tie but they will give everything to try and make the quarter finals and keep their European dream alive.

Cheap Travel To The Game

There are two ways to travel to Spanish football games – most football fans like cheap travel; whilst some fans, usually corporate customers, choose expensive travel.

Cheap Barcelona Hotels

For those that like to save money and avoid paying over the odds, we have researched hotels in Barcelona for the game. Here are the cheapest 3, 4 and 5 star hotels available:

  • 3 star Aparthotel Atenea Calabria from £34 per person per night.
  • 4 star Abba Sants from £37.50 per person per night.
  • 5 star Princesca Sofia Gran Hotel from £55 per person per night.

MATCHhotels.com lists lots of Barcelona hotels. From budget 1 star hostels and economy hotels through to 4 and 5 star luxury hotels, MATCHhotels.com compares prices to find cheap accommodation.

Cheap Flights to Barcelona

Barcelona is served by two airports: Barcelona International Airport and Girona

  • Barcelona International Airport is Barcelona’s main airport and is only about 10kms away from the centre of Barcelona. It is much closer to the centre of Barcelona than Girona and it is advised to fly to Barcelona International Airport if possible. Transport to the centre of Barcelona can be made on the Renfe commuter train which travels from the airport to Sants train station and connects with the Barcelona metro system. The TMB public bus on line 46 runs every 25 minutes to the centre and taxis are also available at a higher cost.
  • Barcelona is also served by Girona Airport which is about an hour bus ride from Barcelona city centre. No train service is available direct from the airport, but there is one from nearby Girona Town. When booking your flights many low cost airlines use Girona under the name of Barcelona, so remember to check what airport you are flying to – even though Girona is usually cheaper than Barcelona airport, the cost of the bus transfer can end up making Girona more expensive!

Compare flights at diytravel.co.uk to find the cheapest deals. diytravel compares over 600 different airlines in one search. We found a £178 return to Barcelona from Glasgow from 3rd – 5th March. This was cheapest flight available from Glasgow and Edinburgh when we checked, so book early to avoid further price rises!

Match Tickets

Celtic have an allocation of 4,500 tickets for their supporters who wish to travel to the match. These should cost around £30 each (prices not yet announced) and can be purchased via the Celtic webiste by supporters who meet the clubs relevent criteria.

Cheapest estimated Price: £242

Expensive Travel To The Game

Lots of sports travel companies are happy to charge you the earth for this game. Thomas Cook sport charge a whopping £429 per person for two nights accommodation and a flight (3rd – 5th March). This massive price is actually based on two people sharing, if you are travelling alone a single room will cost you even more!

Celtic and Thomas Cook Price: £459

How To Book

Book cheap sports travel by finding your own hotel and flight. Our guide above should help you find the best travel deals for Barcelona vs Celtic. By booking your own hotel and flight you will avoid travel agent commissions and have more money to spend whilst in Barcelona.

Please tell your friends about the service we are providing and the cost savings. Add a comment to our blog to let us know what deal you found and how much you saved.

AC Milan vs Arsenal, UEFA Champions League, Tuesday 4th March 2008

Posted in  Football by David on the January 4th, 2008

 

AC Milan logo Arsenal logo

On Tuesday 4th March 2008, AC Milan face Arsenal at the San Siro Stadium in the 2nd Round of the UEFA Champions League. This classic matchup is sure to be the tie of the round as 2006 finalists Arsenal face off against seven time and current holders AC Milan. If Arsenal are to continue their quest for a first Champions League trophy then they will have to be on their very best form if they are to stand a chance of making it through to the quarter finals. With a host of stars on show, including Arsenal’s Cesc Farbregas, Emmanuel Adebayor and Tomas Rosicky competing against the likes of AC Milan’s legendary captain Paolo Maldini and FIFA World Player of the Year Kaka, this is a tie that should not be missed.

Cheap Travel To The Game

There are two ways to travel to football games – the cheap way that suits most fans and the expensive corporate way.

Cheap Milan Hotels

For those that like to save money and avoid paying over the odds, we have researched hotels in Milan for the game. Here are the cheapest 3, 4 and 5 star hotels available:

  • 3 star Hotel Corallo costs from £25 per person per night
  • 4 star ADI Hotel Poliziano Fiera costs from £28 per person per night
  • 5 star Melia Milano costs from £47 per person per night

MATCHhotels.com lists lots of AC Milan hotels. From budget 1 star hostels and economy hotels through to 4 and 5 star luxury hotels, MATCHhotels.com compares prices to find cheap accommodation.

Cheap Flights to Milan

Milan is served by three international airports: Malpensa International Airport, Linate Airport and Orio al Serio Airport.

  • Malpensa International Airport is the main airport. The Malpensa Shuttle is a bus service from the airport to Milan Central Station (centre of Milan), this cost from €6 one way. Alternatively, take a train from Terminal 1 – these depart every 30 minutes and take about 40 minutes to get to central Milan. Taxi’s are not recommended from this station as they usually cost around €70 euros.
  • Milan’s Linate Airport is the closest airport to Milan. Fly to Linate and the city centre can be reached easily by all forms of transport.
  • Orio al Serio Airport is not recommended as it is pretty far from the centre of Milan and is the smallest of its three airports.

Compare flights at diytravel.co.uk to find the cheapest deals. diytravel compares over 600 different airlines in one search. We found a £30 return to Milan from London from 3rd – 5th March!

Match Tickets

Arsenal have an allocation of 4,500 tickets for their supporters who wish to travel to the match. These cost £31 each and can be purchased via the Arsenal webiste by supporters who meet the clubs relevent criteria.

MATCHhotels hotel + flight: £80 per person!

Expensive Travel To The Game

Lots of sports travel companies are happy to charge you the earth for this game. Arsenal Football Club charge a whopping £315 per person for two nights accommodation and a flight (3rd – 5th March). This massive price is actually based on two people sharing, if you are travelling alone a single room will cost you even more!

Thomas Cook hotel + flight: £315 per person!

How To Book

Book cheap sports travel by finding your own hotel and flight. Our guide above should help you find the best travel deals for AC Milan vs Arsenal. By booking your own hotel and flight you will avoid travel agent commissions and have more money to spend whilst in Milan.

Please tell your friends about the service we are providing and the cost savings. Add a comment to our blog to let us know what deal you found and how much you saved.