Will you be in France for Euro 2016?
By Simon Duncan on March 8, 2016
It’s soon going to be the next big thing in the international footballing calendar. The finals of Euro 2016 will take place from 10 June to 10 July and thousands of football fans will be making their way to France to see matches in person. Or if they haven’t got match tickets, just to soak up the atmosphere in any of the nine host cities.
This will be the third time that France has hosted the UEFA European Championship and Les Bleus are as of early March at 7/2 to win in international football betting odds. World champions Germany are at 3/1, England are 11/1 and defending European champions Spain at 5/1.
Still time to get there
If you’re a big football fan, and you’ve not yet organised travel to France for the big tournament, it’s not too late.
Paris will be the venue for many of the key games in the tournament. The opening ceremony and match will take place at the Stade de France and the grand final on 10 July will also take place there. As France’s capital city, Paris is already set up to deal with millions of visitors every year and, away from the football, has a treasure trove of attractions, art and architecture to make a perfect destination for any traveller.
Although many places will already be booked up, with the possibility of booking accommodation online through sites such as Airbnb, Wimdu and Flipkey, you’ll still have plenty of rental options right up until the last minute. But be prepared for some price hikes during the Euro 2016 period. If you’re struggling to find accommodation in Paris itself, you could always stay outside of the city and get the train in for any matches.
A hub for the whole tournament?
You might also want to travel to some of the other host cities such as Marseilles, Nice and Bordeaux. As the capital, Paris has superb transport links across the country, so it’s a good base to stay and travel from. There’s the option to go to other cities by plane or train. SNCF, the national French train company, will be putting on 900 extra Euro 2016 services for the tournament. These are scheduled so that fans can arrive in a host city from noon to three hours before match kick-off. There will also be night trains scheduled to enable fans to leave a host city after a match.
Organising a trip to coincide with Euro 2016 at this late stage will be complicated, but it’s certainly still do-able. And wouldn’t it be great to say you were there when your team won the UEFA European Championship?