The European Championship in Germany next summer will be an exciting affair. Now that we know 21 of the 24 teams who will be appearing in this edition of the international football tournament, and after the first wave of ticket sales have taken place, you can now begin to plan your trip to Germany in 2024. The Euros, just like the World Cup, is a feast of football. You’ll get together with friends, collect the Panini stickers of your favourite players, and maybe even enjoy a Euros 2024 football predictor game.
When is the Euros?
The European Championships begin on Friday the 14th of June 2024 with the opening game between Germany and Scotland being played in Munich. The group stage ends on Wednesday the 26th of June, with the knockout rounds beginning on the 29th of June. The final takes place on Sunday the 14th of July at Berlin’s iconic Olympic Stadium.
Which cities and stadiums are hosting the Euros?
There are 10 host cities in Germany 2024, and you can fly direct to these host cities from most major airports in the UK. The average flight time is 2 hours or under, making this one of the easiest international tournaments to travel to as a UK football supporter. The host cities and stadiums are as followed:
Key games: Final
Cologne Stadium (RheinEnergieSTADION)
Key games: Last-16 match 3
BVB Stadion Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park)
Key games: Semi-final 2
Dusseldorf Arena (MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA)
Key games: Quarter-final 4
Frankfurt Arena (Deutsche Bank Park)
Key games: Last-16 match 5
Arena AufSchalke (Veltins-Arena)
Key games: Last-16 match 4
Key games: Quarter final 2
Leipzig Stadium (Red Bull Arena)
Key games: Last-16 match 8
Munich Football Arena (Allianz Arena)
Key games: Tournament opener, Semi-final 1
Stuttgart Arena (MHPArena)
Key games: Quarter final 1
How to buy tickets for Euro 2024
As expected, there is plenty of interest in buying tickets for the European Championships next summer. The first wave of tickets went on sale in October of this year, where the general public could apply for as many games as possible up to four tickets per person, with a ballot determining the outcome. During this stage, successful applicants could purchase tickets for the games they had been awarded within a certain time frame. Alongside this, from the beginning of December there is a dedicated sales phase for the fans of each qualified nations. This will be followed up after the playoffs in March for the remaining three nations that qualify through that process.
There are a few different packages for buying tickets for the tournament. This includes:
- Venue series package, which grants fans access to all matches that are played at particular stadiums throughout the tournament. The prices will vary depending on the venue and the stage of the competition.
- The final series is a package which grants fans access to one or both semi-finals and the final depending on which category you purchase.
- Selected single matches allows you to choose any single match at the tournament excluding the opening fixture the final and all of Germany’s fixtures.
- Finally, the follow my team series is a package that allows fans to attend either 1/2 or all three of their nations group stage fixtures, and then allows you to choose how many group stage fixtures you will have a ticket for going all the way up to the final. This does mean that you pay for all games up front, and you will be refunded for any games that your nation does not play in. So, for example, if you buy follow my team tickets all the way to the final but your nation is knocked out in the quarter-final, you will be refunded the price you have paid for the semi-final and final tickets.
Tips for booking travel to Euro 2024
If you are ready to book your travel to Euro 2024, it is best to be as early as possible as there are thousands of fans heading to Germany from all over the continent. Whether you have tickets to a game, you’re following your nation at the tournament, or you just want to go to Germany to soak up the festival of football and the great atmosphere that will be at every host city, there are some simple tips and advice to help you find the holiday of a lifetime in 2024.
Use comparison sites
For both travel in and out of Germany and booking hotels and accommodation, it is best to use comparison sites such as Skyscanner for flights, Trainline for trains, and booking.com for accommodation. This way you get to see all available options at different price points, helping you to plan accordingly.
Extend your trip either side
For both accommodation and travel, prices will be more expensive on matchdays and the day before. Think about extending your trip either side, as this will lower your costs and also give you a mini break in each city you decide to stay in.
Consider non host cities
Take a look at towns and cities within reasonable travel distance to host cities where you are attending matches, alongside airports and train stations a little further out. This adds to the experience of travelling around Germany and seeing everything it has to offer, or also lowering your costs when attending a match.
Set up alerts
For both airlines, trains, and accommodation you can set up alerts that brings to your attention new deals, discounts, and promotions that could significantly reduce the cost of your trip if you are lucky. This will mean that you are the first to know when prices drop, allowing you to jump in and book before prices go back up.
When it comes to accommodation, look for hotels, hostels, and other types of accommodation where you have a free cancellation policy or part cancellation policy. This means that you can plan ahead and book accommodation in cities that your team may end up playing in. If they don’t reach that far you can cancel for free and have lost no money. You cannot do this with travel of course, but for the adventurous football fans next summer, you can consider a one way ticket, staying for the summer and travelling around at your leisure.
Now that you can see how easy and fun it will be to travel to Germany for the euros next summer, you can begin to plan and arrange your travel. If you are watching the big games on the TV at home instead of travelling to Germany, why not find a football predictor game that you can set up and enjoy with your friends. This is a great way to have something hanging on every single game, to keep your friends WhatsApp group chat entertaining, and to give you the chance to support a team in every single match next summer.