Travel in Comfort: Top Accommodation Tips for Sports Fans

Finding the right accommodation is one of the most important aspects of traveling to a sports event. Our guides are designed to help you find the perfect place to stay, whether you want to be close to a specific sporting venue or would prefer a central location that makes it easy to explore all the new sights of a new city.

Wherever you’re traveling for sports, our detailed accommodation guides will help you find the perfect place to put your feet up after a long day of cheering on your team.

1. Make a List of What You Need

Most cities have so many accommodation options that it’s overwhelming if you just start browsing mindlessly. Instead, start by thinking about what’s most important to you for this specific trip:

  • Do you want to be close to a specific sports venue, public transport, or the airport?
  • Would you prefer to be in a fun neighborhood, a quieter part of town, or the inner city?
  • Will you have time for sightseeing, and would a central location make that easier while attending the sports event?
  • How long are you staying, and what amenities will you need?
  • What’s your accommodation budget for this sports event travel experience?

Once you’ve got some answers, you can narrow your search down to a specific area. You can also set search filters for cost and amenities, ensuring you’re not spending hours and hours browsing options that won’t meet your needs.

2. Navigating through Accommodation Websites

Websites like Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Expedia can help you compare different accommodation options across a city or region. Compare prices, amenities, locations, and more to help you find the best accommodation when you’re traveling for sports.

Sometimes, booking through the hotel’s official website gives you a better rate, but these websites are still a valuable place to compare options, read reviews, and start your accommodation search.

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3. Using Google Maps for Travel Accommodation

Google Maps has quickly become my best friend when it comes to booking accommodation. One of the first things I do is try to get my bearings around the city itself.

  • Where do most of the bars/restaurants/cafes seem to be clustered?
  • Which areas look more fun for tourists vs set up for offices and city workers?
  • Where are the airport, the actual sporting venues, and the main transit lines?

Google Maps doesn’t just help with understanding a city’s layout, it’s also a great place to check reviews for different accommodation options. Businesses have less control over reviews posted to Google, so it’s often a good place to find unbiased, genuine reviews from real people.

4. Vacation Rentals vs Hotels: Which Type of Accommodation is Better?

One of the biggest decisions you have to make is whether a hotel or a vacation rental is better suited for your needs. Before settling for a hotel, make sure you check out rental sites like Airbnb or Vrbo to see what’s available and get an idea of the prices.

I’ve generally found that for 1-2 people, a single hotel room is still the most affordable option and usually has everything you’ll need for a few days. For longer trips or more people, it’s often cheaper to get an apartment and may give you more amenities that are helpful for longer stays.

Make sure you understand the rules about vacation rentals in the area you’re traveling to (some cities have imposed strict rules about the number of nights a property can be rented) and never pay for or organize accommodation outside of an official booking platform like Airbnb or Vrbo.

5. Plan Ahead and Book Early

Especially when it comes to large sporting events like Euro 2024 or Copa America 2024, accommodation will start to fill up quickly. It’s best to book your digs as early as you can, so that you don’t miss out or have to settle for something that wouldn’t have been your first choice.

Booking early also usually saves you money, as prices climb higher and higher as the event gets closer. By getting your act together and locking in your room, you’ll save money and have one less thing to think about in the lead-up to your trip. For sure, many people will want to stay in Berlin so check the Berlin accommodation options as soon as possible.

6. Read Reviews

All hotels will tell you they’re clean, spacious, and conveniently located, but that isn’t always the case. Reviews from Google or third-party booking websites can give you a much more honest account!

Look for detailed reviews that mention the safety of the area, the amenities and rooms themselves, and how convenient the location actually was. This will give you a much better idea of what to expect before you arrive.

7. Look for Travel Packages

If you’re flying to your event, or organizing a trip with multiple stops, you may be able to find a travel package that includes accommodation, flights, and sometimes deals on museums, restaurants, and more.

Travel packages can sometimes save you money, and can also make the booking and planning phase easier with one simple transaction. Just make sure the price isn’t significantly higher than booking the components individually, and be clear about what is and isn’t included.

8. Visit Forums for Local Tips

If you’re lucky, you have a friend or relative who’s familiar with your destination and can give you advice on where you should or shouldn’t stay. If you don’t, forums like Reddit are a great place to find local insider tips and information. Check before you book!

9. Double-Check Your Dates

It may sound obvious, but double-checking your dates is important. Trust me – I once drove four hours to get to a beautiful campsite in the middle of nowhere, only to find that I’d mistakenly reserved it for the following weekend. Awkward.

If you’re staying in multiple places, or dealing with different timezones, make sure you double-check your check-in and check-out dates, your flights, and the dates and times of the games.

10. Prioritize Your Safety

Even in the safest cities with a group of friends around you, it’s still important to keep your safety in mind. Try to find accommodation in well-lit, busier parts of the city with a good reputation. Keep this in mind if you’re looking for accommodation close to stadiums or sports venues, as they are often in more industrial areas.

11. Consider Budget-Friendly Amenities

If you’re traveling on a budget, there are a few amenities to look for in your travel accommodation that can really help you out. Two things I love are a mini-fridge in my room and a hotel that offers breakfast, even if it’s just coffee and toast.

A mini-fridge is great because you can store leftovers, or hit up the grocery store for some cheap breakfast options and snacks to keep in your fridge. Eating out is one of the most expensive parts of traveling, so a fridge or a free breakfast can really be a savior.

Our Accommodation Guides for Special Sports Events

As well as these general travel accommodation tips, we’ve curated a selection of travel accommodation guides for Euro 2024 and Copa America 2024. Whether you’re traveling to Cologne, Berlin, or bouncing around United States to see as much of the action as possible, these guides are packed with recommendations to help you find safe, convenient accommodation that suits your budget. Please check our UEFA Euro 2024 and Copa America accommodation page for details.

Stay Safe, Travel in Comfort, and Have Fun!

In my opinion, traveling for sports is one of the most fun things you can do. You can explore different parts of the world, get a taste of diverse cultures, and enjoy something that brings us all together, regardless of nationalities or background – cheering for our teams!

Use our tips and travel accommodation guides to find accommodation that’s safe, affordable, and perfect for you and your mates. And most importantly, have fun!