With just a week to go until it all kicks off, last-minute packages and flights are still available for Ireland’s Euro 2012 journey.
Match tickets are also expected to flood back onto the market, but are likely to be going for inflated prices of upwards of €120.
The FAI has already said the biggest demand for tickets is for Ireland’s first game against Croatia in Poznan on Jun 10. Ireland play two of their games in the city, the second of which is against Italy on Jun 18. Ireland’s game against Spain is in Gdansk, some 300km away.
Flights are still available to Poznan, Gdansk, and even Warsaw if you’re willing to travel a few hours to get to the main Irish locations.
Ryanair flights to Poznan for the first and last Irish games ranged from €184 to €427 yesterday, depending on how flexible people are on dates and times. For Gdansk, the prices were in and around the same price.
Aer Lingus flights to Warsaw ranged from €254 to €490, but fans would have a five-hour drive to Gdansk and four hours to Poznan.
Neil Horgan of Abbey Travel said demand for packages since the draw was announced had been “colossal”. “It’s just been mental, there really is no other word for it. It’s just been crazy since November. I think people thought there would be bargains at the end but that hasn’t been the case. We still have a limited number of places available but most people are just picking up their match tickets and waiting on their flight tickets. Then it’s just a matter of heading up to Dublin airport with your passport.”
Abbey Travel are sending 10 aircraft to Poland. Yesterday afternoon, there was just 16 seats available on any of these flights.
It had just four seats available on its two-match package (Ireland v Spain and Ireland v Italy), which is a six-night trip at a cost of €1,499 per person. The package includes a ticket to the Ireland v Spain game. Abbey Travel also has a limited number of three-match packages.
Accommodation may prove somewhat more troublesome, with some reports citing hotel prices skyrocketing by over 1,000%.
However, if fans are willing to slum it, both of the Carlsberg FanCamps in Gdansk and Poznan are expected to have room. It has also been rumoured that the ferry running between Finland and Gdansk will stay in port for a number of nights around the Spain game and may rent out four-person cabins for about €90.
Irish fans have been urged to trawl price comparison websites rather than book directly through hotels.
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