The Qatar World Cup, mind you, will be the most expensive ever for soccer fans. A trip will cost as much as $20,000 per person and there is no short-cut to this whopping amount as flight tickets alone could take up more than 40% of this amount.
Now, if you calculate hotel charges, transport and food, it appears the $20,000 could be an average and it could go higher and higher as the days to the opening of the World Cup tournament in Qatar approaches. That is if you are not an early bird.
In comparison, some experts say a trip to Russia during the 2018 World Cup came up to $4,000 for two weeks, per person. That is if you were to go solo to Qatar to watch the matches.
But this depends if you booked flights and hotel rooms earlier and bought the tickets to the stadiums in advance, for early birds do get a better deal. But the $4000 may just be an average since you have to spend more on food and other temptations that will increase your spending.
Yet, there are millions of people who are rushing to Qatar this month to watch a few matches and only a limited number of people will be able to stay for the entire competition, that is until December 18, when the final is played.
A Polish financial services firm, Conotoxia says not only are tickets for games in Qatar the priciest in World Cup history, but travel and accommodation prices are also sky-high. With COVID-19 restrictions still on the cards and not completely removed, the costs are also rising.