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What Costs Can Traveling Fans Expect at the 2010 World Cup?

June 1, 2010 By: Staff

ECA International, a leader in the development and provision of solutions for the management and assignment of employees around the world, is sharing insight as to what price differences football/soccer fans from particular countries can expect when traveling for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Japanese supporters will see the biggest savings of around 60 percent, while for Australians cheering on the Socceroos goods and services will be approximately 40 percent cheaper. American visitors could make savings of around 30 percent.

Fans from England can save up to 27 percent and will be glad to learn that beers in a bar will be a third cheaper than at home— that's three beers for the price of two. Cigarettes can be bought for two-thirds of the price back home. With those savings likely to prompt the odd hangover the good news is that painkillers are half the price in South Africa than back in the UK.

If England do make it to the final in


, the price of a short taxi ride there is typically 60 percent lower than a


black cab. Even if fares go up during the World Cup period, the price will still be substantially cheaper than in the capital.

Mexicans who go to South Africa to support their team will experience the smallest difference from home— prices of everyday items are on average 4 percent cheaper in South Africa than in Mexico.

The news is not so good for followers of Paraguay's national team. Fans heading to this year's World Cup should expect to pay around 9 percent more on average for goods and services while away.


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make it to the finals on July 11, they'll have another reason to smile: a celebratory beer at a bar will cost almost a third less than at home, while a meal out is around half the price.

For supporters of surprise-qualifiers, New Zealand, taking the trip to South Africa, living costs will be approximately a third lower than at home. If they pick up a few cans of beers and a takeaway on the way home from a game they'll save themselves 25 percent off the cost of doing the same at home.

Day-to-day living costs also vary from city to city within South Africa - a Mexican fan watching his team's opening match in Johannesburg, for example, will be paying approximately 15 percent more for a beer in a bar than if they were in Durban. Similarly, an England supporter watching their side's first Cape Town fixture will be pleased to learn that beers in a bar followed by a take away is 10 percent cheaper than if the match had taken place in Pretoria.


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By Staff | June 1, 2010
ECA International is sharing insight as to what price differences fans from particular countries can expect when traveling for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.