You Will Need 108 Bathroom Breaks To Complete This World Cup Road Trip

On Thursday, FIFA announced the plans for the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, an immense trek across the vast landscape of Russia as the world’s most coveted hardware visits 24 cities from Sept. 9 to July 7, 2018.

For World Cup groupies, better stock up on gas, Red Bull and beef jerky if you want to follow along.

Here’s a closer look at scheduled route. 

(While FIFA didn’t give details on travel arrangements, we’re going to assume the trophy travels by plane at the start and end of each of two phases and by car the remainder.)

24 — Cities the trophy will stop at. Phase 1: Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Perm, Sarans, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, Tula, Kursk, Voronezh, Saratov, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Sochi, (return to Moscow). Phase 2: Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Samara, Kazan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint-Petersburg, Moscow.


201 — Characters in the 24 cities to be visited.

23,466 — Distance traveled in miles from start to finish.

315 — Days of nonstop walking without rest required to travel that distance.

123 — Days of the tour. 

324.5 — Hours spent traveling.

0.649  Ounces of skin shed while traveling. 


108 — Bathroom breaks on the road.

6 — Toes likely to be lost to frostbite during the Siberian winter.

72 — Longest travel time (in hours) between stops (Vladivostok to Novosibirsk). 

3,544 — Miles between Vladivostok and Novosibirsk.


Russia is kinda big. Photo: @onestopmap | Twitter

6,475 — Miles to drive from Kaliningrad (eastern-most city visited) to Vladivostok (western-most), a journey that would take more than five days without stops (not on scheduled tour). 

3.25 — Shortest travel time (in hours) between stops (Kursk to Voronezh, 142 miles). 

1 — Non-contiguous region visited: Kaliningrad. Sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, one must cross Lithuania and either Belarus or Latvia to get back into Russia.


4 — Foreign countries passed through (Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus).

8 — Time zones crossed (though Russia stretches for another two). 

13.6 — Weight in pounds of the 18-carat gold, 14-inch tall World Cup Trophy.

World Cup Trophy

The World Cup Trophy. Photo: @forgettablefcts | Twitter

11 — Teams to have lifted the current World Cup Trophy (by six different nations). Prior to the current trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to nine teams. 

0 — Words of discontent regarding Vladimir Putin allowed to be muttered during the trek. 

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