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Wales fans fear travel costs to Baku for Wales’ opening Euro 2020 matches

Wales fans fear the cost and long journey to Baku for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament Credit: PA Images

Wales fans fear expensive travel costs after Saturday’s draw confirmed the first two games for Wales in the UEFA Euro 2020 will be in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Wales were placed in Group A alongside Italy, Switzerland and Turkey after qualifying for the tournament in November.

Wales will play Switzerland on June 13th followed by a match against Turkey on June 17th.

Fans claim they have already faced price hikes in travel since Saturday’s Euro 2020 draw.

One fan told ITV News they had their flight cancelled by a well known booking agency and was told to rebook - but the price for the same flight had doubled.

National flags of Azerbaijan wave on a roundabout near the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Credit: PA Images

ITV Wales spoke to one travel company who said: "Post draw hotel and flight companies have attempted to renege on deals and double prices."

But the company said they "are not entertaining those offers and are trying to get sensible deals for the fans."

Direct flights to Azerbaijan from London for Wales’ first two games against Switzerland and Turkey are currently being advertised for around £1,200 return.

The cost for the same dates in May are being advertised for around £500.

Travelling to Baku is not only expensive, but it can be long with no direct flights from Cardiff.

One fan said he is contemplating a 20-hour journey one way with four connecting flights to cut down costs.

Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan Credit: PA Images

Welsh fan Emma Roberts told ITV Wales' Sports Reporter Beth Fisher that although Baku is "not the easiest place to get to", it is a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

The foreign office says visitors to Azerbaijan usually need a visa and suggest checking the Azerbaijani government website before booking travel arrangements.

Baku is the capital and largest city and the national language is Azerbaijani, however many speak Russian.

The country is often referred to as “Land of Fire” due to Baku's ancient religious fire temple and the fact the land is rich in oil and natural gases.

Baku has also been host to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for the last three years and it will be returning on the weekend of June 6th - 7th 2020, just days before the UEFA 2020 Tournament.

Baku is host to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Credit: PA Images

The official UEFA 2020 website has an event guide with tips and indicators of prices for accommodation and tips for getting around.

It said a night in a hostel could be just €4 and the metro system is considered one of the cheapest in the world.

Fans are encouraged to do their research and consult the UEFA website for help.

Wales played in UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying match at the Bakcell Arena, Baku Credit: PA Images