Around 319,000 football fans traveled between World Cup host cities on free trains during this summer's tournament in Russia, the Russian Railways said Wednesday.
"Transportation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup fans by free trains finished on July 17, the services were used by about 319,000 people... The transportation peak was registered on June 24. That day, 45 free trains were used by over 26,000 fans," the Russian Railways said in a statement.
During the tournament, the company organized a total of 734 free additional train trips for fans and accredited journalist between the host cities.
More than 2,300 conductors and train managers, as well as 4,000 employees of railway stations underwent special training ahead of the tournament.
"The railroad staff made a great contribution to organizing the tournament at the highest level. We have received positive feedback both from fans and our foreign colleagues," Russian Railways CEO Oleg Belozerov said as quoted in the statement.
Russia hosted its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 with the games played in 11 cities.