I also want to go over for the group stages at least but until the draw is made and we know what group we're in, it's hard to make any serious plans for it. I mean, as most of you may know, certainly those who are football fans, the four groups are split where Groups A and C are in Poland and Groups B and D are in Ukraine.
If we get drawn in Group A or C, the whole thing becomes a lot more straight forward in terms of travel; you're one direct flight away from any of the four cities. I'm sort of hoping that Ireland are based in Gdansk, it seems to be a fantastic city from what I've heard and the pictures I've seen, plus Ryanair fly there.
Looks as if Group B would be the most impractical in terms of travel. The two host cities for that group are Lviv and Kharkiv; around 1200km apart, with Kharkiv being over towards the Russian boarder. With no direct flights, and the interrail tickets not being valid in Ukraine apparently, it seems that it would be quite a difficult and expensive trip to make.
With Euro 2012 being hosted by two countries, specially the size of Poland and Ukraine, it makes it very difficult to just pick somewhere to fly to and work from there. If it was on in just the one country, or two smaller countries like Switzerland and Austria '08, it would be much easier to just pick a specific city to fly to and know that no matter where the Irish are drawn, you're only two or three hours away on the train.
Ideally, I'd like to book flights to Gdansk early, as they're not madly expensive right now, but obviously that would work out to be a bit of a problem if two of Ireland's games end up on in Kharkiv, with the other in Lviv. Anyone know what the trains are like between Poland and Ukraine? How much do they cost, how long would it take to get around Ukraine on train, etc? I don't think I'll be getting the train around Ukraine, but I guess you gotta keep your options open until we know exactly where Ireland will be based.
Last edited by GoonerMark92; 14-11-2011 at 18:41.