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Real Sociedad vs Manchester United

Advice for fans travelling to Spain for Manchester United’s match with Real Sociedad on 5th November 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Credit creative commons | Joscarfas
Credit creative commons | Joscarfas

Date: 5th November 2013

Venue: Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastián

Kick off time: 20:45pm (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Spain

Passports and visas

Please check your passport and visa details:

  • British nationals don’t need a visa to travel to Spain
  • your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay
  • no additional period of validity beyond this is required

Insurance and identity

Helpful tips to bare in mind:

  • remember your European Health Insurance Card, but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • you must provide ID (your passport) if requested by a police officer
  • the police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed
  • always take care of your passport, as obtaining a replacement is costly and time-consuming

Getting to the stadium

Advice on getting to the match:

  • Estadio Anoeta is located toward the south of the city of San Sebastián at about 2 kilometres from the city’s bay, La Concha beach, and the old town
  • the distance from the city’s main railway station is about the same
  • from all these places the walk to the stadium can be made in about half an hour
  • the walk from the train station where most local trains arrive (Euskotren) will be even shorter
  • the stadium can furthermore be reached with several buses
  • from the old town (stop Boulevard 9) one can take bus 21 to Anoeta
  • buses run about every 15 minutes and also pass the Euskotren station (Easo Plaza)
  • bus 26 (to Martutene) and 28 (to Miramón) follow almost the same route, get off at stop Anoeta
  • bus 31 also connects the stadium with the city centre as well as other places in the east and west of the city
  • you can view the stadium map here

At the match

Advice for when at the match:

  • Manchester United fans are located in the lower tier corner sector
  • entry is via Gate 9 which is accessed up a flight of concrete steps from the open outer stadium concourse
  • access to the stadium can be slow
  • there will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles
  • to avoid a last minute bottleneck you should get to the stadium early - doors will usually open 45 minutes before kick off
  • visiting supporters may be kept behind for around 15 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse


  • as in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport
  • only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits

Relevant British Embassy details

Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046 Madrid

Telephone: 902 109 356 (in Spain)

+34 913 342 194 (outside Spain)

British Embassy in Madrid

Emergency services numbers

The local emergency services contact number is 112

Manchester United website

Published 25 October 2013