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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.

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