The cost of following Lions to Australia for UK fans

28/06/13

University of Nottingham Lions fans

Following the British and Irish Lions on tour is a dream for many.

It's a long and expensive trip but one that many come back for every four years, once they have the taste.

Stefan Griffin, 20, and five of his friends from the University of Nottingham have planned the trip for two years and it has cost them £3,000 each.

How much?

    • Large beer: £7.50
    • Meal at a fast food chain: £6
    • Pizza in an average restaurant: £15-£25
    • Cinema ticket: £16
    • Average bottle of wine in supermarket: £15

"It was tough trying to get everyone to sort their visas. I felt like the mother hen but it got done in the end," he says.

They spent £1,000 on flights and have hired a camper van to take them around Australia.

"It's not cheap but we've tried to save quite a bit on our student loan during the year to do it," says his friend Alex Hollis, also 20.

Australians can pick up a match day ticket for £61 but Lions fans have had to get tickets off the official travel agency at more than £360.

The cost of visiting Australia has been rising over the past five years.

At one stage you could get Aus$3 to £1 but now it's more like Aus$1.50.

A beer or 'scooner' (just over 400ml) will set you back £7.50 while a pizza in a standard restaurant can be £20.

It's great seeing all the Lions fans together in their red shirts, the atmosphere is amazing. This is our Everest, come Saturday night this is our everything
Alex Hollis

"We've been told to stay in hostels and drink cheap wine out of bags," says Stefan.

For the boys though, it's all worth it.

"It's great seeing all the Lions fans together in their red shirts, the atmosphere is amazing," says Alex.

Thirty thousand fans are thought to have flown over to watch the games, which began in early June in Hong Kong.

"The expense is one thing but being out here and meeting the players makes it worth it," says Leo Fineburg, 21.

The Lions lead the series 1-0 and head to Sydney after the match for the final game of the series.

"This is our Everest, come Saturday night this is our everything," says Alex.

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