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Europa League: The map of nightmare trip to Baku that include four flights and 24-hour train

There are heroes among Chelsea fans who opted to cross the nightmare distance to Baku to support the Blues in the Europa League final.

According to Chelsea fans Jake Ralph and Kevin Cobb the official options are far too expensive at nearly £1,000.

Instead, the father and son pair have decided to make their own way for the game on May 29 — with a route that covers a colossal 3,462 miles along the way.

The cheapest option currently available on lists an £838 flight, leaving on Tuesday and returning on Thursday – with a stop-off in Doha, Qatar.

Then they will be immediately moving up to Tbilisi in Georgia in taxis, before spending the weekend there with other Chelsea fans. They will then travel overnight from the Georgian capital on a sleeper train before arriving in Baku on Monday morning, arriving two full days before the match.

When asked why they’d decided to travel this way, Jake told Sportsmail: ‘Flying in and out of Baku was extortionately expensive, especially as Arsenal fans got the jump on us and they didn’t have extra-time and penalties.

“But we wanted to make a bit of an adventure out of it, having visited Baku before using Thomas Cook and Chelsea. Last time out in Baku we only got about six hours so didn’t get to see a lot — we thought that was a once in a lifetime trip!

“Fortunately we were able to take the extra time off work but so many of the guys we know that have done 40-plus games this season just haven’t been able to make it.

“The most disappointing part for us is that the club trip with Thomas Cook this time was almost £1,000 without any ticket. And this is the same month as season ticket renewals which is also very expensive.

“Arsenal have obviously released a statement saying how disappointed they are with the venue choice whereas we’ve got nothing from Chelsea.”

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