Parents, Family Members, Family Friends, Teachers, and Coaches are welcome to attend the 2024 International Geography Championships. For IGC 2024, we’re pleased to announce an expanded Family & Friends program (which applies to coaches, teachers and family friends in attendance as well).

The cost of the Family & Friends program are as follows:
$450 for anyone born before July 21, 2012
$350 for anyone born July 21, 2012-July 20, 2016
$250 for anyone born July 21, 2016-July 20, 2019
Children born from July 21, 2019 onwards are free, though note that some sightseeing may not be suitable for the youngest children. The price of the Family & Friends program includes the following:

1. Public Transport Pass (from July 14-20) – includes Subway (i.e. U-Bahn), S-Bahn, Regional Trains, Bus, and Tram.
2. All sightseeing entry and tour guide fees during the times marked in dark blue on the schedule (does not include rides in the Prater). Note that in all cases when we are visiting sites, Family and Friends program members have the option of either having one or more of our staff members escort them via public transportation to and from the host school, or meeting us outside the entrance to the attraction in question / the starting point for a tour. Due to space limitations, the UN Vienna and OPEC Headquarters tours are for competing students only.
3. Any Multiple Choice Exam (All of which have Family & Friends Divisions – there will be separate awards for adults and children)
4. The Parents and Siblings Geography Bee and the Culinary Geography Bee.
5. The Scavenger Hunt
6. Access to the host school, including all events which are open to spectators, Medals Ceremonies, the Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies. Access to the host school is not allowed to anyone not participating in the Family & Friends Program.
7. A commemorative T-shirt, hat, pin, and water bottle.
8. The Half Day Trip to Bratislava and the Full Day Trip to Budapest are open to Family & Friends Program participants, but are not included in the cost. The cost of these per person, regardless of age, is the same as it is for competing students (i.e. $175 for Budapest, $60 for Bratislava). Infants who can sit safely on a parent’s lap are free of charge, but if someone requires a seat on the bus, then the cost applies.
9. The Family & Friends Program does not include accommodations or meals, though there is a chance that the host school may be able to provide a lunch option. This may be just for competing students, or it may also be possible for Family & Friends Program participants. If this is the case, we will have a separate sign up process for this, and this would have an extra cost.

Please also see the Adjunct Staff Option at the bottom of the Cost Page as a way to receive free entry or a discount on the Family & Friends Program.

For further questions, please email