There are several ways to visit the Golden Ring. Some of the cities, such as Sergiev Posad, Rostov and Vladimir are close to Moscow and can be easily visited on a one-day trip. To visit the others, it is better to take a multi-day trip. When planning your Golden Ring journey, please note that there are no train stations in Pereslavl Zalessky and Suzdal.

Pereslavl Zalessky can be reached from the Moscow Central Bus Terminal (also called Shelkovsky Bus Terminal). Suzdal is just 12 km away from Vladimir, so you can book a train ticket to Vladimir and then take a taxi to Suzdal.

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Moscow – Sergiev Posad trains

Moscow – Sergiev Posad trains

Since Sergiev Posad is very close to Moscow, it is easy to reach by taking a commuter train from Yaroslavsky train station in Moscow. Tickets for these trains can only be purchased on the spot. If you prefer ordering tickets in advance, you can travel from Moscow to Sergiev Posad by a regular passenger train operating on the Moscow – Yaroslavl and Moscow – Vologda routes. Travel time is 57 min.

Moscow – Vladimir trains

Moscow – Vladimir trains

There are plenty of trains on this route, as most Trans-Siberian trains go through Vladimir. The most comfortable trains are those that travel in the daytime – Strizh and Lastochka. There are several trains per day. Travel time is a little less than 2 hours.

Moscow – Rostov – Yaroslavl trains

Moscow – Rostov – Yaroslavl trains

The most comfortable train for this route is the Yaroslavl – Moscow train. There are 3 trains per day in each direction. Travel times are:
Moscow – Rostov: 2 h 38 min
Moscow – Yaroslavl: 3 h 26 min
Rostov – Yaroslavl: 46 min

From Rostov to Yaroslavl you may also travel on the high speed Lastochka train, the travel time is 38 min or by a commuter train, tickets for commuter trains can only be bought at the train station.

Moscow – Kostroma trains

Moscow – Kostroma trains

The most comfortable trains on this route are overnight trains #147/148 and #001/002 Rossia. The travel time is 6 hours.

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