There are several ways to see 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 see others, such as Kostroma, 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 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 get a taxi to Suzdal from there.
Most popular Golden Ring trains
Moscow – Sergiev Posad trains
Since Sergiev Posad is very close to Moscow, one can easily reach it by suburban train from Yaroslavsky train station in Moscow. Tickets for such trains can only be bought on the spot. If you prefer ordering tickets in advance, you can travel from Moscow to Sergiev Posad by Pomorye train operating on Moscow – Arkhangelsk and Moscow – Severodvinsk route. Travel time is 1 h 10 min.
Moscow – Vladimir trains
There is a plenty of trains on this route, since most of 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
Here the most comfortable train is Yaroslavl – Moscow train. There are 3 trains per day in each direction.
Travel times are:
Moscow – Rostov: 2 h 30 min
Moscow – Yaroslavl: 3 h 20 min
Rostov – Yaroslavl: 45 min
Moscow – Kostroma trains
The most comfortable train on this route is overnight train #147/148. Travel time is 6 hours.