Kazan to Moscow Train Route

The Kazan to Moscow route length is 793 km. Most trains make 8 stops on their way: in Zelyony, Umary, Kanash, Shumerlya, Pilna, Sergach, Navashino, and Murom. The fastest train, the Premium, makes only 2 stops and reaches Moscow in a little over 11 hours.

Depending on the season and the day of the week, 4 to 7 trains operate between Kazan and Moscow daily. Many trains on the route originate from Siberia and Russia's Far East. The same trains run on the Moscow to Kazan route.

Distance
793 km

Up to 7 trains
per day

2-8 stops
on the way

Fastest train
11h 10m

Slowest train
16h 25m

Price from
21 USD

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Can I pay with a credit card on board the Kazan to Moscow train?

No, most of the trains in Russia don’t accept credit cards. You should bring enough cash with you for the trip. Please note that only RUB is accepted.

Is there a restaurant car aboard the Kazan to Moscow train? Where can I find the menu? Are there vegetarian meals?

Yes, there’s a restaurant car on Kazan - Moscow trains. The average price is $5-$20 per meal.  The menu is not available online as it is different for each train and also changes throughout the year. Usually there’s a wide range of Russian and European dishes but most of them come with meat.

Which documents are required to travel from Kazan to Moscow by train?

If you purchased your train ticket online, you need to show the conductor your passport to board the train. There’s no need to print the ticket out. Please note that you should use your actual passport number to book the ticket. Passport information (your name, last name, date of birth, passport number) should match the ticket exactly. Please be very attentive when you book your Russian train tickets.

I’d like to travel from Kazan to Moscow in a private cabin. Is this possible?

To travel in a private cabin from Kazan to Moscow, you should buy 2 tickets under the your name if you travel 1st class, or 4 tickets, 2 lower and 2 upper berths if you travel 2nd class.

History of the Kazan – Moscow Railway Route

Founded in 1860 to link Moscow and Saratov, a major city on the Volga, this the Kazan to Moscow train line was slow in developing. Although future Tsar Alexander III and his brothers were shareholders, the company financing the railway collapsed. Kolmona was the furthest point it had reached by 1862. It took until 1894 for the line to reach Kazan. Bread from the south and eastern timber could now reach Moscow via this route.

The Civil War halved the number of trains running to Moscow. A massive volunteer effort on this line inspired Vladimir Lenin to write an essay promoting voluntary work. The first communist subbotnik, or voluntary work done on Saturday, took place on the Kazan to Moscow train route to repair three trains. Fifteen workers met on Saturday night, on the 12th of April 1919. The next month, hundreds of train workers cleaned up the railway. After Lenin’s essay, the first subbotnik occurred on May Day 1920 to repair war-torn Russia. Today, visitors to Russia find the Kazan to Moscow railway to be a convenient way to travel between a wealth of Russian history and sites.

Sights on the Kazan to Moscow Train

Different trains on the Kazan to Moscow route stop in different locations. The major highlights of this line are Murom and Kazan.

Murom: One of the earliest villages of Russia, Murom was first mentioned in the mid-9th century. At this time, it was a settlement of East Slavs and the land belonged to Finnic Muromians. The city was named after Muromians. The oldest sights today only date to medieval times. The oldest building is the Temple of Kosmas and Damien from 1565. The Annunciation Monastery, Transfiguration Monastery and Holy Trinity Convent are other medieval delights.

Kazan: The Kazan – Moscow train originates in Kazan.  This capital is the center of Tatar culture in Russia. This capital of Tatarstan was founded in 1005. The Kazan-Kremlin is the UNESCO-blessed principal sight in Kazan. Russian and Tatar culture merge in the architecture of the sky-blue and white Kul-Sharif Mosque and Annunciation Cathedral. Visit the Old Tatar Settlement for more history. The Museum of 1000 Years of Kazan showcases its history. Other sights include the colorful Temple of All Religions and pedestrianized Bauman Street. Kazan is truly one of Russia’s most unique and impressive cities.

Once you have your tickets, look forward to a wonderful, smooth
and enjoyable journey through the Russian countryside.

Buy your ticket safely and securely and then sit back
and enjoy the ride!

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