Moscow to Kazan Train Route

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

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

Distance
793 km

Up to 7 trains
per day

2-8 stops
on the way

Fastest train
11h 10m

Slowest train
13h 53m

Price from
21 USD

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Can I pay with a credit card on board the Moscow to Kazan 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 Moscow to Kazan train? Where can I find the menu? Are there vegetarian meals?

Yes, there’s a restaurant car on Moscow - Kazan 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 Moscow to Kazan 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 Moscow to Kazan in a private cabin. Is this possible?

To travel in a private cabin from Moscow to Kazan, 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 Moscow – Kazan Railway route

The Moscow to Kazan Railway was initially founded in 1860 as a link between Moscow and Saratov, an important port city on the Volga. However, the company bankrolling the railway went bankrupt despite having the future Tsar Alexander III and his brothers as shareholders. By 1862 the line had only reached the nearby city of Kolomna, and later Ryazan. Nearly 30 years later, the company was transformed into the Moscow - Kazan railway, and the line finally extended to Kazan in 1894. These new railway lines helped bring vital supplies to Moscow, in particular bread from the south and timber from the east.

During the Civil War half of the trains in Moscow were out of order. This caused serious chaos for passengers and freight, so fifteen workers on the Moscow - Kazan railway met on Saturday night of 12th April 1919 to repair three locomotives. This was the very first communist subbotnik (voluntary work carried out on Saturday - subbota in Russian), and these workers inspired hundreds of their colleagues to carry out the first mass clean-up of the railway a month later. They impressed Vladimir Lenin himself and inspired him to write an essay promoting the subbotnik. The first All-Russian subbotnik was held on May Day 1920 to repair the country wracked by revolution and war.

What can you see while traveling on the Moscow to Kazan train?

Depending on which Moscow - Kazan train you take, you will stop at different stations along the way. There are two main stops of interest: Murom and Kazan.

Murom: this small city is one of the oldest settlements in Russia. It was first mentioned in the mid-9th century, as the easternmost settlement of the East Slavs and part of the land of the Finnic Muromians (the city takes its name from this ethnic group). Although nothing survives from these ancient times, Murom still retains many medieval monuments – the Annunciation Monastery, the Transfiguration Monastery, Holy Trinity Convent, and the Temple of Kosmas and Damian (the oldest building in the city, built in 1565.)

Kazan: founded in the year 1005 as the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan is the center of Tatar culture in Russia and one of the country’s most fascinating and unique cities. The main attraction is the UNESCO-recognised Kazan Kremlin, which epitomises the city’s symbiosis of Tatar and Russian culture: within its walls are the sky-blue and white Kul-Sharif Mosque and Annunciation Cathedral. Other landmarks are the Museum of 1000 Years of Kazan, the colourful Temple of All Religions, the Old Tatar Settlement, and the vibrant, pedestrianised Bauman street.

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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