Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod Train Route
The Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod train route is 442 km. Most trains on the route make just 2-3 stops, but the Lastochka trains make 8 stops: in Zheleznodorozhnaya, Pavlovskiy Posad, Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Vladimir, Kovrov, Vyazniki, Gorokhovets, and Dzerzhinsk.
Depending on the season and the day of the week, there are up to 12 trains operating on the Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod route daily. The trip takes from 3h 45m by the high-speed Strizh train to 9 hours by a regular train. The same trains run on the Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow route.
Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod Timetable
Lastochka trains are high-speed electric trains produced by Siemens Transportation Systems.
Lastochka trains are equipped with a modern safety system and offer a high level of comfort both for passengers and staff. The train's maximum speed is 160 km/h.
The train can accommodate 443 passengers and consists of 5 carriages with 2nd class seats including 4 seats for disabled passengers and 30 fold-out seats. Trains operating at busy times and servicing popular destinations may have up to 10 carriages.
The high-speed Sapsan train is Russia’s fastest. It is capable of speeds up to 250 km/h. The Sapsan operates on the Moscow to St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod routes.
There are several trains daily; the trip from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod takes 8 hours. The train consists of 10 or 20 carriages of different classes: First class, Business class and Economy class.
The Strizh train ('swift') is a high-speed electric train operating on the Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod route. The trip from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod takes 3 hours 35 min. There are up to seven trains daily.
The train consists of 18 carriages of different classes: Five VIP 1st class sleeping carriages, two 1st class carriages with seats and nine carriages with 2nd class seats. There is a bistro car and a restaurant car on board.
Tomich is a branded train operating every other day on the Moscow – Tomsk route. The travel time is 55 hours. The train departs on even dates fro Moscow and on odd dates from Tomsk.
The train has second-class and third-class cars and a restaurant carriage. Each carriage is equipped with an air conditioning system, vacuum toilets and 220V sockets.
Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers
The Sapsan, Lastochka and Strizh high speed trains run from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod.
The travel time is 4 hours.
Yes, it is recommended to buy tickets online in advance. Usually the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod trains are fully booked close to the departure date. Also, the earlier you buy tickets, the lower the price you’ll get.
Nizhny Novgorod - Moscow trains depart from Moscovsky train station in Nizhny Novgorod, its address is Ploshad Revolucii 2A.
Each 2nd and 3rd class passenger is allowed to bring up to 36 kg of hand luggage. 1st class passengers can carry up to 50kg. The sum of the hand luggage's three dimensions should not exceed 180 cm. Children under 4 travelling on a free ticket (without a separate seat) are not granted a separate piece of luggage.
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History of the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod railway route
The Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod rail route was first proposed in 1835, around the time when Tsar Nicholas I was first considering the benefits of building a railway network in Russia, encouraged by many eminent engineers and intellectuals. However, its construction did not begin until 1857 and went on until 1862. Upon completion, the route was served by four passenger trains which took between 14 and 15 hours to make the 440 km trip between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. Today, the journey is a little shorter than in the 19th century – less than four hours on the fastest service, the Sapsan train.
Did you know? In 2012, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod railway line, the Nizhny Novgorod Duma founded a new city square – Zheleznodorozhnikov Ploshchad – meaning ‘Railway Workers’ Square’ in Russian. It is situated in front of the local railway administration headquarters.
What can you see while traveling on the Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod train?
Vladimir: one of the highlights of the Golden Ring, Vladimir is one of Russia’s ancient cities and played an important role in medieval Russian religion, culture and politics. It was founded in 1108 by Vladimir II Monomakh, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus’, and flourished at the end of the 12th century during the long reign of Vsevolod III, who built some of the city’s most famous landmarks. Today you can visit Vladimir’s medieval monuments including the Cathedral of St. Dmitry, the Assumption Cathedral, the Princess Convent and the Golden Gate.
Pavlovsky Posad: this settlement was first mentioned in the 14th century and was established as a town by Tsar Nicholas I in 1844. Today, Pavlovsky Posad is home to a handful of architectural monuments, such as the Church of the Ascension, Bell Tower of the Resurrection Cathedral, and Pokrovsko-Vasilievsky Monastery. However, it is most famous as the birthplace of one of Russia’s most famous folk handicrafts, Pavlovo Posad shawls. The shawl factory here was founded in 1795 and still manufactures fine woollen shawls decorated with ornate flower patterns.
Nizhny Novgorod: founded in 1220, Nizhny Novgorod is one of Russia’s major cities and a hub of history and culture, home to more than 600 unique monuments like the Grand Kremlin, Archangel Cathedral, and Museum House of Gorky (the city was known as Gorky during Soviet times). The gorgeous historical, pedestrianised Pokrovka street is the ideal place for a stroll, as is the famous Chkalov Staircase with its 560 steps descending to the embankment of the Volga.
Did you know? One of the main stops on the Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod railway is Dzerzhinsk, a former closed city which was the centre of the Soviet chemical industry. Unfortunately, its history has made Dzerzhinsk one of the world’s most polluted cities, with a life expectancy of just 42 years for men and 47 for women.
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