Moscow to Yekaterinburg Train Route

There are two railway routes connecting Moscow to Yekaterinburg. The shorter one is 1668 km and it goes via Kazan. The longer one is 1778 km and it goes via Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, and Perm. Most Trans-Siberian trains follow the second route.

Depending on the season and the day of the week, 4 to 9 trains operate on the Moscow to Yekaterinburg route daily. Most trains on the route continue on to Siberia and Russia's Far East. The trip takes from 26 to 33 hours depending on the train. The same trains run on the Yekaterinburg to Moscow route.

1668-1778 km

Up to 9 trains
per day

9-29 stops
on the way

Fastest train
1 day 2 hours

Slowest train
1 day 9 hours

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Moscow to Yekaterinburg Trains

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Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Is there Wifi on board the Moscow to Yekaterinburg train?

No, there’s no WiFi on board Moscow to Yekaterinburg trains. Also, for most of the train trip, a mobile connection will not be available.

How long does it take to travel from Moscow to Yekaterinburg by train?

The trip from Moscow to Yekaterinburg by train takes 26 - 33 hours. The travel time depends on which specific train you choose. 

What are the departure and arrival train stations for the Moscow to Yekaterinburg train?

There are 2 train stations in Moscow which serve the Moscow to Yekaterinburg trains: The Yaroslavsky train station, address Komsomolskaya Ploshad, 5, metro Komsomolskaya and the Kazansky train station, address Komsomolskaya Ploshad, 2, metro Komsomolskaya. There’s only one train station in Yekaterinburg, the address is Vokzal'naya Ulitsa, 22. 

How much luggage can I bring on board of a Moscow - Yekaterinburg train?

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.

Are Moscow and Yekaterinburg in the same time zone?

No, Moscow and Yekaterinburg are in different time zones. Moscow time is GMT+3, Yekaterinburg time zone is GMT+5. Your train ticket shows the local departure and arrival times.


The Moscow to Yekaterinburg Railway: History and Things to See

Travelling the Trans-Siberian has almost become a right of passage for Russophiles. However, if spending a week in a train carriage sounds daunting, there is another way to see both sides of Russia without crossing seven time zones. If you’re considering staying in the megapolis that is Moscow, the dark depths of Siberia may seem a far way away. But actually, the journey can be done by train in a bit more than a day. If you’ve always yearned to cross the east-west divide but hesitated because of concerns about the amount of time or money a journey of this scale would need, then the Moscow - Yekaterinburg train route should be on your travel list.

Yekaterinburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1723 to act as the gateway into Siberia. He planned for the city to be a hub for the exceptionally prosperous metallurgical businesses of Siberia. Something which it still succeeds at today. Travelers heading to Russia’s 4th largest city have a choice of two rail routes. The shortest routes via Kazan: the capital of Tatarstan. Turkic and Slavic histories collide in this multicultural city. Ivan the Terrible’s Kremlin towers over an ancient outdoor bazaar. Mosques, churches and even temples compete for the city’s sound space.

The alternate Moscow to Yekaterinburg train route is slightly longer and stays north of Tatar towns but, thanks to its length, there are more interesting stops to hop off at. Nizhny Novgorod is the first note-worthy city on the route. History lovers will take delight at its 14th-century monastery and grand kremlin. The cable car stretching over the Volga that locals use as a bus adds quirkiness to this otherwise very traditional city. Next on the line comes Kirov. This relatively small town owes its fame to the Dymkovo toys (painted clay dolls) it produces, old Slav’ traditional birch shoes and its annual “Cucumber Festival”! Perm is the last major stop and is also considered Russia’s eastern-most European city. During Stalin’s Great Purge, the luckier prisoners were imprisoned in a gulag on the outskirts of this city called “Perm 36”. Perhaps the fact that it wasn’t quite as cruel as the Siberian gulags is the reason why it wasn’t destroyed before the end of the USSR. Today, it’s the only gulag in Russia which tourists can visit. Readers should recognize many of Perm’s historic buildings from Dr Zhivago, while the PERMM modern art museum serves up culture in exceedingly inventive ways.

Whichever Moscow to Yekaterinburg route you take, you’ll end up in Siberia’s second-largest city. Here, you’ll be able to trace the last steps of the royal Romanov family before their cruel murder. Pay homage to Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin, at the Yeltsin Center. Type your wishes onto Yekaterinburg’s QWERTY keyboard monument and pose with the Beatles, because…. well, Siberians love rock! The best bit is that if, by the end of the journey, you’ve fallen for Siberia, you can hop back on the train and finish the 8,000 kilometers remaining till the end of the Trans-Siberian Railway in Vladivostok.

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

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