Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow Train Route
The Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow train route is 442 km long. Most trains on the route make just 2-3 stops, but the Lastochka trains make 8 stops: in Dzerzhinsk, Gorokhovets, Vyazniki, Kovrov, Vladimir, Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Pavlovskiy Posad, and Zheleznodorozhnaya.
Depending on the season and the day of the week, there are up to 12 trains operating on the Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow route daily. The trip takes from 3h 52m by the high-speed Strizh train to almost 11 hours by a regular train. The same trains run on the Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod route.
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 Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow. The travel time is 4 hours.
Yes, it is recommended to buy tickets online in advance. Usually the Nizhny Novgorod - Moscow 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 Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow Railway Route
In the 1830’s, forward-thinking engineers and other visionaries began trying to convince Tsar Nicholas I to construct railways. A route on the 440 km path from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow was considered in 1835. Nevertheless, this route wasn’t made a priority until 1857. Construction lasted until 1862. The trip took between fourteen to fifteen hours. Originally, four passenger trains ran on it. Nowadays, the high-speed Sapsan trains cut the journey down to less than four hours.
Did you know? A new city square was founded on the 150th anniversary of the Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow Railway in 2012. It was named Zheleznodorozhnikov Ploshchad¸which means “Railway Workers’ Square.” The railway administration headquarters overlooks this square in Nizhny Novgorod.
Sights on the Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow Train Route
The City of Vladimir: One of Russia’s ancient cities is Vladimir. Founded in 1108, it’s one of the Golden Ring cities of Russia. Vladimir is rich with historical, religious, cultural and political highlights dating back to the medieval period. Vladimir Monomakh, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus’ founded the city. It blossomed under the reign of Vsevolod III at the end of the 12th century. The Golden Gate, the Princess Convent, the Assumption Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. Dmitry are among its most popular medieval sights.
Pavlovsky Posad: Dating back to the 14th century, Pavlovsky Posad has both architectural and cultural sights. Pavlovo Posad shawls, one of Russia’s most famous handicrafts, originated here. Ornate flower patterns have danced across the woolen shawls manufactured in the same factory since 1795. The Church of the Ascension, Pokrovsko-Vasilievsky Monastery and the Bell Tower of Resurrection Cathedral are also worth visiting in Pavlovsky Posad.
Nizhny Novgorod: The Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow train originates in this city. One of Russia’s principal metropolises, Nizhny Novgorod showcases over 600 unique monuments. With a long history dating back to 1220, it’s no wonder there is so much to see. These monuments include the Grand Kremlin and Archangel Cathedral. The city was renamed Gorky during Soviet rule, and today the Museum House of Gorky is also worth a visit. Don’t miss walking down Pokrovka street, which is historical and impressive. Chkalov Staircase leads down to the Volga, the longest river in Europe.
Did you know? The closed city of Dzerzhinsk is on the Nizhny Novgorod line. Dzerzhinsk served as the nucleus for the chemical industry under Soviet rule. Today, it is one of the world’s most polluted cities. The life expectancy for women is 42 years, and for men it’s 42.
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