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Types of Russian Trains

Types of Russian Trains

Read which train types and cabin types exist in Russia, choose the one that suits you best!

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Russian Train tickets

Russian Train tickets

Learn more about electronic, semi-electronic and paper tickets. See how to read your ticket.

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Tips for Travelling by Train in Russia

Tips for Travelling by Train in Russia

See what to pack for the trip, how to find your train at the station and what to expect during the journey.

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The Russian Train Experience

The Russian Train Experience

Our colleague Masha is an experienced train traveler, she took a train trip from Moscow to Ulan-Ude that takes almost 4 days. She gladly shares tips and advice she learned on this and her previous train journeys.

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Safety on Russian Trains

Safety on Russian Trains

Russia’s railway system is one of the most extensive in the world as it transports passengers from the far West of the world’s largest country to the far East. But is it safe?

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Best Ways to Travel from Moscow to St Petersburg

Best Ways to Travel from Moscow to St Petersburg

A person traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg has many options. In the end, deciding on how to get there is mostly a question of time and comfort. This article will introduce you to the differences of going by plane, train and car/bus.

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Moscow - St Petersburg Night Train vs Day Train

Moscow - St Petersburg Night Train vs Day Train

Maybe you’ve read our article on the best ways to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg and you’ve decided to take a train. Now you need more information on which train. There are so many options, so many possibilities. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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The Ultimate List of Russia’s Most Popular Trains

The Ultimate List of Russia’s Most Popular Trains

Trains are arguably the most important form of travel in Russia – everyone uses them. Boasting the world’s third longest rail system and arguably some of the muddiest roads, it’s no wonder that Russian train travel is as popular as it is. Russia is also home to the world’s longest rail route, the Trans-Siberian Railway. The sheer variety of routes, trains and classes mean that there’s something for everyone. From the Indiana Jones wannabe gap-year student dreaming of vodka-drenched nights to the retired couple wanting to uncover the soul of Russia from the comfort of a cabin, a trip on Russian rail ticks every bucket-list.

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Different Seating Classes on the Sapsan Train

Different Seating Classes on the Sapsan Train

Traveling is not only about choosing the right mode of transport. It is also about choosing how conveniently and comfortably you want to travel. We created this guide to help you select the right ticket class if you’ve already decided to travel the distance between Moscow and St. Petersburg by Sapsan.

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Different Classes on the Red Arrow  Train

Different Classes on the Red Arrow Train

The Red Arrow, or Krasnaya Strela is probably Russia’s most historical and prestigious overnight train. In Soviet times, the train used to carry the Communist Party’s elite on trips between St. Petersburg (Leningrad) and Moscow. Today, it still serves as an important night train, taking you to St. Petersburg from Moscow in about 8 hours. Because it doesn’t run during the day, it only has sleeper cabins, no seats.

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Sapsan vs. Nevsky Express: How Do They Differ?

Sapsan vs. Nevsky Express: How Do They Differ?

As of 2019, there are two high speed trains that make the journey between St. Petersburg and Moscow in about four hours: the Sapsan, and the Nevsky Express. The Nevsky Express was introduced in 2001 as Russia’s first bullet train. By now, the slightly faster Sapsan has taken over the first place in terms of speed. But does it really make a big difference which one of them you choose for your travels? Read on and find out!

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Red Arrow vs The Grand Express Train

Red Arrow vs The Grand Express Train

Train travel is probably the best way to discover Russia’s vast and diverse landscape. The sleeper train is an exciting and comfortable way to travel between Russia’s two capitals, as you settle down for the night in St Petersburg, and wake up bright and early in Moscow. But what are the best options for travelling in comfort and style?

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Travelling from Helsinki to St Petersburg

Travelling from Helsinki to St Petersburg

St Petersburg’s location on the Gulf of Finland is ideal for those who want to combine visits to different cities during their trip - within a matter of hours, travellers can reach the Baltics and Scandinavia.

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Travelling from Tallinn to St Petersburg

Travelling from Tallinn to St Petersburg

There are a number of ways to travel between the two capitals, whatever your preference - relaxing on a comfortable sleeper train, a well-equipped coach journey through the Russian and Estonian countryside, or a peaceful sail across the Finnish Gulf. Read on for our guide to your travel options.

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The First Russian Railway

The First Russian Railway

The Russian railway network is long enough to circumnavigate the globe more than twice. It encompasses the world’s longest train journey - the Trans-Siberian – taking passengers 9,300km between Moscow and Vladivostok, as well as running direct links to a dozen different countries reaching from Western Europe to the Far East.

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My Experience Travelling Kupe from St Petersburg to Moscow

My Experience Travelling Kupe from St Petersburg to Moscow

A foreigners experience of travelling from St Petersburg to Moscow in a 2nd class cabin

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Rossiya Train Classes Comparison

Rossiya Train Classes Comparison

Those wishing to travel on board the Rossiya may select from a variety of carriage classes depending on their preferences. Which classes are available, what is each class equipped with, and which services can you expect in each?

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Reasons to Travel by Platzkart in Russia

Reasons to Travel by Platzkart in Russia

If the USSR had to have another symbol apart from the sickle and hammer, the platzkart would be a top contender. The 56-bed train wagons without a partition or even flimsy curtains to separate them encompassed both the best and worst of Soviet society.

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First Class Travel on Russian Trains

First Class Travel on Russian Trains

Whether your dream is to travel the whole of the Trans-Siberian railroad or just travel by overnight train from St Petersburg to Moscow, it’s definitely worth considering spending the extra money on a comfortable SV (1st class) cabin.

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Why do Russians Travel by Train So Much?

Why do Russians Travel by Train So Much?

In 2018, a quarter of all journeys made by Russians were made by rail. The cost of most flights is now competitive with trains and a third of Russians own a car. As with many things in Russian society, the answer to this question cannot be solved by logic alone. Instead, the answer lies deep in the soul of Russians; hence why we asked the Russians to explain this seemingly irrational love to us.

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Reasons to Travel by Kupe in Russia

Reasons to Travel by Kupe in Russia

Travelling by kupe can bring about all sorts of unique experiences with a much smaller chance of any of the negative ones that are associated with platzkart.

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