The Lev Tolstoy train is an overnight train running between Moscow and Helsinki with a stop in Saint Petersburg. It is named in honor of a famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. The train has been operating since 1975 and today runs every day except Saturdays. The train covers 1082 km in 14-15 hours; it travels between Moscow and St. Petersburg overnight and then runs through Finland during the daytime.

The train has VIP 1st, Regular 1st and 2nd class cabins. In 2014, regular 1st class and 2nd class carriages were replaced with new ones. VIP 1st class compartments are equipped with a private shower and toilet, TV, DVD, individual air-conditioning and 220V sockets. The lower berth is 110 cm wide and the upper berth is 70 cm wide. Only the entire compartment can be booked. Hygiene kits and meals are included in VIP 1st class and regular 1st class tickets.

The first class compartment has two lower berths. The cabin has individual air-conditioning and 220V sockets, and each berth has individual lightning. There are 2 WCs and one shower per carriage.

Second class compartments have two lower, two upper berths and a table. Luggage can be placed above the upper and below the lower berths.

The train also has a nice dining car designed with an atmosphere of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Leo Tolstoy lived and worked.  Passengers of the Lev Tolstoy train can arrange to transport their cars in a specialized vehicle carriage.  Tax Free Refund service is available on board.

every day

13 hours

Covers 1073 km

Tax Free
on board


  • 031А
    Trip time
    Moscow Leningradsky
  • 032А
    Trip time
    Moscow Leningradsky

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