Boasting as one of the most extensive rail networks, Russian Railways cover almost every city and town, providing connections with its neighboring countries like Mongolia, China or Finland. The most popular Trans-Siberian Railway will also give you a chance to view diverse cities and marvelous landscapes along the way. The top-notch service and modern amenities on the train will definitely make your trip unforgettable.
Train Travel in Russia
How to Buy Russian Train Tickets?
Three ways: Booking with an online travel agency in advance to ensure the best seat/berth; buying tickets on the official website of Russian Railway Corporation; purchasing at a railway station with your original passport.
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Russian Train Types
The High-speed train is a popular choice for most travelers. Regular train with longer time is for people who prefer to experience the natural scenery. Luxury overnight train has the highest level of quality.
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Russian Train Classes
Sleeper trains are normal in Russia for a long-time journey, mainly divided into 1st Class, 2nd Class and 3rd Class. High-speed trains are popular and recommended for a short-time journey, with First, Business and Economy Class.
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About Russian E-tickets
Boarding the train with E-ticket becomes a general way now and there are two types of E-tickets. Most routes support E-tickets with registration, while some without registration, which depends on the different train routes.
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How to Read a Russian Ticket?
It is necessary to understand the Russian train ticket before the trip. Here are clear explanations teaching passengers how to read the essential information on a ticket, including the stations, times, the carriage/seat numbers and etc.
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The Trans-Siberian Railway
The famed Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway line in the world, which stretches across the East and West of Russia, passing by a great number of important cities in Russia, Siberia and China.
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How to Plan Your Russian Train Trip?

Best Time to Visit: May - September
Language: Russian
Visa: Visitors need a valid tourist visa to enter Russia.
Top Destinations: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kasan, Sochi, Golden Ring.
Major Train Stations: Moscow Yaroslavlsky Station; Moscow Leningradsky Station; Moscow Belorussky Station; Moscow Kazansky Station; St. Petersburg Moskovsky Station.
Currency: Russian Ruble is the official currency and can be easily withdrawn from ATMs with the credit cards. Credit cards are also accepted almost everywhere.
Russian Train FAQs
Is travelling in Russia by train safe?
Yes. Travelling by train is one of the safest ways to explore the vast Russia. All Russian trains provide first-class services and modern facilities. The cabins in the 1st and 2nd class compartments can be locked inside. Besides, the trains are inspected to ensure cleanliness and safety in certain stops.
What’s the luggage allowance on Russian trains?
The maximum carry-on luggage is 50kg for first class, and 36kg for second and third class. It should not exceed a total of 180cm in dimensions (length, width and height). In fact, the railway staff doesn’t actually weigh or measure your luggage if they are not extremely large.
There are designated places to put your luggage on the train. Normal sized luggage can be put on overhead racks or under your seat or berth. Large luggage can be placed in special areas near the train door.
Are there any discounts of Russian train tickets?
Yes, there are some obvious discounts for children. Children between 5 years old and 10 years old enjoy the half ticket price and a child who is under 4 years old without a seat can travel in Russia free of charge. The children discounts will show up once you input the age of your kids. In addition, you may get cheaper ticket if you book early enough, depending on your selected train and your departure date.
How can I find my platform and board the train at the train station?
At the train station, there will be an electronic scroll screen, showing the train number, departure/arrival time, departure/arrival station and platform. Please find out the correct platform according to your train information. The details that shown on the scroll screen is in Russian, so people had better know a little native language. Besides, there are numbers on the inner platform and people just need to wait at the corresponding platform. You can also find your carriage by the number on train doors. When you board the train, the train staff will check whether your documents are in order or not. So please take care of all of your necessities.
Can I smoke on the train?
You had better learn some Russian words and brief phrases, which will smooth your trip a lot in Russia. To be honest, a number of Russians aren’t able to speak English, including the train staff and carriage attendants. However, if you can speak a little Russian, you will find it is easy to make a communication with them, as the train staff are friendly and enthusiastic. You can also download some translation software, such as Yandex.Translate and Google. In a word, although you can’t speak Russian, people in Russia are amicable and they will do you a favor. However, learning some ordinary Russian words are suggested.
Is WIFI available on the train?
WIFI is available in some large Russian train stations, but it is not available on the trains, except on some certain trains, such as Sapsan train from Moscow to St. Petersburg and Alstom train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. Purchasing a Russian sim card is suggested for people who are travelling in Russia.
Is food available on Russian trains?
Yes. Restaurant carriages are available on most long-distance trains where you can buy local dishes and a variety of drinks. Even if there is no restaurant carriage onboard, the train attendants always bring trolleys through the carriages, selling many kinds of meals and snacks. During some international train trips, the opening time of the restaurant may change as you may change time zones during the whole journey.
Are there any special facilities on Russian trains?
Yes, there are some special facilities on Russian trains for passengers with special demands. For disabled facilities, they are available for routes between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and the international trip between St Petersburg and Helsink. The carriage with disabled facilities is wider than other carriages and it is also equipped with a lift at the carriage entrance, so disabled people can take a lift to board the train. Meanwhile, most of trains in Russia possess the gender-specific compartment. That is to say, when you submit your booking of an empty cabin, you can appoint which gender is able to book another bunk. Besides, some carriages allow you to take a pet or a bicycle as well. And some long-distance trains offer you the bedding, including a bed linen and a pillowcase.
What are the main train stations in Russia?
As we all know, the transportation in Russia is developed and convenient, especially its railway network. Speaking of the capital, there are nine train stations in Moscow totally, but three main train stations are Leningradsky, Kazanski and Yaroslavski stations. The main railway station in St. Petersburg is Moskovsky station which is in the city center. In Russia, the name of train station always named by their destination. Moskovsky train station usually serves the train from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
What should I do if I miss my train?
You had better learn some Russian words and brief phrases, which will smooth your trip a lot in Russia. To be honest, a number of Russians aren’t able to speak English, including the train staff and carriage attendants. However, if you can speak a little Russian, you will find it is easy to make a communication with them, as the train staff are friendly and enthusiastic. You can also download some translation software, such as Yandex.Translate and Google. In a word, although you can’t speak Russian, people in Russia are amicable and they will do you a favor. However, learning some ordinary Russian words are suggested.
Is English widely used in Russia?
You had better learn some Russian words and brief phrases, which will smooth your trip a lot in Russia. To be honest, a number of Russians aren’t able to speak English, including the train staff and carriage attendants. However, if you can speak a little Russian, you will find it is easy to make a communication with them, as the train staff are friendly and enthusiastic. You can also download some translation software, such as Yandex.Translate and Google. In a word, although you can’t speak Russian, people in Russia are amicable and they will do you a favor. However, learning some ordinary Russian words are suggested.
Are Russian trains punctual?
Yes, Russian trains are always on time. Taking an International train from Moscow to Beijing is the best example. Although you will spend 6 days on the train, you still can reach the destination at appointed time. Besides, travelers had better arrive at the train station as early as possible in case of missing the train.
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  • M Bond from USA Posted on January 24, 2020
    The rail networks in Russia was extensive and convenient. You may get to every city by train. However, a lot of Russians can’t speak English including the salesclerk or train staff. Thus, learning some Russian words or phrases before your trip seems necessary.
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  • Sarah Andrews from Finland Posted on January 03, 2020
    The trip on the Lev Tolstoy train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki was comfortable and all facilities onboard were modern. If you hold a ticket on the Allegro or Lev Tolstoy train, you can take the electric train at the Helsinki central station to the airport for free, which was quite convenient.
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  • Anna Woodford from Norway Posted on October 12, 2019
    I purchased a ticket from Moscow to Vladimir and the agency gave me an electronic confirmation which was very easy to take the train. No need to exchange the physical ticket and just show the passport. The high speed train was really fast and punctual, and the attendents were always nice.
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