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The Red Arrow night train (Moscow-St Petersburg)
The Red Arrow night train (Krasny Strela) is a 75-year old train that plies the Moscow-St Petersburg route. On my recent trip, I took the Red Arrow night train from St Petersburg to Moscow. The overnight journey departed at 2355 and arrived in Moscow at 0800 hours. I had a 2-person cabin all by myself. The space in the cabin is really very limited. If you are travelling in a pair and have suitcases, they will take up almost the entire floor space in the cabin leaving you little room to manoeuver around. It is best to travel light and to carry a cabin-sized trolley suitcase. There is a small storage bin under the sofa bed for you to store your hand luggage.
The door of your cabin can only be locked from inside. Basically, you bolt the door and lift up a lever at the top of the door to prevent people from coming in. For extra security, there is a bolt fastener which you can use to prevent people outside from turning the bolt of the door.
You will be provided with a snack box containing among other things, bread rolls, butter, cheese, salami, caviar, tea bag, coffee. There is also a toileteries kit similar to those given out by airlines. The blanket is under the red bedspread.
One hour before arrival into Moscow, the cabin attendant (provdinitza) will knock on your door to wake you up. The toilet will be locked half an hour before arrival and there is usually a queue for the toilet so I would advise you to visit the toilet well ahead of arrival.
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Train Moscow-Saint Petersburg-Moscow
I have travelled twice on Russian trains, from Moscow to Saint Petersburgh and back to Moscow. It was a night train. They are not new ones, but they are clean and cosy. And really cheap...about 10 euros one way (on third class coach). And I enjoyed the trip very much. The best memories are: drinking a beer before going to sleep and in the morning getting a hot tea on the train in those cool mugs.....nice souvenir from Russia!! ahahah! :P
This station is so wide that it hardly fits on a picture. Train depart here for Belorus and further afield like Poland and Berlin. Also if you fancy going to Smolensk for instance, this is the station you want. Like all major stations in Moscow this one has a section for long distance trains and one for local eletrishkas.
Metro station Belorusskaya
Train from Moscow to St Petersburg
After a couple of nights in Moscow it was time for us to move on to St Petersburg.
When researching our trip back in London, I determined that the best way for us to travel between the 2 cities was by train…and looking at the economics, it made sense for us to catch an overnight train – that way we could combine the cost of our transport and accommodation.
We didn’t want to ‘rough it’ though, so we booked a 1st class sleeper cabin on the ‘Red Arrow’, which is renowned for it’s “comfort”, compared to the other overnight trains.
The train left Moscow at 11:55pm, arriving in St Petersburg 8 hours later….not the fastest option, but any quicker and we wouldn’t have gotten enough sleep!
We had a 2-berth cabin, which had 2 single beds that double as seats. Bedding and a snack box were provided. The beds were surprisingly comfortable and we actually slept quite well. The toilets were pretty gross though, and there were no shower facilities.
We found that the cost of 80USD each for a night’s accommodation and transport was affordable for us, though there are cheaper options available. I am glad that we spent the money to have a private cabin – would not have liked to share with others….
All in all, it was a fine way to travel, and it was great to arrive in central St Petersburg, with no airport transfers to contend with.
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When you travel somewhere by train always make sure you know which station you are leaving from.
From most stations there are long-distance trains as well as suburban trains. This railway station you use e.g. to go on a suburban train to Kolomna.
Closest metro station is Komsomolskaya.
Electrical trains all around
There are several railroad stations on Moscow, some are as the metro, a work of art. If U´re planning to go near moscow, around 200km U can take the electrical trains, "electrichki". They aren´t so conmfortable but are cheap and take U almost anywhere in a radius of 200km from Moscow. Inside the trains there are locals selling all kind of stuff, food, sweets and souvenirs. Take care of your money and don´t show it all. The far U´re from Moscow, the more thieves U´ll find.
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Trains to and from Moscow
Info now taken from Lonely Planet website
Moscow has rail links to most parts of Russia, most former Soviet states, numerous countries in Eastern and Western Europe, and China and Mongolia. Moscow has nine main train stations, all with metro stations on the spot.
Travelling by Train
We travelled around Russia by train, first from Germany to Minsk, then Gomel to Moscow, Moscow to St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg to Gomel, then home.
Generally the trains, although not up to the standard of European trains, where very comfortable. There are a few things you have to know about Russian trains before you travel, like that the toilet is locked 30 minutes before arriving at a station. The following website contains indespensible information on rail travel around Russia.
Getting on the Transmongolian
The Transmongolian train to Beijing departs from Yaroslavski Station (of of the 3 stations in Moscow)
You have to wade through an enormous crowd of people to get on the train.
It seems that half Mongolia must be on it
Booking a train out of Moscow
Booking a train out of Moscow was a bewildering experience. Basically if you do not speak Russian, then you can't get a ticket.
Aswell as this there is a very disorganised/highly complicated queuing system where you can wait up to 30 mins in a queue, at which point they pull the shutters down for a 2 hour break without warning.
I managed to book tickets eventually without much hassle through Hotel Moscow!
TRANS SIBERIAN RAILWAY
I took a 1st Class ticket (on a Russian train) on the Trans Siberian Railway. It took me four and a bit days to reach Moscow and it was one of the most facinating experiences of my life. I shared a 2 berth room with another foreign woman traveller whom I had never met before. It was really pot-luck as to who you end up with. She moved from a 4 berth cabin because her bunk had been piled up with goods belonging to the Mongolian Traders. Having the traders on board the train was quite exciting. They spent the time between UB and Sukhbaatar (the Mongolian border) swapping goods so as to avoid customs duty. After Sukhbaatar and Naushiky the Russian border) procedures were completed they spent the rest of the night retrieving their goods! It was interesting watching the poor Siberian Russians buying the bad quality Chinese manufactured goods that the Mongolian traders were selling during the time the trains were stopped at the station. There were no shower or bath facilities on the train and the toilets were pretty gross. I managed to have a cold water wash with a cup and flannel.
I spent most of the time sleeping, reading and eating. I had stocked up on some basic supplies and the friendly lady babushka from the restaurant car kept us supplied with lovely chicken, bread and piva (beer) for the first half of the journey. Unfortunately towards the end of the trip most of the trains' food supplies were running low so we had to make do with biscuits and chocolate we had bought along. I was so excited when we finally arrived at Yaroslavl Station and I met up with a Russian man who helped me across the street to Kazan Station for my trip to Samara.
Tverskoi zastavy square, phone: 973-89-08, 973-84-64
Komsomolskaya square,2 phone: 266-25-42, 266-28-43
Kievskogo vokzala square, phone: 240-76-22, 262-62-30
Zemlyanoi Val street, 29 phone: 266-56-52, 266-48-20
Komsomolskaya square,3 phone: 262-42-81, 262-45-29
Leninskaya square, 1 phone: 235-46-73, 233-00-40 (add.21-35)
Rijskogo vokzala district, phone: 266-11-76
Komsomolxskaya square,5 phone: 266-05-95, 266-02-18
phone: 285-90-00 (add.56-34) 285-90-00(add.57-07)
Trans Siberian Rail
We arrived in Moscow by train, the mithical trans siberian railway: 7 days by train from Beijing through Mongolia, Siberia, the Ural Mountains and the endless russian plains.
Well, in fact it was the "Trans Mongolian" branch, the real Trans Siberian goes only through Russia, from Moscow to Vladivostok.
You can find maps, webcams and more info at the link below:
A new train/electrichka has recently openend up that goes from Domodyedovo airport to Paveletskaya metro. It costs about $1 (30R) each way and is much cheaper, easier and faster than hiring a car. It is more comfortable than the typical Elektrichkas also, with padded individual seats and televisions screens playing music videos and cartoons. On the way back into Moscow though it was playing a tv show staring the Olson twins (if you don't know who these annoying tv teensw are, you are so very lucky!)...OK, so it isn't perfect, but if you bring earplugs and a book to read the twins shouldn't be to much of an annoyance!!!
verry important!!!!!if u are...
if u are a Foreigner and you are going to travel Inter City.........you neeed buy the ticket in the Intourist agency....are in the train stations,,,
Don't go to the regular ticket window.(kacca)
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