Trains, Saint Petersburg
The favourite place for me was Siberia in Russia. I travelled there some years ago and made a trans-Siberia train trip from Bejing to St.Petersburg -
It includes such beautiful cities as Bejing, Ulan-bator, Irkutsk, Moscow and St.Petersburg. And the nature of Siberia is completely astonishing! I did it thanks to http://www.russiantrains.com/en/page/beijing-ulan-bator-irkutsk-moscow-st-petersburg That was a delight to travel. I enjoyed the journey and want to take it again :)
The 650 kilometre train route between St Petersburg and Moscow is one the country's busiest with up to 36 trains daily each-way between the two.
The fastest trains are the state-of-the-art Sapsan services which can cover the journey non-stop in under four hours. There are also a variety of slower, stopping services, and comfortable overnight sleeper services with varying journey times of up to nine-and-a-half hours.
Trains depart St Petersburg's Moskovsky station, on Nevski Prospekt and arrive in Moscow at Leningradsky station, on Ploschad Komsomolskaya.
Prices vary enormously, depending on specific trains, their times and the class of tickets but the fast trains are still relatively inexpensive considering the distance with an average Sapsan 2nd class fare being 2844 roubles - June 2014.
On my trip I opted for the non-stop "Nevski Express" which had a journey time of 4 hours 10 minutes with a 2nd class fare of 2080 roubles.
This train was previously the fastest train on the route and was taken out of service with the introduction of the Sapsan. It was re-introduced recently as the route's popularity, and punctuality, improved and its day-time journey is just as fast as any of the Sapsans.
Buying my ticket online, through the rzd site below, proved to be problematic as it wouldn't accept my payment card. Fortunately a Russian friend, who I was meeting up with in Riga before my trip, offered to buy the ticket for me. This proved to be an ideal solution and I was able to print my ticket before setting off.
The journey turned out to be a perfectly pleasant one. I arrived at the station in plenty of time, which gave me a chance to see the boarding system and have a relaxed coffee before setting out. It was amusing to note that once the Moscow trains were about to depart the tannoy system temporarily suspended its announcements and played a bit of suitably martial music as the trains left.
In order to board the high speed trains there is a basic security check, where they X-ray your luggage but that wasn't any problems and nowhere near as strict as airline security - you don't even have to take your jacket off or empty keys and money from your pockets.
At the end of each carriage there's a conductor who scans your ticket and checks it against your passport - then you board and you're on your way. During the journey each carriage's conductor acts as a concierge, running a little galley supplying hot drinks, snacks and travel souvenirs with an at-seat service. There was also a freebie airline-style "lunch pack" with a sandwich, bottle of water and some nibbly bits.
My coach was one of the traditional ones with a six-seat compartment, but was perfectly spacious and my travelling companions suitably civilised. With a good book the four hours soon passed.
Nice way to travel and a lot less hassle than flying.
We were on a group tour through Russia and our journey from St Petersburg to Moscow was on the fast train. Luxury travel,very fast, and comfortable.
The trip took approximately 4 hours with a few stops along the way. We passed many large industrial complex which were derelict, it looked as though the business had closed up and everyone walked away.
Much of the farmland remained unworked, people had just walked away. We were informed Land Barons had purchased the individual small peasant lots.
An interesting trip, and we left with the impression that agriculture in the districts we passed was anything but booming.
Salimos hacia Moscú en un tren nocturno que estaba limpio y cómodo , fue un buen viaje
La estación está en Nevski Prospect , así que como hacía muy bien tiempo , cenamos y nos fuimos paseando
Los compartimentos eran de cuatro camas , así que compartimos habitación con una pareja que eran agradables
Sacamos los billetes por Internet
We left to Moscow in a night train that was clean and comfortable , it was a nice trip
The station is in Nevski Prospect, so as it was very good weather , we had dinner and we went walking The train compartments had four beds, so we shared the room with a couple of Russians that were very nice
We got the tickets in Internet
We went there by a train from Warsaw.
To minimize costs we bought tickets from Warsaw to Terespol (town on the border). Price 35 PLN (9 USD). Travel time: 3,5h.
Then from Terespol to Brest (Brzesc - on the Belarusian border). Price was 9 PLN (2 USD). As at July 2003 it is only 4,5 PLN (or 1 EURO). Travel time: 1-2 h because of the customs.
And finally from Brest to St.Peter. Price was 24 USD (as at July 2003: 38 USD). Travel time: 21 h.
Total: 34 USD and app. 26 h. As at July 2003 the costs increased to app. 48 USD per person.
Tickets from Brest to St. Petersburg were bought of course much earlier by our friend who lives in Brest.
Oh thanks for the reply. It really helped me much, big time!
But there's one minor inquiry yet. I can't seem to find timetable and price on RZD.ru. I even typed in Russian, and still nothing showed up. Now the question is, can I get the tickets for Sibelius/Repin/Tolstoi in Ladozhskiy/Finlandskiy railway station?
On local trains you buy your ticket at office window, and are given paper ticket with a barcode on.. At the ticket barrier the barcode is shown to machine and gate opens. The train carriage the seats are either plastic or wooden seats. To leave your destination station your paper ticket barcode is shown to machine gate to open, so dont loose it has an attendant is watching the gates.
I travelled 1 st class train from Helsinki to St Petersburg at 07-23 arriving St Petersburg 14-15. watches go forward one hour at border, The compartment was for 6 persons very comfortable, i had booked on line at Real Russia.com ,very efficent if a little dear. Finnish border guards glance at passports on the train, then Russian border guards do a keen passport check and russian visa check. They then bring back passport and the emigration card that had been fill in earlier. All this takes about half an hour but the train still arrives on time. Remember you must have a russian visa to enter russia,you apply before travelling
In 2007-2009 you can make train reservations via Internet
You need to create a logon and you can search for tickets.
St. Petersburg- Moscow often sell out a week or two in advance, but you can keep looking, availability changes by the hour as people change their schedules and tickets are made available.
Online reservations hold the reservation for 10 minutes while you pay, then you pick up at the station.
We find the visa pay system does not always work.
You can use the online site for schedules order over the telephone dialing 067.
You have to go pay and pickup your tickets that day from train kassa on Canal Griboedova.
If you take an overnight train you usually can buy tea in the morning and some trains have a dining car. But most people bring their own food. If you are in a coupe, 4 bed-seats and a common table, you can make a picnic spread. Bread, cheese, kohlbasa, juices, fresh fruit, vegetables and water make a good spread.
It is a good idea to bring your own food. Trains make whistle stops at small villages and you can jump out for a minute and try to buy some juice from a kiosk or fresh fruit and bread from the grandmothers who come for your convenience. But you never know what you will find and the train will not wait for you. The conductor will scold you royally if you jump aboard as the train starts moving.
Many long distance trains do have a dining car and it makes for a pleasant break from the train seats if it is not crowded.
There are 5 train stations in St. Petersburg for local suburbs and international travel.
Trains are a great way to go to other cities, in fact the only way besides airplanes.
The local trains are the most economical electric trains. They are widely used for nearby towns and dascha. If you don't mind sitting on hard wood benches and many stops you can try and piece together a number of short runs to get to a far place, but it will be slow and tiring.
The redeye or night trains to Moscow from St. Petersburg and well traveled. You leave late at night and arrive early in the morning for a day of sightseeing. You can also return to Petersburg on the night train.
Most charge extra for sheets to sleep, about 50 rubles.
Moskovsky Station (Metro: Ploshchad Vosstania or Mayakovskaya) Daily trains to Moscow run frequently, and most take approx. 7-8 hours, with overnight sleepers being the recommended choice. There is one train by the name of ER200 which will do the trip in about 4 hours, though it is rumored not to be for those with weak stomachs. In general, be advised to buy tickets well in advance, especially for weekend travel, as this is always a popular route. The station also serves the Novgorod, Luga, Far North, +7 (812) 768-94-57
Finlandsky Station (Metro: Ploshchad Lenina) Trains to Helsinki, Finland, Vyborg and other northwest Russia areas.
+7 (812) 768-79-00
Ladozhsky Station (Metro: Ladozhskaya) Central Asia, Crimea, and the Caucuses.
+7 (812) 436-56-00, 436-53-04
Baltiysky Station (Metro: Baltiskaya) For local/suburban services only. Trains to Peterhof, Pskov, Luga, Gatchina.
Next to it is Varshavsky Station Serving Pskov, the Baltics, and Eastern.
+7 (812) 768-28-59
Vitebsky Station (Metro: Pushkinskaya) Pavlovsk, Belarus, Kiev, Odessa.
+7 (812) 768-59-39
Trams run on rails in the center of the street and look like trains. They stop at designated spots and are one of the major ways to get around above ground.
They stop in the middle of the road and cars are supposed to stop and let people on and off. This is Russia. look first before entering the street and expecting that cars have stopped. Some drivers try and get by anyway.
About 17 rubles(2008year)
The Moscowtrainstation is located in the centre of St. Petersburg. When you walk out of the station, you are in fact in the main shopping street, Nevski Prospekt.
Visit the sportshop on the north side of the street pretty close to the metrostation of Moscowsquare and discover the oldfashioned way of paying off in this shop; I had to pass at least 2 cash desks before I could take the poster I wanted with me.
We arrived in St Petersburg by overnight train from Moscow.
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.
I arrived in St Petersburg by train from Helsinki. Trains from Finland arrive at Ladozhsky Station in St. Petersburg and the trip takes about 6 hours. There are three daily trains serving this route.
I left St. Petersburg by train from Moskovsky Station to Moscow. Depending on the train the trip takes between 5 and 8 hours.
Most of the trains serving this route are night trains.