Take the electrichka, the suburb-train
Electrichka is the russian name for their suburb-trains, they mostly run in time but are not really very comfortable when it comes to seats.
In Moscow you have to enter the trains from Yaroslavsky Voksal , the ride to Sergiyev Posad takes about 60 minutes and there will be trains approximately every half hour. After arrival you still have to walk about 1 km to get to the monastery.
The price of the return-trainticket is around 100 Rubles / ca. 3 euros !
This is certainly the cheapest and also fastest way to get to the monastery from Moscow, trains are always very cheap in Russia, although it is sometimes quite hard to find the right counter for the tickets, as tickets are sold in different counters for different destinations. Its always good in such a situation to be able to read the cyrillic letters and/or even better : travelling with a local friend.
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How to get to Sergiyev Posad
I got to Sergiyev Posad in a tourbus that was organized by our river-cruiseline. It was a fullday-trip and included a lunch-packet, I think the price was around 80 euros.
The distance of ca. 90km from Moscow is not really the biggest problem, but you have to take a highway that is mostly hit by heavy trafic-jams, where you loose a lot of time. We had a guided tour included in that price and about 30 minutes to explore the monastery ourselves a bit or buy some souvenirs.
Unfortunately you dont see anything else in that town except the monastery that way.
Next time I would take the Electrishka / train.
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To Sergiyev Posad by train
I visited Sergiev Posad in a daytrip by elektrichka from Moscow's Yaroslavsky Station.
A single ticket cost 112 Rubles (October 2009) and can be bought from ticket windows at the station.
The ticket has a barcode which gives you access through the gates to the platforms. You even need the ticket to leave the platform when getting back to Moscow. So make sure to keep your ticket until the end of your trip.
The trip takes something between 70 and 90 minutes. Trains go more or less hourly. All trains to Aleksandrov stop in Sergiyev Posad.
The train station of Sergiyev Posad is located a 20 minutes walk south of the monastery.
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Train to Sergyiev Posad
Train from Yaroslavsky station did take in both directions 2 hour, if you get worried where to get off (suburban trains getting slower?), in the carriages there is usualy a line plan on the wall. Returnticket was 224 Rubel.
From the Sergyiev Posad it is about 1 km to walk.
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How to get Sergyiev Posad
The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 90 km to the north-east from Moscow by the road leading to Yaroslavl.
You may also get to Sergyiev Posad by electric train (electrichka - 1st and 2nd photos) from the Yaroslavsky Vokzal (about an hour in a way every half an hour).
The map of the Architecture Ensemble of the Trinity St-Sergius Monastery you may find at my third pic.
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Railway station and square
You arrive to Sergyiev Posad by electric train and see the railway station and its square. After that you may reach the Trinity Lavra by walk (about 1 km and 15 minutes in a way).
You may watch my high resolution photo of the Sergyiev Posad Railway station on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 18' 3.65" N 38º 8' 14.51" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sergyiev Posad Railway station .
You may watch my high resolution photo of the Sergyiev Posad Railway station square on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 18' 15.31" N 38º 8' 15.21" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sergyiev Posad Railway station square.
An easy trip from Moscow
Sergiyev Posad is between 70-90 minutes away from Moscow by car - the principle bottleneck being the MKAD (Moscow's orbital motorway) thereafter it is a simple journey up the M8 (follow the signs to Yaroslavl!). The motorway is generally often only two or three carriageways wide - and there is not always a central reservation - but generally the road surface is pretty good. There are monitored car parks in Sergiyev Posad - these are cheap to use and probably the best bet for parking close to the main attractions.
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Train then go on foot
Suburban trains run every half-hour to/from Moscow's Yaroslavl Station. Buying the train tickets can be a little confusing...
The train ride is about 1 1/2 hours...
Once you reach, you can reach the monastery on foot... quite a long walk though, so be prepared....
Getting to Sergiev Posad
I arranged for a car & driver through Patriarshy Dom Tours. They offer a wide varierty of tours in Moscow (with a good reputation) and will also help to arrange guides, cars and other items in the city.
We weren't as pleased with the driver as we were with Natasha, our driver from St. Petersburg. He didn't know where the Abramtsevo Estate-Museum was (our destinations were given when booking) and he was determined not to stop to ask for directions.
The cost was $12 US per hour, so we paid almost $100 for the day, plus tip. It's not at all inexpensive, but was well-suited for our purposes.
Getting There - Bus
You can get there by bus from many places, including Moscow, Dmitrov (that’s where I went from), Aleksandrov, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, Uglich, Yaroslavl and some other surrounding towns/cities. Incredibly, the journey from Dmitrov takes 1 hour and 30 minutes, as the road is not the straight one, but of the kind that visits all the villages in the region. It goes up and down the hills, and (if the bus was only a bit quicker) the sensation would have been like the Russian Montains attraction. A cool thing, if you wish to discover the countryside of the Moskovskaja oblast’, but not so much if you wish to get to the place as quickly as possible. The cost is 1.3 USD one way.
If you take this, you should get off the bus when you actually see the Lavra. That’s the sign, and it’s well visible from the bus.
Getting There - Train
Sergiev Posad is relatively easy to get to using the train, as it’s right on the Yaroslavl’ – Moscow line. Trains to/from Moscow leave the Yaroslavskaja railway station about twice an hour. You should take either a train to Sergiev Posad directly, or the one going to Aleksandrov. They’ll both bring you to your destination.
The approximate time of the journey from Moscow is 1 hour 20 minutes, but may be more, depending chiefly on the number of people wishing to board the train. If there’s a lot of them, this invariably makes the stops longer. The cost is 41 roubles, or 1.3 USD one way. No discounts for return ticket, but I guess they’re not much needed with this prices. Do keep your ticket till you leave the station in Moscow (that’s if you’re going from Sergiev Posad, else you won’t be able to exit the train platform).
A word of warning: the trains are extremely dirty, noisy and slow. So, come prepared.
Hop the bus
It is only a 2 hour bus ride from Sergiyev Posad from Moscow. Buses leave every 15 minutes from the bus terminal in Sergiyev Posad. The Moscow terminal is seperate and is located behind the main building at a small kiosk. In Moscow the buses go to VDNK, near the all Russian Exposition Center.
how to get there
By Car: The town of Sergiyev Posad is located 75 kilometers northeast of Moscow. Drive up Prospekt Mira, on to the Outer Ring Road, then take highway M-8 in the direction of Sergiyev Posad.
By Bus: Bus No. 388 leaves VDNKH metro station at 6:50 a.m. and every 30 minutes after that. The fare is 30 rubles one way or 50 rubles roundtrip. The trip takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
By Train: Commuter trains leave from Yaroslavsky Station every 30 minutes and take about an hour and a half to reach Sergiyev Posad. The cost of an adult roundtrip ticket is 51 rubles. Students pay half-price.
Catch the train to Sergei Pasod from Moscow's Yaroslavl station, in the Komsomol neighborhood. The cost is about a dollar and a half and the trip takes about three hours.
This is the station from which you leave Sergei Pasod. Track 2 is where our train left from, the second one in.
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