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Moscow to St. Petersburg Trains

Trains between Moscow and St. Petersburg

Russia’s two largest cities are well connected by an efficiently run and rather quick railway network. There are a great number of Moscow to St. Petersburg trains to choose from. The choice ranges from the elegant Grand Express to Russia’s most famous train, the Red Arrow (Krasnaya Strelya) to the ultra new and high speed Sapsan trains. Express to Russia has specialized in the sale and issuance of tickets for the trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg for over 10 years. We issue e-tickets online as well as paper tickets and can arrange the delivery of paper tickets to you. To search for Russian train tickets and train schedules, just use our train ticket search engine at the top of this page.

Train from Moscow to St. Petersburg

Below is a list of the most popular and well-known St. Petersburg to Moscow trains. There are day trains with airline type seating and also quite nice overnight sleeper trains. Most trains come with restaurant and/or club carriages which makes the trip between Moscow and St. Petersburg all the more comfortable and entertaining. To browse specific trains, please see the information on individual Moscow to St Petersburg trains below.

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Afanasy Nikitin train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
Afanasy Nikitin train

Afanasy Nikitin train is named in honour of famous Russian traveler and writer Afanasy Nikitin. The first trip took place in the 1991 along route Moscow - Vyborg, but then it was reduced to Moscow - Saint Petersburg route. Afanasy Nikitin operates daily. It has 2nd, 3rd class compartments and also a nice dining car.

Arktika train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
015А 19.35 Murmansk 07.31 Moskva Leningradsky 35:56
016А 00.43 Moskva Leningradsky 11.43 Murmansk 35:00
Arktika train

This is firmeny train between Moscow and Murmansk that makes a long stop in Saint Petersburg, Ladozhsky train station.
There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd class compartments. There is a special compartment for handicaped people.
All beds in all types of cars are very comfortable and have unique decoration in blue colors.

Double-Decker train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
005А 22.50 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 06.47 Moskva Leningradsky 07:57
006А 22.50 Moskva Leningradsky 06.44 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 07:54
Double-Decker train

Double-Decker trains were launched in Russia in 2013; starting from February, 2015 they operate on Moscow - St.Petersburg route.
The train runs daily. It has only 2nd class carriages - cabins for 4 people. There is a staff car with a compartment equipped specially for disabled passengers and those who accompany them. The train also has a restaurant car.
Travelling by this train you can enjoy a high comfort at affordable price. Electronic tickets are available in this train. The train is included in the system of dynamic pricing, which means that you get the best price if making the booking at early stages.

Pick the Right Train from Moscow to St. Petersburg

Russian train tickets are usually priced depending on the level of service offered aboard. The Russian trains listed below all have great service starting with the more modest and efficient second class sleeper tickets to the quite luxurious first class and VIP tickets. Moscow St. Petersburg train tickets can all be purchased at great prices by using our Russian train search engine at the top of the page.

Express train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
003А 23.30 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 08.30 Moskva Leningradsky 09:00
004А 23.30 Moskva Leningradsky 08.30 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 09:00
Express train

The Express is a fast train with an increased level of service running between Saint Petersburg and Moscow. The train has VIP 1st, 1st and 2nd class cabins.
VIP 1st class:
  • Two berths in each compartment
  • Lower berth has a width of 120 cm and upper berth has width of 90 cm
  • Each cabin has a private toilet with a shower and a washbasin, a TV, wardrobe, and air conditioner
  • Supper, breakfast and a personal hygiene set are included in the price of the ticket
  • The carriage has a bar
  • A child under 10 years can travel with 2 adults in the VIP 1st class compartment.
Regular 1st class:
  • Two berths in each compartment
  • Lower berth has a width of 110 cm and upper berth has width of 90 cm
  • A washbasin
  • Supper or breakfast and a personal hygiene set are included in the price of the ticket
2nd class compartments have two lower and two upper sleeping berths.
Bed linen is included in the prices of all tickets.
The train has a restaurant carriage with a wide range of main courses, salads, desserts and beverages. You can visit it or order food to your cabin.
Russian Train Tickets on this train are available for purchase 60 days before the departure!

Grand Express train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
054Ч 23.40 Moskva Leningradsky 08.35 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 08:55
053Ч 23.48 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 08.40 Moskva Leningradsky 08:52
Grand Express train

Grand Express is the most luxurious Russian train that operates between Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
The train has 4 types of VIP cabins: Premium (with the size of an ordinary compartment), Grand (with the size of 1.5 ordinary compartments), Imperial and Grand Deluxe cabins (both cabins have sizes equivalent to 2 ordinary compartments).
First class consists of a cabin for 2 people including bed linen and a few magazines.
VIP cabins include everything as in 1st class as well as a WC and sink. All VIP cabins except Premium have showers. All VIP cabins are sold as one complete set (for one or two passengers). The ticket price includes travel sets for men and women, a hot breakfast and, depending on the type of cabin, supper.
Regular 1st class and 2nd class carriages are also available on this train. 1st class tickets are available with and without meals.
This St. Petersburg train has a very nice dining car that serves good meals. Also, travelers can order food and drinks to their compartment.

Megapolis train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
020У 00.56 Moskva Leningradsky 08.53 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 07:57
019У 00.38 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 09.01 Moskva Leningradsky 08:23
Megapolis train

Express train "Megapolis" #19/20 has been operating between Moscow and St. Petersburg daily since October 2006. The train consists of new, modern 1st and 2nd class carriages, released by Europe’s largest Tver Carriage-building factory. 1st and 2nd class tickets are available with and without meals.
The interiors of the carriages and equipment were designed in bright orange and blue colors specifically for the company "Tver Express".

Red Arrow train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
002А 23.55 Moskva Leningradsky 07.55 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 08:00
001А 23.55 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 07.55 Moskva Leningradsky 08:00
Red Arrow train

The Red Arrow is probably the most famous Russian train. In Soviet times, it carried the Communist Party elite between Moscow and what was then Leningrad. It is still one of the most popular trains between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The train even has its own theme song that plays as it departs from the station.
The train has VIP 1st, regular 1st and 2nd class carriages. First class consists of a cabin for 2 people including bed linen, magazines and a hot meal, while 2nd class is a cabin for 4 people including bed linen, magazines and a lunch box for free. VIP 1st class cabins are available including everything as in 1st class as well as a shower and a private WC. The train also has a nice dining car that serves good meals.
Tickets on this train are available for purchase 60 days before departure.
For the full Russian rail experience, this is the train for you.

Sapsan Train between Moscow and St. Petersburg

Russia’s newest and most interesting train to date is the high-speed Sapsan Train running between Moscow and St. Petersburg. There are a number of Sapsan trains making this journey. With a speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour and extremely comfortable carriages, the Sapsan is the train of choice for many travelers. The Sapsan makes the trip in around 4 hours but certain Sapsan trains are even quicker. Sapsan train tickets are sold for the following seating categories: Superior first class, Premium first class, Standard first class seats and second class seats. A first class ticket is not even necessary as the second class Sapsan train tickets are decent and comfortable. Read more about the Sapsan below.

Sapsan train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
751А 06.40 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 10.20 Moskva Leningradsky 03:40
753А 06.50 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 10.40 Moskva Leningradsky 03:50
755А 07.00 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 11.15 Moskva Leningradsky 04:15
763А 13.30 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 17.40 Moskva Leningradsky 04:10
765А 13.40 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 18.00 Moskva Leningradsky 04:20
767А 15.00 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 18.48 Moskva Leningradsky 03:48
769А 15.10 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 19.15 Moskva Leningradsky 04:05
771А 19.30 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 23.19 Moskva Leningradsky 03:49
773А 19.40 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 23.29 Moskva Leningradsky 03:49
775А 19.50 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 23.45 Moskva Leningradsky 03:55
752А 06.40 Moskva Leningradsky 10.20 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 03:40
754А 06.50 Moskva Leningradsky 10.40 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 03:50
756А 07.00 Moskva Leningradsky 11.00 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 04:00
764А 13.30 Moskva Leningradsky 17.40 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 04:10
766А 13.40 Moskva Leningradsky 17.50 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 04:10
768А 16.30 Moskva Leningradsky 20.25 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 03:55
770А 16.40 Moskva Leningradsky 20.40 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 04:00
772А 19.30 Moskva Leningradsky 23.19 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 03:49
776А 19.50 Moskva Leningradsky 23.45 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 03:55
Sapsan train

The Sapsan is a high-speed electric Moscow train of the Velaro RUS series produced by Siemens Transportation Systems, and capable of a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The train was named after the world’s fastest bird - the peregrine falcon, known in Russian as the sapsan.
Each train has 10 carriages, of which two are first class and eight are second class.
There are three types of 1st class tickets on the train. Prices for all 1st class seats include one hot meal, newspapers and magazines.
Superior 1st class seats are arranged in rows of three with an aisle in the middle. Each seat has an individual table, lamp and socket (220 V). Each seat is equipped with a control panel to adjust its position. A wide range of adjustments, lumbar support, wide armrests, headrest and comfortable support for the legs allow passengers to have a comfortable trip. Seats can be set in a supine position.
Premium 1st class seats are located in a separate, 4-seat cabin in the 1st class carriage. They can be purchased only in full (all 4 seats). The cabin has electronic equipment and can be used for business meetings.
Price includes soft drinks and beverages.
Regular first seats are arranged in rows of four with an aisle in the middle. Each ticket includes travel packs (containing ear plugs, eye masks, and slippers), and also children´s packs.
Second class seats are arranged in rows of four with an aisle in the middle. Passengers in second class carriages can order hot food from the bistro carriage for additional payment, use the internet, and also access video and audio programs.
Buying a Russian train ticket on the Sapsan through our company is very easy!

Smena-A.Betankur train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
025А 23.36 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 07.26 Moskva Leningradsky 07:50
026А 22.42 Moskva Leningradsky 06.32 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 07:50
Smena-A.Betankur train

The train Smena was named in honor of 65 years since the first publication of the popular, Russian youth magazine of the same name. The train has an important tradition; only graduates of the St Petersburg State Transport University work on this train. In November of 2009, the name of the train was lengthened and became Smena – A. Betankur. Augustine Betankur was the first rector of the university.
The trip from Saint Petersburg to Moscow takes 8 hours 15 minutes and from Moscow to St Petersburg 7 hours 49 minutes.
Depending on the season, the train is equipped with 1st and 2nd class carriages or 1st, 2nd and 3rd class carriages. There is also a restaurant carriage on the train.
To purchase a Russian train ticket on this train, please contact us.

Two capitals train

Train Departure Arrival Trip Duration
063А 23.01 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 06.40 Moskva Leningradsky 07:39
064А 22.10 Moskva Leningradsky 06.20 Sankt-Peterburg Glavny 08:10
Two capitals train

The Firmeny train Two Capitals operates along the Moscow-St-Petersburg route since 2005.
The train has 1st, 2nd and 3rd class carriages plus a restaurant carriage. All compartments have air conditioning and heating. This train is less expensive compared with other trains along this popular route.
Two Capitals does not make stops during the trip from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. The entire journey in this direction takes 6 hours 59 minutes and from Moscow to St Petersburg the trip takes 7 hours 50 minutes.

Russian train tickets

Whichever St. Petersburg to Moscow train that you purchase a Russian train ticket for, we are certain that you will enjoy your trip. The entire Russian train system is massive and as mentioned above, quite efficiently run. Train travel not only between St. Petersburg and Moscow but throughout Russia is the most popular form of travel in the country. You will certainly enjoy relaxing in your comfortable seat while watching the striking Russian countryside roll by. If you have any questions about our Russian train tickets or any of the specific trains, please feel free to contact us or use our Russian train ticket search and booking engine. See you in Russia!

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