Best way to travel from Moscow to St.Petersburg

Best way to travel from Moscow to St.Petersburg

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There are many ways to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg. You can go by car (slow, uncomfortable, …), by plane (expensive but fast) or by train. I’d recommend this last option because you save time (departs at 23:55 and arrives at 7am), it’s cheap (you save the price of the hotel for that night) and you feel like if you were in the movie “Doctor Zhivago”.

Amongst all, the best is the Red Arrow that started its first regular service in 1921 and even has its own theme song that plays as it departs from Leningradsky Station (Komsomolskaya Metro Station, the most beautiful in Moscow). You won’t see any tourists (just locals), you’ll get a great night’s sleep (trust me…)… and its exciting! I went with my wife. At the beginning she wasn’t very convinced, but in the end she finally loved it!

The official web site for the train system of Russia and the CIS
More info here, here and here.

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  2. Hi!
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  3. Went on this train a few weeks ago (or something similar)! Though we went from St. Petersburg to Moscow instead of the other way round 😛 [Spent half a week in St. Petersburg, then Moscow for the rest of the week]

    It was a school excursion 16/17/18 yr olds, about twenty of us, and we had all our suitcases…so going into the seemingly small cabins was rather daunting to be honest, especially going down the corridor, trying to get past people and such…the locals did not approve.

    After fitting in our suitcases though (and finding a big storage space opposite the top bunks, directly above the corridor), it was really good fun! Left just before midnight, most of us looking outside the window with excitement…this novelty died after about ten minutes. Then the queue for the toilet – – – after about half an hour/an hour from departure [I forget which apologies) the toilets were unlocked, I don’t understand this particular rule, and they were locked 30/60mins before arrival, so we had to get up a bit earlier.

    There were small boxes of little food items, biscuits and such, and also in the morning the ticket lady (a very stern woman who we tried to make smile…but failed) gave us pots of porridge which you could simply add some hot water to (apparently it was very good, but I didn’t try it) and the lady was insisting that we had our porridge, though she spoke very little English.

    Also, a few Russian magazines/newspapers for the four of us in the cabin (which locked by the way…good security feature), and there were these….slippers…no you can’t call them that, they were far too thin…but there were pink feet covering things 😛 which were quite comfy if you had big feet.

    Most of my friends slept soundly throughout the night, but I did wake a few times, probably because I love sprawling out when I sleep. I’m glad I did wake up, it was such an extraordinary experience, when I was awake, I went outside my cabin and looked out of the window for a bit, didn’t really see anything, but I just liked savouring the experience.

    Apologies for rambling! Really loved it, obviously it wasn’t the most comfortable bed in the world, but it was above satisfactory.

    When we woke up in the morning, the scenery outside was incredible, everything was covered with a light layer of white snow, when we arrived in Moscow however, there was no evidence of any snow.

    Definitely a recommended journey from me!

  4. Elsa, thanks a lot for your comment!!!
    I’ve taken this train many times. Some of them in a cabin for 4 people and some in a “luxurious” cabin for two. Both were a great experience.
    All of the times, the ticket lady was “unfriendly” 🙂