Russia by Train

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A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Russia.

Here you will find information for Russia about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.


Useful Information

Population: 144.5 million

Currency: Ruble

Language: Russian

Capital: Moscow

Country Code: +7

Time Zone: Moscow Standard Time

Travel Warning for Russia

Due to the political atmosphere in Russia and the unprovoked attacks in Ukraine, we do not recommend traveling to Russia. Please inform yourself in advance about possible entry restrictions. Stay healthy and safe travels.

Railwayhero does not take responsibility for any rail company or country’s decision to limit or refuse travel.

Train Companies

The rail network in Russia is operated by the state railway company – RZD.

GO Rail operates connections between Tallin and St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Allegro trains from Helsinki to St. Petersburg are operated by Karelian Trains.

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Train Tickets


Buy your train tickets for Russia on the official homepage of Russian Rail – RZD.

Buy your train tickets for Russia online at RealRussia.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Russia.


Regional Trains are slow trains, that stops often at every station.

  • 1st and 2nd class

Sapsan are highspeed trains operating between Moscow, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Nizhny Novgorod.

Sapsan is a high-speed train operating between St. Petersburg and Helsinki.

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Frequently Travelled Routes In Russia


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
St. Petersburg to Moscow 3:33 Direct Train (Sapsan)
Moscow to Kazan 11:10 Direct Train
Moscow to Perm 28:17 Direct Train
Moscow to Yekaterinburg 34:44 Direct Train
Moscow to Novosibirsk 53:15 Direct Train
Moscow to Krasnoyarsk 65:12 Direct Train
Moscow to Irkutsk 95:03 Direct Train
Moscow to Vladivostok 173:45 Direct Train
Irkutsk to Ulan Ude 6:58 Direct Train
Irkutsk to Vladivostok 78:42 Direct Train


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
St. Petersburg to Tallin, Estonia 7:31 Direct Train
St. Petersburg to Helsinki, Finland 3:30 Direct Train
Moscow to Ulan Bator, Mongolia 117:01 Direct Train
Moscow to Beijing, China 146:53 Direct Train
Moscow to Minsk, Belarus 9:53 1 Train
Moscow to Kiev, Ukraine 13:32 1 Train
Moscow to Berlin, Germany 24:33 3 Train
Yekaterinburg to Astana, Kazakhstan 27:20 1 Train
Irkutsk to Harbin, China 49:03 direct Train

Russia travel routes

Trans-Mongolian Railway From Moscow To Beijing

Trans-Mongolian Railway From Moscow To Beijing

Transsib: Moscow To Lake Baikal

Transsib: Moscow To Lake Baikal

Main Train Stations

  • Moscow Leningradsky Station
  • Moscow Kazansky Station
  • Moscow Yaroslavlsky Station
  • St. Petersburg
  • Omsk
  • Perm
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kasan
  • Jekaterinburg
  • Krasnojarsk
  • Irkutsk
  • Ulan Ude
  • Vladivostok

Train Tours in Russia

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Russia

We suggest visiting from April to October, bearing in mind that the mid-summer months of June, July, and August will be spendy. We recommend this none the less due to the increased amount of daylight hours you’ll have and the favorable season(s) you’ll experience. Russia is known to have some pretty frigid winters* in the typical places most people tend to visit, such as St. Petersburg, Moscow, and anywhere along the Transsiberian Railway Line; however, the south of Russia along the Black Sea boasts a Mediterranean climate. Around the Sochi area, you will find mild winters and warm summers where the water is warm enough to swim in all the way up to October. Who would have thought you could do that in Russia?! 

Russia is a beautiful and expansive country where it’s impossible to see it all in a lifetime but hopefully you can get to see as much as possible of the country on whichever route you may journey on. The country is known for its several forms of art, so why not take a tour through the world-famous Hermitage, attend a ballet or a classical concert. The architecture is also something else to marvel at while touring on through the canals of St. Petersburg, admiring the Amber Room in Catherine’s Palace, wandering the gardens of Peterhof, or even while counting the colors used on the exterior of St. Basil’s Cathedral. 

What some options that are a bit different than your average tourist attraction? Check out Bunker 42, Museum of Hygiene, Russian Fashion Week (March and October), the underground mall at Tverskaya Street, the Faberge Museum, Kizhi Island on Lake Onega, VDNH Park, Izmailovo Kremlin (the “other” Kremlin), and Fort Zverev.

*If visiting in the winter, Lake Baikal creates peculiar ice structures that will be hard to believe they were naturally made. There are also several winter activities on the lake such as dog sledding and snowmobiling.

  • High Season: June to August
  • Low Season: November to March


Accommodation In Russia


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