Day train from Moscow to St Petersburg

Nov 24th, 2013, 09:42 PM
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Day train from Moscow to St Petersburg

Hi, I need to figure out a daytime train from Moscow to St Petersburg. I have read a lot about night trains but I already have a hotel reservation and I really want to see the beautiful scenery out the window as I travel. Any advice would be appreciated! Train lines, ticket prices, anything!! I will be needing this ticket on the 15th of December Thank you!
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Nov 25th, 2013, 02:13 AM
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Hi dhb...i replied to your other thread re moscow and st petes

re the i mentioned..we paid big dollars..for 2nd class sleeper
shared with another couple..double bunks
no shower
toilet way down the carriage

we couldve got the tickets for about 80 each but paid close to three hundred for both of us...first class class was going to cost us about 500 aud..ridiculous

we were told the countryside/scenery isnt all that spectacular so decided to do it at night...but i reckon anything is interesting in russia so id be happy to do it during the day
our train left around 1030 and arrived a little after 6am...something like that

ask your travel agent for a quote and then search online to compare
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Nov 25th, 2013, 04:43 AM
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Hi-- we took the fast day train about a month ago, going in the other direction. The scenery wasn't terribly fascinating-- woods in winter-- but the trip was relaxing.

We went on a mid-day Sapsan firmeny(?), following the advice of the Man in Seat 61. His website has a lot of good information. We used the company that advertises there, RealRussia, and they too were very helpful. A mid-day ticket on the fast train was around $90; there was a more expensive option with a meal (around $187), which didn't seem necessary.

Have fun!
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Nov 25th, 2013, 03:57 PM
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I didn't think the scenery was particularly noteworthy. I'm not saying you shouldn't take the day train; I'm just providing the observation.
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Nov 25th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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If you're not too fussy, prepared to bring your own lunch, and flexible about which train you take, normally you could wait and buy a ticket a few days ahead while already in Moscow, at the cheapest price as charged at the ticket window. The 15th being a Sunday might make things a bit trickier. See what comes up on

The sights are minimal, especially in winter. After the first million trees you nod off... Might save the money of a hotel and take the night train if you're up for that.
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Nov 25th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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Now that I see you other post, I would definitely suggest that you consider the night train, at least if you do try to see both cities in this same trip. Your time on the ground during the day is just too limited!
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Nov 25th, 2013, 05:40 PM
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We took the day train as I wanted to see the scenery and frankly didn't believe that there wasn't that much to see. Really nothing to see but after really hustling for 10 days in Moscow it was good to have a break and relax. Check out other threads about the location of the train station as if I recall correctly you exit the metro station in Moscow, and wander toward your left to what best might be described as an alley to enter the station for the Moscow-St. Pete train. We already had tickets we had bought online, thank goodness. I believe as you enter the train station head towards your left and there will be a waiting area. Wait there until you see the train being called. You will go through security to get on the train. We gave ourselves an extra half hour to find our way. No one spoke English and it was unsettling not to know where we were going and of course, could not miss the train as there was no other if we did. At night I would really want explicit instructions on how to navigate the metro/train station. Of course if you take a cab they could probably drop you off right in front of the train station and if the driver spoke English, that would be very advantageous .
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