It just so happened that when choosing transport for travel, we first of all think about the plane, and when traveling short distances — about the car. But, as a rule, in any case, we forget about the train. Travel expert Denis Zavazalsky decided to correct this misunderstanding by talking about the unique trains that run around Russia and the railway routes that deserve attention.
The branded and very famous train has been connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg since 1931. The first carriages of the Red Arrow were made of wood. The composition then included 12 blue cars. In 1962, their coloring was changed to dark red. The Red Arrow is the first Soviet train to feature high-class sleeping cars (the so-called SV). In the pre-war years, representatives of the authorities traveled by train. For them, a convenient departure time was set — 23:55. During this time, the schedule has not changed for a minute. Now the speed of the train reaches 160 km/h, and it covers the distance between the two capitals in eight hours.
A regular passenger retro train that runs on a steam locomotive, linking the shore of Lake Ladoga and the Ruskeala field. It consists of five cars — including a dining car. Inside, the Express is decorated in the style of the interior of the carriage, on which the architect Auguste Montferrand (Isaac’s Cathedral and the Alexander Column in St. Petersburg were built according to his designs) came to Ruskeala. By the way, the modern railway from Sortavala to Ruskeala runs along the route of the land road, along which marble was delivered from Lake Ladoga.
Spacious compartments, a high level of service, comfort and manufacturability — all this is “Grand Express”. The creators of this train have taken into account the maximum number of nuances to take the experience of passenger transportation to a whole new level. The train has eight service classes: Standard, Standard+, Business, Business Comfort, Business Premium, Grand, Grand Imperial Single, Grand Imperial. The train runs from Moscow to St. Petersburg and back at night, which is quite convenient. Travel time is just under nine hours.
New carriages of single-deck and double-deck trains “Tavria” follow to the Crimean peninsula and back. The train of the 3rd class of service has a SV, a compartment and a reserved seat. In a compartment for two passengers — two sofas 60 cm wide each, with individual lighting. When buying a whole compartment, small animals or a large dog can be transported at no additional charge for carriage.
Along the Golden Ring of Russia on a retro train from Moscow
The locomotive-powered train cars will become a hotel on wheels for you: you can visit Vladimir, Murom and Kozelsk, and from there you can visit Suzdal, Diveevo and Optina Pustyn with bus excursions. Throughout the route of the Golden Ring train, excursions to monasteries and architectural monuments related to the history of Ancient Russia are provided.
Duration: from 1 day.
The unique tour along the Trans-Siberian Railway was developed in honor of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty and includes four directions: from the Kazansky railway station in Moscow to Vladivostok and back, or from Moscow to Beijing and back. You can ride on each one or two times a year. The train repeats the appearance of the composition in which the royal family traveled: wide corridors, red carpets, wooden chairs and armchairs with soft upholstery, a shower and spacious compartments. As part of the imperial train — 13 cars. Modern travelers are offered excursions and an entertainment program with culinary master classes, lessons in playing Russian national musical instruments, and creative workshops.
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights.
“Trans-Siberian Express “Golden Eagle””
A stylized train runs from Moscow to Vladivostok — a great opportunity to travel across the country with maximum comfort, through the Urals, Western and Eastern Siberia to Lake Baikal and further to the Far East itself. Spacious compartments, memorable interiors and a well-organized excursion program are included. During the trip, the chef prepares dishes of national cuisine — there will be borscht, Siberian dumplings, and smoked omul on Baikal. The train consists of 19 cars for 120 passengers and 56 attendants. Tourists are accommodated in double compartments with a private bathroom and shower.
Cruise duration: 15 days / 14 nights.
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