Saint-Petersburg: Arrival & Departure
By Train. See also arrival and departure
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Traveling by train is
quite popular and most convenient way to travel in Russia.
It allows you to relax or work and move about. International
train passengers undergo custom inspection at the border
(not at the railway station) of three to four hours,
while the wheels are exchanged to fit the narrower gauge
of European railways. It is advisable to check in advance
your visa, passport and other documents.
St. Petersburg has five major train stations. All of
them have a connecting subway stop and can be easily
reached by public transportation.
- BALTIYSKIY STATION (Baltic Station)
Suburban trains to Gatchina, Kalishche,
Luga, Oranienbaum (Lomonosov),
Address: 120, nab. Obvodnogo kanala, Metro:
- FINLANDSKIY STATION (Finland
Long-distance trains to Moscow,
Suburban trains to Zelenogorsk, Vyborg, Sestroretsk,
Address: 6, pl. Lenina, Metro: Ploshchad
- MOSKOVSKIY STATION (Moscow
Long-distance trains to Moscow,
Almaty, Adler, Archangelsk, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg,
Ivanovo, Kazan, Murmansk, Perm, Nizhniy Novgorod,
Suburban trains to Volkhov, Malaya Vishera, Mga.
Address: 85, Nevskiy pr., Metro: Ploshchad
- VITEBSKIY STATION (Vitebsk
International trains to Kishinev, Minsk, Kiev, Odessa,
Long-distance trains to Dnepropetrovsk, Smolensk.
Suburban trains to Novolisino, Oredezh,
Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), Pavlovsk.
Address: 5, Zagorodny pr., Metro: Pushkinskaya
- LADOZHSKIY STATION (Ladoga
Long-distance trains to Petrozavodsk, Nizhniy Tagil,
Ekaterinburg, Murmansk, Sharya.
Suburban trains to Budogosch, Nevdubstroy, Volkhovstroy,
Voibokalo, Mga, Pupishevo. Metro Ladozhskaya
Train tickets may be purchased through the tourist bureau
in your hotel or directly on this site. Tikets for all
railway routes are also available at the Central Railway
Booking Office (Address: 24, nab. Kanala Griboedova
(adjacent to the Kazan Cathedral), metro Nevskiy
TERMS OF RAILWAY
Agency transfer a claim for railway tickets reservation
by telefax in the following terms:
- for groups - no less than 10 working-days prior to
departure of the train;
- for individuals - no less than 2 working-days prior
to departure of the train.
In case of cancellation after the reservation has been
confirmed the Agency suffers losses: - more than 1 day
before departure 20%; - 1 day and less before departure
HOW TO GO BY
The trains always leave on time with
a broadcasted warning five minutes before departure-and
that is all! So do not miss the train! First class has
two berths to a compartment and second class has four.
This is an excellent way to meet Russians. A personal
car attendant will bring tea (brewed in the car's samovar)
and biscuits, and wake you up in the morning. Remember
to turn off the radio at night or the National Anthem
will blast you awake at 6 am. The compartments are not
segregated. If there is a problem, the attendant can
usually arrange a swap. It is difficult for foreigners
to buy train or plane tickets direct from local stations
or ticket counters. Tickets are usually bought through
Intourist or a hotel service desk. You have
to travel on an Intourist train ticket or risk
being fined by the railway. The busiest branches of
St.Petersburg railway network are to Moscow
ON THE TRAIN
When you board the train, the conductor (provodnik)
will check your ticket and your passport. If you have
lots and lots of baggage, expect to pay a surcharge
of about (R=$5.00/bag). On night trains the conductors
will collect a small sum of money for the bed linen,
and towel ($1.00-2.00 in rubles). They should also offer
you tea at night and in the morning. Some will have
a selection of alcohol, cold beer, soda and snacks for
sale. For good service, a small tip ($1.00 in rubles)
at the end of the trip is appropriate.
expect no less than $4.00 in rubles from foreigners
for one or two bags. Indulge yourself, because "Wagon
Number 1" usually is a long way down the platform. Agree
on a per bag price before they start helping you.
To make your trip more
pleasant bring food, water, non-alcoholic drinks, and
a pocket knife (to prepare food). Of course you can
enjoy a meal in the restaurant-car. On overnight trips
bring slippers, light clothes to sleep in, a small towel.
You are also advised to have your own supply of toilet
SAFETY AT THE
Be alert around railway stations, especially the Moscow,
Warsaw and Baltic stations!
THE MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS
- ST.PETERSBURG - MOSCOW -
Daily trains to Moscow run frequently, and most
take approx. 7-8 hours, with overnight sleepers
being the recommended choice. There is one train
by the name of ER200 which will do the trip in about
4 hours. In general, be advised to buy tickets
well in advance, especially for weekend
travel, as this is always a popular route. You can
purchase tickets directly on this site.
The fare includes linen, tea and coffee, lunch-box
(hot dinner in train 159/160 "Aurora"). Variation
of prices is executed according to change of tariffs
established by Ministry of Ways of Communication.
The Red Arrow trains between St Petersburg and Moscow
is a wonderful way to travel. Board the sleeper
at night and arrive the next morning for a full
day of sightseeing. Since there are several train
stations in each city, make sure you know which
one you are departing from. In St Petersburg, trains
for Moscow leave from Moscow station (Moskovski
Vokzal). (Vokzal stems from the London station,
Vauxhall.) In Moscow, trains for St Petersburg leave
from the Leningrad station (Leningrdski Vokzal).
- HELSINKI - ST.PETERSBURG
From Finland there are two daily train connections
to St.Petersburg: The Finnish Sibelius and the Russian
The Sibelius train and its crew
are Finnish. The blue high-standard day coaches
of the train are specially designed for you as well
as its elegant saloon compartment, where you may
just relax or conduct business negotiations.
The Repin train and its crews are
Russian. All coaches have their own coach attendants.
The price of a 1st class ticket in the Repin train
includes a refreshing soft drink with a sweet snack
that are served at your seat.
Both trains have a cozy high-standard restaurant-car.
Aboard the Sibelius train the restaurant bills may
be paid by using currency (EUR, SEK, GBP, USD are
accepted) or credit card (American Express card,
Diner's Club card, Eurocard, MasterCard and Visa
card are accepted). In the Repin train in Finland
the restaurant bills may be paid with Euro and in
Russia with Russian rubles.
In St.Petersburg you can buy tickets for St.Petersburg
- Helsinki railway line at the Finland Railway Station's
Intourist Ticket Office or you can purchase
tickets directly on this site.
- SUBURBS VISITING
Check what station and Railway station
do you need for visiting:
Petergof (Petrodvorets) (you should
buy the ticket to Noviy Petergof station),
Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) (Detskoye
Selo station), Pavlovsk (Pavlovsk
staion), Oranienbaum (Lomonosov)
(Oranienbaum-I station), Gatchina
(Gatchina station), Sestroretsk (Sestroretsk station),
Strelna (Strelna station), Zelenogorsk
(Zelenogorsk station), Sablino (Sablino station),
Vyborg (Vyborg station).