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Trains between Moscow and St Petersburg

The Moscow <-> Saint Petersburg route is one of the most popular of all Russian train journeys; with upwards of eight million passengers carried each year. Through the Real Russia website twice as any people search for this route than any other every month!

Trains on this route travel between the Moscow Leningradsky Station and the Saint Petersburg Moskovsky Station, covering a total of 650km.

This route has, perhaps, the greatest variety of trains of any in Russia, with express trains that cover he distance in less than four hours, through standard passenger trains and up to the most luxurious trains that possess cabins with en-suite bathrooms! The prices, therefore, match this variety, with the journey possible for as little as £23, with the more expensive ‘Grand Class’ cabins costing in the region of £650; you can generally expect to pay in the region of £40 - £80 for a standard second class seat though dependent on the train taken.

We have gathered, here, a selection of information and timetables on some of the most popular trains on the Moscow <-> Saint Petersburg route. If you would like to check out a full list of the trains available on this route, please visit our live Russian Train Schedules. Alternatively, if you would like to book, visit our rail ticket booking page.

If you have any specific questions that are not covered here, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions about Rail Travel, our Buying Train Tickets Information Page, or contact one of our travel specialists who will be happy to help.

Sapsan

Sapsan Seating
2nd Class cabin
Make the most of your stay in Russia

If you want to do more than just get from A to B, choose the Sapsan line to transport you between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Sapsan (Russian for Peregrine), travels as fast as 250 km/h making it the fastest way to travel by land between Moscow and St. Petersburg. What’s more, the large windows on the Sapsan reveal the unique beauty of the Russian countryside as you speed along.

You have the choice of 2 available classes to travel by: 2nd, and 1st.

2nd includes: A designated seat with folding footrest, folding or window table, adjustable backrest and individual lighting, You can also purchase the day’s newspaper, internet access, audio-visual units, and hot food from the bistro service but this is not included in the ticket price.

1st includes: Same as 2nd class with added extras including the day’s newspaper and a hot meal included in the ticket price; a travel set containing ear plugs, eye masks, and slippers (with additional, smaller travel sets for passengers travelling with children); hot tea, fresh coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic drinks; a built in audio-visual unit for entertainment; plug sockets to recharge your laptops, mobile phones and other electronic equipment; access to the internet through an onboard WiFi service.

Sapsan at station
Sapsan in station
Sapsan on the move
Sapsan on the move

Sapsan: Moscow to St Petersburg

This timetable is correct for regular services from the 1st October 2015. During public holidays extra services may be made available. Visit our Live Schedules page to view up to the minute rail times.

Train
No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel
Time
 
Stops
Moscow St Petersburg Tver Vishnyi Volochek Bologoe Uglovka Okulovka Chudovo
752
Daily
06:40 10:20 3h40 - - - - - -
754
Daily
06:50 10:40 3h50 - - 09:25 09:45 09:55 10:39
756
Daily
07:00 11:00 4h 08:44 09:29 - - - 10:05
758
Daily
11:55 15:30 4h15 - - 11:25 - 11:50 -
760
Daily
11:25 13:30 3h50 10:42 11:25 - - - -
762
Sat-Sun
11:30 15:20 3h50 - - 13:26 - - 14:30
768
Daily
13:40 17:40 4h 14:44 15:29 - - - -
770
Daily
16:40 20:40 4h 17:43 - 17:25 - - 18:29
772
Daily
19:30 23:19 3h49 16:42 17:25 - - - 22:27
774
Mon-Fri
17:30 21:21 3h51 - - 19:25 - 19:50 -
776
Daily
17:40 21:30 3h50 18:42 - - 19:55 - -
778
Daily
19:40 23:29 3h49 - x 21:25 21:45 21:55 22:49
780
Daily
19:50 23:45 4h 20:44 21:29 - - - -

Sapsan: St Petersburg to Moscow

This timetable is correct for regular services from the 1st October 2015. During public holidays extra services may be made available. Visit our Live Schedules page to view up to the minute rail times.

Train
No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel
Time
 
Stops
St Petersburg Moscow Chudovo Okulovka Uglovka Bologoe Vishnyi Volcheck Tver
751
Daily
06:40 10:20 3h40 - - - - - -
753
Mon-Fri
06:50 10:40 3h50 - 08:14 - 08:38 09:54 -
755
Daily
07:00 11:15 4h15 07:51 - - 09:08 09:16 10:03
757
Daily
09:00 12:50 3h50 - - - 10:43 - 11:40
759
Daily
09:10 13:00 3h50 - 10:33 - - 11:15 -
761
Sat-Sun
11:00 14:50 3h50 - - 12:29 - - 13:42
765
Daily
13:40 17:00 4h - - - 14:52 - 15:50
767
Daily
15:00 18:45 3h45 - 14:45 - - - 17:36
769
Daily
15:10 19:15 4h05 - - - x - x
771
Daily
19:30 23:19 3h49 20:15 - - - - 22:13
775
Daily
17:10 21:00 3h50 - 18:34 - 19:59 - -
777
Daily
19:40 23:29 3h49 - - - 20:52 - -
779
Daily
19:50 23:45 3h55 - - - - - -

Grand Express

Sapsan 1st Class cabin
1st Class cabin
No finer way to travel.

The most luxurious overnight journey available between Moscow and St. Petersburg (by land, air, or river). It takes around 9 hours to get from Moscow to St. Petersburg, which is time well spent on the Grand Express. Most of our passengers tend to get a good meal in the dining car before bedding down for the night in their compartments. If you prefer to stay up all night, you’ll be witness to the sunrise over the Russian countryside and you’ll have food and drink available to order to your compartment at any time.

You have the choice of 4 available classes to travel by: 1st, Premium, Grand, and Grand De Lux.

1st includes: A cabin for 2 with bed linen provided and magazines. Premium includes: Same as 1st plus a WC and sink. Grand includes: A cabin 1 ½ the size of 1st and Premium cabins. Also included is a wardrobe, DVD player, TV, air conditioning, WiFi, heating and noise insulation, dressing gown and slippers. Grand De Lux includes: Same as Grand and the cabin is 2 times the size of 1st and Premium cabins.

Grand Express restaurant carriage
Restaurant carriage
Grand Express at Leningradskiy station
Leningradskiy station

Grand Express : Moscow to St Petersburg

Train No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
Stops
Moscow St Petersburg Bolshaya Vishera Torfyanoe

054
Daily

23:40 08:35 8h55 05:34 06:09

Grand Express : St Petersburg to Moscow

Train No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
Stops
St Petersburg Moscow Torfyanoe Tver

053
Daily

23:42 08:38 8h56 01:08 06:13

Red Arrow

Red Arrow 2nd Class cabin
2nd Class cabin
The famous Red Arrow train

The Red Arrow is perhaps Russia’s most historic train, serving ancient passengers like Lenin, Stalin, and countless other esteemed members of the old Communist Party. Today it remains one of the most popular choices for travel between Russia’s two capitals (Moscow and St. Petersburg) and with over 80 years of dedicated service under its belt, the Red Arrow’s reliability is second to none.

Wake up at your chosen destination feeling rested and rejuvenated. Every type of available ticket includes a place for you to sleep in comfort, with Deluxe class tickets also coming equipped with showers.

You have the choice of 3 available classes to travel by, 2nd, 1st, and Deluxe:

2nd includes: A cabin for 4 people with pull-out sofas, bed linen and magazines. Lunch box available to purchase.

1st includes: A cabin for 2 people with pull out-sofas, bed linen, TV and magazines. Hot meal available to purchase.

Deluxe includes: Same as 1st with an added shower.

St Petersburg station
St Petersburg station
Red Arrow attendant
Red Arrow attendant

Red Arrow : Moscow to St Petersburg

Train No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
Moscow St Petersburg

002
Daily

23:55 07:55 8h00

Red Arrow : St Petersburg to Moscow

Train No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
St Petersburg Moscow

001
Daily

23:55 07:55 8h00

Express

Express 1st Class cabin
1st Class cabin
Non-stop luxury travel between Moscow and St. Petersburg

A luxury journey between Moscow and St. Petersburg that leaves later than most. Experience the city until closing time before hopping on the Express, bedding down and waking up fresh to your next adventure in a new city.

You have the choice of 2 available classes to travel by, 2nd, and 1st.

2nd includes: A cabin for 4 people including bed linen, magazines, and a lunchbox.

1st includes: A cabin for 2 people including bed linen, magazines, and a hot meal.

Restaurant carriage
Restaurant carriage
Express Attendant
Express attendant

Express : Moscow to St Petersburg

Train No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
Stops
Moscow St Petersburg Torfyanoe

004
Daily

22:30 08:30 9h00 06:10

Express : St Petersburg to Moscow

Train No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
Stops
St Petersburg Moscow Osechenka Redkino

003
Daily

23:30 07:15 9h00 04:10 06:06

Smena-Betankur

2nd Class cabin
2nd Class cabin
Reasonably priced and quick

The Smena-Betankur (formerly just Smena) is named after A. A. Betankur, the architect responsible for the construction and planning of many famous Russian buildings and monuments, particularly in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

A cross-country train spanning from Moscow to St. Petersburg, the Smena-Betankur is an overnight sleeper service with brand new carriages offering a comfy journey and a good night’s sleep.

You have the choice of 2 available classes to travel by, 2nd and 1st.

2nd includes: A cabin for 4 people with bed linen, magazines, air conditioning, and a lunch box included.

1st includes: A cabin for 2 people with bed linen, magazines, air conditioning, and a hot meal included.

2nd Class cabin
2nd Class cabin
2nd Class cabin
Smena-Betankur Steward

Smena-Bekantur : Moscow to St Petersburg

  Train No.
 
  Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
Stops
Moscow St Petersburg Tver Likhoslavl Okulovka

026
Daily

22:50 06:39 7h49 01:13 01:26 03:50

Smena-Bekantur : St Petersburg to Moscow

Train No.
 
Depart Arrive Travel Time
 
Stops
St Petersburg Moscow Berezayka Tver Zavidovo Moskva Tovarnaya

025
Daily

23:00 07:15 8h15 02:19 04:31 05:06 06:38

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