The fastest trains on the Russian network serve Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, running under the brand name Sapsan; which is Russian for Peregrine, the fastest member of the animal kingdom. They can reach speeds of up to 250kmh making the journey from Moscow to Saint Petersburg in under four hours!
They have a, only slightly, slower counterpart on the Saint Petersburg to Helsinki route running under the brand name Allegro.
These trains are all seated (there are no sleeper carriages) and are very similar to European trains in their layout; with a single seat, or two seats side by side, either side of a middle aisle. They are very modern trains, all of which are no more than a few years old.
They all have First Class, Business Class and Economy Class, while the Sapsan family also have a conference room for up to four people designed with everything you would need for business meeting.
Due to the modernity of the high speed trains, they are some of the few with dedicated facilities for those with disabilities as well as those travelling with young children.
A comfortable dining car, with an extensive menu, is also part of the train.
- The Sapsan family of trains, running between Moscow and Saint Petersburg and Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.
- The Allegro family of trains, running between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki.