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Discounts and Tariffs for Russian Train Tickets

Russian train ticket prices are based upon a complex series of rules, tariffs and discounts. This means that it may be cheaper, or more expensive, to travel at certain times in the year than at others.

In order to help you plan when you may want to travel, get the best value and to help demystify the ticket prices, we have put together a guide to some of the main rules, tariffs and discounts that are used by Russian Railways.

Russian Domestic Train Tickets

Russian International Train Tickets

  • Adult Fares – Discounts and tariffs for adults on international journeys.
  • Child Fares – Discounts and tariffs for children on international journeys.
  • Group Fares – Discounts and tariffs for groups on international journeys.

Disclaimer

Booking and Further Details

 

Russian Domestic Train Tickets

For clarity, when talking about ‘Russian domestic train tickets’ these are tickets where the start and end points of the journey are both within the Russian Federation.

It is important to note that the following tariff and discount rules are not available on trains that are part of the Dynamic Price Policy, details on which can be found here.

Coefficients

The majority of passenger carriages within Russia are operated by the Federal Passenger Company (FPK) who use a 'coefficient index' in their pricing.

This varies the pricing throughout the year, making prices higher during peak travel times and lower during quieter travel periods. 

The table below, for example, shows it is significantly cheaper to travel during September 25th - November 2nd, where pricing is 10% cheaper than standard, than it is to travel at the start of September 1st - September 17th where it is 10% more expensive than standard.

This is useful when planning your travel budget, and if you have flexibility can help you save money. Maybe you could put it towards a once in a life time excursion. 

Note: All price changes are based on a standard price point of 1.

Reserved Seats and General Wagons

2018

Period

Coefficient

Begin

End

1 January

21 February

0.90 (-10%)

22 February

26 February

1.10 (+10%)

27 February

26 April

0.90 (-10%)

27 April

09 May

1.10 (+10%)

10 May

25 May

0.90 (-10%)

26 May

08 June

1.10 (+10%)

9 June

31 August

1.20 (+20%)

01 September

17 September

1.10 (+10%)

18 September

24 September

1.15 (+ 15%)

25 September

02 November

0.90 (-10%)

03 November

06 November

1.15 (+15%)

07 November

16 December

0.90 (- 10%)

17 December

28 December

1.00 (0%)

29 December

30 December

1.15 (+15%)

 

31 December

 

31 December

 

1.00 (0%)

 

 

Wagons SV and Compartment Cars

2018

Period

Coefficient

Begin

End

1 January

19 January

1.00 (0%)

20 January

21 February

0.90 (-10%)

22 February

25 February

1.10 (+10%)

26 February

06 March

0.90 (-10%)

07 March

11 March

1.10 (+10%)

12 March

27 April

0.90 (-10%)

28 April

02 May

1.10 (+10%)

03 May

08 June

1.00 (0%)

09 June

12 June

1.15 (+15%)

13 June

02 September

1.20 (+20%)

03 September

15 September

1.05 (+5%)

16 September

30 September

1.00 (0%)

01 October

01 November

0.90 (-10%)

02 November

05 November

1.10 (+10%)

06 November

16 December

0.85 (-15%)

17 December

23 December

1.00 (0%)

28 December

30 December

1.15 (+15%)

31 December

31 December

1.00 (0%)

Firmeny Train Coefficients

Firmeny trains are partially privatised, which generally gives them higher quality carriages and services than standard trains. 

Because they are partially privatised, Firmeny trains can have extra coefficients included in price calculations. 

These will be based on similiar things to FPK such as route, popularity, time of years meaning the pricing works in a similiar way. 

For example, train 2/1 between Moscow and Vladivostok, the Rossiya, will be more expensive during July and August than periods of September

Firmeny trains are identified within our booking system by this logo - Firmany.

'Plan Ahead' and Group Discounts

There are a variety of other discounts available, including plan ahead discounts for booking certain routes in advance and group discounts for large bookings. 

These discounts vary according to service, route and other factors so it is best to talk to a member of our team who will be able to advise you on what will be the best booking for you.

Children's Discount

Many people want to take their children along on the adventure that is Russian train travel but understandably worry about the cost. Luckily, there are a variety of very generous discounts available for families travelling the Russian railways. This can make a trip on the Trans-Siberian far better value than many international vacation spots. It also offers far more variety in landscape and culture for children to experience.

A child's rate is 50% of a full adult fare and applies to children below 10, a child under 5 may trave for free if they do not need their own seat or bunk. 

Dynamic Pricing Policy

The Dynamic Pricing Policy (DPP) is a pricing structure increasingly used across some of the most popular Russian railway routes. E.g. trains between Moscow and Saint Petersburg or Volgograd. The exact details of how dynamic pricing is structures are not released outside of Russian Railways but we are given some guidance on the general structure.

It is based on:

  • Days until departure
  • Number of seats available on the train
  • Demand for the train. This means taking a less busy time, like 4am on a weekday is likely to be cheaper than 6pm on a Friday. 
  • Degree of competition. This is especially important for routes travelling between Moscow & St Petersburg because several Firmeny trains run on this route. 

As a general rule, the earlier you book a train running as part of the DPP the cheaper your tickets will be.

There are a number of factors for DPP but our dedicated team will help you to navigate this during your booking.

Discounts in Practice

As the tariff information shows, the time of year and how far in advance you make your booking can affect how much you can expect to pay for tickets. This means booking outside of tradtionally popular times of the year, such as in the summer and towards the end of December, can help you save money. Booking your train with plenty of time to spare, more than 31 days in advance, can also help you reduce your ticket price depending on other factors. 

Because Real Russia are able to take your booking at any point before your travel date we advise that you always book as early as possible. Real Russia can also take reservations so if you know your travel dates before tickets go on sale we can record this on our system ready to purchase them as soon as they do go on sale to get you the best deal possible. 

Famous Trains

There are a number of famous trains running the Russian rail network. Many of these run using the existing pricing and discount structures already described. There are a few exceptions, however, for those iconic trains that offer something truly unique.

Two examples, that run between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, offer completely different but equally fantastic experiences the Grand Express and the Sapsan.

Grand Express

For those looking for a truly luxurious travel experience the Grand Express is THE way to travel between Moscow and St Petersburg.

Heated floors, en-suite bathrooms, double sized cabins and luxury transfers to your final destination are just some of the indulgent perks you recieve on the Grand Express.

Because of these extras, the pricing system is a little different to standard trains and generally higher. 

There is a possiblity of discounts for group travel on some classes though, so you may find treating yourself to eight hours of luxury is more affordable than you thought. 

Below is an example of the group discount policy, speak to our travel experts for full information.

Business Class (1Б)

Second Class - Services (2Э)

First Class (1У)

Second Class - No Services (2К)

> 10 Places

10% Discount

> 20 Places

7% Discount

> 18 Places

15% Discount

> 36 Places

10% Discount

> 30 Places

20% Discount

-

-

Please note: These discounts are not available online. If you have a group that wishes to travel on this luxury train please contact one of our travel experts who will be happy to help you.

Sapsan

For a more efficient journey, the Sapsan trains offer the fastest travel between Moscow and St Petersburg. It can make the 650km journey in under 4 hours and runs up to 6 times a day in each direction. 

The Sapsan is one of the most modern trains aross Europe and, as such, have all the conveniences you would expect such as Wi-Fi and air conditioning

If you want to travel between Moscow and Saint Petersburg in the shortest time possible, taking a ride on one of these trains is for you. It can make the 650km journey in under four hours, making up to six journeys in each direction every day. These are among the most modern trains running, not just in Russia, but across Europe and, as such, have all the conveniences you would expect such as Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Pricing is based on a dynamic policy, much like the DPP, though with somewhat more predictability.

Note: All price changes are based on a standard price point of 1.

Days Before Travel

% Capacity

Coefficient

44 - 39

0 - 5

0.8

6 - 15

0.9

16 - 35 1.0

36 - 80

1.1

≥ 81 1.2

38 - 29

0 - 5

0.9

6 - 25

1.0

26 - 60

1.1

≥ 61 1.2

28 - 19

0 - 5

1.0

6 - 35

1.1

≥ 36

1.2

18 - 9

0 - 5

1.0

6 - 25

1.1

≥ 26

1.2

8 - 1

0 - 15

1.1

≥ 16

1.2

Day of travel

0 - 5

1.1

≥ 6

1.2

 

1st Class

2nd Class

Travel Time

Coefficient

Coefficient

03:30 - 03:40

1.185

1.2919

03:41 - 03:50

1.1172

1.1842

03:51 - 04:00

1.0496

1.0766

04:01 - 04:10

0.985

0.9689

> 04:11

0.9143

0.8612

What these tables show is that the closer to departure date you book, and the quicker the travel time, the more expensive the ticket will be.

As Real Russia are able to take your booking at any point before travel, it is advised you book as early as possible. You can come to us before tickets are officially on sale to register and we will be ready to purchase them as soon as they become available to guarantee you the best deal possible. Trains running from Friday evening through to Monday morning are the busiest so these prices tend to go up fastest.

Russian International Train Tickets

Via Saint Petersburg and Moscow, Russia is linked with countries across Europe and Asia. In fact, via Russia, you could take a journey from London all the way to Singapore via Moscow and the Trans-Siberian Railway. Many of these routes have a wide array of discounts and enticements to encourage those who prefer a more scenic form of travel than airlines can provide.

When talking about Russian train tickets, international tickets are those where the journey starts in Russia and ends in another country.

Adult Fares

There are a wide range of discounts available depending on routes and traveller circumstances, including 'Junior' and 'Senior' discounts, plan ahead discounts and Wedding celebrations. Some routes also offer bundle deals, with discounts on return journeys. 

These discounts are regularly updated and many only apply during certain times of years and on specific routes, our specialist travel experts are always up to dates on which may apply to your journey though and will always be happy to advise you on these.

Child fares

As with Russian domestic journeys, many international journeys will offer discounts for children travelling with families. The age restrictions on this varies hugely from country to country though so it is best to contact our specialised travel experts to find out if child discounts will apply to your family journey. 

Group fares

Across Europe's rail network, group discounts have been put in place to encourage as many people as possible to use rail travel. These discounts depend on which country you visit and the route you take. 

Please note: Many of these group discounts are not available online so if you have a group who wishes to travel and would like to find out more about the possibility of group discounts please contact one of our travel experts who will be happy to help you.

Disclaimer

Please be aware, the ever-changing nature of the Russian train timetables, and demand of the Russian train network, tariff and discount information can change at short notice. 

We will always endeavour to ensure that you recieve the best value possible and keep you up to date on changes, but they are not within our control. 

Booking and Further Details

Real Russia will always work with you to offer the best available deal for every ticket that we sell. We are able to take reservations well before the tickets are made available for purchase, ensuring that we are able to buy all tickets as early, and as cheaply, as possible.

Rather than displaying very cheap prices for these tickets, only to increase them upon booking with hidden charges, we work hard to display the price you will pay first time, every time; so you can be confident that the price you see is the price you pay.

If you would like to book any Russian train tickets please visit our booking page.

To check the schedules of particular routes, visit our Russian Train Schedules page.

To check the timetables for Trans-Siberian trains, please visit the page for the relevant route; Trans-Russian timetable, Trans-Mongolian timetable, Trans-Manchurian timetable.

If you would like further information regarding the discounts, or have any other question regarding Russian trains, please visit our knowledgebase, our forum or contact us directly.