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All-aboard the Talgo Train

All-aboard the Talgo Train

From Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod and Back

Hop aboard the Talgo trains, better known for operating in countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. Talgo have made their first step in to Russia by providing the trains for the Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod route. The trains are set to travel 440km each trip running at a maximum speed of 200km/h, which will complete the entire journey in roughly 3 hours and 35 minutes, and the trains have a maximum capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 414 passengers.

There isn’t an official date set yet, but at some point this year you can also expect several Talgo trains to be launched in Russia that will operate on route from Moscow to Berlin, which will significantly improve the rail links between Europe and Russia. The trains are designed to run on tracks of various gauges, it has the ability to change its bogies automatically, which will cut travel time by up to 30%, potentially shortening the trip from 42 to 28 hours.

The question you should ask your self is ‘What will I do with the extra 14 hours of my time?’ Well, if you happen to be in Moscow, why not use this time to take in some of the city’s incredible sights, take a river cruise along the Moscow River, or visit one of the many Cathedrals. If you’re travelling from Berlin, why not visit the Berlin Wall, take a sightseeing cruise on the river Spree, or visit the Kathe Kollwitz Museum.

So what can I expect? You asked. If the new trains are anything like the ones they have on route from Moscow to Nihzny Novgorod, then you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. The trains are spacious with tons of room to move around, and if you get hungry it is likely that you'll have the choice between a restaurant and a bistro, the difference between the two? I don’t actually have a clue, but I’m open to experimenting. A bistro serves wine!

The Talgo trains has all the amenities of a hotel and are modern, so if you fancy travelling in style, then this might be the train of your dreams. As an option, I think I would be quietly content living on board one of these trains.

If you want to get the most out of your journey, then what better way is there?