Trip report: Sapsan Train to St. Petersburg

Dear readers,

some time ago we used the Sapsan high speed train to St. Petersburg. The train is scheduled several times a day and only takes 3h50-4h00 between Moscow and St. Petersburg with three stops in between.

Tickets can be booked online on the RZD website (www.rzd.ru) and are available 3 months in advance.

The train has 3 classes: economy, business and first class.

  • Economy class has simply the seat included in the fare and you can purchase food and drinks in the restaurant car.
  • Business class has a similar seat layout like economy class, although nice leather seats and in the business class fare, a meal and unlimited drinks are included. Further on you are allowed to use the VIP waiting room in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
  • First class has nice sleeper seats which can recline and are arranged in a 2-1 layout. The food and drink service is the same like in business class

We were booked in business class, but because of a malfunction of the air-condition system in the car, it was very cold and as the load in First class was light this morning, we were allowed to move there.

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The cabin of First class is considerably more comfortable:

 

For breakfast there were several options:

All in all a very decent meal for a train and nothing to complain about.

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After only 4 hours we arrived very relaxed in SPB.

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