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1. Posted by migueleloi (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

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Hello

I'm planing to visit Russia in September 2008.
Do you know how much it costs the ticket train between Moscow and St Petersburg?

Best Regards

Miguel Eloi

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

It varies depending on what time you get the train and what class of service you choose and even which bed you get (assuming you get an overnight service). When I purchased mine on for a sleeper class in the 6 bed type (can't remember the Russian name for it) for travel just after midnight it cost me 607.50 roubles which at the time was approximately $22USD. This was for the bed that was side on to the isle (not what you want if you are taller than about 175cm tall as it is hard for your feet to go anywhere without people walking in to them when you are trying to sleep). This was in mid 2006 so prices may well have increased since then.

If you don't know Russian, you will most likely need to get a hostel or hotel to write you a note stating what date you want to travel on, an approximate time, the class you would like to travel in and where you are wanting to go, because otherwise you will probably have considerably trouble purchasing the ticket you want.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 25, 2007, at 9:14 PM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by kayossus (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Aharrold is quite right. It varies depending on the season, time of day, speed of train, and level of accommodation. In the summertime (when Petersburg is at it's finest and the golden fountains of Peterhof are unveiled) it can cost about 1200 - 2500 rubles ($48 - $100) for a bed in a 4-person compartment on an overnight train. I'm told there are faster trains for commuters (4 hours instead of 8) with much more expensive tickets , but I have never seen one and i don't have any real info on them.
You can purchase tickets at venues all over Moscow (assuming you start here) or at the train station. Yours will be Leningradski Vokzal (Ленинградский Вокзал). Make sure you find the right station. There are 3 huge inter-city stations in the same small area.
You will need as much info as you can when you buy a ticket and someone who can speak Russian would be a great help. There is still a lot of bureaucracy left over from Soviet times and they may want to know all about your planned stay in SP or Moscow. Failure to have even a small piece of information can sometimes lead to much frustration filled waiting while the baffled clerk tries to figure out what to do with someone who's passport doesn't have a special code for it's place of issue. With a little patience, though, you will get through it eventually. September is a great time to visit and both cities are full of amazing sights. Enjoy your trip and please let me know if you need any more info.