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Red Arrow Train

An Icon of the Russian Rails

The Red Arrow train first chugged along the historic railway line between the two capitals of Russia in 1931, and has since been the pride of the Russian Railroad. This Moscow - St. Petersburg train has interiors that feel as if they come from a movie set and an exterior in such bright red that it’s really difficult to mistake, no matter if lit from the platform lights of the Moskovskaya Station in St. Petersburg, or the Leningradskaya Station in Moscow.

Route & Distance
Moscow - St. Petersburg
635 kilometers

Train class
Luxury overnight train
Maximum speed: 160 km/h

Travel time
Travel time: 8 hrs
1 daily departure

Red Arrow luxury train
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The history that emanates from the very walls of the carriages on the Red Arrow makes this a very popular train.

As a result of its increasing popularity among trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg, the Red Arrow has spawned other luxury-oriented night trains, including the Express (originally designated as "Red Arrow 2") that leaves four minutes after the original night train, and the Megapolis. Of course, none of these are as yet equal to the experience of overnighting on the Red Arrow train.

Even with all its retro charm, this one-of-a-kind luxury Russian train is as up-to-date and modern as any sleeper carriage found in just about any country. Passengers with Red Arrow train tickets enjoy high-comfort amenities while gliding through the night between Russia’s historical capital cities on an overnight train from Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Today's journey by luxury trains meets the demands of most rail travelers, particularly those who seek special and unique train travel experiences from around the world. The Red Arrow's vibrant red carriages almost glow against the greenery of the countryside, and is as much a part of Russian culture as borsch!


Red Arrow lux cabin

LUX Cabin:

LUX compartments are equipped with modern technology. They feature superior demands: an individual WC, a shower cabin with sensory mixers, a heated floor, LCD screen, VHS, CD-DVD system, conductor call button. Besides, the sofa converts into a 1.5 sized bed and the upper bunk bed can be used for the rest. Everything necessary for the trip is included in the price: a hot meal, a travel set, bedding, etc.

Red Arrow 1st class

1st Class SV:

SV is a two-berth compartment with a higher level of comfort. Each compartment has a table, mirror, lockable door, large panoramic window, 220V sockets, and separate tap lights. All the passengers are offered a hot meal, a tea/coffee set (tea and coffee, sugar, honey, cream, waffles and other sweets), and also a travel set, slippers and bathrobe, bedding and press are included in the ticket price.

Red Arrow 2nd class

2nd Class Kupe:

A standard compartment for 4 people. Two lower bunk beds and 2 upper bunk beds. A hot meal, a travel set, slippers and bathrobe, bedding and press are included in the ticket price.


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