Traveling by Train - Useful Tips


Nowadays more and more people travel all over the world. As for each means of transportation, traveling by train needs to be considered with numerous tips in order to make your journey according to the plan. The most useful tips are the following:

  • Firstly, it’s important to check the date of the trip and the station, where the Russian train arrives. If you forget to do that, you might forget about the trip or arrive to the wrong station and waste time searching for the right one.

  • Secondly, boarding the train needs much attention, too. After checking the schedule and platform of the Russian train, it’s necessary to find your train. You should be ready to board the train when it arrives. Numbers on train’s windows indicate the carriages. Destination placard is placed near the door.

  • Thirdly, you need to find your reserved seat. You have to check the car number and seat number printed on the ticket. On the platform, railway employees will show you where your car will stop and help you to find your carriage. Once the carriage is found, finding the right seat is not difficult. If a seat is reserved in a compartment of a Russian train, a sign on a compartment door showing the seat’s number must match your seat number on the ticket. For open-car seating, seat numbers are placed on the headrest.

  • Fourthly, it’s important to note that station stops aren’t always announced, that’s why you need to write down your scheduled arrival time and the name of the last station before your stop so you’ll know when to exit the train. Station names are always clearly visible at platforms.

  • Fifthly, a Russian train either have overhead storage racks or storage room behind the back of your seat for all your luggage. You’re free to place your luggage there but you have to remember that during border crossing your luggage may be checked, so you’ll have to take it out quickly in order not to waste anyone’s time. Most stations provide left luggage lockers. Major railway stations will have luggage carts.

  • Lastly, almost every Russian train, especially long-distance ones, has full-service restaurant carriages offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other trains offer snacks, light meals and drinks in a buffet carriage, which is very convenient.

    Adding to that it’s important to note that these are only basic tips concerning travelling by a Russian train. Tips, which are very important, vary from train to train, so if you want your journey to be successful you should find them in advance and be fully prepared. On the whole, travelling by train is not that difficult as it may seem, but everyone who choose to travel by a Russian train is advised to take them into account.

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