Moscow
635 km
St. Petersburg
Departure station:
5/43 Komsomolskaya pl., 107140 Moscow, Russia, Moscow, Russia
Kazanskiy station
2 Komsomolskaya Square, 107976 Russia, Moscow, Russia
Yaroslavskiy station
5 Komsomolskaya pl., 107140, , Moscow, Russia
29 Zemlyanoy Val str., 105064, Moscow, Russia
Kievskiy station
Kiyevsky Station Square, 1, Moscow, Russia
Paveletskiy station
Paveletskaya pl., 1, Moscow, Russia
Rizhskiy station
Rizhskaya Square, Moscow, Russia
Belorusskiy station
Tverskaya Zastava Square, 7, Moscow , Russia
Arrival station:
Varshavskiy station
Obvodnogo Kanala emb., 118, St. Petersburg, Russia
Vitebskiy station
Russia
Ladozhskiy station
73, Zanevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia, Saint Petersburg, Russia
85 Nevsky pr., 191086 , St. Petersburg, Russia
5 Lenin Square, St. Petersburg, Russia
Baltiysky station
120, Nab. Obvodnogo Kanala, St. Petersburg, Russia, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Brand name
Train type
Travel time
Price from
Departures
Rating
Russian railways
Russian railways
Night train
8 hrs 49 min
£31
3
56.67%
Bullet train
3 hrs 33 min
£49
10
96.98%
Comfort night train
8 hrs 7 min
£41
1
92.00%
Comfort night train
8 hrs 0 min
£57
1
100.00%
Comfort night train
8 hrs 56 min
£62
1
100.00%
Megapolis
Comfort night train
8 hrs 39 min
£42
1
80.00%
Volga
Comfort night train
8 hrs 32 min
£45
1
80.00%
Smena Double-Decker
Comfort night train
8 hrs 16 min
£44
1
70.00%
Arktika
Comfort night train
8 hrs 34 min
£45
1
64.00%

Moscow to Saint Petersburg Train Timetable

 

Below, you can find an example of the timetable from Moscow to St.Petersburg. To see the full version of the schedule, please use our special train tickets booking form at the top of the page. We also would like to pay your attention that the number of trains per day and departure/arrival time can vary depending on the weekday. When purchasing your tickets, kindly double-check the chosen travel time, train number, as well as the stations where the train departs from and arrives to.

Departure time
Travel time
Train types
Price from
Overnight
& morning departures
00:09; 00:20; 00:33;
00:41; 01:15; 01:25;
02:42; 03:00; 03:36;
05:45; 06:50; 07:00;
09:20; 09:40
Shortest: 3h 30m;
Longest: 9h 41m
Russian railways
Night train

Megapolis
Megapolis

Volga
Volga

Arktika
Arktika

SAPSAN
SAPSAN - Bullet train
$42
Day departures
13:30; 15:21; 15:30;
15:40; 16:00; 17:30;
17:40
Shortest: 3h 46m;
Longest: 8h 29m
Russian railways
Night train

SAPSAN
SAPSAN - Bullet train
$45
Evening departures
19:30; 19:40; 21:00;
21:21; 21:24; 21:33;
21:50; 21:57; 22:21;
22:35; 22:50; 23:10;
23:30; 23:40; 23:55
Shortest: 3h 35m;
Longest: 9h 46m
Russian railways
Night train





SAPSAN
SAPSAN - Bullet train
$42

History of Moscow to St. Petersburg Railway

 

The Moscow - Saint Petersburg Railway is the second oldest railway in Russia after a short line connecting Saint Petersburg and Tsarskoe Selo. The construction of a railtrack on this route was determined by vital economic problems and the logic of the country’s history itself as Moscow and Saint Petersburg are two capitals, two poles of Russia’s destiny.

The idea of a railway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg was inevitable although it gave rise to a prolonged controversy, with some reactionary officials predicting social upheaval if the masses were allowed to travel. It was decided that only the affluent would be allowed to use the line and every passenger was to be subjected to strict passport and police control.

When traveling from Moscow you are departing from Leningradskiy railway station. Go on a virtual tour.


On 1 February 1842 Nicholas I of Russia issued a decree ordering the construction of a new Railway. Nicholas I commented this historical step: “We suffer from excessive distances. And I look at the gap decrease between Saint Petersburg and Moscow as a matter of great national importance.” The Railway was officially opened on 1 November 1851, when the first “all-people's” train from Saint Petersburg to Moscow was put on rails.

The “Saint Petersburg Vedomosty” newspaper celebrated this crucial event with the following inspiring news: “1st day of November will always be a memorable day for the whole Russia: this day... the opening of a new Railway that connected both our capitals - the head and the heart of Russia - took place”.


When traveling from St. Petersburg to Moscow you are departing from Moskovskiy railway station. Learn everything about it in our video.

 

 

 

 

 

The Myth of the Moscow Saint Petersburg Railway

 

There is a very interesting and popular myth connected with the history of the Nikolaevskaya Railway construction. For many years the line was completely straight apart from a 17km (11miles) bend between Okulovka and Malaya Vishera, near the city of Novgorod. This was the subject of an urban legend that when planning the project, Tsar Nicholas I, who was reputedly exasperated by the bickering of officials arguing over the route, selected the route by taking a ruler and drawing a straight line between the two cities on a map, accidentally drew around his own finger on the ruler. The planners were supposedly too afraid to point out the error and constructed the line with the bend. In reality, the Moscow - Saint Petersburg Railway was built without the curve. But there was a steep gradient at this location that caused severe problems for steam locomotives. Trains heading to St Petersburg would pick up so much speed that they could not stop at the next station, while those heading for Moscow could not get up the hill without the assistance of four locomotives. In order not to use additional locomotives, the Verebinsky bypass was constructed in 1877. During its early years trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg ran at low speed of 40 km/h and the whole travel, together with stops, took 19 hours. Since then the train speed began to increase gradually and the travel time to decrease. In 1931 the first deluxe train in the USSR - the “Red Arrow” - began to cruise between two capitals covering the distance between Moscow and Saint Petersburg in 10 hours.

 

 

Why People Choose this Route

 



Today many travelers all over the world choose this itinerary as it provides the possibility to visit all major highlights of both capitals with great comfort. Moscow usually attracts tourists by its majestic Red Square with the Kremlin and colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, by famous Tretyakov Gallery and The Bolshoi Theater.

While Saint Petersburg - a city of canals and cathedrals, palaces and terraces - is considered to be unmatched in its splendor with its incredibly beautiful Catherine's Palace and Peterhof, world-famous Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, Savior on Blood and St. Isaac Cathedral, and other outstanding sights.

During the high travel season these places are often booked out and have huge queues outside, so we recommend our clients to book excursions in Moscow & St. Petersburg in advance. It can be done with great convenience on our website.
And today with modern high-speed “Sapsan” trains you are able to reach your destination in just four hours! Although it only travels at a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour) at present.

After new high-speed rail lines are built between St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, new Sapsan trains will be able to increase their speed up to 400 kilometers per hour while reducing the travel time to no more than 2,5 hours.

Timetable & Train information

Lowest price:
£31
Departures:
20
Earliest departure:
21:20
Latest departure:
20:55
Shortest travel time:
3 hrs 33 min
Longest travel time:
9 hrs 46 min
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