The Grand Express Train - Everything Starts With First Class

There are many trains between St. Petersburg and Moscow, but the Grand Express is a whole different story of Russian train travel. It is the only luxury train in the country run by a private company. This overnight train takes you from Moscow to Saint Petersburg offering an unsurpassed level of comfort and truly unique onboard experiences. Of course, there are modern high-speed trains that take you between Russia’s magic capitals in 3 hours, but the Grand Express is all about one-of-a-kind travel experience.

In May 2001, railway transportation in Russia underwent a significant transformation, when Russia, by order of President Vladimir Putin's government, sought to encourage the creation of private passenger railway service companies. The Grand Express was the first private St. Petersburg - Moscow train to emerge as a result of this innovative move. Today it is a leader among overnight train experiences in Russia.

With all the amenities of a hotel, the Grand Express train offers one-of-a-kind trips between Russia’s two most renowned cities. The concept is uniquely spectacular. Whether you are traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow, or vice versa, you'll be treated to a world of lavish surroundings. Relax with a hot shower before slipping into one of the Grand Express' famously cozy bathrobes, or sip lemonade at any time of the day or night in the restaurant car. The menu offers a wide selection of hot or cold meals from a wide variety of European cuisines, and the windows provide gorgeous views of Russia's countryside.

Even at night, when the darkness outside engulfs the view, there is still plenty to see from your suite with a convenient selection of movies to enjoy. The only possible downside is that you'll probably not finish the movie as the gentle rocking of the Grand Express train lulls you into peacefully relaxing slumber. This Moscow to St. Petersburg train is truly a dream hotel on wheels! One of the many perks of the Grand Express is the level of personal service. If, when getting your Grand Express tickets, you register for their bonus program, you'll gain access to such perks as private meals in your suite, flower delivery, luggage delivery, and more! This St. Petersburg – Moscow train also offers for its passengers its singularly useful magazine, "Grand", a publication that contains valuable traveling information, as well as interesting data about the train and the trip as a whole.

Travel Classes Onboard Grand Express Train

    • Grand Express Grand cabin (img 3)
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    1-bed Grand Cabin

    There are 6 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train. Each is designed for 1 passenger and is 1.5 times larger than ordinary cabins. The private cabins feature a transforming sofa (width: 110 cm when converted), an upper bunk bed (width: 80 cm, foldable), a closet for storing your belongings, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, a safe, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV and media streamer, as well as a private bathroom with a bidet, sink, and shower. Travelers are provided with a bed-linen set, towel set, a bathrobe, a pair of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with a toothbrush and other vanity kit items. The ticket price includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (juice, water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a business class car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. The VIP bar and Bistro restaurant are in the neighboring train car.

    • Grand Express Grand Imperial Cabin (img 1)
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    2-bed Deluxe Cabin

    There are 4 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train. Each is designed for 2 passengers and is 2 times larger than ordinary cabins. The private cabins feature a transforming Alcantara sofa (width: 110 cm when converted), an upper bunk bed (width: 80 cm, foldable), a closet for storing your belongings, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a hairdryer, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV, DVD, and media streamer, as well as a private bathroom with a bidet, washbasin, and a walk-in shower. Travelers are provided with 2 bed-linen sets, 2 towel sets, 2 bathrobes, 2 pairs of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items. The ticket price is indicated for the entire cabin (not per person) and includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (juice, water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a business class car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. The VIP bar is in this train car, the Bistro restaurant is available in the neighboring train car.

    • Grand Express 1st class sleeper (img 1)
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    2-bed Sleeper

    There are 9 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train, each designed for 2 passengers. The shared cabins feature two sofas (width: 70 cm), two coat racks, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV and media streamer. Travelers are provided with a bed-linen set, a towel, a pair of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items. The ticket price is indicated per person, it is possible to travel alone in the cabin (not to share it with someone else) by booking two tickets. The ticket includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (water, tea & coffee). There are two shared bathrooms on both ends of the train car. Bistro restaurant is in the neighboring train cars.

    • Grand Express 2nd class sleeper (img 1)
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    4-bed Sleeper +

    There are 9 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train, each designed for 4 passengers. The shared cabins feature 2 lower berths (width: 70 cm) and 2 upper berths (width: 70 cm), free Wi-Fi, 4 individual sockets for 220V and 2 USB sockets for the lower berths, a TV and media streamer. Travelers are provided with a bed-linen set, a towel, and drinking water (newspapers and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items such as a toothbrush may be available). The ticket price is indicated per person, the ticket sometimes includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (water, tea & coffee). There are two shared bathrooms on both ends of the train car. 

    • Grand Imperial Cabin Single
    • Grand Express vip cabin (img 1)
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    1-bed Cabin +

    There are 9 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train, each designed for 1 passenger. The private cabins feature a transforming sofa (width: 100 cm when converted), an upper bunk bed (width: 80 cm, foldable), a closet for storing your belongings, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, a safe, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV and media streamer, as well as a private bathroom with a washbasin. Travelers are provided with a bed-linen set, a towel set, a pair of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items. The ticket price includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a comfort class car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. The VIP bar and Bistro restaurant are in the neighboring train cars.

    • Grand Express Grand cabin (img 1)
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    2-bed Grand Cabin

    There are 6 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train. Each is designed for 2 passengers and is 1.5 times larger than ordinary cabins. The private cabins feature a transforming sofa (width: 110 cm when converted), an upper bunk bed (width: 80 cm, foldable), a closet for storing your belongings, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, a safe, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV and media streamer, as well as a private bathroom with a bidet, washbasin, and non-walk-in shower. Travelers are provided with 2 bed-linen sets, 2 towel sets, 2 bathrobes, 2 pairs of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with 2 toothbrushes and other vanity kit items. The ticket price is indicated for the entire cabin (not per person) and includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (juice, water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a business class car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. The VIP bar and Bistro restaurant are in the neighboring train car.

    • Grand Express vip cabin (img 1)
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    2-bed Cabin +

    There are 9 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train, each designed for 2 passengers. The private cabins feature a transforming sofa, an upper bunk bed, a closet for storing your belongings, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, a safe, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV and media streamer, as well as a washbasin. Travelers are provided with 2 bed-linen sets, 2 towel sets, 2 pairs of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items. The ticket price is indicated for the entire cabin (not per person) and includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. The Bistro restaurant are in the neighboring train cars.

    • Grand Express Grand Imperial Cabin (img 1)
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    2-bed Imperial Cabin

    There are 4 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train. Each is designed for 2 passengers and is 2 times larger than ordinary cabins. The private cabins feature a transforming leather sofa (width: 110 cm when converted), an upper bunk bed (width: 80 cm, foldable), a closet for storing your belongings, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a hairdryer, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV, DVD, and media streamer, as well as a private bathroom with a bidet, washbasin, and a walk-in shower. Travelers are provided with 2 bed-linen sets, hypoallergic pillow, 2 towel sets, 2 bathrobes, 2 pairs of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items. The ticket price is indicated for the entire cabin (not per person) and includes a dinner in the cabin and a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (juice, water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a business class car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. The VIP bar and the Bistro restaurant are available in the neighboring train cars.

    • Grand Imperial Cabin Single
    • Grand Express Grand Imperial Cabin (img 1)
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    1-bed Imperial Cabin

    There is 1 compartment of this type on the Grand Express train. It is designed for 1 passenger and is 2 times larger than ordinary cabins. The private cabin features an Ergomotion bed (width: 90 cm, length: 195 cm, when converted), it is adjustable by remote control and has a massage function. There is also an air-conditioner, a closet for storing your belongings, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a hairdryer, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV and media streamer, as well as a private bathroom with a bidet, washbasin, and a walk-in shower. Travelers are provided with a bed-linen set, hypoallergic pillow, a towel set, a bathrobe, a pair of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items. The ticket price includes a dinner in the cabin and a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (juice, water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a business class car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. The VIP bar and the Bistro restaurant are available in the neighboring train cars.

    • Grand Express 1st class sleeper (img 1)
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    2-bed Business Sleeper

    There are 9 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train, each designed for 2 passengers. The shared cabins feature two sofas (width: 80 cm), two coat racks, an air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi, a safe, sockets for 220V and USB, a TV and media streamer. Travelers are provided with a bed-linen set, a towel, a pair of slippers, newspapers, and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items. The ticket includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (water, tea & coffee). Moreover, upon arrival, a free transfer by a comfort class car is available, you may book it with the car attendant. There are two shared bathrooms on both ends of the train car. The VIP bar and Bistro restaurant are in the neighboring train cars.

    • Grand Express 2nd class sleeper (img 1)
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    4-bed Sleeper

    There are 9 compartments of this type on the Grand Express train, each designed for 4 passengers. The shared cabins feature 2 lower berths (width: 70 cm) and 2 upper berths (width: 70 cm), free Wi-Fi, 4 individual sockets for 220V and 2 USB sockets for the lower berths, a TV and media streamer. Travelers are provided with a bed-linen set, a towel, and drinking water (newspapers and a travel kit with necessary vanity kit items such as a toothbrush may be available). The ticket price is indicated per person, the ticket sometimes includes a hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks (water, tea & coffee). There are two shared bathrooms on both ends of the train car. 

Distance
635 kilometers
635 kilometers
Time
3 hrs 43 min
3 hrs 34 min
Departures
35 trains per route
28 trains per route

Customer reviews

  • Was delighted with the trip on Grand Express from St Petersburg to Moscow. Boarding the train was also easy. Comfortable journey, friendly staff and good service.
    Don Leiders
  • Liked the hot breakfast offered on the Grand Express. Plus we're happy that we chose the 1st Business class, two beds in the cabin are wise placement.
    Susan Henry
  • Travelled on the overnight Grand Express train. It's basically a hotel on wheels. The beds are quite large so I had a great night's sleep
    Jason Welsh
  • I am very happy about my experience travelling on the Grand Express. The train has a charming retro style and the train staff was lovely.
    Caroline Tinson
  • The Grand Express train is a convenient option to travel between Moscow and St Petersburg. It had WiFi and air-conditioning and the train was comfortable.
    Megan Williams