The Tolstoy Train - Most Novel Journey from Helsinki to Moscow

The luxury overnight Tolstoy train was named after the author of the famous Russian novel, “War and Peace”, whose name depicts two opposites much like the cities it connects. This Helsinki - Moscow train takes you across Northern Europe in speed and safety, with Slavic hospitality, classic Russian furnishings and a professional staff all in a civilized manner. It takes the train 15 hrs 33 min to pass 1073 km and there is 1 daily departure (Sun - Fri).

Prices vary as several classes suit the needs of every traveler, from budget economy to luxury. At the lower end of that range, 2nd class costs around $200. For economic travel, 2nd class sleepers contain 4 berths, each sold individually. If you travel alone then you will be sharing it with other travelers. Cozy and simple, bedding is provided usually for a small cost and snacks and beverages also are available for a small price.

The 1st class sleepers contain only 2 berths and have air conditioning, locked doors for extra privacy, panoramic windows for wonderful views and some extra perks such as paid bedding and individual reading lamps, to name a few. A truly cozy option. The next class is the same cabin as 1st class, but solely for yourself.

The Premium class deluxe sleeping cabins are spacious and true luxury on wheels. They contain all the space you would expect from a luxury cabin, a private shower, toilet, DVD entertainment, comfortable slippers, a towel, and complimentary drinks and snacks. The price for the premium cabin is per cabin and each cabin can accommodate 2 people.

The train has a finely decorated restaurant car open to all passengers, accepting Euros, US Dollars and Rubles, but unfortunately no credit cards. It is quite spacious with 24 comfortable seats in the dining room, partially separated from the coffee shop containing 17 more seating options – 3 unique booths and a line of “bar-style” seats. In the business class car, you can order meals to be delivered to its bar compartment.

At the border passport control and customs are taken care of onboard. If you are traveling in a group, book the special-purpose car to pass the journey in privacy in a meeting or socializing. You can also order high-quality catering services for such arrangements.

The cars are air-conditioned and include a smoking area. The 1st and business class compartments have electrical outlets, the 2nd class cars feature one compartment for physically challenged passengers with 1 lower and 1 upper berth, space for a wheelchair and a spacious private toilet. Currency exchange is provided in Finland between Vainikkala and Kouvola as well as Tax-Free refund.

Travel Classes Onboard Tolstoy Train

    • Lev Tolstoi VIP cabin (img 1)
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    1-bed VIP Cabin

    This train class is the most luxurious option available on Lev Tolstoy train and is simply perfect for single travelers who value privacy. Each sleeping compartment comes with a transformable sofa and an upper bunk bed, TV with DVD, air-conditioning, 220V outlets, Wi-Fi, reading lights, and an individual bathroom with a toilet and shower cabin. The ticket price also includes one meal, fresh bed linen, a hygienic kit, a bathrobe, and slippers. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the restaurant car. In this coach, you can’t book a separate seat, but the whole cabin only.

    • Lev Tolstoi 2 class (img 1)
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    4-bed Sleeper

    These are compartments for 4 travelers with 2 upper and 2 lower beds. Each compartment comes with air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen is included in the ticket price. Bathrooms with wash basins are located at each end of the coach. Meals, drinks, and snacks are available for purchase in the restaurant car. The coach also provides facilities for persons with special needs.

    • Lev Tolstoi 1 class (img 1)
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    2-bed Sleeper

    This comfortable cabin is shared by 2 passengers, having 2 lower beds and modern facilities, needed for a nice ride. The cabin features air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, reading lights, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen and one meal are included in the ticket price. Cabins vary depending on gender, so passengers can choose to travel in male, female or mixed cabins. Two bathrooms, one with a shower cabin, are located at each end of the coach. Snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car.

    • Lev Tolstoi VIP cabin (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi VIP cabin (img 2)
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    2-bed VIP Cabin

    The coach of this type features 4 well-equipped spacious cabins for 2 persons. Each sleeping compartment comes with a transformable sofa and an upper bunk bed, TV with DVD, air-conditioning, 220V outlets, Wi-Fi, reading lights, and an individual bathroom with a toilet and shower cabin. The ticket price also includes one meal, fresh bed linen, a hygienic kit, a bathrobe, and slippers. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the restaurant car. In this coach, you can’t book a separate seat, but the whole cabin only.

    • Lev Tolstoi VIP cabin (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi VIP cabin (img 2)
    • Lev-Tolstoi-Exterior
    2-bed VIP Cabin

    The coach of this type features 4 well-equipped spacious cabins for 2 persons. Each sleeping compartment comes with a transformable sofa and an upper bunk bed, TV with DVD, air-conditioning, 220V outlets, Wi-Fi, reading lights, and an individual bathroom with a toilet and shower cabin. The ticket price also includes one meal, fresh bed linen, a hygienic kit, a bathrobe, and slippers. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the restaurant car. In this coach, you can’t book a separate seat, but the whole cabin only.

    • Lev Tolstoi 2 class (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi 2 class (img 2)
    • Lev-Tolstoi-Exterior
    4-bed Sleeper

    These are compartments for 4 travelers with 2 upper and 2 lower beds. Each compartment comes with air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen is included in the ticket price. Bathrooms with wash basins are located at each end of the coach. Meals, drinks, and snacks are available for purchase in the restaurant car. The coach also provides facilities for persons with special needs.

    • Lev Tolstoi 1 class (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi 1 class (img 2)
    • Lev-Tolstoi-Exterior
    2-bed Sleeper

    This comfortable cabin is shared by 2 passengers, having 2 lower beds and modern facilities, needed for a nice ride. The cabin features air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, reading lights, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen and one meal are included in the ticket price. Cabins vary depending on gender, so passengers can choose to travel in male, female or mixed cabins. Two bathrooms, one with a shower cabin, are located at each end of the coach. Snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car.

    • Lev Tolstoi 2 class (img 1)
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    3-bed Cabin

    This cabin can be booked for 3 travelers instead of 4 which is a perfect option for a family or a company of friends. This compartment comes with 2 lower and 2 upper convertible beds and is equipped with air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen is included in the ticket price. Bathrooms with wash basins are located at each end of the coach. Snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car. The coach also provides facilities for persons with special needs.

    • Lev Tolstoi 2 class (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi 2 class (img 2)
    • Lev-Tolstoi-Exterior
    3-bed Cabin

    This cabin can be booked for 3 travelers instead of 4 which is a perfect option for a family or a company of friends. This compartment comes with 2 lower and 2 upper convertible beds and is equipped with air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen is included in the ticket price. Bathrooms with wash basins are located at each end of the coach. Snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car. The coach also provides facilities for persons with special needs.

    • Lev Tolstoi VIP cabin (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi VIP cabin (img 2)
    • Lev-Tolstoi-Exterior
    1-bed VIP Cabin

    This train class is the most luxurious option available on Lev Tolstoy train and is simply perfect for single travelers who value privacy. Each sleeping compartment comes with a transformable sofa and an upper bunk bed, TV with DVD, air-conditioning, 220V outlets, Wi-Fi, reading lights, and an individual bathroom with a toilet and shower cabin. The ticket price also includes one meal, fresh bed linen, a hygienic kit, a bathrobe, and slippers. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the restaurant car. In this coach, you can’t book a separate seat, but the whole cabin only.

    • Lev Tolstoi 1 class (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi 1 class (img 2)
    • Lev-Tolstoi-Exterior
    1-bed Cabin

    This comfortable cabin is is designed for 2 passengers but can be booked for one. The cabin features air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, reading lights, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen and one meal are included in the ticket price. Cabins vary depending on gender, so passengers can choose to travel in male, female or mixed cabins. Two bathrooms, one with a shower cabin, are located at each end of the coach. Snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car.

    • Lev Tolstoi 1 class (img 1)
    • Lev Tolstoi 1 class (img 2)
    • Lev-Tolstoi-Exterior
    1-bed Cabin

    This comfortable cabin is is designed for 2 passengers but can be booked for one. The cabin features air-conditioning, WiFi, 220V outlets, reading lights, a table, a mirror, lockable doors, and a large panoramic window. Bed linen and one meal are included in the ticket price. Cabins vary depending on gender, so passengers can choose to travel in male, female or mixed cabins. Two bathrooms, one with a shower cabin, are located at each end of the coach. Snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car.

Route
Lahti - St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg - Lahti
St. Petersburg - Vyborg
Moscow - Tver
Tver - Moscow
Moscow - Lahti
Kouvola - Moscow
Lahti - Moscow
Vyborg - St. Petersburg
Moscow - Kouvola
Distance
635 kilometers
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893 kilometers
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Time
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Customer reviews

  • I haven't taken my trip yet (I'm in the USA), but the reservation process and getting the tickets emailed to me was very easy and efficient.
    Marguerite
  • Excellent service! They picked up and corrected a mistake I made during booking that could have cost me 100s of £££. Everything happend as planned and promised. Our requested driver in St Petersburg was also excellent, waiting for us on the platform as we disembarked. All in all, a flawless service and a great experience.
    Simon Armstrong
  • Clean interior, efficient service and on time departure and arrival. Highly recommend this as the best way to travel within Russia!
    Shalini
  • Communication is smooth. One thing to surprise me was that after I applied for railway ticket online, I was asked to send a photo of my credit card. Sending photo of credit card is unusual experience to me. If this is necessary process, it'd be better for them to inform customers in advance of the fact that they need to send photo of credit card.
    Japo
  • The website was relatively easy to navigate and I appreciated them making an effort to verify my identity when booking the tickets.
    Gary Teske
  • Everything went well: my questions were answered, I was refunded the extra money that was charged, I received my ticket on the exact date that had been mentioned.
    Hélène
  • I would like to know more about the services in the train and other things, when I buy a ticket. So, more information, please.
    Foreign tourist