Swift - The Speediest Train from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod
Russia's high-speed rail transport system took a turn for the better since 2009, but as they say there’s always room for improvment! The Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod high-speed rail line began using new high-speed trains called Swift or "Strizh" in Russian, produced by the Spanish company Talgo. Russian Railways relocated and concentrated the Siemens Sapsan trains that operated this route before to the Moscow-Saint-Petersburg line, and as Mikhail Akulov, Vice-President of Russian Railways and Managing Director of the Federal Passenger Company said: "As a result, we get two powerful high-speed transportation systems in Russia: from Moscow to the North-West and from Moscow to the Volga region." The launch of the Swift high-speed train boosted the quality of transport services for passengers on the Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod route. The Talgo's passive tilting system saves travel time by allowing the train to take tight curves at higher speed, thus the journey time of the train from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod is reduced by 20 minutes (faster than the best Sapsan timings!). The Swift operates seven times a day using a fleet of four trains. The two non-stop trains make the distance between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod in 3 and a half hours, the remaining ones that make stops in Vladimir, Kovrov y Dzherzhinsk range from 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours. The Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod Swift train can move at a speed of 200km/h and seat up to 409 passengers. These Talgo 1520 mm-gauge trains have unique features: each of them comprises 18 passenger coaches and two technical cars, the deluxe sleeping cars on the train are also provided with en-suite facilities, all coaches are air-conditioned, have electric heating and are equipped with ecologically-friendly toilets. Moreover, passengers also have access to the Internet and Wi-Fi-Cinema for an additional fee during their travel. So if you’re planning to visit Nizhny Novgorod - Swift is entirely at your service!
Travel Classes Onboard Swift Train
2-bed Cabin +
Passengers who prefer traveling in privacy can enjoy a peaceful ride in this modern cabin, able to accommodate 1 or 2 people. The cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, an individual bathroom with a shower cabin, 220V outlets, TV, and reading lights. One meal, bed linen, newspaper, and hygienic kit are also included in the ticket price. Additional snacks and beverages are available for purchase onboard the train in the restaurant car.
Coaches of this type have 5 cabins with 2 beds (1 lower + 1 upper) in each. They are ideal for overnight trips, especially when two passengers are traveling together. All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, table, safe, reading lights, and 220V outlets. Lockable doors provide travelers with privacy, while large panoramic windows offer great views. A bathroom is located at the end of the coach. One meal, bed linen and hygienic kit are also included in the ticket price. Additional snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car.
2-bed Sleeper +
The modern cabins can accommodate 2 passengers (1 upper + 1 lower bed) and feature air-conditioning, an individual bathroom with a shower cabin, 220V outlets, TV, and reading lights. One meal, bed linen, newspaper, and hygienic kit are also included in the ticket price. Additional snacks and beverages are available for purchase onboard the train in the restaurant car.
Business Class Seat
Coaches of this class provide air-conditioning and are equipped with comfortable reclining seats (arranged 2+1) for 20 passengers, each coming with individual lighting, 220V electricity plugs, folding tables, and adjustable head- and armrests. As a rule, the high-speed Swift train has 2 coaches of this type in a train set. The coach also features enough space for luggage and 1 bathroom. Moreover, there is a hygienic kit and a meal included in the ticket price. Passengers are also free to buy additional snacks and beverages in the restaurant car.
Economy Class Seat
This coach type is the simplest travel option available on board the high-speed Swift train. This class provides facilities for 36 passengers, including comfortable seats (arranged 2 by 2) with individual lighting and folding tables, 220V electricity plugs, air-conditioning, and a bathroom. No meals are included in the ticket price, however, passengers can buy snacks and beverages in the restaurant car. As a rule, there are 9 coaches of this type in a train set.