The Moscow - Sochi Double-Decker Train
In 2014 the Russian gem of the Black Sea, the city of Sochi, hosted the Winter Olympics. The preparations were well under way not only in terms of creating new infrastructure but in the transport system innovations as well. In autumn 2014 the first double-decker train in Russia was introduced by Russian Railways to run between Moscow and Sochi.
These Russian trains are the fastest and the cheapest trains on the route. Each train consists of 15 carriages: 12 compartment coaches, 1 sleeping coach, 1 train staff coach and 1 dining car. Depending on the class, each compartment coach is equipped with 16 two- or four-seat compartments - 8 on the lower deck and 8 on the upper deck. Thus, this train accommodates twice as many passengers as a standard one - 64 seats against 36. This also means that the cost of such train tickets is about 30% lower as compared to the one-deck train.
Sleeping coaches can accommodate 30 passengers and the total carrying capacity of this double-decker train is about 850 passengers. The dining car can simultaneously accommodate up to 50 visitors: 44 people in the dining room and 6 people in the bar. Moreover, besides general compartments, there are compartments for physically challenged people with separate toilet facilities that are arranged in train staff coaches and equipped with special devices.
Each carriage has an air-conditioning and heating system, WiFi is also available on board. Passengers can make use of reading lights, sockets for battery chargers and laptops in each compartment and find out information like the outside air temperature from electronic information boards.
Travel Classes Onboard Double-Decker Train
Such cabins on board the double-decker trains are designed for 4 people. Each compartment features a number of modern facilities including 2 lower and 2 upper beds, a table, a mirror, reading lights, electric sockets. The coaches of such type also have air-conditioning and 3 bathrooms, located at different ends of the coach. Bed linen, a hygienic kit and one meal are included in the ticket price. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the restaurant car. Such coach of the double-decker train is able to accommodate 64 passengers. Traveling with pets is possible provided that you book the whole cabin.
It is a second class compartment (Kupe) booked for 3 travelers instead of 4. This option is perfect if you are a family of three or company of friends traveling together. It is a compartment with 2 lower beds and 2 upper convertible ones. At each end of the car there is a toilet with a small wash-basin.
2-bed Sleeper +
Such cabins on board the double-decker trains are shared by 2 people, having 2 lower beds. Each compartment features a number of top-notch facilities including TV and media, a table, a mirror, reading lights, electric sockets, and an individual washbasin. The coaches of such type are air-conditioned and have 3 bathrooms, located at different ends of the coach. Bed linen, a hygienic kit and one meal are included in the ticket price. Snacks and beverages can be purchased in the restaurant car. Such coach of the double-decker train is able to accommodate 30 passengers. Traveling with pets is possible provided that you book the whole cabin.