The Red Arrow Train - An Icon of the Russian Rails

The Red Arrow luxury overnight train first chugged along the historic railway line between the two capitals of Russia in 1931, and has since been the pride of the Russian Railroad. This Moscow - St. Petersburg train has interiors that feel as if they come from a movie set and an exterior in such bright red that it’s really difficult to mistake, no matter if lit from the platform lights of the Moskovskaya Station in St. Petersburg, or the Leningradskaya Station in Moscow.

The history that emanates from the very walls of the carriages on the Red Arrow makes this a very popular train. As a result of its increasing popularity among trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg, the Red Arrow has spawned other luxury-oriented night trains, including the Express and the Megapolis. Even with all its retro charm, this one-of-a-kind luxury Russian train is as up-to-date and modern as any sleeper carriage found in just about any country. Passengers with Red Arrow train tickets enjoy high-comfort amenities while gliding through the night between Russia’s historical capital cities on an overnight train from Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Today's journey by luxury trains meets the demands of most rail travelers, particularly those who seek special and unique train travel experiences from around the world. The Red Arrow's vibrant red carriages almost glow against the greenery of the countryside, and is as much a part of Russian culture as borsch!

Travel Classes Onboard Red Arrow Train

    • Red Arrow VIP cabin (img 1)
    • Red Arrow VIP cabin (img 2)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    2-bed VIP Cabin

    This class on board the historic branded Red Arrow train is the most luxurious one available. As a rule, there is only 1 car of this type in a trainset, designed for as little as 8 passengers max. There are 4 private sleeper cabins which are twice the ordinary cabin size, each for 1 or 2 passengers. The ticket price is indicated for the entire cabin (not per person) and includes a meal, mineral water, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel, and newspapers. The private cabins feature a transforming sofa and an upper bunk bed, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V, sometimes Wi-Fi is available, a private bathroom with a washbasin and shower, as well as a TV. You may also purchase food in the neighboring Restaurant Car or beverages in the bar located in this very train car.

    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 3)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    2-bed Sleeper

    Such cars on board the historic branded Red Arrow train can carry up to 18 passengers and are made up of 9 compartments, each shared by 2 passengers. 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, it is possible to travel in gender-sensitive compartments. The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel. The compartments feature two lower beds, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant car is in the neighboring train car.

    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 3)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    4-bed Sleeper

    Such compartments on the Red Arrow train are designed for 4 travelers with 2 upper and 2 lower beds. It is also possible to travel in gender-sensitive compartments. Each shared compartment has a small table, a mirror, lockable doors, a large panoramic window, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V. The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel, and newspapers. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant Car is in the neighboring train car.

    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 3)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    3-bed 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.

    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 3)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    2-bed Sleeper +

    As a rule, there are several cars of this type on board the historic branded Red Arrow train. Each car can carry up to 18 passengers and is made up of 9 compartments, each shared by 2 passengers. 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, same applies when passengers wish to travel with pets. The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel. The compartments feature two lower beds, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V, a TV. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant Car is in the neighboring train car.

    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 3)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    1-bed Cabin

    This class on board the historic branded Red Arrow train is for those who wish to not share the cabin with other passengers and to travel privately (alone in the cabin or with pets). The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel, and newspapers. Such compartments feature a lower bed, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant car is in the neighboring 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

  • Friendly and professional staff. Enjoyed the beautiful views and the peace and quiet during my travel on the Red Arrow.
    Jeffrey George
  • The Red Arrow overnight train was comfortable, clean and on time. The breakfast we had onboard was delicious as well!
    Sofia Ennis
  • The compartment interiors were pleasant. Liked all the wood and the historic feel of the Red Arrow Train. Nice experience!
    Tomas Cabral
  • Nice train with a good restaurant car! The food was tasteful and a generous portion of food and tasty snacks made the journey unforgettable.
    Pauline Bennotti
  • We had a wonderful time during our ride on the Red Arrow train. The train was clean, quiet and comfortable. Would definitely recommend it.
    Rachel Palmer