Sapsan High-speed Train
In December 2009, Russian Railways brought into service the Sapsan (Russian for Peregrine Falcon). Named after the mythical bird, this high-speed Russian train achieves a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour). Today this is arguably the most convenient way to commute between St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Vladimir. The convenience of the Sapsan train service already rivals traveling by air. The short flight time of one hour between the Pulkovo Airport outside St. Petersburg and any of the seven airports that service Moscow (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo, Myachkovo, Ostafyevo, Bykovo, and Ramenskoye) certainly lures travelers at first. And although rail service currently takes four hours, it is quite common that passengers spend three or more hours in traffic getting to and from the city-centers to the airports. With the Sapsan, passengers in St. Petersburg only need to catch the train at the centrally located Moskovsky Station in the morning, and by noon, they are at Leningradskaya Station in the heart of Moscow.
Go inside the high-speed train and learn how each type of class differs.
Meet Sapsan - the most convenient way to travel between Moscow & St. Petersburg
This is a far cry from the journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg that travelers had to endure before first Sapsan train tickets went on sale. The ride on board this modern high-speed train is as smooth as any modern train or urban commuter rail experience seen anywhere in the world. Besides speed, the Sapsan train caters to the requirements of the modern luxury and business traveler. Whereas comfortable seats are reserved for business and first class on an airplane, the Sapsan’s first and second class seats both provide passengers with the same experience. The first class seats, however, have additional leg space and WiFi access, service that has increased in demand (and expectation). Of course, service is far removed from any of the Soviet-era gruffness, with attendants providing a modern level of friendliness and courtesy, defining anew the meaning of Russian luxury travel. The cabins are kept impeccably clean, with all accommodations well-maintained. And unlike any airline flight, passenger luggage can be accessed from storage by the attendants, should a passenger need anything from their suitcase. Eventually, if the Russian Railway Ministry has its way, the Sapsan RUS EVS will be employed along an extensive system of new high-speed rail lines that will extend across Eurasia, removing bottlenecks at the nation’s airports, improving travel efficiency for businessmen going between cities, and providing more luxury travel options for those who want to see this great country for themselves. Don't hesitate to choose Sapsan for your trip! Read more about Sapsan trains here.
Travel Classes Onboard Sapsan Train
All seats are equipped with a folding table, adjustable back rest, individual lighting, a socket between the seats, footrest, radio headphones. All seats have leather coverings. Ticket price includes one hot meal, beverages and soft drinks, travel set, magazines and newspapers. Wi-Fi is available.
Recently improved in comfort train car #2 offers new comfortable seats with 2+2 set up. Every seat have adjustable backrests and supplied with folding dinner tables, folding footrests, separate tap lights, electrical outlets, and build in audio and video outputs, as well as outlets for charging mobile devices, and free Wi-Fi.
Economy Class +
Economy class seats are standard soft seats with textile coverings. All seats have adjustable backrest, footrest, individual tap light and a folding table in some places. * Sapsan train ticket includes press and a cold snack which depends on the carrier and out of our responsibility.
Economy class seats feature textile coverings, adjustable back rest, footrest, folding table and armrest. The number of seats per car varies from 56 up to 64. As a rule there are 2 seats in a row or 4 seats around a table. Beverages and snacks are not included in the ticket price but available for purchase in the restaurant car.
Only on Sapsan trains seats are located in restaurant car. Ticket price includes drinks and meals from the menu for the amount of 2 000 Russian rubles (about 35 USD). It is available upon request on the board of train. As a rule there are 4 seats around a table. Seats feature textile coverings, adjustable back rest, footrest and armrest. On all other trains this travel class corresponds to Economy Class without meal included.
It is a separate unit with a lockable door perfect for 4 travelers either business or leisure travels. Presentation equipment for business meetings is available. It features 4 leather seats + a tiny sofa. Cabin is supplied with a personal dinner table, footrests, tap lights, multifunctional display, entertainment system, 220 VC outlets, audio and video outputs, outlets for charging mobile devices and free Wi-Fi. Seats can be automatically adjusted providing even more comfort with enlarged armrests.