High-speed train, Sapsan
Moscow to Saint Petersburg

A trip from Moscow to Saint Petersburg by Railway

(L) It is somewhat expensive; however, reliable the Moscow-Taxi.
(L) A taxi is heading to Leningrad Station, where the express train departs for Saint Petersburg
(R) A road of Moscow city is quite dry. Therefore, we can often see a sprinkler-truck on a street.

A highway to Leningrad Station, Moscow

Leningrad Station, Moscow

A quite platform of Leningrad Station

High-speed train, Sapsan

An exciting moment as the express train, Sapsan is now entering to the platform of Leningrad Station.

(L) The electric transit marking plate is the same to TGV in France.
(R) E-ticket of the Moscow to Saint Petersburg express, Sapsan

(L) A woman train attendant is waiting passengers before leaving from the terminal station.
(R) An electric sign board that shows this train is going from Moscow to Saint Petersburg.

(L) Business-class vehicle of Sapsan (R) First class vehicle of Sapsan
There was no vacant seat at all, since this was the peak season and a tour group of a senor age occupied the greater part of the vehicle.

A free lunch is served to passengers of the first and business-class vehicles.

(L) A wet paper napkin and lunch service were provided at the express train to Saint Petersburg
(R) A coffee shop in the Sapsan

There is a few stop in the country side during the 4 and a half hours journey.

The express train arrived in Moskovsky railway station at Saint Petersburg on time.

Siemens-made high-speed train, Sapson connects 650 km length in 3 hours 50 minutes to 4 hours
30 minutes, between two megalopolis of Russia, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. It is a major traffic
artery in the north-west region of Russia.

This high-speed Russian train has operated on this line since 2009, running below their maximum
speed of 250 km/h because of difficulties upgrading all the track. Sapsan is designed to run in
temperatures as low as -50 Celsius. Russian Railways spent nearly $1 billion on eight trains. Since
1931, the famous 'Red Arrow' train has left Moscow at 23:55 daily, arriving in St Petersburg at 07:55
the next morning, and vice-versa. The railway is relatively congested, which means that only a few
express trains can run each day. There are plans to build a parallel high-speed railway allowing up
to 400 km/h, at an estimated cost of 696 bn roubles, hoping it to be completed in 2018.
Reference: Wikipedia and Russian National Tourist Office

A high-speed train connecting Saint Petersburg with Moscow, Sapsan
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Smoking ban on long-distance trains and suburban platforms comes into effect in June 2014.
According to Russian Federation Federal Law, which comes into force on 1 June 2014, tobacco smoking is prohibited
on long-distance trains
and passenger platforms used exclusively for passengers boarding and alighting from suburban
transport trains.

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