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“Fun ride, despite no sleep!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Arrow Express

Red Arrow Express
Moscow Station, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Ranked #75 of 280 Activities in St. Petersburg
4.0 of 5 stars 41 Reviews
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fun ride, despite no sleep!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

This is the only way to travel by train between Moscow/St Petersburg. Tickets for the Red Arrow might be a little more expensive (usually, not always) but the disparity in quality and experience is far greater than the price difference.

My partner and I were in a 4-sleeper carriage with one other person who was a lovely Russian guy we chatted to. Despite being once of the cheaper carriages, it was gorgeous with lots of reds, nice seating, plush curtains, tablecloth, etc. We got a meal, tea and a bed with plenty of blankets. This is really all you need in life I think. Note: food here is not great. If picky bring your own.

It was not too noisy (either from the train or other passengers) and was generally a smooth, climate controlled ride. Despite this I didn't get much sleep AT ALL and spent most of the night reading with my light on, which was not a terrible experience anyway. I do recommend light sleepers or those unable to relax in a foreign bed try to get early check in to your hotel upon arrival as the trip can be quite taxing/exhausting.

Bathrooms, floors and general facilities were really clean and we felt safe the entire trip. Unlike some of the other trains out there (looking at you, Nikolay's Express). Staff were always polite and courteous.

Highly recommended!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“A quick, pleasant exerpience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2008

My husband and I took the Red Arrow train last week, and although the tickets were pricey (about 6400 roubles for two 2d class tickets), we were happy with our experience. Once we showed our tickets to the collector at the car door, we stowed our luggage in foldaway compartments under the bottom bunks, got ready for bed in the clean-but-dated bathrooms, and then fell asleep in the clean beds. Eight hours later, we pulled into St. Petersburg and felt refreshed and ready to see the city.

We had no problems despite our inability to speak Russian (and the train staff's inability to speak English). I'd recommend the Red Arrow as an efficient and smooth way to travel between Moscow and St. P.

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