since we had limited time at our disposal, we used the sapsan to and fro from Moscow to petersburg... bought our own tickets 40 days ago using the link:
offered by trip advisor forum expert...We got email confirmation it cut out commisions and we had to just show our passport to ,board... we had earlier receed the station and found out where to board, so finding the platform was no problem... the train had several empty seats in supposedly peak season at end of July
regarding the journey, we had good view from the window on the way to petersburg but on the way back our seats in the middle of the coach did not have windows... but the rows just in frnt of us had hardly any leg space as they were in the spot where the rows turn... half the rows turn one way and the rest the other way... we saw people sitting slantwise to avoid banging on the opposite person's knee... must have been real uncomfortable
the journey was in 4 hours flat, we took our own breakfast packed by our hotel and did not buy the overprized limited stuff available
regarding the view, it was fine seeing the speeding country side but in our opinion we had similar views from a btter seating on the local trains we took to Peterhof on a day trip to see the fountains and to Pushkin the next day to see the palace and royal gardens... the price needless to say was a teeny fraction... just 42 rubles and 72 rubles for those return journeys as opposed to the steep sapsan fares
bottomline... sapsan is for reaching petersburg fast... not for the views
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