Quick facts about Express train
- In Soviet times the night train Express was a backup of the famous Red Arrow, and the only difference between the 'twins' was the departure time (Express departed 4 minutes earlier).
- In 2007 the train was fully renovated and got its original decoration.
- Since 2013 Express departs at 23:30 and arrives at 08:30 year-round 6 days a week (except Saturday), in 9 hours connecting Moscow and Saint Petersburg without stops on the way.
Express train schedule
|Route||Fastest trip||Number of trains||Price from|
|Moscow - St. Petersburg||9h 00m||1 train||89.18 $|
|St. Petersburg - Moscow||9h 00m||1 train||89.18 $|
Classes of cariages of the train Express
Luxury carriages (which are called “soft”) have fewer compartments (4-6) and the cabins are larger than in the ordinary first class carriages. There is shower in the carriage or even in the compartment. Most compartments include a private bathroom. Other amenities include TV and individual a/c. The cabins in luxury carriages are sold entirely for one or two passengers, it guarantees the most level of privacy and comfort.
The cabin consists of two bunks and a folding table. Usually both bunks are lower, but some trains have compartments with one lower and one upper bunk. Other amenities of the compartment include personal reading lights, storage space under the lower bunks and a sliding door. Usually there is also a mirror and in some trains - a wardrobe and sockets.
Second class also known as coupe carriage consists of 9 separate quardruple compartments with four bunks (2 lower and 2 upper), a fold-down table and a sliding door. Among other amenities are personal reading lights, storage space (built-in shelves over the door, boxes under the lower bunks, racks on the wall beside each bunk).
The train consists of 18 carriages: 2 luxury cars, 6 first class cars, 8 second class cars, a restaurant car and a staff car. The luxury compartments are equipped with private bathrooms with shower and individual air-conditioning. The arrangement of berths in the first class compartments is vertical, which is not typical for most Russian trains and gives some advantages: the first one is that the beds are wider (83 cm), and the second advantage is that lying on the upper or lower berth you do not have to look at your neighbor all the time during your trip.
Express train reviews
It is important that some of your employees speak english
Train number: 003А
Travel date: 13 Jun 2019
Great comfort compared to the various trains previously taken between Irkutsk and Moscow. Great wagon attendant, very meticulous despite no English spoken, good breakfast, very comfortable beds and wide enough. Very clean wagon and enjoyable lavatories. the only problem was the recycled air in the wagon, that got 2 of us sick. Some windows that you can open for a breath of fresh air would be better.
Train number: 004А
Travel date: 07 Jun 2019
This train supports electronic registration. It means that a ticket which you receive by e-mail is already valid; a passenger should just print it and show on boarding along with the passport.