Buying a train
ticket in Russia does not have to be an agonizing experience. In addition to
lining up to buy it yourself, there are several agencies that will arrange
the ticket for you, at a nominal cost. If you have
a decent command of Russian, you should be able to do it yourself. All of
Moscow's eight major train stations have ticket booths (kacca), but in order
to avoid long lines, it's easier to buy tickets at a central ticket office
booth designated for foreigners. The two most
convenient central offices are located near the Yaroslavsky Station: one is
kassa 45 on the second floor of the administrative building between
Yaroslavsky and Leningradsky stations. The other is the Central Railway
Agency at 5 Komsomolskaya Ploshchad. The average
price of tickets from Moscow To St. Petersburg is between 1215-1160 rubles
($40) for first class, 250-840 ($10-30) rubles for second class, and about
160 rubles for plarzkart. Prices increase in the high season, which is
summer. Russians are charged lower prices. Buying tickets for prigorodnye
(suburban) trains involves a lot less waiting, but is difficult if you don't
speak Russian. Suburban kassas are located at each station and are separate
from the kaccas long-distance trains. Ticket prices range from $1-$3 and can
be bought on the day of travel. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, trains leave
Options for Purchasing Train Tickets
Central Railway Agency
Sells all tickets, including tickts to some international destinations
Address: 5 Komsomolskaya Ploshchad
Sells International tickets.
Address: 1 Lenningradsky Prospekt
Diner's Club International
Arranges Tickets to all destinations in the CIS and abroad. They can also
help with visa applications. The service is free to Diner's Club members,
and $2 each way for non members on tickets less than 500 rubles, $4 on
tickets over 500 rubles.
Address: 17B Andronievskaya Ulitsa
American Express Moscow
Provides regular Am Ex travel service, as well as train ticket booking.
Address: 21 Sadovaya Kudrinskaya
American Express St. Petersburg
Located in the Grand Hotel Europe.
Address: 1/7 Mikhailovskaya Shosse
Tel: (812) 329-6060
Will arange train travel; can also help with visa support and invitations.
This agency caters to students and those on a budget. Will arrange train
travel as well as hostel stay.
Traveler's Guest House
Will arange train tickets and visa support. Offers various options for
various budgets. Excellent English spoken.
Address: 50 Bolshaya Pereyaslavskaya, 10th floor.
Global Union Express
This Hong Kong-based agency will arrange train tickets and visa support for
the CIS and China for those embarking on the trans-Siberian railway.
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