Lastochka High-speed Train
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Lastochka High-Speed Train Overview
Named after the beautiful Barn Swallow bird, the high-speed Lastochka train is among the most efficient ways to travel in Russia. Designed by German Siemens, the train has more than 10 routes and connects numerous Russian cities, including Moscow, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Veliky Novgorod, Petrozavodsk, and St. Petersburg. This bullet train can run at a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour (about 100 miles per hour) and is equipped with modern amenities, necessary for travel in comfort.
Quick facts about the Lastochka train
- Train length: 130 m (426 ft)
- Car length: 26 m (87 ft)
- Width: 3.48 m (11 ft)
- Electric system(s): 25 kV 50 Hz AC
- Entered service: in 2013
- Operators: Russian Railways (RZD)
Lastochka train onboard amenities
Lastochka trains are modern and feature air-conditioning, spacious luggage areas, overhead racks, as well as bathrooms in every coach. The cars are safe, with good soundproof, large panoramic windows, and information screens.
Coach classes on the Lastochka train
The train's passenger capacity is more than 400 people. As a rule, the Lastochka train set is made up of 5 coaches, at times, this number is doubled to 10 coaches. Almost all of the Lastochka car classes are Economy with seats arranged 3 by 2, yet there are several areas for higher more comfortable First Class which have seats that are placed 2 by 2. The soft seats are comfortable and have folding tables.
Lastochka train routes and schedule
The Lastochka train runs on many popular routes in Russia, including St. Petersburg - Veliky Novgorod, Moscow - Vladimir - Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg - Petrozavodsk, Krasnodar - Rostov-on-Don. The number of daily departures depends on the train route, usually, there's at least one train per day per route.