Red Arrow Train Russia Overview

 

The Red Arrow train is a Russian classic overnight train of luxurious class, connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg in 8 hours. Called "Krasnaya Strela" in Russian, the train can be easily recognized on the train platform by its dark red exterior color. The history of the Red Arrow is almost 100 years old, making it an iconic train on the Russian railways. Despite its age, it has been refurbished several times to meet modern comfort standards, has air-conditioning, and is noted by travelers for offering great service.

 

Quick Facts about Red Arrow

— Although it isn't a high-speed express train, Red Arrow's speed in maximum capacity is 160 kph, which is approximately 99 mph.
— It passes the distance of about 650 km in a travel time of 8 hours.
— Unfortunately, there is no Red Arrow WiFi available.
— The train's classy restaurant coach serves a set menu of delicious local dishes. Hot meals are available for dining along the way.
— Professional train staff accompanies guests throughout the whole journey and are there to assist in case anything is needed.

 

Red Arrow's Schedule

As a rule, there is 1 daily departure in the Red Arrow timetable. Since this is a night train, the departure time is usually 11:55 p.m. with a morning arrival time at 7:55 a.m. on both the Moscow to St. Petersburg route and on the reverse St. Petersburg to Moscow route. Interestingly, the train's departure and arrival is traditionally accompanied by musical classics at the stations, including a hymn and a song about Moscow.

 

Red Arrow Stops & Stations

The Red Arrow Moscow to St. Petersburg train is a direct train, therefore, there are no stops along the way (Red Arrow's routes are only Moscow - St. Petersburg and vice versa). As for the train stations, trains depart and arrive from the Leningradsky Station in Moscow and the Moscovsky Station in St. Petersburg. Both are located in city centers and are easily reached both by public transport, including the metro. The stations are customarily indicated when purchasing Red Arrow train tickets, some tickets have meals included in the price.

 

Red Arrow Coach Classes

This train has a passenger capacity of 332 and has several travel classes to select from when choosing your rail tickets. Because it is a night train there are sleeper cabins only. On board the train there is 1 LUX coach for as little as 8 passengers, there are 4 cabins each accommodating 2 people; each has a flat-screen TV with a CD/DVD player, and is equipped with a private bathroom with a shower. Those who plan to travel on the Red Arrow train First Class should note that there are several cars of this type in each trainset, every car for 16 passengers. The next coach category is Second Class, there are 8 cars for 32 passengers in each, and every cabin for four passengers. Regardless of the class, each passenger is provided with bed linen. All cabins have power sockets for 220V and individual climate control.

 

Travel Classes Onboard Red Arrow Train

    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 2)
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    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    4-bed Sleeper

    Such compartments on the Red Arrow train are designed for 4 travelers with 2 upper and 2 lower beds. It is also possible to travel in gender-sensitive compartments. Each shared compartment has a small table, a mirror, lockable doors, a large panoramic window, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V. The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel, and newspapers. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant Car is in the neighboring train car.

    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 3)
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    2-bed Sleeper

    Such cars on board the historic branded Red Arrow train can carry up to 18 passengers and are made up of 9 compartments, each shared by 2 passengers. The ticket price is indicated per person, it is possible to travel alone in the cabin (not to share it with someone else) by booking two tickets, it is possible to travel in gender-sensitive compartments. The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel. The compartments feature two lower beds, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant car is in the neighboring train car.

    • Red Arrow VIP cabin (img 1)
    • Red Arrow VIP cabin (img 2)
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    2-bed VIP Cabin

    This class on board the historic branded Red Arrow train is the most luxurious one available. As a rule, there is only 1 car of this type in a trainset, designed for as little as 8 passengers max. There are 4 private sleeper cabins which are twice the ordinary cabin size, each for 1 or 2 passengers. The ticket price is indicated for the entire cabin (not per person) and includes a meal, mineral water, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel, and newspapers. The private cabins feature a transforming sofa and an upper bunk bed, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V, sometimes Wi-Fi is available, a private bathroom with a washbasin and shower, as well as a TV. You may also purchase food in the neighboring Restaurant Car or beverages in the bar located in this very train car.

    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 2 Class Sleeper (img 3)
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    3-bed Cabin

    These are compartments for 4 travelers with 2 upper and 2 lowers beds. Each compartment has a table, a mirror, lockable doors, a large panoramic window. Air conditioning is installed in the majority of Russian trains. Bed linen is included in the ticket price. Bathrooms with wash-basins are located at each end of the car. Meals, drinks and snacks are not included in the price but available for purchase.

    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 3)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    1-bed Cabin

    This class on board the historic branded Red Arrow train is for those who wish to not share the cabin with other passengers and to travel privately (alone in the cabin or with pets). The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel, and newspapers. Such compartments feature a lower bed, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant car is in the neighboring train car.

    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 1)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 2)
    • Red Arrow 1 Class Sleeper (img 3)
    • Red-Arrow-Exterior
    2-bed Sleeper +

    As a rule, there are several cars of this type on board the historic branded Red Arrow train. Each car can carry up to 18 passengers and is made up of 9 compartments, each shared by 2 passengers. The ticket price is indicated per person, it is possible to travel alone in the cabin (not to share it with someone else) by booking two tickets, same applies when passengers wish to travel with pets. The ticket includes a meal, a travel vanity kit, bed-linen set with a towel. The compartments feature two lower beds, air-conditioning, a socket for 220V, a TV. There are also two shared bathrooms in the train car. The Restaurant Car is in the neighboring train car.

Distance
635 kilometers
635 kilometers
Time
3 hrs 30 min
3 hrs 40 min
Departures
30 trains per route
25 trains per route
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