Red Arrow Train
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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.