Passenger traffic between Russia and non-CIS countries increased by 11.2% in January-October
Passenger numbers travelling on long-distance international trains to and from
countries of Russia’s far-abroad in the 10 months of 2017 to the end of October
amounted to 608,300, increase of 11.2% compared to the same period last year.
The biggest increases were between Russia – Finland, which saw an increase
of 23.7%, Russia – China, up by 21.5%, and Russia – Germany, by 16.7%.
In accordance with the 2016/2017 train timetable, direct and transit international
passenger services run between Russian and 11 countries in Europe and Asia on 20 international
Available services include trains from Russia to Germany, France, Finland, Austria,
the Czech Republic, Italy and China etc.
In order to meet the demand for passenger transportation, train No. 13/14 Strizh
Moscow-Berlin entered into service between Russia and Europe in general and Russia
and Germany in particular in December 2016.
A distinctive feature of the Moscow-Berlin Strizh, which is manufactured by the
Spanish company Patentes Talgo S.L., is that it is the first train to be equipped
with carriages fitted with an automatic system for changing the width of wheel sets.
This technology makes for a large reduction in the time needed to switch from the
Russian broad gauge track, which has a width of 1520 mm, to the narrower European
gauge of 1435 mm.
The changeover between the two gauges takes place at Brest station in Belorussia,
close to the border with Poland.
Since train No. 13/14 Strizh Moscow-Berlin entered service, 24,100 passengers have
travelled on the train, including almost 23,000 passengers from January to October
During January-October 2017, passenger traffic also increased significantly between
Russia and the CIS and Baltic countries. In particular, the number of passengers travelling
between Russia and Latvia increased by almost 7% and between Russia-Estonia by 1.6%.
In addition, the number of passengers transported between Russian and Tajikistan
increased by 75.6%, between Russia and Uzbekistan by 12.3% and between Russia and
Kazakhstan by 3.4%.