Passengers transportation between Russia and China increased by 31% in January-August
The transportation of passengers by long-distance trains on international services
with non-CIS countries increased by 11.6% during January-August 2017 compared to the
same period last year and amounted to almost 489,400 people.
The largest increase was in services between Russia-China, which were up 31.3%,
Russia-Finland, up 24.6%, Russia-Germany (+ 16.3%) and Russia-Italy (+ 3.7%).
In accordance with the train timetable for 2016/2017, direct and transit international
passenger transportation is provided to 11 countries in Europe and Asia on 20 international
routes, including trains from Russia to Germany, France, Finland, Austria, the Czech
Republic, Italy and China etc.
To meet the growing demand for travel to European countries, the Russian Railways
Holding has been operating train No. 13/14 Strizh Moscow-Berlin since December 2016.
In January-August 2017, about 19,000 passengers used this service. Since the launch
of Strizh trains on 17 December 2016, a total of about 20,000 passengers have been
During January-August 2017, passenger transportation to the CIS and Baltic countries
also increased. In particular, the number of passengers transported between Russia
and Latvia increased by almost 8% and between Russia and Estonia by 2%.