100 additional train journeys on top of planned figure laid on for New Year and Xmas holidays
The Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, will increase the number of additional train services during the Russian New Year and Christmas holidays over and above the number originally planned.
To meet increased demand, the number of additional train journeys will be increased by another 100 journeys to 600, 6% more than in 2016.
During the New Year and Christmas holidays, it is planned that long-distance trains operated by the Federal Passenger Company will transport more than 3.6 million passengers, 2% more than in the previous year.
Trains to and from Moscow alone will have available more than 2.3 million seats, which is also 2% more than in 2016.
Peak passenger departure dates are expected on 29 and 30 December 2017, while the highest passenger traffic in the opposite direction will be on 6, 7 and 8 January 2018.
Additional trains will run from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Kazan, Izhevsk, Murmansk, Kirov, Mineralnye Vody, Adler, Arkhangelsk, Stary Oskol, Samara, Penza, Kineshma, Ufa, Tambov, Orsk and Orenburg etc.
From Russia’s northern capital of St. Petersburg extra services are scheduled to Mineralnye Vody, Kazan, Voronezh, Bryansk, Saratov, Yaroslavl, Volgograd, Arkhangelsk, Kursk, Orel, Ivanovo, Izhevsk, Sosnogorsk, Velikie Luki and Pskov.
Additional services are also being laid on from Yekaterinburg to Adler, Kazan and St. Petersburg, from Vladivostok to Khabarovsk, from Rostov to Adler and Kislovodsk, from Adler to Vladikavkaz, from Novorossiysk to Kislovodsk and from Kostroma, Kotlas and Ivanovo to Moscow.
The New Year and Christmas holidays will also see additional international trains:
- train No. 70/69 Moscow-Helsinki will depart from Moscow to Helsinki on 28, 29, 30 December 2017 and 1, 2 and 3 January 2018 and from Helsinki to Moscow on 29 and 30 December 2017 and 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 January 2018;
- train No. 233/234 Moscow-Tallinn will depart from Moscow on 30 December 2017 and 2 January 2018 and from Tallinn on 7 January 2018.
To transport organised groups of passengers, including children, to the homeland of Father Christmas, 5 tourist trains will be laid on from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Samara to Veliky Ustyug.
Passengers wishing to visit the domains of Santa Claus will be able to travel on train No. 295/296 Kotlas – Moscow, which will leave Moscow for Kotlas daily from 22 to 30 December and from 2 to 10 January inclusive. From Kotlas to the capital, the train will depart from 20 to 30 December and from 1 to 8 January inclusive.
Tickets for trains can be purchased at any railway ticket office and self-service terminal, as well as through the site of Russian Railways and the official mobile app RZD Passengers.