Long-distance trains to carry out more than 600 additional journeys during Christmas and New Year holidays
To ensure the transportation of passengers during the coming Christmas and New Year holidays, the Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, will lay on more than 600 additional trains. At the moment, 37 additional trains making 126 journeys have been arranged, and work on the allocation of additional trains will continue.
From 24 December 2015 to 11 January 2016, additional trains will run on the most popular routes. Peak departure dates for passengers leaving Moscow and St. Petersburg for Russia's regions are expected on 29 and 30 December, while the highest passenger numbers travelling from the regions to Moscow and St. Petersburg are due on 9 and 10 January 2016.
It is planned to lay on 19 extra trains between Moscow and St. Petersburg on 30 December, with a total of 60 additional trains running during the holiday period.
Additional trains will connect the capital with Russia's regional centres:
Northwest region: Moscow – Murmansk, Veliky Novgorod, Velikye Luki;
Northern region: Moscow – Ivanovo, Kotlas, Kostroma, Vologda;
Volga Region: Moscow – Izhevsk, Kazan, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, Volgograd, Saratov, Penza, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Ufa;
Black Earth region: Moscow – Belgorod, Voronezh, Stary Oskol, Tambov;
North Caucasian region: Moscow – Adler, Kislovodsk, Mineralnye Vody, Novorossiysk.
Extra trains will run from St. Petersburg to Yekaterinburg, Bryansk, Volgograd, Kazan, Cheboksary, Mineralnye Vody, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk and other cities.
An additional international train, No. 70/69 Moscow - Helsinki, will also be laid on.
In addition, on 31 December 2015 a number of trains will depart earlier than usual, so that passengers can arrive at their destination before the New Year: trains No. 271 Moscow – Belgorod, No. 277 Moscow – Stary Oskol, No. 229 Moscow – Lipetsk, No. 93 Moscow – Bryansk, No. 220 Moscow – Kazan and No. 236 Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod.
Additional trains have also been scheduled for passengers on local routes between Moscow – Klimov, Moscow – Lgov, Moscow – Bryansk, Moscow – Novozybkov, Arkhangelsk – Vorkuta, Rostov – Adler, Adler – Vladikavkaz, Kislovodsk – Rostov, Yekaterinburg – Priobye, Yekaterinburg – Solikamsk, Krasnoyarsk – Abakan, Irkutsk – Ulan-Ude and Vladivostok – Khabarovsk.
Passengers should also note that as part of the special Skier project, during the holidays train No. 162/161 will run between Moscow - Adler, for whose passengers will enjoy special travel arrangements.