20.02.2020   18:24

International passenger numbers increased by 14% in 2019

Passenger numbers on international trains travelling to Russia’s "far abroad" – countries which were not part of the former Soviet Union – rose to 764,000 in 2019, an increase of 14% compared to 2018. The largest increase in passengers was between Russia and Mongolia, where numbers were up by 18%, followed by Finland, up by 16%, and Germany and Italy, both of which saw rises of 7%.

The comfortable international trains running between Russia and European countries and operated by the Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, consist of four-seater RIC* compartment cars manufactured jointly by the Tverskaya Carriage Construction Plant and Siemens.

RIC carriages provide comfortable sleeping places, sockets in each compartment and a folding table in combination with a sink. All carriages are equipped with an air conditioning system with individual adjustment in each compartment. Each coach has two sanitary rooms, including one with a built-in shower.

Since December 2016, Strizh trains manufactured by the Spanish company Patentes Talgo S.L. have also been between running between Russia and Germany. Strizh trains operating between Moscow and Berlin are equipped with a system which automatically changes the width of wheeled pairs to enable the train to run on different gauges. This technology reduces the time required to switch from the broad Russian gauge track of 1520 mm to the narrow European gauge of 1435 mm.

Services between Russia and Finland are provided by Allegro high-speed trains between St. Petersburg and Helsinki, which travel at a maximum operating speed of 220 kph.

In accordance with the 2019/2020 train timetable, Russian Railways and the Federal Passenger Company operate direct and transit international passenger services with 23 countries in Europe and Asia.


*RIC stands for Regolamento Internazionale delle Carrozze or International Coach Regulations, which cover the international use of railway passenger carriages between European railways. Party to the RIC agreement are 27 railway companies from all the European countries except those from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Finland.