New Moscow – Minsk Lastochka trains filled to capacity in first two weeks
The new high-speed Lastochka services running between Moscow and Minsk and operated by the Federal passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, have carried more than 22,000 passengers since their launch on 30 April 2021.
Electric trains are in great demand and enjoy a 100% occupancy rate. Passengers have already booked over 34,500 tickets for the entire depth of sale, which is 60 days ahead of train departure on international services.
The new high-speed Lastochka trains run twice a day according to a "mirror" timetable. Morning services depart from Moscow and Minsk at 06:20 am and arrive at their destination station at 13:10.
The evening pair of trains departs at 16:00 and arrives at 22:55.
Electric trains with five carriages configured as Premium class are specially designed for comfortable travel on long routes.
Passengers have a choice of three service classes: business, which is a specially designated area in carriage No. 5, economy, and basic.
Passengers with limited mobility are provided with lifts and specialised seats with a wheelchair mount and a button to call the carriage conductor.
All carriages are equipped with climate control systems with air disinfection functions, energy-saving LED lighting and environmentally friendly toilet facilities, as well as information boards.
Passengers can purchase tickets and receive up-to-date information on the train timetable and fares on the official website of Russian Railways and the RZD Passengers mobile app and from railway ticket offices.