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Train or plane?

Hi all,

We are planning to visit Moscow and St Petersburg in August. Which one would be a better option to travel between cities: train or plane?
Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Posted by
4637 posts

We took Sapsan (high speed train) for $140. It took four hours from Downtown to Downtown. You cannot do it faster by plane (including transport to and from the airport, time for checking in, security etc.) and I doubt that you can do it cheaper.

Posted by
11294 posts

This isn't even a fair fight. The train wins hands down. As said above, it's much faster than flying and it's also far less hassle. You will have to deal with the Moscow and/or St. Petersburg airports on the way in and the way out; once you see them, you'll understand why won't want to deal with them any more than you absolutely have to.

I took the train in 2010, when it was quite new. It's modeled on the German ICE trains and is quite spiffy. Each bathroom even has a full-length mirror!

My train was quite full, and I'll bet most of them run full, so do reserve in advance. Some of them run non-stop between the two cities, while some of them make some intermediate stops and take 20 to 30 minutes longer.

Posted by
1886 posts

We've always wanted to take the train, but have flown since the airfare is about $60. Even with getting to and from the airports our cost runs about $75 each. Aerflot has many flights a day. Of course we take public transportation to/from airports- part of the adventure.