Tickets can be collected at Real Russia's offices in Moscow or St Petersburg, or an e-ticket can be emailed to you so you can collect the ticket from most main stations in Russia.  More details.

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This page explains how to buy train tickets from Moscow to other European cities at the cheapest prices, buying online direct from the operators, usually with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.  Train information current for 2017.

I want to go from Moscow to...

      Amsterdam   Budapest   Prague   Tokyo
  Barcelona   Copenhagen   Riga   Ulan Bator
  Beijing   Helsinki   Seoul   Vienna
  Belgrade   Kiev   Sofia   Vilnius
  Berlin   London   Stockholm   Warsaw
  Brussels   Paris   Tallinn   Bratislava

Moscow to other destinations in Russia...

Moscow to Warsaw...

Option 1, by direct train...

A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Option 2, via Kiev, with daily services and no need to get a Belarus transit visa.  This takes 2 nights with a day to explore Kiev.

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Moscow to Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Belgrade, Sofia...

Option 1, to Vienna or Prague by direct Russian Railways sleeping-cars...

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

The direct sleeping-cars from Moscow to Vienna & Prague are brand new, built in Austria in 2014.  Each compartment converts from comfortable sofas to equally comfortable beds and can be used as either 1st class 2-berth with two lower berths or as 2nd class 4-berth with all four berths in use.  There are a shower and toilets at the end of the corridor.  Compartments have electronic key-card locks, and the cars are very smooth-riding.  The sleeper attendant can serve lovely Russian tea for around 0.50 a glass.  Highly recommended!

Option 2, by daily sleeper train to Warsaw then daily onward trains...

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Moscow to Berlin, Cologne, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona...

Option 1:  Ride the Moscow to Paris Express from 245...

  One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars

A VIP sleeper on the Moscow-Paris Express...

 

VIP sleeping-car on the Paris-Moscow Express...

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

The 2 & 4 berth standard sleeping-cars from Moscow to Paris...

Option 2:  Moscow-Berlin Swift train  New from 17 December 2016...

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow.  It's a Spanish-built articulated Talgo train - note the relatively small size of each car, with just one axle between each pair of cars.  These axles adjust automatically from standard European gauge (4' 8") to Russian 5' gauge at Brest, as the train passes slowly through a special gauge-changing shed.   Photos courtesy of Jaap van Ginkel.

2-bed sleeper with washbasin, night   2-bed sleeper with washbasin, day mode   Complimentary toiletry pack in a Strizh sleeper

2-berth sleeper with washbasin, in night & daytime modes...

 

Complimentary toiletry pack...

Option 3:  Daily service to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris via Warsaw...

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Moscow to London...

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Moscow to Helsinki & Stockholm...

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Moscow to Copenhagen...

Option 1, via Helsinki - avoids the need for a Belarus visa...

Option 2 via Berlin...

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Moscow to Kiev...
Night train from Kiev to Moscow, about to leave Kiev   2-bed sleeper on night train from Kiev to Moscow.   TV screen in 2-bed sleeper on Kiev-Moscow train

Train 6 from Kiev to Moscow, boarding at Kiev station.

 

The 2-berth spalny vagon on train 6 even have an LCD TV.  Photos courtesy of www.discoverbyrail.com.

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Moscow to Mongolia, China, Vladivostok, Japan, Korea...

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Hotels in Moscow & other cities

    

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least 1m or preferably 5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

 


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