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.

Trans-Siberian journey planner & ticket sales

Arrange a Russian visa

 
 

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 2020.  COVID-19 update.

I want to go from Moscow to...

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

Moscow to other destinations in Russia...
Moscow to St Petersburg...

Moscow to Warsaw...

Option 1, by daily sleeper 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...

Option 1, via Belarus, using the direct sleeping cars from Moscow to the Czech Republic...

Option 2, via Kiev, avoiding Belarus so no need to get a Belarus transit visa...

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Moscow to Prague...

Option 1, by direct train via Belarus...

Option 2, via Kiev, avoiding Belarus so no need to get a Belarus transit visa...

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Moscow to Vienna...

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

Option 1, using the weekly Moscow - 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, using the twice-weekly Moscow-Berlin Swift...

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' 8½") to Russian 5' gauge at Brest, as the train passes slowly through a special gauge-changing shed.   Photos courtesy of Jaap van Ginkel & Stuart Wilks.

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, using the daily Moscow to Warsaw sleeper train...

Option 4, via Kiev, avoiding Belarus and the need for a Belarus transit visa...

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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

My favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all 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 feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

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 free Curve card to save on exchange rates & foreign transaction fees...

 

Curve card

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee on top.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month at time of writing.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself and it's great - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I only recommend such things when I've read up on reviews and tried it myself.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card. Use code MAN61 to get £5 cashback after signing up and using your Curve card the first time.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing when you travel.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explained NordVPN & ExpressVPN are the two best buys and I use ExpressVPN myself.

 


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