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Sapsan Train Moscow to St. Petersburg

What is the Sapsan Train Schedule for the Moscow to St. Petersburg Route?

  • There are more than 12 departures per day
  • The earliest departure is at 05.45
  • The latest departure is at 21:00
  • There are a different number of stops for each departure
  • Trip duration is 3.5-4 hours

There’s no faster way to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg than aboard the high speed Sapsan train. The earliest Sapsan train Moscow runs at 5:45 am, but with 12 or more departures from the Moscow train station every day, you can ride our most popular route well into the evening. The normal trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes between 3.5-4 hours.

You can choose from any of six different seating options and food is available onboard. If you look out your windows, you’ll be treated to beautiful scenery as you pass through towns Tver, Uglovka, and Chudovo. Below is the Sapsan train Moscow to St. Petersburg route map allowing you to see which cities and towns the train passes through.

Train No Moscow Tver Vyshny Volochyok Bologoe Uglovka Okulovka Chudovo St. Petersburg
752 (daily) 05:45 09:15
754 (daily) 06:50 07:54 08:51 10:45
756 (daily) 07:00 08:04 08:46 09:21 09:32 10:13 11:04
758 (daily) 09:18 10:29 11:44 12:26 13:20
760 (daily) 09:40 11:20 11:38 11:58 13:30
762 (Sat, Sun) 11:30 13:22 14:23 15:16
764 (Sat, Sun) 11:40 12:41 13:51 15:26
766 (daily) 13:30 14:34 15:31 17:25
768 (daily) 15:30 17:22 18:23 19:16
770 (daily) 15:40 16:41 17:22 17:57 19:28
772 (daily) 17:30 19:25 20:26 21:16
774 (daily) 17:40 18:44 19:41 21:35
776 (daily) 19:30 20:34 21:31 23:25
778 (daily) 19:40 20:44 21:28 22:03 22:14 22:56 23:44
780 (daily) 21:00 22:00 00:35

Sapsan Moscow to St. Petersburg Train Tickets

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Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

The only WiFi available is on the Moscow to St. Petersrburg route on the Sapsan line.

The St. Petersburg’s station offering Sapsan departures and arrivals is the Moscovsky Train Station located at Nevsky Prospect 85, Metro Ploshad Vosstania. In Moscow, the Sapsan trains connecting to St. Petersburg run from the Leningradsky Train Station. This station is located at Komsomolskaya Ploshad 3, Metro Komsomolskaya. To travel between Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg, use the Kursky Train Station at Zemlyanoi Val, 29, Metro Kurskaya.

In Moscow, all Sapsan trains running between Moscow and St Petersburg depart from the Leningradsky Train Station, located at Komsomolskaya Ploshad 3, Metro Komsomolskaya.

In St Petersburg, the Sapsan arrives at the Moskovsky Train Station, Nevsky Prospect 85, Metro station Ploshad Vosstania.

Each passenger is allowed to bring up to 36 kg of hand luggage. The sum of the hand luggage's three dimensions should not exceed 180 cm. Children under 4 travelling on a free ticket (without a separate seat) are not granted a separate piece of luggage.

It is best to book online.  Due to the dynamic pricing policy of the Russian Railroad, it is cheaper to book tickets on the first date that they go on sale - 90 days before the trip. Tickets tend to get very expensive close to the travel date.

No, Sapsan trains run only during the day time. The earliest train departs at 05.30, the latest one at 21.00.

The start of the train journey

Komsomolskaya Square, or “Three Station Square” as locals know it, is where you can catch a Sapsan train to St. Petersburg. This square is perhaps the most enthusiastic spot for train travel in the world. A golden statue of the first minister to construct a railroad in Russia gleams in the middle of the square, at least on sunny days. The biggest stop on each line gets the honor of having the train station named after it. Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky and Kazansky stations are all adorned with clocktowers.

Leningradsky Station is the one that can provide you a locomotive to St. Peterburg. Leningrad was the name of the city during Soviet times. The city was renamed St. Petersburg after the fall of the Soviet Union. Likewise, though originally named "Nikolskoye” after Tsar Nicholas, the railway dubbed “Oktyabrskaya” still retains its second name. Named for the peregrine falcon, Sapsan trains are the fast ones offering a variety of classes to fit all budgets today.

Although they were all built in the mid-19th century, the three stations have unique designs and décor. Leningradsky station is more ornate and imposing than the other two. The original duration of the trip between western Russia’s two grandest cities has shortened significantly, down from twenty-two hours to three and a half when going by the Sapsan bullet train. About 140 million passengers take this trip annually.

Royal Beginnings

Originally, the purpose of the Oktyabrskaya rail line was to replace cargo ship transport. Nowadays, only passengers travel on this track. While Nikolai I was Tsar, a German named Franz Gerstner hoped to convince him to build a railway from St. Peterburg that passed though Moscow and ended in Nizhny Novgorod. Since Britain had railways already running at that time, the Tsar started a commission to investigate the businessman’s idea.

However, this plan proved to be too much to for an early train venture. Franz was permitted to build only a 27 km line between St. Petersburg and Tsarskoye Selo. A few years later, a Russian engineer was sent to the US to study their railways. However, his subsequent proposal proved too expensive for the government to fund at 43 million roubles. Despite the government’s preference for a horse-drawn carriage track, Nikolai pushed on. In 1842, he signed off on a 644 km line. The Moscow to St. Petersburg railway took ten years to build. It was a grueling, freezing process.

Nevertheless, the first passengers didn’t fair as well after autumn. Without heating, toilets and babushkas selling pies, the Oktyabrskaya train didn’t offer luxurious service. Although three classes of ticket were sold, a first-class ticket only offered more plush seats. Worst of all, sometimes the train would pause for twelve hours at once on the twenty-two-hour trip. While the trains were restored to working order, passengers sometimes trekked to a nearby village in hopes of staving off frostbite.

Continual Improvement

Every year the trains on the Oktyabrskaya grew more consistent, safe and popular. The travel time descended to thirteen hours as the twentieth century approached and dropped to eight hours by 1913. The Oktyabrskaya railway has offered consistent service throughout all of the wars, except during the blockade of Leningrad in WWII. This train line is very historical, although today Sapsan trains make the trip in a record-setting three and a half hours and offer stellar service.