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Sapsan St. Petersburg Train Station - Moskovsky Railway Station

Moskovsky Railway Station is the oldest among St. Petersburg train stations. Located at 85 Nevsky Prospect, it serves primarily as the departure point for the route between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Moskovsky Station first opened in 1851. Designed by the same architect as the Leningradsky Station in Moscow, their exterior and structural designs are identical, with a large central clocktower as the focal point.

While Moskovsky’s main function is serving the St. Petersburg to Moscow train routes and as the Sapsan St. Petersburg train station, it is also the home to other train lines traveling to Southern Russia, the Ural's and Siberia.

Moskovsky Station is located in St. Petersburg’s city center and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Both the Ploschad Vosstaniya and Mayakovskaya metro stations connect to Moskovsky by underground corridor, making it simple to travel to and from the station even in bad weather.

Moskovsky Station is easy to access by bus or taxi as well. If you’re traveling from the airport, there are public transportation options, but often a taxi is the most convenient way to get there.

There are 12 or more departures every day along the Sapsan St. Petersburg to Moscow route. Click here for a full timetable.

Like the station in Moscow, Moskovky Station has a main hall with plenty to see and do including:

  • Souvenir shops
  • Coffee shops
  • Markets
  • Restaurants
  • 24/7 pharmacy
  • Seating areas
  • 24/7 ticket office

Also available are postal services, luggage rooms, and agents to assist you with everything from finding your way around the station to booking tours of the city to finding a taxi.

For passengers who have purchased a Sapsan Business Class or First Class ticket, there is a business lounger with wifi, work space, and quiet areas.

It’s recommended that you arrive at least a half hour early for your train. There is a security checkpoint to get into the main hall and a second before you board the train. While it is easy to get around Moskovsky Station, if you’ve never visited before, it’s a good idea to leave extra time just in case.

The arrival and departure signs are only listed in Russian. While there are plenty of agents available to help you find the right platform for your departure, getting there early will make things easier and allow you you to explore this amazing St. Petersburg train station.

Don’t forget, you need your passport and printed boarding pass to board all Sapsan trains.

Leningradsky Train Station Moscow
Kursky Train Station Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod Train Station

One of the oldest railroad stations in St. Petersburg, Moskovsky was constructed from 1844 to 1851. This train station isn’t the most kid-friendly station, but it isn’t devoid of things to entertain a child with for a while. It has plenty of seating space, so you’re more likely to find one spot for the entire family than in Moscow’s Leningradsky Station. However, if you can arrive with devices fully charged, or perhaps visit a toy store beforehand for small items, you might have a more pleasant wait for your train. Luckily, Sapsan trains sometimes arrive early, so you may be able to board and get settled, and perhaps get someone small to sleep.

Architecture and Art

While many Russian and European train stations are pleasant to look at, Moskovsky Station must rank among the most beautiful. If it’s not too cold out, pause outside with your family to marvel at the architecture. The building is wide and has an impressive façade. You may want to walk the length of it to see what’s around the corner, or at least take some pictures. Little ones, and maybe big kids too, will like the imposing clock tower in the center.
Once inside the station, admire the western wall. It boasts a gold railway map. It’s so large it’s hard to miss. Point out to your children where you are and where you’re headed.

If you have extra time, you might consider taking a short metro ride. Note that it only runs from 5:45 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. From the main hall of Moskovsky, you can access the underground station. Unfortunately, to just go down the escalator costs 45 rubles. But if you’re going to pay it and have time, head to Ploshchad’ Vosstaniya Metro Station (Vosstaniya Square), or another of the red line’s interesting metro stations. Ploshchad’ Vosstaniya has a dome whose base is constructed of beautiful red marble. Gold reliefs and ornaments adorn the walls. If you have time to pop outside, this nearly cylindrical station is impressive. Past Soviet glory still stands, you may as well appreciate the architecture if you have time.

Dining

A number of different restaurants and cafés can accommodate your budget and the amount of time you have in Moskovsky. On the nicer, slower end is Il Patio, which offers Italian food including pizza. If you have tickets for a quicker ride, like Sapsan St. Petersburg to Moscow, which is 3.5 to 4 hours, maybe you can still get someone to sleep with a carb-induced slumber. However, for longer trips, like even the speedy but still eight-hour-long Sapsan St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod train, everyone might be able to fall asleep naturally.

On the faster side, the American joints Burger King and Subway offer hand-held conveniences. There’s also a deli besides Subway. Burger King offers a kids’ menu. For healthier or lighter options, or some straight caffeine, try a café.

Mother and Child Room

There is a room dedicated to caring for small children at this station. With a diaper-changing setup, a TV, seats and a board displaying departure updates, mothers will find themselves well taken care of.

Send a Video Home

A fun blue machine called Videovestochka awaits in the station. After a cup of coffee or some sugary treats, head to this contraption in order to make a fun video to send to someone back home. Grandparents, neighbors and anyone who was excited to hear about your trip might like receiving a moving message from your family. You can send videos to anyone with an email address or phone that plays videos. It will send them a link to the video. Alternatively, it provides a code to watch it on their website. A train station wait is the perfect downtime to remember and recount little moments or opinions you might forget once you reach home!

Summary

Truth be told, Moskovsky Station isn’t the most exciting place for a family but it is a decent place to wait for your Sapsan train to Moscow. Yet with a little planning, you can make the most of your wait if you had to check out of your hotel or if you just want to take a few family photos out front for the Christmas card. You can quickly hop somewhere else on the metro. With several dining options, boarding the train fed and comfortable is possible. You can be ready to hack away at a large Russian novel on the ride, or teach your kids some Russian history about the sights to come or those you’ve already seen.