Ticket fares for most Russian trains are regulated by a dynamic pricing system.
What is the main principle of the dynamic pricing system?
The higher the demand and the fewer the seats, the higher the ticket price.
The fare depends not only on the distance and popularity of the route, but also on such factors as:
- time of year, day of the week, time of departure, arrival, etc .;
- the number of seats offered in the train;
- date of purchase of the ticket (the number of days before the departure of the train).
How often do the fares change?
The system analyzes hundreds of different factors and, depending on the data received, periodically recalculates the cost. As a result, the ticket price may change within an hour or even a few minutes.
For each direction, train and route section, a different pricing policy is applied.
As the train fills up and approaches the departure date, fares on the main route may change up (or down, but it is rare). In most cases, the fewer days left before departure, the higher the price of the ticket.