Russian train types

There are several train types in Russia – high-speed, express and regular. Express and regular trains are designed to travel long-distance. There are three types of carriages in the trains: 1st (SV), 2nd (Kupe), and 3rd class (Platzkart). The 1st class has two beds in one enclosed room, the 2nd class includes 2 lower beds and 2 bunk beds in one enclosed room and the 3rdclass has 4 beds in a non-enclosed area.

Express and regular trains can be branded. Such trains have the modern equipment of the cars, unique design and a wide range of high-quality service. The trains usually have restaurant cars, the food can be also ordered and delivered to the compartments. Most branded trains are provided with air-conditioning, heating systems, TV sets, and Internet access. Services include tea/coffee delivery 3 times a day and at any time on passengers` request, supplying with refrigerated boiled water, cleaning up the berths, and providing information. Every branded train has its unique name concerned with its route.

Another train type is the high-speed train. The Sapsan is a new high-speed train in Russia running between Moscow and St. Petersburg. This train can reach speeds of up to 250 km/h and is fully adapted to the Russian climate. The number of passenger seats on the Sapsan is 554. The train features 2 business class carriages, 7 economy class carriages, and a bistro car.