The Red Arrow is the most historic train between Moscow and St. Petersburg and still one of the most popular. Red Arrow, or Krasnaya Strela, operates since 1931, being the first Russian branded train. Despite its age, it remains the model for all Russian branded trains. In the first part of the XX cent., Red Arrow train was used by government officials. The most convenient departure time was set for them - 23:55. Since that time the train schedule "Red Arrow" has not changed for a minute - every day at 23:55 the train departs from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Luxury carriages (which are called “soft”) have fewer compartments (4-6) and the cabins are larger than in the ordinary first class carriages. There is shower in the carriage or even in the compartment. Most compartments include a private bathroom. Other amenities include TV and individual a/c. The cabins in luxury carriages are sold entirely for one or two passengers, it guarantees the most level of privacy and comfort.
Second class also known as coupe carriage consists of 9 separate quardruple compartments with four bunks (2 lower and 2 upper), a fold-down table and a sliding door. Among other amenities are personal reading lights, storage space (built-in shelves over the door, boxes under the lower bunks, racks on the wall beside each bunk).
The cabin consists of two bunks and a folding table. Usually both bunks are lower, but some trains have compartments with one lower and one upper bunk. Other amenities of the compartment include personal reading lights, storage space under the lower bunks and a sliding door. Usually there is also a mirror and in some trains - a wardrobe and sockets.
A restaurant car with a special menu. At the request of the passenger, meals can be delivered to the compartment.
Eco-friendly vacuum toilets (2 in each car). Indicators that show if the WC is occupied (in each compartment).
Wi-Fi is included in VIP class (but not always good connection).
Small animals can be transported if the entire compartment is booked.
A special compartment for disabled people is located in the staff car.