Is it safe to travel by long-distance train?
is safe provided you use common sense and comply with several basic
·Never leave your documents, money, photo camera etc unattended.
·Always bring your documents, money and train ticket with you when
your go out of the train on stations along the way.
does it all look like?
There are 3 classes
1st class (spalnyi):
2-berth compartments, 9 compartments per coach. Both beds are at
the lower level. Lavatories are at the both ends of the corridor.
It is twice more expensive than 2 class, but it has twice the space
2nd class (kupe):
4-berth compartments, 9 compartments per coach. Lavatories are at
the both ends of the corridor.
3rd class (plazkartyi):
54 bunks per coach, arranged in bays of 2 along the coach wall on
one side of the aisle and in bays of 4 on the other side of the
aisle. It is the cheapest option but least comfortable.
of Wild Russia's Trans Siberian tours are based on 2nd class coaches.
There are 2 train
attendants per coach. They will check your tickets and probably
your passport before boarding, and soon after departure take one
sheet from your ticket and bedding fee (about 2$).
You can put your
luggage either under the lower bunk or on the shelf under ceiling.
there any meals provided in train?
is a tea-urn (called titan in Russian) in each wagon, so you will
always have free unlimited boiling water. Train attendants (there
are 2 in each coach) will provide you will cheap tea and instant
coffee, but just to be on the safe side it is better to take tea,
sugar and coffee with you. Other meals may also be available but
this depends on type of train and wagon. Most long-distance trains
have dining-car where you can buy drinks, snacks and other inexpensive
meals. Usually Russian people buy some food (tea and coffee, fruits,
bread, biscuits, cheese, noodles etc) and bottled water before boarding
on train or replenish their supplies in station shops along the
way, but prices there are usually too high. Besides, these stops
are usually very short and you can easily miss the train trying
to find your favorite yogurt in a station shop.
if I miss my train?
You better not!
99 chances out of 100 that in this case you will have an unforgettable
adventure. So, do not go far away from your train at stations. If
the train starts going unexpectedly, do jump in any coach and go
to yours inside the train. You should remember that trains often
stay at stations less time then is indicated in the train schedule.
Anyway, if you miss your train go straightly to the Head of the
station (Íà÷àëüíèê ñòàíöèè). You should have your ticket and passport
with you – in this case it is possible that you will manage to get
out of the city, otherwise you may stay there longer then you would
personal things should I bring with me?
will be provided with woolen blanket, pillow, mattress, 2 sheets,
pillow case, and towel. Depending on train and coach type, you may
be given also toothbrush and toothpaste, mineral water etc. Anyway,
what Russian people traveling by train usually take with them is
toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, and tea-cup.
much luggage may I bring with me?
Up to 36 kgs, that
is approximately 80 pounds. Nobody will check this as long as your
luggage does not get in other passenger’s road. But if you are planning
to take your favorite kayak with you you might have problems.
any medical assistance available on train?
In the case of emergency
you should ask train attendant in your coach to connect the Leader
of the train team, and medical aid can be arranged at the next station.
about communication with other people during traveling?
many young people in Russia speak English, but often they are too
shy because they have little practice. They should be encouraged
to speak, and after few minutes of conversation they will feel themselves
more comfortable and may prove to be good company.