Booking Railway Tickets In Russia

Train is one of the most popular ways to get around Russia. It is relatively fast, efficient and cost effective. It also enjoys rather extensive coverage of the countryside. Visitors will find that buying a railway ticket in Russia is one of the best ways to ensure that they will arrive at their next destination on time. Booking and purchasing Russian railway tickets is a relatively uncomplicated process that visitors should have little trouble figuring out. Unfortunately most of the destinations and tickets are printed in the Russian alphabet in the Russian language, so understanding this may prove to be a bit of a challenge to the average tourist.

The easiest way to reserve your ticket is probably online. In doing so you will find translation services at your fingertips and a large percentage of the information printed in English or another language. Booking online will also enable you to read up about things such as rules related to cancellations, bookings, luggage, restrictions, exchanges and stopovers. It’ll also help you figure out the best course of action to take if you are traveling with a pet or a particularly large item of luggage. This will help you to ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible. It is also a good idea to research what one might do in case they loose their train ticket.

More than likely though, you will purchase the majority of your Russian train tickets from either an agent or directly from a train station. If you are purchasing your ticket through an agent, they will add on the cost of their services. However, their services can be especially helpful since they will be able to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want, when you want it and there will be little cause for confusion on your part. If you brave purchasing your own ticket from the station, it is best to do so in advance to ensure your place on the train.

When booking your train ticket in Russia you will also need to consider what sort of compartment you want. A seat in a common carriage will suit you for short trips, but if you are planning a longer train ride you might want to consider an alternative such as a ‘platzcart’ or ‘sleep car’. This sort of train car is separated into various compartments which are fitted with beds and couches to make the journey more comfortable. The less beds in a compartment, the more luxurious it is considered. Woman should be careful that they are not stuck in a double compartment with a stranger. The trains are fitted with sheets, blankets, toilets and taps and travel is reasonably comfortable. Strangers often start chatting and people are friendly and relaxed. While it is generally safest to make sure that any personal items and money are kept either under your bed or hidden on your person, traveling by train in Russia is considered to be safe and enjoyable. So book your Russian train ticket and make use of this great public service!


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