Fast Trains "Sapsan"
“Sapsan” is high-speed electric train, operated by a company "Russian Railways" on Russian railways. Since December 2009, the train "Sapsan" shuttle between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and from July 2010 also on the route Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod and back (for more details see Timetable “Sapsan”).
Train "Sapsan" are made in Germany by company "Siemens"and are fully adapted for the Russian general pattern Velaro (industrial designation of a train - Velaro RUS).
The Russian train was named after the bird "Peregrine" from the order of falcon - the fastest bird in the world.
The construction of the train "Sapsan"
Train "Sapsan" is constructed by the German company "Siemens" and is based on a standard platform Velaro, where trains are made in European countries. At the same time, "Sapsan" has a number of structural differences from their European counterparts.
In particular terms, "Sapsan" is able to work with an outside temperature fifty degrees below zero, and it is wider than the standard saloon of European train with thirty centimeters, which is associated with a wider gauge railway in Russia and, according to this, loading gauges.
Train "Sapsan" is capable of speeds up to 350 km/h, but on the Russian railways its speed is limited to 250 km/h. It is planned to increase the speed of the train movement in some areas up to 330 km/h.
According to the agreement signed in May 2006 between JSC "Russian Railways" and the company "Siemens", eight "Sapsan" trains were delivered to Russia in 2010. The projected operation life of the trains is 30 years.
Until 2015 the "Russian Railways" plans to get another eight trains "Sapsan", which will add to the high-speed rail number of cities in the European part of Russia (Kazan, Samara, Ulyanovsk, and others).
“Sapsan” train ticket’s price
Nowadays high-speed train “Sapsan” performs seven daily trips from Moscow to St. Petersburg and back, as well as twice a day from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod and back.
On July 1, 2012 the company "Russian Railways" uses a new tariff system, which provides a flexible price of a ticket on the train "Sapsan." Fares vary automatically based on two factors:
- The date of sale of the ticket,
- Percentage of occupied seats on the train.
The change rates in the range of 0.8 to 1.2 times the base cost. The final price of a ticket for a specific date you can get during the booking.
The average cost of a train ticket "Sapsan":
Direction Business Class Economy Class
Moscow-Saint-Petersburg 4198 - 6507 rubles 2323 - 3483 rubles
Saint-Petersburg - Moscow 4198 - 6507 rubles 2323 - 3483 rubles
Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod 3421 - 4647 rubles 1082 - 1623 rubles
Nizhny Novgorod - Moscow 3421 - 4647 rubles 1082 - 1623 rubles
1. The table shows only the tariffs of the Russian Railways. When buying a ticket surcharge of box office, which increases the cost of the ticket.
2. When buying a ticket "back and forth", there is a discount of 10%. Obligatory condition of discount is a one-time purchase of tickets in two directions. Currently discounted tickets can be issued only at the box office / Railway station.
3. Discounts for travel on the train "Sapsan" is also available to owners of road cards of Russian Railways (get a ticket discount only at the box office of Russian Railways). At the moment, the following types of road cards are available:
- 60 + (for seniors) - 20% discount for passengers aged 60 years and older. Card price - 300 rubles,
- 16/25 (for young people) - 15% discount for passengers aged 16 to 25 years. Card price - 300 rubles,
- 10/16 (Junior) - 20% discount for passengers aged 10 to 16 years. Card price - 300 rubles,
- Two capitals - 15% discount on train "Sapsan", departing from Moscow to St. Petersburg in the morning on weekends (trains 152 and 154). Card price - 500 rubles,
- Restaurant - 5% discount on travel and place in the car-bistro with a guaranteed supply. Card price - 500 rubles,
- Universal road card of Russian Railways - 5% discount. Card’s price is 1000 rubles.
Purchase of a ticket for “Sapsan”
The company "Russian Railways" offers modern scheme of selling tickets for high-speed train "Sapsan" riding between major Russian cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod (details: Schedule of “Sapsan”).
Nowadays you can buy electronic tickets for the train "Sapsan", and that allows you to buy a ticket (i.e., book and pay for a place at once) remotely with the Internet. For boarding on a train just print your boarding pass from the vending machines, a large number of what are set up on railway stations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities.
Since April 2010 there also provides an electronic registration on “Sapsan”.
There are the following ways to buy a ticket for a train "Sapsan":
• at the box office of the Leningrad and Kursk station in Moscow and the Moscow railway station in St. Petersburg;
• at the box office of pre-sale tickets;
• in the online railway booking offices in the Internet.