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Sapsan High-Speed Train

Sapsan High-Speed Train The high-speed trains "Sapsan" run between Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod initially did not exceed 250 km / h, whereas on modern expressways the trains accelerate to 400 km/h. Modernization of the routes will allow the train to go at a speed of 350 km/h. The first Russian really high-speed project - the Moscow-Saint Petersburg highway - would be implemented only by the end of 2017. A similar route was planned to be laid from the capital to Yekaterinburg. The aggregate value of both branches is estimated at approximately 2-2.5 trillion rubles, construction is carried out by a subsidiary of Russian Railways - OJSC High-Speed Railways.

Sapsan also sets one amusing record - this is the widest high-speed train in the world. Although the train is built on the Siemens platform, due to the wider gauge of the 1520 mm used in Russia, compared to the European one at 1435 mm, it became possible to increase the width of the car by 300 mm.

In December 2009, Russian Railways brought into service the Sapsan (Russian for Peregrine Falcon). Named after the mythical bird, this high-speed Russian train achieves a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour). Today this is arguably the most convenient way to commute between St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Vladimir. The convenience of the Sapsan train service already rivals traveling by air. The short flight time of one hour between the Pulkovo Airport outside St. Petersburg and any of the seven airports that service Moscow (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo, Myachkovo, Ostafyevo, Bykovo, and Ramenskoye) certainly lures travelers at first. And although rail service currently takes four hours, it is quite common that passengers spend three or more hours in traffic getting to and from the city-centers to the airports. With the Sapsan, passengers in St. Petersburg only need to catch the train at the centrally located Moskovsky Station in the morning, and by noon, they are at Leningradskaya Station in the heart of Moscow.

This is a far cry from the journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg that travelers had to endure before first Sapsan train tickets went on sale. The ride on board this modern high-speed train is as smooth as any modern train or urban commuter rail experience seen anywhere in the world. Besides speed, the Sapsan train caters to the requirements of the modern luxury and business traveler. Whereas comfortable seats are reserved for business and first class on an airplane, the Sapsans first and second class seats both provide passengers with the same experience.

The first class seats, however, have additional leg space and WiFi access, service that has increased in demand (and expectation). Of course, service is far removed from any of the Soviet-era gruffness, with attendants providing a modern level of friendliness and courtesy, defining anew the meaning of Russian luxury travel. The cabins are kept impeccably clean, with all accommodations well-maintained. And unlike any airline flight, passenger luggage can be accessed from storage by the attendants, should a passenger need anything from their suitcase.

Conference Cabin is a separate unit with a lockable door perfect for 4 travelers either business or leisure travels. Presentation equipment for business meetings is available. It features 4 leather seats + a tiny sofa. Cabin is supplied with a personal dinner table, footrests, tap lights, multifunctional display, entertainment system, 220 VC outlets, audio and video outputs, outlets for charging mobile devices and free Wi-Fi. Seats can be automatically adjusted providing even more comfort with enlarged armrests. It is a separate unit with a lockable door perfect for 4 travelers either business or leisure travels. Presentation equipment for business meetings is available. It features 4 leather seats + a tiny sofa. Cabin is supplied with a personal dinner table, footrests, tap lights, multifunctional display, entertainment system, 220 VC outlets, audio and video outputs, outlets for charging mobile devices and free Wi-Fi. Seats can be automatically adjusted providing even more comfort with enlarged armrests.

Premium Class seats are equipped with a folding table, adjustable back rest, individual lighting, a socket between the seats, footrest, radio headphones. All seats have leather coverings. Ticket price includes one hot meal, beverages and soft drinks, travel set, magazines and newspapers. Wi-Fi is available.

Business class seats on high-speed Sapsan improved in comfort train car #2 offers new comfortable seats with 2+2 set up. Every seat have adjustable backrests and supplied with folding dinner tables, folding footrests, separate tap lights, electrical outlets, and build in audio and video outputs, as well as outlets for charging mobile devices, and free Wi-Fi.

Economy Class + car has 2 seats next to each other as well as 2 + 2 seats with a table between them. Seats in Economy + car on board Sapsan train have textile coverings. All seats in Economy + cars on board Sapsan trains are reclining with footrest. Nevsky Express train features 3 + 3 seats facing each with a table in between. Economy Class + seats with a cold snack included in the ticket price.

Economy class seats are standard soft seats with textile coverings. All seats have adjustable backrest, footrest, individual tap light and a folding table in some places. * Sapsan train ticket includes press and a cold snack which depends on the carrier and out of our responsibility. In Economy class car special care area is available. Economy class seats feature textile coverings, adjustable back rest, footrest, folding table and armrest. The number of seats per car varies from 56 up to 64. As a rule there are 2 seats in a row or 4 seats around a table. Beverages and snacks are not included in the ticket price but available for purchase in the restaurant car.

Only on Sapsan trains seats are located in restaurant car. Ticket price includes drinks and meals from the menu for the amount of 2 000 Russian rubles (about 35 USD). It is available upon request on the board of train. As a rule there are 4 seats around a table. Seats feature textile coverings, adjustable back rest, footrest and armrest. On all other trains this travel class corresponds to Economy Class without meal included.




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