Travel by train is one of the most common forms of transportation in Eastern Europe. Unlike the car culture of the West, families seem to enjoy riding a train to their destination and allowing someone else to do the driving. Trains are convenient, frequent, reasonably priced and moderately comfortable by Eastern standards. The ability to sleep on the train eliminates the need for nightly motel/hotel stops, a further cost savings factor.
Russians enjoy a culture of riding trains, just like Westerns enjoy travel by car. On a train often new friends are made, conversation and food is shared and trains travel through some of the most fascinating scenery one could imagine. Not everyone finds it romantic, but most do.
There are four major train stations in Moscow and from there you can travel to all points all over Russia, neighboring countries, to Europe and to Asian destinations.
- Leningradsky Station: Estonia, Finland, St. Petersburg and northwestern Russia
- Belorussky Station: Belarus, Kalliningrad, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and some trains to Latvia
- Kazansky Station: Central Asia, Ryzan, Ufa, Samara and Novorossiisk
- Kievsky Station: Serves Western Ukraine and Southeastern Europe
- Kursky Station: Southern Russia, Caucasus nations, Eastern Ukraine, and Crimea
- Paveletsky Station: Voronezh, Tambov, Volgograd and Astrakhan.
- Rizhsky Station: Latvia
- Savyolovsky Station: Kostroma, Cherepovets and some trains to Vologda
- Yaroslavlsky Station: Siberia, the Russian Far East, Mongolia and China
(Note: Trains number 135 and 81 from St. Petersburg to Moscow will arrive at Moscow’s Kursky station.)
English language link: http://www.russianrail.com
Russian language link: http://www.tutu.ru
Russian language link: http://www.trip.ru
A popular Asian route is the Trans Mongolian Railway.
Finally, here is the story of the famous Trans Siberian Railroad: