Smena-A.Betankur train


6-7 times a week

Travel time
7h 50m

650 km

at night

The Smena train was launched in 1984 and was named in honor of the 65th anniversary of the popular Russian youth magazine - Smena. The train has an important tradition: All conductors on this train are students or graduates of the St. Petersburg State Transport University. In 2009, the train’s name was changed to Smena-A.Betankur in honor Agustin de Betancourt, the he first rector of the university.  The train travels overnight with travel time from St. Petersburg to Moscow taking approximately 8 hours.

Double-Decker carriages were introduced in December 2017.  Each carriage is equipped with air conditioning and heating systems, energy-saving LED lights, a video surveillance system and 3 WCs at the end of the car. The first-class carriage can accommodate up to 30 people while the second class car accommodates 64 passengers. Each cabin has 2 AC sockets, a table, a mirror, individual lighting and stairs to climb to the upper berths. Unlike most other Russian trains, there is no luggage storage above the upper berths. Bed linen, a cold meal and drinking water is included in the ticket price. A cabin for disabled passengers and persons accompanying them is equipped in the staff car.  The restaurant car offers a wide range of meals that passengers can purchase with cash or credit card.


St. Peterburg Moscovsky
8h 9m
Moscow Leningradsky
Moscow Leningradsky
8h 16m
St. Peterburg Moscovsky

Get ready to be whisked along on a smooth and magical ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Purchase your ticket safely and securely, then relax and let your train adventure begin!

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