May 17, 2018

How do I buy train tickets or get free World Cup train tickets?

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6 months ago

Your Fan ID gives you the right to free rail travel between World Cup host cities if you have tickets to a match in your destination city. There are special trains specifically for World Cup spectators. But these trains are often slow - we came across a train that took 23 hours to travel from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don - and tickets on some routes are already sold out. Russian Railways recently added 728 new trips to the schedule. You can check them out here tickets.transport2018.com . If you are looking to purchase regular train tickets, head to eng.rzd.ru, the official English website of Russian Railways. You’ll need to create a free account for the website, then select your route and preferred seats. You can pay with a debit or credit card. After the payment, download your tickets or simply log into your account at any time to see your itinerary. Train attendants will let you board with either a printed or electronic ticket - but only if you have a passport with you. Tip from a local: The cheapest tickets are platzkart, a coach with no doors (or privacy.) One class up is the coupe, which has four berths, a door and occasionally offers a cold meal. The SV is the most expensive, but also the most comfortable option. It has space only for two passengers. Another good option for World Cup travel are the sitting express trains. Moscow and St. Petersburg are connected by the high-speed Sapsan train. There are also high-speed Strizh trains that connect Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.