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Russian train travel in Winter

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Russian train travel in Winter

Planning on taking high speed train from Moscow to Sochi for the Olympics. Any suggestions or comments. I live in Calgary, Canada.

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1. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

Just don't take platzkart car. :)

Moscow, Russia
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2. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

Are you sure there is going to be one? There is talk about the possibility of extending high speed trains service to Sochi but no concrete plans.

Edited: 20 April 2013, 13:45
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3. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

Very unlikely. With costs running high and plenty of work left in Sochi, commodities dropping... Unlikely. And really, there's no need for it for the Olympics.

Edited: 20 April 2013, 13:47
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4. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

Sochi is far enough away that a plane (2.5 hr flight) beats a train hands down, even a high speed train

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5. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

Exactly. And that's how 90% of fans will be getting there next winter, regardless of train availability. Not a top priority for the organizers.

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6. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

Your best bet is to book a flight. Currently it is, I believe, about a 30 hour train trip.

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7. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

I would recommend a 27 hour train for Moscow-Sochi in February only if you are a train-addict or thare any no flights available. But it is only my personal subjective opinion.

Edited: 21 April 2013, 02:52
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I found a return flight from Krasnodar, on the day I want to leave Sochi flights are not affordable. Do you recommend train to Krasnodar from Adler? It is 5 hours, I checked a site(i dont know if it is official one) and they have 4-5 trains, some are "Passenger trains", some are "Firme" trains, do you know the difference?

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9. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

> I checked a site(i dont know if it is official one)

Why not check the official one - rzd.ru?

Reading the train travel FAQ in the Russia forum might help as well.

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10. Re: Russian train travel in Winter

Passanger trains would be the ones which have beds, used for longer travel. Usually they have longer stops and move very slow. But for shorter travel, I would recommend Firm trains. They have chairs, a bit less comfortable, but they move much faster, so you cut off your commute time. Check out speed trains from Sochi. For sure, they will stop in Krasnodar. Additionally, it is much easier to get flights from Krasnodar, to Moscow, or to Austria (direct). Check the website aeroflot.com (its in english as well). Good luck and enjoy your travel. I am booking mine myself now.