Types of Tickets

There are two types of train tickets in Russia: paper and electronic tickets. Both of them are widely used throughout and outside the country, although the latter are gaining increasing popularity because of their convenience and time-saving.

Electronic tickets

Electronic tickets or e-tickets are those tickets that you book online. They can be with and without automatic check-in. In most cases, when a boarding pass is not required, you will be able to board the train using only a printed copy of your train ticket (automatic check-in). But for some routes, including some domestic Russian routes, all domestic routes of most of the former Soviet Union’s countries and international travels, you will need to receive a boarding pass. You can exchange your e-ticket for a boarding pass at the train station in a special ticket booth. As it may take some time, it is better for you to arrive at the station at least an hour earlier before the departure.

Availability

  • All domestic Russian routes
  • Moscow / St. Petersburg - Helsinki route
  • Some Moscow / St. Petersburg - Tallinn/Vilnius/Riga routes
  • Routes between Russia and former Soviet countries
  • Trans-Siberian routes

Order limits

E-tickets can be booked no earlier than:
  • 40 days in advance for domestic Russian routes
  • 60 days in advance for international travels between Russia and Europe/Mongolia/China

Paper tickets

Paper tickets are official travel documents that you purchase at the train station. You don’t need to exchange them for a boarding pass, as paper tickets themselves are boarding passes. It means that everything you need to board the train is your paper ticket and a passport.

Availability

  • International routes between Russia and Europe (outside of the former Soviet Union)
  • International routes between Russia and Mongolia/China

Order limits

Paper tickets can be booked no earlier than:
  • 40 days in advance for domestic Russian routes
  • 60 days in advance for international travels between Russia and Europe/Mongolia/China

 

Remember! Whether you use an e-ticket or a paper ticket, you are required to show your passport to board the train in Russia.

 


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