How to read a Russian train ticket

  • WRITTEN BY Brent McCunn
  • DATE December 19, 2018

Reading a typical Russian rail ticket is not easy for the uninitiated.  Here’s an explanation:

1 – Train number

2 – Day and month of departure

3 – Departure time (note that Moscow time is used on all train tickets throughout Russia)

4 – Number and class of carriage:

П – simple reserved berth in an open sleeping carriage (“platzkartnyi vagon”)

К – soft-seated carriage (“myagkyi vagon”)

Л – first-class carriage (“SV vagon”)

5 – Cost of platzkart (place in a carriage without compartments)

6 – Supplement for class of ticket above platzkart

7 – Number of people travelling on the ticket

8 – Type of passenger

9 – From/To

10 – Bed number

11 – Passport number and name (entered when purchased in Russia)

12 – Total cost of ticket

13 – Tax and service fee

14 – Date of arrival

15 – Arrival Time (note that Moscow time is used on all train tickets throughout Russia)