Russia Extends Sapsan Service To Nizhny Novgorod

Following the introduction of high-speed rail service between Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia late last year, Russian Railways last week opened the country’s second high-speed line from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod. A ceremonial launch was held at the city’s Moskovski Station on 30 July 2010 to mark the start of a daily service operated by the Sapsan, a Russian variant of the Siemens Velaro train.


The initial timetable sees one of the 6 daily St Petersburg-Moscow services continuing to Nizhny Novgorod. Sapsan service No. 161/162 departs the Russian port city at 1500 hrs, stopping in Moscow at 1920 hrs and finally arriving in Nizhny Novgorod at 2325 hrs. In the opposite direction, Sapsan service No. 163/164 departs Nizhny Novgorod at 1505 hrs and pulling into Moscow at 1900 hrs, before completing its journey in St Petersburg at 2324 hrs.


Since entering service in December 2009, the Sapsan has carried more than 880,000 passengers. Each train will travel at an average speed of 160 kilometers per hour and carry 604 passengers in 2 Business Class and 7 Economy Class carriages. Fares on the new route between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod begin at 2728 rubles for Business Class and 1305 rubles for Economy Class.


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