I am just days away from booking my Sapsan ticket from Saint-Peterburg to Moscow, either train #151 or #153. Both seem to share the same seating plan. I 'd prefer 2nd class, but can spring for 1st. I'll be traveling May 1st, a holiday, so the trains will be busy.
Here's my question: on the rzd.ru website, it says that every car has a smoking area, but it is not maked on the plan. Does anyone know where this smoking area would be in cars 9, 8 or 7?? Would cars 10 or 6, or 1st class, be any better as far as getting AWAY from a smoking area?
I know that avoiding smoke in Russia will be a challenge... but it'll help if I can get a window seat AS FAR as possible from the smoking areas :-(
PS - Thanks Ebertsj, for the invaluable cheatsheet!