I took my american friend visiting Russia for the first time on this train ride from St. Petersburg to Moscow. We bought the most expensive (just under $300) tickets to a VIP luxury train car. It's only 4 privat compartments in the car with living/sleeping room with plush red couches, storage for luggage and best of all - your private bathroom!!! Not exactly Dr. Givago train ride, but well worth it. Red couches convert into very comfortable beds and if we were more than just friends - lover sleeper is wide enough for 2. Our tickets included dinner or breakfast. We choose dinner. It was ok, not a 5 star, but for Russian train service - it was amazing! After dinner we walked to a restaurant car to have drinks (at 2 am) and were pleasantly surprised to see other riders there. Then we went to sleep and were walken up by our car attendant 30 minutes before arrival to Moscow, offering us a cup of coffee or tea. It was a perfect ride - one disappointment - there were no stops at little towns along the way, where people would bring their crafts and home made authentic foods to sell. And, to finish this review - beware of the guys who help you with luggage at Moskovskiy station in Petersburg - our guy asked for $150 to carry 4 bags!!! Negotiate before hiring them!!!
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