Price classes explained

Russian trains

1st class = sleeper cabin, 2 bed compartment
2nd class = sleeper cabin, 4 bed compartment
3rd class = sleeper cabin, no lockable compartment
(not available on international trains)

1st class (Russian ‘spalniye’ or ‘luks’)

There are 9 compartments in a 1st class sleeper cabin, each with 2 beds positioned opposite one another. Between the beds, by the window, there is a small table and under each bed is a box to store luggage. Each bed has its own reading light and it is possible to turn the on board radio on or off within each compartment. Each compartment can be locked from inside.

In any train there will usually only be between 1 and 3 1st class carriages, meaning that tickets for this price category sell out quickly.

2nd class (Russian ‘kupeynye’ or ‘kupe’)

In a second class sleeper cabin, there are 9 compartments, each with 4 beds: the difference between this and the first class cabin, is simply that there are two upper beds as well as the ground level beds. These upper bunks can be folded away, so that you can sit comfortably on the lower beds during the day. Between the beds, by the window, is a small table and under each of the lower beds there is a box to store luggage. People sleeping on the upper beds, have access to a storage compartment above their bed, at the end nearest the corridor. Each bed has its own reading lamp and again it is possible to turn the on board radio on and off within each compartment. Each compartment can be locked from inside.

Tickets for 2nd class are as a rule half the price of tickets for 1st class.

3rd class (Russian ‘Platskartnye’)

3rd class is an open plan sleeper cabin. This price category is only available on Russian trains and on stretches within Russia. Third class is used mainly by local travellers and less frequently by western tourists. Travelling 3rd class is a unique opportunity to get a taste of everyday Russian life. Passengers eat, drink and talk together, sharing food and stories alike in a warm and friendly atmosphere. If you like to keep things lively and already speak some Russian, this could be a great chance to meet new people, establish local friendships and practise your language skills. You will however need to bring a level of certain resilience with you. There are no lockable compartments in these cabins, simply between 32 and 54 beds, which are laid out in rows and sectioned off into groups of between 4 and 6 beds, half of which are upper and half of which are lower bunks. Walls divide up the sections, but these compartments cannot be locked.

The upper bunks can be folded away, so that it is possible to sit comfortably on the lower beds during the day. In each section, there is a small table between the beds, by the window. There is a box for storing luggage under each of the lower beds and those people sleeping on the upper bunks have access to a storage compartment above their bed. Every bed has its own reading lamp.

Tickets for 3rd class are as a rule half the price of those for 2nd class.

Mongolian trains

1st class = sleeper cabin, 2 bed compartment
2nd class = sleeper cabin, 4 bed compartment

Chinese trains

->international lines:

1st class (deluxe) = sleeper cabin, 2 bed compartment
2nd class (soft sleeper) = sleeper cabin, 4 bed compartment
2nd class (hard sleeper) = sleeper cabin, 4 bed compartment

->domestic lines:

1st class (deluxe) = sleeper cabin, 2 bed compartment
2nd class (soft sleeper) = sleeper cabin, 4 bed compartment
2nd class (hard sleeper) = sleeper cabin, 6 bed compartment

The Berlin-Warsaw-Moscow line

1st class = sleeper cabin, 1 or 2 bed compartment
2nd class = sleeper cabin, 3 or 4 bed compartment

Please note, other international lines may be subject to different rules.

 


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