Russia to launch low-cost trains offering only the bare necessities

Traveling in Russia by train is something very special, in both a good and a bad way (depends on your luck).

Traveling in Russia by train is something very special, in both a good and a bad way (depends on your luck).

Kirill Kallinikov/Sputnik

Train travel in Russia is about to get cheaper after the Federal Passenger Company (FPC) - which controls tariffs and train services - announced a new, cheap class of service. You’ll have to wait until 2025 though, and be prepared: Luxury is a long, long way off.  

“We’re talking now about a new low-budget product with a unique price offer,” RIA News Agency quoted a FPC representative. According to the plan, there will be four classes of service on Russian trains: Business, comfort, economy, and the icing on the cake, economy-budget.

For the economy-budget trips the FPC will use old train cars with no air conditioning or bio toilets (though they do have old-fashioned loos), but the night trains will have beds. One thing guaranteed: It will be cheap and... cheerful(?) - we’ll let you be the judge. The prices are yet to be revealed.

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