Q: Where I can go by a commuter train?
Here is the list of a well known tourist places, where you can go by a commuter train. In brackets is the name of the appropriate station if differs.
- Peterhof (Novyi Peterhof)
- Oranienbaum (Oranienbaum-1)
- Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) - where the Catherine Palace is situated.
- Gatchina (Gathina Varshavskaya, Gathchina Baltiyskaya - depend on the route you choose)
- Novgorod (Novgorod-na-Volhove)
- Pskov - with some limitations
Q: I see some 4 digits numbers near the trains in a schedule. Is it a train number?
Yes. Let's not to go into depth of the train numbering system in Russia. But you need to know, that for the commuter trains have 2 types of numbering, beginning with:
- 6 (i.e. 6314) - ordinary train
- 7 (i.e. 7452) - express train (usually Lastoshka - Desiro RUS from Siemens in Leningrad region).
Q: Are the tickets to the ordinary and express trains differs?
Yes! And tickets for ordinary trains are valid for only for these ones and can't be used for express!
Q: How i can buy a tickets to a commuter trains?
There are 2 options:
1. Use ticket office (nearly at every big station) - and almost all touristic-related ones.
2. You can use ticket vending machines. They have English language interactive system (Yes!) and also accept credit cards. Before using any credit cards - see note *** below about it.
Always use the appropriate option if buying the ticket to express (Lastochka) train.
Q: Are persons in the ticket offices speaks English?
Mostly not, but you can write down a station on the sheet of paper, number of persons traveling and show to person at ticket office. Usually it led to no problem in buying tickets.
Q: I want to avoid any possible misunderstandings while buying train tickets. How I can do it?
Use ticket vending machine. They have English language interactive system.
Q: Can I return a ticket?
No (only for a commuter train). Tickets can be returned only if issues with a schedule more than 1 hour and other Force majeure with railway equipment.
Q: What types of payment options has ticket vending machine.
Cash (in RUB!!!) and credit cards (see note *** below)
Q: Can I buy tickets while riding train?
In certain cases - yes. But there are some issues:
- You can't enter the platform until you go through turnstile (if any). Every big station has them. Until you buy the ticket - you can't enter the platform.
- You need to pay a fee (+80 RUB for each ticket paid) to the cashier in a train.
So, buying tickets on the train only takes sense if:
- you are in hurry, there are lines to the tickets office and ticket vending machines;
- there are no turnstiles on the station;
- you are ready to pay an additional fee;
- if there are no ticket office at station (no fees at this case).
Q: Is it round-trip tickets are cheaper per one way, that one way ticket?
No. The round-trip ticket is double priced than one way.
Q: Is it any reasons to buy a round-way railway?
If you are:
- Sure to go back way the same (usually you are).
- If you don't want to make a stopover.
- Don't want to be in a hurry while buying return ticket.
it is a good idea to buy a round-trip ticket.
Q: Are there any special types of tickets?
Yes (monthly, weekdays, etc). But for you, as a tourist, it has absolutely no sense.
Q: Can I stopover on station X, visit place Y and then continue my ride?
In terms of a trip - No. Of course you can do it physically - nobody insist you on continuing your trip to the endpoint but every time you off board the train you have to buy new ticket. There is no ordinary stopover rules in commuter trains. So if you want to visit different places on the route you have to buy tickets for each route leg.
*** Is it possible to pay for the ticket by the credit card?
In general yes, but it is fully depend on the size of the station. Railway stations - certainly yes. Ticket vending machine - mostly yes. Out of main touristic stations - mostly not. In any case it is highly advisable to exchange your money at any bank for quite attractive exchange rate and pay by cash. In that case you certainly save some money for exchange rate fees of your credit card provider.
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