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Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod

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Railroad route Saint-Petersburg - Nizhny Novgorod overview

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod depart 4 times a day. Departure of the first train a day - at 13:32, the last - 16:18. Travel time between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod takes from 08h 03min to 22h 33min. Train tickets from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod cost from 45 USD to 983 USD, depending on a train category, ticket category, date of travel and additional services.


On this page we have collected all the important, useful and relevant information about the railway and trains between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod: train schedules, train types, travel time, ticket classes and prices, main trains on a route, recommended trains, answers to frequently asked questions and traveler reviews.

  • The relevance of the information on this page is April 2021.

Departure and Arrival stations

Departure station:

Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал))
Saint-Petersburg Moskovskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Московский Вокзал))

Arrival station:

Nizhny Novgorod (Нижний Новгород)


Complete schedule of trains from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod

Departure time Arrival time Travel time Train Train category Price from
13:32 04:40 15h 08min 145А Regular Train 54 USD
13:32 04:40 15h 08min 131Г Regular Train 81 USD
17:00 01:03 08h 03min 771Н Sapsan High-Speed Train 45 USD
17:45 16:18 22h 33min 347Ж Regular Train 69 USD
17:45 16:18 22h 33min 337Ж Regular Train 50 USD
18:08 07:16 13h 08min 059А Volga Regular Train 53 USD

Frequently Asked Questions about trains between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod

Yes there are direct trains departing from Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал)), Saint-Petersburg Moskovskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Московский Вокзал)) and arriving to Nizhny Novgorod (Нижний Новгород). Trains depart 4 times a day.

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod depart from Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал)), Saint-Petersburg Moskovskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Московский Вокзал)) and arrive to Nizhny Novgorod (Нижний Новгород).

The fastest train is 771Н Sapsan, departing at 17:00 from Moskovskiy Railway station and arriving to Nizhny Novgorod. Travel time of the fastest train 771Н Sapsan - 08h 03min. Tickets cost from 45 USD.

The cheapest train is 771Н Sapsan, departing at 17:00 from Moskovskiy Railway station, traveling for 08h 03min and arriving to Nizhny Novgorod at 01:03. Tickets for this train cost from 45 USD.

Travel time between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod takes from 08h 03min to 22h 33min, depending on a train and date.

 

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod depart from Saint-Petersburg Ladozhskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Ладожский Вокзал)), Saint-Petersburg Moskovskiy Railway station (Санкт-Петербург (Московский Вокзал)). The first train a day departs at 13:32.

Trains from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod arrive to Nizhny Novgorod (Нижний Новгород).

Train tickets from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod usually cost from 45 USD to 983 USD per passenger depending on a train, ticket class and date of travel.

Ticket fares for Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod train tickets are regulated by a dynamic pricing system. The main principle can be formulated as follows: the higher the demand and the fewer the seats, the higher the ticket price. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance, in this case you are able to catch the best fares, starting from 45 USD per passenger, which is not available a few days before the departure.

Yes, you can buy tickets online on our website.

Yes, trains in Russia are safe and convenient. You can travel from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod by train without any problems.

In rare cases, there really are changes in the schedule: changing the departure time, canceling trains, launching additional trains, but in most of cases this schedule is accurate. In all situations, we urge you to build your plans based on a real schedule for a specific date, and not on an approximate generalized schedule

We have selected the cheapest, fastest and most comfortable trains for you (at the end of this page). You can use our recommendation. However, please keep in mind that tickets for recommended trains are usually bought first, so they can simply be sold out at the desired date.
Use our ticket search system, indicating the date and number of passengers of interest. After downloading the results - use the filters by departure time, arrival time, travel time, ticket price and ticket classes - so you will find the best trains that best meet your requirements. If there are no trains left after applying the filters, clean the filters and try again.

Train categories on a route between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod

High-Speed Trains

High-speed trains with speeds up to 250 km/h, first launched in Russia in 2009, immediately became a popular alternative to air travel for both Russian citizens and foreign tourists.

High-Speed Trains Sapsan between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod depart 1 time a day, passing the entire route for 08h 03min - 08h 16min.

High-Speed Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod have the following numbers: 771Н.

Interesting fact: Unfortunately, despite the popularity of high-speed trains and a consistently high load (occupancy rate exceeds 87%), High-Speed Trains are still not widespread in Russia, essentially connecting only a few of the most important cities. The reason for this is the huge distances between the cities of Russia, which leads to significant costs required for the construction of new modern railways that would be suitable for high-speed trains.
Important: Try to buy High-Speed Train tickets as early as possible. A few days before departure on High-Speed Trains, usually there are no available seats, and the price of the remaining tickets rises 2-3 times from the original.

High-Speed Trains on the route from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod have the following ticket classes:

  • Sitting (Standard) - from 45 USD
  • Sitting (Economy+ class) - from 47 USD
  • Sitting (Economy class) - from 50 USD
  • Sitting (Family class) - from 56 USD
  • Sitting (Bistro car) - from 60 USD
  • Sitting (Business class) - from 77 USD
  • Sitting (First class) - from 260 USD
  • Sitting (Compartment-Suite) - from 354 USD
  • Sitting (Conference compt.) - from 983 USD

Departure time Arrival time Travel time Train Price from
17:00 01:03 08h 03min 771Н Sapsan 45 USD

Regular Trains

Regular Train is historically the first class of trains, nowadays is the most common type of train in Russia that can take you to almost everywhere, slow and reliable. Such trains run at a speed of about 60-80 km/h and make stops at all (or most) stations on their route. Stops can be either for 1-5 minutes, or for 20-30 and even for an hour and a half. Check the train route and duration of stops using the ROUTE button next to each train.

Regular Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod depart 3 times a day, covering the whole route from 12h 26min to 1day 07min.

Regular Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod have the following numbers: 145А, 347Ж, 131Г, 337Ж, 059А

Interesting fact: at long stops, passengers of Regular Trains often go to the platform and buy traditional pies or local crafts from Babushkas on the platform.
Important: at stops, do not go far from the train! You may not notice the train departing and your personal belongings will go on a trip without you, and you can stay at this station for several hours or even days. Your ticket will not be valid for traveling on the next train and you will have to buy a new ticket at the box office of this station. The staff does not speak any language other than Russian.

Tickets for the Regular Train are usually cheaper (compared to other classes of trains or plane tickets). Regular Train on the route from Saint-Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod have the following ticket classes:

  • Sitting (Basic) - from 50 USD
  • 3-сl. open sleeping - from 53 USD
  • 2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 72 USD
  • 1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 110 USD

Schedule of Regular Trains between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod

Departure time Arrival time Travel time Train Price from
13:32 04:40 15h 08min 145А 54 USD
13:32 04:40 15h 08min 131Г 81 USD
17:45 16:18 22h 33min 347Ж 69 USD
17:45 16:18 22h 33min 337Ж 50 USD
18:08 07:16 13h 08min 059А Volga 53 USD

Classes of tickets on trains between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod

1-сl. sleeping compt.

Air-conditioned compartment with two comfortable beds. Bed linen is included. Depending on the type of the carriage, meal-set, travel-kit, TV, newspapers might be availiable.


2-сl. sleeping compt.

2-class is one of the most popular type of the compartment due to the best correlation of price and comfort. The air-conditioned compartment are equipped with four comfortable beds. Bed linen is included. Depending on the carriage, meal, travel-kit, TV, newspapers might be availiable.


3-сl. open sleeping

3-Class Open Sleeping also known as "Platzkart" or "Hostel Sleeping", the open type carriage with couchettes, is one of the cheapest options to travel by rail. The Plazlkart is rather comfortable and gives an opportunity to travel in a big company, mix with locals and chat with neighbours all the time.


Sitting (Basic)

Carriage with open seating area, used for relatively short journeys. This may include plaid, newspaper, meal, travel kit and air conditioning.


Sitting (Bistro car)

Table seats with comfortable adjustable textile chairs, arranged two by two, with individual reading lights, four TVs and two power sockets per coach. Ticket price includes around 2000 Russian Rubles (about 35$) to make purchases of hot meals, snacks and drinks offered onboard the train.


Sitting (Business class)

The cost of business class ticket is slightly different from the price of an economy class, but the list of services included in the ticket may surprise even the experienced traveler. The layout sof eats in business class is two by two. Each of the leather seats is adjustable and have reclining backs, folding tables, footrest and armrest as well as an individual reading light. WiFi is available free of charge throughout the trip. Newspapers, travel-kit, cold and hot drinks, as well as hot meal is included.


Sitting (Conference compt.)

The conference cabin is suitable for traveling in a group upto four people and it's compulsory to buy tickets for the entire cabin. There is a separate entrance to the cabin. The conference room provides 4 wide leather seats arranged around a table, with armrests and footrests, individual reading lights, mini bar, free Wi-Fi, travel-kit with pillow and blanket. The cabin is equipped with the multifunctional TV display, power sockets and a mini-sofa. 
One hot meal with non-alcoholic drinks is included in the ticket price, plus such tickets provide free access to the Business Lounges on the train stations. 


Sitting (Economy class)

Comfortable adjustable textile seats arranged two by two, with armrests and footrests (except table seats), individual reading lights, foldable tables, built-in audio modules 
four TVs and two power sockets per coach. Meals are not included but snacks and drinks can be purchased at extra charge.


Sitting (Economy+ class)

Comfortable adjustable textile seats arranged two by two, with armrests and footrests (except table seats), individual reading lights, foldable tables, built-in audio modules 
four TVs and two power sockets per coach. Cold snack in included in the ticket price.


Sitting (First class)

First class offers wide leather seats, reclining almost horizontally, in 2+1 layout, with lot of room for each traveler, individual outlets, footrests and plenty of legroom. These can be faced in the direction the train is heading. The seats are equipped with individual reading lights, personal TV-sets & built-in audio modules, foldable tables. Free Wi-Fi, travel-kit with a pillow and blanket, individual power sockets, one hot meal are offered onboard.


Sitting (Standard)

Comfortable adjustable textile seats arranged two by two, with armrests and footrests (except table seats), individual reading lights, foldable tables, built-in audio modules 
four TVs and two power sockets per coach. Meals are not included but snacks and drinks can be purchased at extra charge.


Popular trains on a route Saint-Petersburg - Nizhny Novgorod

771Н, Sapsan High-Speed Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 17:00 - arriving at Nizhny Novgorod at 01:03
Travel Time - 08h 03min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Standard) - from 45 USD
Sitting (Economy+ class) - from 47 USD
Sitting (Economy class) - from 50 USD
Sitting (Family class) - from 56 USD
Sitting (Bistro car) - from 60 USD
Sitting (Business class) - from 77 USD
Sitting (First class) - from 260 USD
Sitting (Compartment-Suite) - from 354 USD
Sitting (Conference compt.) - from 983 USD


059А, Volga Regular Train

Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 18:08 - arriving at Nizhny Novgorod at 07:16
Travel Time - 13h 08min

Ticket classes:

3-сl. open sleeping - from 53 USD
2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 72 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 110 USD


Recommended trains

Recommended High-Speed Trains

Recommended cheapest, most comfortable, fastest High-Speed train between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod:

771Н, Sapsan  High-Speed Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 17:00 - arriving at Nizhny Novgorod at 01:03
Travel Time - 08h 03min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Standard) - from 45 USD
Sitting (Economy+ class) - from 47 USD
Sitting (Economy class) - from 50 USD
Sitting (Family class) - from 56 USD
Sitting (Bistro car) - from 60 USD
Sitting (Business class) - from 77 USD
Sitting (First class) - from 260 USD
Sitting (Compartment-Suite) - from 354 USD
Sitting (Conference compt.) - from 983 USD


 

Recommended Regular Trains

Recommended cheapest Regular train between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod:

337Ж,   Regular Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 17:45 - arriving at Nizhny Novgorod at 16:18
Travel Time - 22h 33min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Basic) - from 50 USD
3-сl. open sleeping - from 55 USD
2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 142 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 221 USD


 

Recommended most comfortable Regular train between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod:

145А,   Regular Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 13:32 - arriving at Nizhny Novgorod at 04:40
Travel Time - 15h 08min

Ticket classes:

Sitting (Basic) - from 54 USD
3-сl. open sleeping - from 104 USD
2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 160 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 372 USD


 

Recommended fastest Regular train between Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod:

059А, Volga  Regular Train
Departing from Saint-Petersburg at 18:08 - arriving at Nizhny Novgorod at 07:16
Travel Time - 13h 08min

Ticket classes:

3-сl. open sleeping - from 53 USD
2-сl. sleeping compt. - from 72 USD
1-сl. sleeping compt. - from 110 USD


 

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