Arriving in St Petersburg on the Red Arrow

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All travelers, and by travelers — I’m referring to those with wanderlust in their hearts and extra pages in their passport — know the special thrill of arriving at the train station. Some of the great train stations of the world have some special commodity that etches its way into the soul. Anyone who has ever arrived at Milano Centrale undoubtedly has an inkling what I’m describing here. Moscow Station in the center of St. Petersburg is another station that has that ability to scratch a special place in one’s heart in the same way a young lover might carve out a heart into the trunk of a great oak.

What better way to meet Московский вокзал (Moscovskiy Train Station) than to arrive in St. Petersburg early in the morning after spending the night in a sleeper cabin on the Red Arrow? Board the train in Moscow at 11p.m. the night before and arrive at St. Petersburg at 7a.m., sharp as a whistle because you were lulled to sleep with the clink-clink, clink-clink, clink-clink of the tracks while snuggled in soft clean sheets across your cot in your cabin shared with just 3 other passengers.

At 6a.m., breakfast is served as the car stewardess brings you your morning tea, omelet or bowl of oat meal. At 7, the car pulls into the station and much to your surprise, you are met with the hymn of St. Petersburg welcoming you to the city.

Enjoy your stay!

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