A direct railway connection between Moscow and Paris first started in the 19th century. The operation of trains on this route lasted until 1994 (except during the first and second World Wars in Europe).
In the 21st century, the interest of passengers in this connection resumed – since 2007 a direct coach has run between the capitals of Russia and France.
On 12 December 2011 train № 23 / 24 Moscow – Paris formed by the Federal Passenger Company (FPC) completed its first journey and on 20 July 2014 it completed its 500th journey. Along the train route, in the capitals of Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France celebrations were held with the participation of representatives of international organisations, diplomatic corps, the business tourist community, railway administrations and carriers, as well as the media.
The length of the route is 3217 km and it passes through cities such as: Vyazma, Smolensk, Krasnoye, Orsha, Minsk, Brest, Terespol, Warsaw, Poznan, Rzepin, Oderbruch, Frankfurt (Oder), Berlin, Hannover, Fulda, Frankfurt am Main, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Kehl, Strasbourg, Paris.
Since the beginning of the operations, train № 23/24 Moscow – Paris has covered a distance of almost 400 times longer than the equator and carried during this time more than 90,000 passengers, most of whom have became regular customers of FPC and have appreciated the high level of comfort and service quality.
The journey time from Moscow to Paris takes 38 hours 47 minutes, and from Paris to Moscow 38 hours – that is more than a day and a half. Therefore the schedule is primarily based on its convenience for passengers. Passengers spend only one night in the train.
The composition of the train consists of “luxury”, first and second class coaches as well as a restaurant coach.
Each compartment of “luxury” coaches consists of two rooms – a bathroom equipped with a shower, a bio-toilet, a wash basin, and a living room, equipped with an armchair, TV, DVD-player, individually controlled air conditioning, a folding double bed and wardrobes. All “luxury” compartments have a standard hotel type set of: towels, slippers, bathrobes, personal care products, tea sets, Wi-Fi. To ensure the safety of passenger property, the access into the compartment is carried out using a plastic key card. The fare also includes breakfast, which is served directly in the compartment by the conductor on request, as well as that, submitting a ticket ensures the possibility of using the services of the waiting room Grand Voyageur on the Paris East railway station. Moreover all the “luxury” cars are equipped with their own lounge bars.
The restaurant car running in the composition of the train (except for the part of the route Warsaw – Brest), offers a wide selection of hot dishes of Russian and European cuisine, soft and alcoholic drinks. The waiter can serve the order directly into the compartment at the request of the passenger.
The basic fare for the “luxury” compartment from Paris to Moscow is 1137.5 Euro per person, and from Berlin to Moscow – 653.5 Euro.
First and second class compartments are equipped with a folding chair, a sink, two/three fold down beds.
For first and second class passengers a double accommodation in the compartment is provided.
The basic fare for the first class compartment from Paris to Moscow is 495 Euro per person, and from Berlin to Moscow – 279 euros.
For second class passengers a triple accommodation in the compartment is provided.
The basic fare for the second class compartment from Paris to Moscow is 353.4 Euro per person, and from Berlin to Moscow - 200.4 Euro.
In addition, the Federal Passenger Company offers a wide range of discounts designed so that almost every passenger can take advantage of them:
On board FPC trains your trip begins with a smile from the train conductor.