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Is Russian rail travel safe?
Posted by Andrew Glenister, Last modified by Aleksandra Kasaeva on 23 March 2017 09:56 AM

Millions of people, both Russian locals and tourists, travel safely on Russian trains every year. In many ways, they are the safest trains to travel on.


•             Each carriage is looked after 24 hours a day by at least one or two attendants, known locally as provodnitsas.

•             Each passenger must show their ticket upon entry, and present with it an official identification document; for foreign visitors, this will usually be a passport.

•             At every stop trains are checked to ensure there is no damage.


With regards to remaining safe and secure, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has the following to say:


•             If you are travelling by overnight train in a sleeping compartment, store valuables in the container under the bed or seat. Don’t leave your sleeping compartment unoccupied as some compartments only have a simple lock on the sliding door. On some trains, there may be an additional security device, which can be attached to the fitted handle/lock unit. There may also be a steel switch at head-height on the door panel which, when pulled down, prevents the closed door from being slid open.

•             Don’t agree to look after the luggage of a fellow traveller or allow it to be stored in your compartment.

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