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 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.