On select trains travelling between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, such as the Sapsan, there are carriages designed to enable those with disabilities to enjoy rail travel; with wider corridors and toilet facilities as well as larger cabins.
There are several long-distance trains equipped with disabled compartments. Where these are available, the entrance to the carriage is equipped with a lift for the passenger(s), enabling those passengers with limited mobility to easily get on, and off, the train.
Wider than a standard compartment, compartments for passengers with disabilities are equipped with special auxiliary belts, allowing the passenger to move around the compartment more freely.
For blind and visually impaired passengers, all switches, power sockets, call buttons, etc. have brail instructions, and a special audio device is available. These devices make it easy to contact the provodnitsa in case of emergency.
Each disabled compartment is also equipped with its own bathroom facility, which is larger than standard facilities, to give room to those with limited mobility/wheelchairs. To further assist, handrails are provided.
Most stations have facilities for passengers with disabilities, including disabled toilets, and wheelchair ramps.
If you are concerned that you may be unable to travel, or if you need assistance on getting to the train station and boarding your train, please contact our travel experts for further advice.