Knowledgebase: Trains
Can I travel with children?
Posted by Andrew Glenister, Last modified by on 20 August 2014 09:51 AM

Yes, you can. Children are welcome to travel on Russian trains and may be eligible for discounted tickets. 

Russian Trains 

In summary, one child under the age of five may travel for free if they share their place with a paying adult. If the child requires a separate place, or they are aged between 5 and 10, then they are charged at the Child Rate; generally, 50% of the regular ticket price. The discounts apply for tickets on trains within Russia. 

International Trains 
For international trains, depending on which one you book, the discount and the age of travel might differ. For example, children up to 3 years old may travel on train 004 between Moscow and Beijing free of charge if they share the berth with a full paying adult. For children between 4-11 years of age, there is a discount of 50% from the full ticket price. See our information on child fare’s for international journeys for more details. 

When travelling with children on long distance trains, such as those on the Trans-Siberian railway, it is worth remembering that there are several sections with no stops for several hours, so you may want to pack travel games and books to help keep children occupied. In addition, while at border crossings, the toilets may be closed, so it is worth looking up the timings prior to travel to work around these times. 

Please note: When boarding the train, the child must show either their own passport, be listed in their parent’s passport or have a copy, and translation, of their birth certificate. If the child is listed in a parent’s passport, a photograph must be included for the child to be allowed entry to the train. 

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