How to buy train tickets Railways online via the Internet

Faced recently with the fact that some of myFriends do not know how to buy train tickets Railways online via the Internet. Although in my opinion it is quite simple and convenient, because you do not have to go to the station and stand in line at the ticket office. Nevertheless, I will try to describe this method and what is necessary for it.

First of all, for any purchases over the InternetYou need a debit or credit plastic Visa or Mastercard card or the like. Such cards are now common everywhere (for example, payroll cards), and for those who do not have it, I advise you to purchase a really useful thing and not only for the Internet. For information: Which bank card to choose.

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How to buy train tickets Railways online - instructions

registration on the site

First you need to register on the website This is the official website of Russian railways, where you can see the train schedule and buy train tickets.

You can use other servicesfor example, one of the most popular Its plus is that there is technical support and it works not as buggy as the Russian Railways site. However, for the comfort will have to pay a small commission.

After registration, log in with your username and password and select the menu item: Buy a ticket -> Buy a ticket (available only to authorized users).

Schedule train search

Enter the city of departure, arrival, and date of departure. You will receive a list of trains traveling in this direction and the availability of seats in them (L - Suite, K - Coupe, P - reserved seat). Choose a suitable train.

List of available trains and availability

List of available trains and availability

View the price, select the type of car and car number

On the next page you will see the availability of seats in all available train cars, sorted by car type (coupe, reserved seat), as well as the cost of the ticket. Select the desired car.

Availability and cost

Availability and cost

Selection of seats in the car

At this convenience end, because Russian Railways did not provide a choice of a particular place for its passengers. But it provides the ability to select seats in the car according to several criteria:

  • Top / bottom places
  • In one compartment / In the compartment part of the car / In one compartment of the second-class car
  • Borders of places (specify the range of numbers of places from and to

By choosing the conditions you can pick yourselfsuitable places. If there are no such places at the moment (the system will tell you about it), then you can change the car, returning to the schedule or try searching with other criteria.

Selection of a place according to specified criteria and filling in passport data

Selection of a place according to specified criteria and filling in passport data

Enter your passport data

Just enter your passport details and your travel companions. Remember to fill in the data you have just 10 minutes. Because at this moment the railway ticket is booked by the system and it cannot hold it for a long time.

Payment of the ticket by plastic card

To make a purchase, you will need a and the name of the cardholder on the front side and 3 or 4-digit CVV / CVC code on the back of the card. You also need to know if payment confirmation is required from your bank. Confirmation means that after entering your card data, the system may require you to enter a password, which you must either receive at the bank, or at an ATM, or it will come to you as an SMS. In fact, there is nothing difficult here, just do this procedure once and you will understand everything.

So, to pay for the ticket, enter the datayour payment card. The payment scheme is standard, everything is done, as usual, and, like on other sites. If you do not have experience with bank cards, then read my articles - How to use a bank card and Which bank card to choose.

Types of e-tickets Railways

After payment, tickets can be of two types - electronic ticket (by default) and electronic registration. The system itself will tell you what type is available for the train.


E-ticket - means you needprint out the ticket form, which will be issued by the system, or simply write down its unique number, and after that get a ticket at the railway ticket office, or at the ticket dispenser at the railway station (it looks like an ATM).

Electronic registration

Electronic registration - means you needyou will need to show only the passport to the conductor at the entrance to your train car. But just in case it is better to bring a printout. This type of ticket appeared recently, and there are only on some routes. Denoted by the ER icon.

Layout of seats in the car

In order to make it easier to navigate and look for the right place in the car, here's a diagram of the places in the car. Odd - lower, even - upper. Images are clickable.

Seats in the second-class car

Seats in the second-class car

Places in the compartment car diagram

Places in the compartment car diagram

To help those who buy RZD tickets online

Some moments from personal experience, and also necessary info.

  • The site of Russian Railways is buggy, this is normal, relax.
  • Tickets are available on dates not earlier than 60 days.
  • You can not buy more than 4 tickets at a time.
  • You can not buy two lower places at once.
  • It is possible to buy tickets immediately round trip (10% discount).
  • After selecting seats, tickets are booked for 10 minutes. This time is given for payment - entering payment information and confirmation from the bank, if it is required. At this time, your places will be inaccessible to other people.
  • The system does not report which places are free and whichNo, you can use only the selection criteria provided. The number of places you will know immediately before entering your billing data, when the places are already booked. If you are not satisfied with this location, make a reservation again.
  • To calculate the free space in the car, you can rebook the various options in turn, setting the selection criteria.

How to buy two lower places

On the website of the Russian Railways this possibility is not supposed. But there are two options:

  • Make two purchases in a row.
    That is, first buy one train ticket, thensecond. True, since there will be two printouts from the site, then the tickets will also need to be received together, since each printout for your last name. Also, the inconvenience is that while you carry out these operations, someone at the same time with you will buy the place you need.
  • Book an unnecessary ticket, and then search the boundaries of places

    Suppose we need 1 and 3 place (both lower). We go in system, we begin to reserve the place at number 2 (upper). When the system prompts you to enter your billing information, it will mean that the ticket is booked for 10 minutes and is therefore unavailable to other people. We return to the beginning, we carry out a search, and now in the criteria we set the boundaries of places from 1 to 3. We get two lower places. Consider you only 10 minutes for the operation.

Where else to buy tickets Railways

In order not to suffer with buggy and uncomfortableofficial website, use the booking form from the well-known service TuTu. We ourselves often use their services, the sane people work there, which pleases. By the way, there you can buy two lower places at once, just mark them on the wagon diagram and that's it.

How to return a ticket Railways

To not repeat, just give a link to an article I wrote on this issue - How to return an e-ticket Railways.

P.S In the CIS countries to get an electronic ticket at the terminal or the box office will not work, only in Russia. Therefore, if you, for example, are traveling from Russia to Ukraine and back, then it’s best to get both tickets in Russia right away, otherwise you will have to buy a return ticket again.

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