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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ticket Prices Cut on 2 St. Pete Trains

The Railways Ministry gave travelers a pleasant surprise Wednesday, slashing ticket prices on two Moscow-St. Petersburg trains by about 30 percent.

As of Thursday, tickets for first-class compartments in the high-speed Nevsky Express will be reduced from 920 rubles to 700 rubles, the ministry said. Second-class tickets will cost 500 rubles.

Business-class tickets on the high-speed ER-200 will drop to 1,000 rubles from 1,600 rubles. A regular-seat ticket will drop to 500 rubles from 790 rubles.

Prices will remain the same on nights and weekends, which are peak travel times.

The ministry's move is a part of a new policy that "introduces flexible tariffs in accordance with the situation on the transport market," said Leonid Bratkin, spokesman for the ministry.

The new "flexible" price policy works both ways, however. During the upcoming holiday season, passenger flows on the Moscow-St. Petersburg route increase dramatically, so prices will be raised accordingly.