State-run Russian Railways (RZhD) seems to be on the right track, as it has just launched a regular train service between Moscow and Paris.
The route was operated during the Soviet era, but was de-railed in 1990. The train – which has a top speed of 200 km/h – is aimed at people who do not like flying, or those who like a more scenic method of travel.
One passenger said: “I think this trip is interesting because it allows us to see several cities on the way, not only Paris, but also Berlin, Frankfurt and Warsaw, amongst others.”
Ticket prices will range from 330 to 1,050 euros. The service will run three times per week during winter and five times per week during the summer, and is already fully booked until the end of this year.
It has several deluxe carriages as well as first and second class, all of them sleepers, so passengers should be comfortable on their 38.5 hour journey.