A train from Moscow, first since 1914, arrived in the French resort city of Nice on Saturday evening, covering the distance of 3,177 kilometers (1,974 miles) in about 52 hours.
The train, which departed from Moscow's Belorussky rail terminal every Thursday afternoon, crossed the territories of five states.
The once-in-a-week train makes stops at Smolensk in western Russia, Minsk and Brest in Belarus, Warsaw in Poland, Vienna and Innsbruck in Austria and at Italian cities of Milano, Genoa and San-Remo and arrives to Nice on Saturday evening.
Prices for a one-way ticket range from 1,050 euro ($1,416) for a luxury compartment to 306 euro ($413) for a second-class carriage.
Russia launched trains to Nice from then Russian capital St. Petersburg in 1864, but the service was halted in 1914.
MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti)
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I cannot imagine a more fun train ride to explore and see the Russian and European country side!
I have traveled from Moscow Russia to Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El which is only an 18 hour train ride.
Russian trains are especially fun as they play high energy dance music all the time. I kid you not, Russian trains are so much fun!
I can just imagine how much fun a 52 hour Russian train ride would be!
What was missing from my Russian train ride?
If I could ask for only ONE thing of the Russian train service, it would be to have a dedicated train car for dancing. Add this dance car at the back of the train or in the middle. When I was on my Russian train in 2007, I wanted to dance so much but there was no where to do it.
This dedicated train car would be reserved for everyone who wants to dance to the high energy Russian and European dance music that is being played on the train. I am not a teenager, nor am I in my 20's or early 30's. I am 48 years old and so I am a very important demographic to use this service.
If the Russians can give me 52 hours great Russian and European scenery along with dancing in a car just for this purpose I would fly to Moscow tomorrow to ride this train!
For those who do not know about Russian trains, they also come with bunks for sleeping. Chi (tea) is served on a continuous basis. High energy dance music is played continuously and you meet the nicest people on the Russian trains.
If you have never taken a train in Russia, it is a very fun experience!
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