Coming soon: Russia by rail

March 28, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

The rail pass -- long a fixture in Europe for extended train travel -- is coming to Russia and some of the former Soviet states.

Starting Thursday, the "Flexipass" for Russian travel will be sold in the United States through Rail Europe, the same company that sells the Eurail passes. Rail Europe also will begin booking point-to-point travel on the Russian rail system, including the Trans-Siberian Railway. (The pass will be sold through travel agents.)

The first-class Russian Flexipass will cost $298 and can be used for four days of rail travel within a 15-day period; second-class passes for the same period will cost $198. Sleep seats are available for an additional charge. Other pass durations are available for longer trips.

Rail Europe noted that the addition of Russia to its line of passes covers rail travel all the way from Shannon, Ireland, to Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific Coast.

For information, contact Rail Europe at (800) 848-7245.

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