Estonian Railways: Russian interest high in year-end trips to Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

Russian tourists arriving by train at Tallinn's Baltic Station. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Russian tourists arriving by train at Tallinn's Baltic Station. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

The number of rail passengers on the Tallinn-St. Petersburg-Moscow route in November was up ten percent on year in November, and Russian interest is once again high in spending New Year's Eve in Estonia, state-owned railway company Estonian Railways said.

"Interest on the part of Russian tourists continues to be on the upswing," Estonian Railways spokesperson Monika Kaljusaar told BNS on Friday. "An increase of ten percent on year could be noted in the Tallinn-Moscow train service in November already. Based on this, we have planned two additional trains, and the number of cars will be bigger to meet demand."

According to Kaljusaar, the number of visits to Tallinn is highest beginning Dec. 20, and peak tourist season lasts through Jan. 10. "During this period, we expect a significant increase in the number of visits by Russian tourists," she noted.

The Tallinn-St. Petersburg-Moscow rail service has one departure in each direction per day. Since 2015, rail service between Estonia and Russia has been operated jointly by Estonian Railways and Federalnaya Passazhirskaya Kompaniya (FPK), a subsidiary of Russian Railways. Engine service on Estonian territory is provided by AS GoRail.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS



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