Russia and Germany have agreed to connect Germany’s capital Berlin with St. Petersburg.
The news was confirmed by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The 50-carriage train will go from Germany to the Russian enclave city of Kaliningrad and then onwards to St. Petersburg.
There is currently no direct railway between St. Petersburg and Berlin. Passengers have to make a two-hour connection in Moscow and spend 32 hours on road.
It is also difficult to get from Berlin to Kaliningrad by train – you have to change trains twice. The new route will also slash the travel time between St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad almost in half.
Russian Railways has also confirmed the new route. The countries have given no information about the date of the launch of the railroad, but it is likely to be a significant boost Russian-German tourism.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point Travel News 2018.