Monday, December 18, 2017

Magnitogorsk Passenger Company to connect Yekaterinburg, Magnitogorsk

Starting February 5, the Magnitogorsk Passenger Company will be the first company in the Ural Mountains to engage in train service between Magnitogorsk and Yekaterinburg.

The IPC was licensed by the government for railway transport of passengers and luggage in November. The company had earlier leased 56 passenger coaches, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

According to the IPC, the duration of the trip will be 12 hours and will pass through Kartaly, Troitsk, Chelyabinsk and Ural Kamensk. The train from Magnitogorsk will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 7:05 p.m. Moscow time. Passengers will arrive in Yekaterinburg the following day at 7:24 a.m. Moscow time. The train will depart in the opposite direction on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and will arrive in Magnitorosk at 5:00 a.m. the following day. There will be three types of cars, including a second class compartment and travel for wheelchair users.

The only previous rail link between the two cities was accomplished by making a transfer in Chelyabinsk. While there has been enthusiastic response online to the news, some comments doubt that the occupancy of return trips will reach 100,000 people per year.

According to the IPC, a second class train ticket will cost approximately $28.72. A compartment ticket will cost $51.06. The company plans to purchase additional trains to increase travel between Magnitogorsk and St. Petersburg.