Russian Railways notes the growth of passenger traffic to China and Finland. According to the company, in 2017 the number of long-distance trains on these routes increased by 23.7% (China) and 21% (Finland). In general, international transportation increased by 9.7% - up to 706.2 thousand people.
Between Russia and Germany, 18.5% more passengers were transported than in 2016. Since 2016 “Strizh” Moscow-Berlin train (manufactured by the Spanish company Patentes Talgo) connected these cities. The trains are equipped with by automatic wheel-shifting system that reduces time of the transition from the Russian standard (1520 mm) to the European (1435 mm) at Brest railway station (Byelorussia). In 2017 “Strizh” transported 26.8 thousand passengers.
In the schedule of train traffic for 2017/2018 the international passenger transportations (including transit) will be carried out to 11 countries of Europe and Asia (Germany, France, Finland, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, China and others) and to the same quantity of CIS and Baltic region’s countries (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia).