very surprised I could not find more than 1 prior review regarding to this overnight Train option to bring one from Moscow to St Peterburg (SPB), but there were 100+ for the reverse direction.
yes, it is easier and cheaper to fly Pobeda (Victory) commuting between these 2 largest cities in Russia. WHY bother the trains which easily take more than 9 hours?
guess it is more about experiences, and you also save a night of lodging if you are on a budget plan.
I think the train leaves daily at 2330 and arrived SPB at around 0830. I was in 2nd class sleeping cabin, where there were other 3 "roommates". One of them was snoring badly, but nothing much you could do, except smiling at him. My 2nd class sleeping costed me almost 4000 rubles (USD60)
i went to Moscow again APR2019 but i took the plane that time as it was easier, faster and cheaper.
haha, clearly this RED Arrow train tour is more for seniors who prefer slower pace.