Velaro RUS running through a winter landscape

High availability for Russia

Velaro RUS – powerful, flexible. Snow, ice and subzero temperatures: Russia has an extreme climate indeed. Nonetheless, since 2009, Velaro RUS – Sapsan – provides reliable service.
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Velaro RUS

From Moscow to St. Petersburg with high speed

650 kilometers from Moscow to St. Petersburg in only 3.5 hours. It has specially adapted components and systems to cope with the harsh operating conditions in Russia and is backed up by a 30-year maintenance contract.

The heroes behind our heroes of high speed

Meet the people behind the Velaro RUS and learn how their passion and dedication drive the Velaro RUS to peak performance.

Capacity meets flexibility

The ten-car trainset accommodates 556 passengers over a length of 250 m and a carbody that is 30 cm wider than the UIC profile. With a traction power rating of 8,000 kW, it reaches a maximum speed of 250 km/h and can be upgraded to 300 km/h. Velaro RUS can be deployed universally. This is due to its two-variant design: as a single-system train for 3 kV DC and as a dual-system train for 3 kV DC and 25 kV AC. Train protection is based on the Russian operations control system Klub U.

High performance at low temperatures

Velaro RUS is made for climatic challenges, such as temperatures ranging from minus 40 °C to plus 40 °C. This is evident from the extra insulation of the car and its specially adapted ventilation and cooling system.

Now also from Moscow to Nizhniy-Novgorod

Its air intake is on the roof to avoid the hazards of drifting snow, and a more powerful heating system in the interior makes for agreeable temperatures. All the more reason to expand service to the Moscow – Nizhniy-Novgorod line.

Type Velaro RUS
Year of construction
2008-2010, 2012-2014, 2021-2023
Cars per train
Voltage system 
DC 3 kV, AC 25 kV / 50 Hz , DC 3 kV
Maximum speed [km/h]
Track gauge [mm]
Number of seats
Up to 556
Traction power [kW]
Numbers built

Rail Services – centered around your goals

Rail traffic is at the core of high-performance and sustainable mobility. We give it a powerful and reliable basis: up to 100% system availability. For that, we transform maintenance into a proactive and comprehensive performance and efficiency guarantee. Based on the combination of domain and digital know-how, we put our execution power at work for you.


Velaro fleet

A technological expertise lead of more than 1.4 billion kilometers, including Spain, Russia, China, France, Turkey, and Germany: This is the Velaro fleet.

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Top performance for high-speed traffic

Technology, flexibility, comfort and economy: The Velaro family will convince you.

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