Between January and June the number of Sapsan tickets sold online surged by 43% year-on-year to 1.69 million, making this the primary sales channel for the service.

Further increases in ridership are anticipated with the launch of hourly Sapsan services on the Moscow - St Petersburg line in October. RZD has introduced Talgo trains on the Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod line in order to concentrate the entire fleet of 16 Sapsan sets on the St Petersburg route.