Sm6 Allegro Trains
The Sm6 Allegro trains run between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. The pendolino train's top speed is 220km/hr, allowing the journey time between the cities to be reduced by two hours.
The Allegro trains are owned and operated by Karelian Trains, which is a joint venture between VR Group (Finnish Railways) and Russian Railways (RZhD). As such, the trains are able to adapt to the different guage standards of the two countries.
Every seat on the Allegro service has a folding table, adjustable back-rest, individual lighting, coat hanger, footrest, and storage pockets. An electrical socket is available in between every two seats. Air-conditioning is standard in all carriages, and WiFi is available.
The service offers both First and Second Class accommodation.
First Class accommodates 42 passengers. On-board there is a meeting room available for pre-booking, complete with six seats. On each carriage, the seating is arranged in rows of three, with one seat on its own and two together, with the gangway in-between. First Class passengers have access to free tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a choice of newspapers and magazines.
Second class accommodates 296 passengers, in four seat rows; two seats either side of the gangway. Passengers travelling with young children can take advantage of a children's playroom.
Luggage & Facilities
Food & Drink
Allegro trains feature a full dining car, with space to seat 38 passengers, as well as three bars accommodating up to 12. The restaurant serves drinks and snacks as well as a la carte dishes.
Each passenger may bring up to two items of baggage with them, with a combined weight of up to 35kg. Small items of hand luggage are not included within this total. Baggage should be stored in the designated spaces. Hand luggage should either be stored above seats, or in the designated luggage spaces.
Dedicated space for disabled passengers is available in Carriage 2, which is also fitted with a lift to allow easier access to the train. Near to these seats is a specially adapted toilet.
Bicycles may be brought on-board, but must be disassembled and packed into suitable boxes.
Travelling with Pets
Passengers may travel with their pets, provided that they comply with the relevant customs regulations. Passengers may take up to two dogs on leads with them, or two cages, or one cage and one on a lead. As a maximum, dog crates should not exceed 60x45x25cm, but multiple animals may be put in each cage. No animals are permitted to travel in First Class accommodation.