Sometimes it is convenient to buy a long-distance train ticket at a time that is not usual for shopping. It is very important to know when the ticket offices are open so as not to go to the station in vain. Almost all major train stations in Moscow sell tickets around the clock.
There are nine operating railway stations in Moscow, all of them are located in the central part of the city. Moscow stations have the following names: Belorussky, Kazansky, Kievsky, Kursky, Leningradsky, Paveletsky, Rizhsky, Savelovsky, Yaroslavsky. By the name it is easy to determine which branch of the station serves. Kurskiy railway station also serves the Nizhny Novgorod direction. There are also four additional stations, which are sometimes referred to as train stations.
The ticket offices of all major stations are open 24 hours a day, with the exception of Savelovsky and Rizhsky stations. Savelovsky railway station is open from 4:00 am to 11:59 pm. Riga station is open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Depending on the time of day, the number of operating cash desks may vary. During the most "peak" hours of workload, there are always more cash desks than at night. If the station is small, then the suburban ticket office can simultaneously serve long-distance flights.
In the 19th century, there was still the Nizhegorodsky railway station, and at the beginning of the 20th century, urban planners were thinking about making the Central Station the main station in the city. Later this idea was abandoned. The central station was supposed to connect all branches from the rest of the stations. Currently, almost all of them are dead ends, with only two exceptions: the Kursk railway station and the Belorussky railway station. Belorussky railway station is also not 100% dead-end: from it there is one "non-dead" line to the city of Rybinsk.
All stations, except for Savelovsky, send long-distance trains. Only electric trains leave from the Savelovsky railway station. Suburban trains also run from other stations. Aeroexpress trains (trains to Moscow airports) run from Paveletsky railway station (to Domodedovo), Kievsky railway station (to Vnukovo) and Belorussky railway station (Sheremetyevo).
The busiest stations are Kazansky and Kursky. Most of all long-distance ticket offices are located there. The smallest passenger traffic is at the Rizhsky and Savelovsky stations, which is why long-distance ticket offices there do not work around the clock. Also, only the Rizhsky and Savelovsky railway stations are located not on the metro ring line. Kazansky, Leningradsky and Yaroslavsky railway stations are located nearby, on the same square, which is called Komsomolskaya. Because of the train stations, this square is also called the "Square of the Three Train Stations".
Long-distance ticket vending machines are currently installed at each of the stations. With this machine, you can buy a ticket even when the main ticket offices are closed. If you bought a ticket on the Internet, but you need a boarding pass to board, you can also print it out in the machine without contacting the cashier.