Russians have high interest in traveling to Estonia for year-end

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Tickets to rail services between Russia and Estonia for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday period have been sold out and operator Go Rail hopes to be able to satisfy more demand by bringing in additional rail cars.

"Interest on the part of Russians is very big, fortunately. Definitely bigger than last year," Go Rail board chairman Alar Pinsel told BNS on Wednesday. He said all trains on the Tallinn-Moscow-Tallinn route for the holiday period have been sold out and the company expects to add capacity by making the trains longer.

From Dec. 23 to Jan. 9 a holiday timetable is in effect on the Tallinn-Moscow-Tallinn train service. During that period the train departs from Tallinn 40 minutes earlier than usual, at 3:30 p.m., from Tapa at 4:26 p.m., from Johvi at 5:24 p.m. and from Narva at 6:40 p.m.

In December 2015, Go Rail sold almost 10,000 tickets to the Tallinn-St. Petersburg-Moscow service, two and a half times the number sold in December 2014.