This epic train journey is on most people’s bucket list, and the Trans-Siberian Railway offers a truly unique experience that sees you in 8 different time zones. Once you have made the decision to experience the Trans-Siberian Railway, you are faced with a few options when it comes to choosing your route.
- Moscow to Vladivostok – This is the epic route that takes you from West to East, across the entire country, and is over 9,200 km in length, making it the longest single train journey in the world. This train journey spans eight time zones, and offers the tourist an unrivalled view of the some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and you can book your berth on the Trans-Siberian Railway with an established online tour operator. Spring or autumn is the best time to take this trip, as there are not so many people, plus the weather is nicer, especially if you want to see nature’s changing colours.
- St Petersburg to Vladivostok – One of the most popular routes for tourists, the St Petersburg to Vladivostok route takes 7 days to complete. You can, of course, stop on the way at the many interesting places, and by booking your cabin with an online tour operator, you can design your route to include the 6,000 km stretch from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok.
- Moscow to St. Petersburg – Travelling east, you can cross the 630 km from the capital to St. Petersburg, which is an amazing city with so much to see and do. You could spend a few days in St. Petersburg, before returning to Moscow, where you can pick up the Trans-Siberian Railway to Vladivostok. There is also an interesting article in the Daily Telegraph, with all you need to know about planning a Trans-Siberian holiday.
- Moscow to Ulaanbaatar – This is very popular with foreign tourists who wish to see how the nomadic people of Mongolia live, as the train traverses the Mongolian steppes, before finally arriving at the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
- Moscow to Beijing – This is perhaps the most popular of all the Trans-Siberian Railway routes, and it takes in a visit to Ulaanbaatar, which is Mongolia’s capital city. This journey encompasses Russia, Mongolia and China. At the Chinese border, the train gauge changes, and you can spend a few hours outside, while the train is transferred to a new set of bogeys.
- Moscow to Tumangang – It is possible to travel to Tumangang, which is a northern border town between Russia and North Korea, and if you search online for an experienced Trans-Siberian tour operator, they can certainly help you to plan this route.
You are advised to do some online research before choosing your dates for a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway, which will help you decide which route is best for you. The tour operator’s website is full of information that will help you to plan your dream holiday on the Trans-Siberian Railway. There are several classes of berth on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and if you plan on travelling in the summer, you should book well in advance.
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