Attractions, Travel

From West to East Russia – Trans-Siberian Express



f you want to experience one of the greatest travel adventures of our age, take the legendary Trans-Siberian railway tour. This once-in-a-lifetime tour – opens vast territories of Russia in the safest, most comfortable, and fascinating way.

The Trans-Siberian Railway being the longest railway line in the world, connects Moscow to the Far East, reaching as far as Vladivostok on a 9,289 kilometers route, taking you through five time zones and presenting Russia’s past and present in its numerous colors.

One of the highlights of your Trans-Siberian railway vacation is the ever-changing Russian landscape with its vast panoramas and colors. The Siberian train tour is one of the greatest adventures not yet fully discovered, which will definitely give you lifelong impressions.

If you exactly know what itinerary you want to follow and be sure of your reservations, it is better to pre-book your tickets in advance or a whole trans-Siberian train tour and enjoy your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway in the reserved seat of Russian Railways.

However, if you want to stay flexible and free to change your itinerary, you can buy your tickets at local stations as you go along your route in Russia or beyond. You can travel cheap in 2-nd class coaches or buy more expensive and more private 1-st class tickets.

For most travelers, trans-Siberian railway travel starts in Moscow and goes east. If you want to interact with locals or improve your Russian skills, consider starting in Vladivostok or Beijing and heading west.

From east to west or from west to east?

The Trans-Siberian Railway can take you from Moscow to Vladivostok and from Vladivostok further to China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

The Trans-Mongolian route is also a good option attracting with fantastic views of the Gobi desert and stops in Mongolia on the way.

You can choose to travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway, either eastbound or westbound. Eastbound direction tends to be more popular with westerners, though.

It is critical to know that open tickets when you can hop on and off are not available on the Trans-Siberian train. Everyone gets a printed ticket for a specific train with a particular date, car & berth number on it.  To explore the places along the way, you should buy a separate ticket for each train.

The most popular places to take a break are Irkutsk in Siberia to explore Lake Baikal and Ulan Bator in Mongolia, to take a trip into the Gobi desert.  Ekaterinberg and Ulan Ude are also worth exploring.


When is the best time to go?

The Trans-Siberian Railway operates all year round, so you can plan your trip for any time of year.  The summer months from May to September when the weather is warm and the daylight hours are the longest for sightseeing is the most popular time. On the other hand, in winter it’s less crowded, and you can watch the Siberian landscape which is so beautiful in the snow through the window of the warmly heated trains.

Food on the train

Samovar with boiling water, which you will find on one end of the car is used for tea or coffee. If you have your own bottle for water, you can refill it with drinkable water from the attendant. Food is available for purchase in the dining car and from vendors roaming the halls. You can also bring your own provisions, especially for a multi-day journey.

This is one of the best travels of your life

If you are planning to make this epic journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia, you will cover nearly one-third of the world, taking you through the Mongolian steppe to explore Lake Baikal and to admire the snow-capped Ural Mountains. On your way, you will trace the history of the Russian tsars, and Mongols, get acquainted with unfamiliar cultures, and the unique Siberia’s architecture as well as Moscow’s onion domes in the comfort of a train. There has never been a better way to experience the vast and stunning Russia.