The Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest in the world, is a network of railways that connect Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. Going on an overland journey in these historic tracks is something that many travelers have been to before. If you’re one of those people who dream of having a trip like this, read on as we suggest some tours and itineraries that will give you the essence of really being on the road.
There are branch lines in China, Mongolia, and Manchuria, so you can have the Trans-Siberian (traversing Siberia from Moscow), Trans-Mongolian (from Moscow to Beijing), Trans-Manchurian (Siberria, Chinese Manchuria, Beijing) options.
The Trans-Siberian Railway operates all-year round, so you can go on a journey at any time of the year. Your best bet is to go during the summer (May to September) so the weather is clear and you’ll be able to catch some fantastic views from your window. Once you’ve found the right sleeper for you, and once you’ve decided on a route to take, this will give you an experience like no other.
Linking countries like China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Bangkok, this transportation option has so many possible routes for travelers. There are lots of different trains that go across Siberia (both domestic and international), and tickets could be purchased from the station, online, or through a travel agency.
The Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russia to Beijing, China is one of the most famous routes, and once you catch the breathtaking views of the scenery, you’ll immediately know why. Taking around 15 days, this trip will give you stunning views of the Lake Baikal and Mongolia. First traveling through Kazan and Ekaterinburg, you will be on your way to doing activities like dogsledding or treks. You will pass by beautiful places along the way such as the Irkutsk and Ulan Bator, and then finally arriving at the beautiful Beijing.
You can also start your trip from St. Petersburg and explore the best of both Russia and China. From St. Petersburg, you will arrive in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Siberian Villages located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Baikal, Ulan-Uday, Ulaanbaatar, and finally, Beijing.
There is also a kind of trip that would only last for half of the aforementioned itineraries, but is quite intense, as you’ll practically be on it for eight straight days. This route is from Moscow to Vladivostok. This is for those who want to get across Russia in the least number of days possible. You may not really be able to see the wonderful countryside and villages, but you sure will be able to get to Vladivostok quickly. If you think eight days of straight travel is not possible for you, you can also opt for the one where the trip is split into two. The great thing about this is that you will still be able to do stops at beautiful attractions such as the stunning Lake Baikal. You may not be able to really see everything, with this option, but you sure will have better sightseeing opportunities compared to the one of eight days.
Have you ever been on this kind of trip before? Share with us your experiences and perhaps some tips in how to effectively explore this side of the world–we’d love to hear your stories!