Trans-Siberian Railway

THE TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

 

  While visiting St Petersburg and Moscow is essential and probably sufficient for a first trip to Russia - the world-famous Trans-Siberian Railway would take you further on a real adventure deep into Russia. The Trans-Siberian is the longest railroad in the world and takes you 9,298km across Russia in around seven days (or even more if you make stops). This journey will stay in your memory as an unforgettable trip and let you get acquainted with Russians, Russian culture and the daily life of the country. 

  Many people have heard of the Trans-Siberian Railway and many people have a certain picture of it in their minds: as the longest railroad in the world, traversing the whole of Russia and serving as a special tourist route via a special Trans-Siberian Express train, which passes through dense taiga forests.

  Rather unromantically the Trans-Siberian Railway is actually just a vast network of lots of railway lines making up three main routes, which millions of Russians use frequently just to get from A to B. Most passengers on the route don't traverse the whole Trans-Siberian route from Moscow to Vladivostok (or to Beijing or Ulan Bator) and the railway is not just served by one train which goes from Moscow to Vladivostok and back.  There are some trains that do go all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok making various stops on the route, but the majority of trains running along the route just serve sections of the railway. This of course though doesn't mean that the romantic view of the Trans-Siberian is unwarranted - it is rightly described as a trip of a lifetime.

  We prepared for you a general guide for Trans-Siberian railway to help you put together the trip of your dreams, which RusMania can then organise for you. Simply fill out the customised tour request form found here.

ESSENTIALS

WHAT IS TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

  Many people have heard of the Trans-Siberian Railway and many people have a certain picture of it in their minds: as the longest railroad in the world, traversing the whole of Russia and serving as a special tourist route via a special Trans-Siberian Express train, which travels among mountains, beautiful meadows and valleys, boundless taiga, and along the deepest lake in the world - Lake Baikal, through land inhabited with people of Orthodox, Islamic, Buddhist and Jewish faiths. Read more...


HISTORY OF TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

  In the mid-19th century, discussions became ever more frequent about the construction of a railway system to connect the central regions of the Russian Empire with its eastern territories. The first public railway in Russia was built in 1836 and became the sixth railway in the world. This railway connected St Petersburg with Emperor Nicholas I’s residence in Tsarskoe Selo (now known as Pushkin).  Read more...


STRUCTURE OF THE TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

 Though when we say Trans-Siberian we think about the biggest railway road on the planet with start in Moscow and the end in Vladivostok. But what is between these two cities, these 9000km distance and is there other railroads connecting these two points.Actually yes - in real Russian Railways are consist of few segments (Russian railways departments) and that what we call Trans-Sib also consist of segments Read more...

GETTING STARTED

WHEN TO TRAVEL ALONG THE TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY?

 Trans-Siberian Railway is massive - it is 9000 km long and cross 8-time zones. Whole railway lays in the area of Continental climate and only types of climate vary from Mild Continental Climate in the central Russia to Musson continental climate in the Russian Far East. As you go further to the East the difference between winter and summer temperatures is getting bigger and the average annual temperature is getting lower. Read more...


HOW MUCH TRANS-SIBERIAN TRIP COSTS?

 The cost of the whole trip on the Trans-Siberian depends on many factors. First of all it obviously depends on the type and class of the train and the duration of your trip. The cheapest tickets that you can find are on the official Russian Railways website - rzd.ru. You can book tickets on this site up to 60 days before the trip  Read more...


TRAINS ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN

 Many trains run along the Trans-Siberian Railway daily - but only a few go all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok in one trip. As the Trans-Siberian is a regular railway, not just a tourist route, there are many trains which connect certain cities on the route - for example in the Russian Far East between Khabarovsk and Vladivostok people normally use the daily Okean (№6) premium train as it has a convenient schedule and is not as expensive as the Rossia premium train. Read more...

PLANNING THE TRIP

CHOOSING THE ROUTE

 The first things you need to decide before booking plane and trains tickets and getting your visa is the route, final destination and duration of your trip. These aspects are essential and the following information about possible routes on the Trans-Siberian Railway should help you in deciding them. Read more...


BOOKING TRAIN TICKETS

 Tickets for Trans-Siberian railway is not a special ones - they are the same if you go from St.Petersburg to Petrozavodsk or from Moscow to Vladivostok. NOTE: for every stop you must by a separate ticket for example - if you bought tickets Moscow-Vladivostok you cannot have a stopover along the route. To stop in for example Irkutsk you should buy Moscow-Irkutsk ticket and Irkutsk - Vladivostok ticket. Read more...


BOOKING ACCOMMODATION

 If you are planning to travel along the Trans-Siberian Railway with stopovers, unless you are planning to just get off a train in the morning and then back on another train in the evening, you will need accommodation. Along the 9,300km of the Trans-Siberian there are many types of accommodation, from hostels and homestay to 5-star hotel chains. Read more...


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