Trans-Siberian Railway History and Facts
It takes more than six days to travel along the whole Trans-Siberian, so it is recommended to make stopovers along the way — like this your trip will be much more interesting also.
After crossing Siberia (soon after Irkutsk) the Trans-Siberian route divides into three different routes:
• The Trans-Siberian Route: Moscow - Vladivostok – the original Trans-Siberian railway, which goes all along Siberia and through the Far East (to the Pacific Ocean) to Vladivostok. The main route starts in Moscow and goes through Yaroslavl, Kirov and Perm to Ekaterinburg and further through Siberia to Vladivostok. The Southern route of the Trans-Siberian starts in Moscow and passes through Kazan and onwards to Ekaterinburg where it joins the main route. Trains that go there: #1 and #2, #44 and #45 and any local trains connecting major Sibirian cities along the way
• The Trans-Mongolian Route: Moscow - Ulan-Bataar - Beijing. You will see Siberian plains and forests, Mongolian steppe and even a part of Gobi desert along this route that goes through Mongolia to China. This part of the route passes through Mongolia and goes into China. Check if you need a transit visa for Mongolia if you're taking this route. Trains that go there: #3 and #4, #5 and #6 (see train schedules and costs)
• The Trans-Manchurian Route: Moscow - Beijing – a direct way from Russia to China that goes around the Eastern border of Mongolia, not crossing it. It can be interesting for those, who are not interested in going to Mongolia, or who can't get tickets for other trains. Trains that go there: #19/#20 (see train schedules and costs)
Read more about the different routes in the Trans-Siberian Railway Routes section.
If you want to plan your journey with stopovers, see the live train schedules and reserve train tickets, check out our Trans-Siberian train online journey planner.
The Trans-Siberian History
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