Trans-Siberian Route: the Best Stopovers along the Way

Author: Dimitry Paranyushkin (on 06 Sep 2018)
The main Trans-Siberian route starts in Moscow and terminates in Vladivostok (Far East, the shore of Pacific ocean), in all it is 9288 kilometers long.
Soon after Ulan-Ude (Eastern Siberia, right after passing Baikal lake, 5609 km of the railway or 4.5 days of travel), the Trans-Siberian route splits into three parts:

1) The Trans-Siberian itself (continues to the East through Chita and Khabarovsk to Vladivostok);
2) The Trans-Mongolian (continues to the South through Ulan-Bataar in Mongolia to Beijing in China);
3) The Trans-Manchurian (the route continues to the South-East around Mongolia to China, passing Chita in Russia, Kharbin to Beijing in China).

The Map of Trans-Siberian


The Main Stops along the Trans-Siberian:
(Moscow to Vladivostok):

If you want to read a guide to a city, please, click on its name.
The duration of trip given is approximate. Please, don't rely on it completely, use up-to-date train schedules.
(length: 461 km, duration: 6 h 30 m)
0 km
0h 0m
The capital of Russia. A vibrant historical center.
A few years ago all trains would go from Moscow through Yaroslavl and Kostroma and then join the Trans-Siberian route a few kilometers before Kirov. Now only train #43/44 (Moscow - Khabarovsk) and a few other trains go through Yaroslavl. Most of the Trans-Siberian trains follow the route outlined below.
209 km
2h 30m
A small ancient city along the Golden Ring.
Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky)
461 km
6h 30m
A big vibrant industrial center of Volga region (Povolzhie).
(length: 1317 km, duration: 19 h 30 m)
Use our Trans-Siberian journey planner to check the schedules and get your train ticket online.
Nizhny Novgorod
 461 km
6h 20m
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The end of Nizhegorodskaya region, start of Kirov region (790 km).
Time changes to Moscow +1 [GMT+4]
830 km 
11h 20m
Here Trans-Siberian meets with the old track that was going through Yaroslavl.
Crossing Vyatka river (on 831 km)
917 km
12h 50m
A small industrial northern city. Center of Kirov region.
Crossing Kosa river (on 1041 km)
The end of Kirov region, start of Udmurtiya republic (1062 km)
1125 km
15h 50m
1154 km
16h 20m
Crossing Cheptsa river (on 1185 km)
The end of Udmurtiya republic, start of Perm region (1230 km).
Start of Urals region.
Time changes from Moscow +1 to Moscow +2 [GMT+5]
Crossing Kama river (on 1396 km)
1397 km
20h 10m
A big industrial town in the beginning of Ural mountains. The main attractions are a few museums in the city, and old prehistorical caves.
The end of Perm region, start of Sverdlovsk region (1570 km)
Crossing Chusovaya river (on 1730 km)
Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk)
1778 km
1d 2h 20m
Ekaterinburg was founded in 1797, and now it is the unofficial capital of Ural region — the most industrial (and polluted) region of Russia.
However, Urals are most known as the mountains that divide Europe and Asia.
Ekaterinburg itself is a nice and real (unvarnished) industrial city of modern Russia with many interesting buildings and sights.
(length: 1525 km, duration: 19 h 10 m)
1778 km
1d 2h 20m
The end of Sverdlovsk region, start of Tyumen region (2070 km).
The end of Ural, start of Western Siberia.
2104 km
1d 6h 30m
The center of Tyumen region — the oil & gas center of Russia.
2393 km
1d 10h 10m
Crossing Ishim river (on 2395 km)
The end of Tyumen region, start of Omsk region (2485 km).
Time changes from Moscow +2 to Moscow +3 [GMT +6]
2520 km
1d 12h 30m
The closest place to Kazakhstan of the route: about 100 km.
Crossing Irtysh river (on 2674 km)
2676 km
1d 13h 50m
The end of Omsk region, start of Novosibirsk region (2800 km).
3000 km
1d 17h 38m
It is a great place to buy nice homemade food from old women who sell it

outside of the trains: baked potatoes, fresh vegetables, fish, meat, desserts. Be careful: the train stays 15 minutes only.
Crossing Ob river (on 3300 km)
3303 km
1d 21h 30m
The biggest city in Siberia region with 1442000 inhabitants, it was founded in 1893. Novosibirsk is the third main cultural and

scientific center in Russia, the university of Novosibirsk is quite famous too.
The area around Novosibirsk is very good for camping and trekking, besides, Altai mountains are not far.
(length: 760 km, duration: 12 h 0 m)
3303 km
1d 21h 30m
The end of Novosibirsk region, start of Kemerovo region (3440 km).
Time changes from Moscow +3 to Moscow +4 [GMT+7]
3532 km
2d 1h 0m
In the night Babushkas (old women) sell nice homemade cakes waffles with three layers and sweet milk spread in between
3680 km
2d 3h 0m
The end of Kemerovo region, start of Krasnoyarsk region (3745 km).
3813 km
2d 5h 20m
Crossing Chulym river (on 3880 km)
3881 km
2d 6h 20m
4065 km
2d 9h 20m
The center of vast Krasnoyarsk region, known for the national park "Stolby" just outside of the city.
(length: 1090 km, duration: 18 h 0 m)
4065 km
2d 9h 20m
Crossing Enisey river (on 4067 km)
4344 km
2d 14h 0m
There's a nice market at the station - eggs, potatoes, fish, sausages, tomatoes, ice cream, salted cucumbers, fresh stuff.
Train stays 20 mins usually.
The end of Krasnoyarsk region, start of Irkutsk region (4430 km).
Time changes from Moscow +4 to Moscow +5 [GMT+8]
4483 km
2d 16h 30m
Here you can change to BAM train line. Check beforehand if there's a train.
4647 km
2d 19h 20m
Shops with beer, babushkas sell food in big bags - they walk with their bags and they open the bags to show you what is inside (there it looks like they're hiding). The air is warm and there are many mosquitoes.
Crossing Uda river (on 4650 km)
4902 km
2d 23h 10m
A weird place with very hot climate in summer.
Crossing Oka river (on 4904 km)
5113 km
3d 2h 20m
All the chemical and machinery productions are concentrated in this city. It was built by prisoners, so the landscapes are not very welcoming. Also, it is considered to be quite dangerous.
Irkutsk Sort
5145 km
3d 2h 55m
Don't come out here - it's Irkutsk "sorting" station.
5153 km
3d 3h 20m
Irkutsk is a nice city with unusual atmosphere and interesting architecture.

Baikal lake is just 60 kilometers away. A good starting point for exploring the western side of the lake.
Use our Trans-Siberian journey planner to check the schedules and get your train ticket online.
(length: 456 km, duration: 9 h 0 m)
5153 km
3d 3h 20m
Here you start seeing Baikal lake (from 5266 km)
5279 km
3d 5h 50m
A village on the shore of Baikal. It's more like a port, so it's not interesting to stay in there.
It is a good starting point for exploration of Circum Baikal railway (which starts there), or going

south to Arshan (3 hours), which is just next to Sayan mountains — a great place for camping, walks, and various activities.
By the way, you can buy great smoked fish from Baikal lake - Omul - there. Highly recommended.
5360 km
3d 6h 40m
A major ski and snowboard resort at Baikal. Hop off the train, walk 5 minutes and you'll have 6 slopes with runs up to 2 km, ski & snowboard hire, heliskiing. A nice and refreshing stop if you're traveling between December and April.
Check the itinerary of your train, as not all trains stop here. If you want to be sure, take a local train from Irkutsk or Slyudyanka.
The end of Irkutsk region, start of Buryatia republic (5345 km).
5609 km
3d 12h 20m
The capital of Buryatia republic.
Here you will feel like you're in Asia finally: a quiet and nice mix of Russianess and Easterness.
A good starting point for exploration of the Eastern shore of Baikal lake, or visiting the main Buddhist Datsan in Russia - Ivolginsky.
In Ulan-Ude the Trans-Siberian splits into two directions: to the south through Gusinoye Ozero, Djida, Naushki (Russia) to Ulan-Bataar (Mongolia) to Beijing (China) - Trans-Mongolian, and to the east through Chita to Vladivostok (Trans-Siberian).
Below the Eastern route to Vladivostok is shown.
(length: 2880 km, duration: 2d 3 h 20 m)
5609 km
3d 12h 20m
The end of Buryatia republic, start of Chita region (5730 km).
Time changes from Moscow +5 to Moscow +6 [GMT+9]
6022 km
3d 19h 0m
Crossing Khilok river (on 6055 km)
6166 km
3d 21h 50m
The center of Chita region. A big industrial city.
100 km after Chita (in Karymskaya) the Trans-Siberian splits into two routes: to the east to Vladivostok, to the south through Manchuria to China (Trans-Manchurian).
Below the Eastern route to Vladivostok is shown.
6262 km
4d 10h 0m
6555 km
4d 5h 40m
6876 km
4d 11h 40m
The end of Chita region, start of Amurskaya region (7045 km).
Crossing Urka river (on 7079 km)
7275 km
4d 19h 40m
A few kilometers before Skovorodino there's a train line to BAM (Tynda).

photo courtesy MPS (Russian Railways Ministry)
Check beforehand if you can catch a train, otherwise you risk being stuck in the "middle of nowhere", which might be interesting as well.
7835 km
5d 4h 20m
The end of Amurskaya region, start of Evreiskaya region (8150 km).
Time changes from Moscow +6 to Moscow +7 [GMT+10]
8320 km
5d 13h 20m
The end of Evreiskaya region, start of Khabarovsky krai (8481 km).
Crossing Amur river (on 8482 km) via the longest Trans-Siberian bridge - 2612 meters. After - a long tunnel.
Longest bridge on Trans-Siberian
8493 km
5d 15h 40m
A friendly Russian city on Amur river just next to China.

photo courtesy MPS (Russian Railways Ministry)
(length: 766 km, duration: 13 h 40 m)
8493 km
5d 15 40m
8621 km
5d 17h 50m
Kotikovo, on the 8642 km, is the closest part of the Trans-Siberian route to China (only 3 kilometers).
The end of Khabarovsky krai, start of Primorsky krai (8750 km).
8809 km
5d 20h 45m
8902 km
5d 22h 37m
9147 km
6d 2h 57m
There's an interesting view from the window: red cliffs.
9259 km
6d 5h 19m
The last stop of Trans-Siberian. In the 1860, an army squad landed on the bank of Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) bay and built the barracks, it was the first building in the Vladivostok. Soon after that Vladivostok became the main Russian port on the Pacific ocean.

photo courtesy MPS (Russian Railways Ministry)
Vladivostok is definitely a seaport. Most of the people are somehow connected with the sea: some are sailors, some are fishermen, some are serving in the navy. Be careful, because as any seaport Vladivostok is not quite safe.



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