Legendary Trans Siberian is the longest continuous rail line on Earth, that runs an epic journey of almost six thousand miles between Moscow and Pacific port of Vladivostok (from where one can take a boat to Japan) and just under 5000 miles between Moscow and Beijing, passing through Yaroslavl on the Volga, Yekaterinburg in the Urals, Irkutsk near scenic Lake Baikal’s southern extremity, then passes over the edge of the Gobi Desert and runs beside the Shilka River to reach Beijing.
Ever since the rail service was established here at the turn of the century, foreign travelers and adventurists have been drawn to experience Trans-Siberian journey. Most of the early travelers crossed Siberia in the comfort of the carriages of the Belgian Wagon Lits company, which were as luxurious as those of Orient Express of today. Things changed sometimes after the Russian Revolution in 1917 and it became increasingly complicated for foreigners to obtain permits for Siberia. In the early 1980s, travel restrictions for foreigners visiting China eased and since then many foreigners have found the Trans-Siberian an interesting and cheap way to get to and from both the Middle Kingdom and Mongolia.
For those who travel for the pleasure of the journey, those who believe that getting there is as much fun as being there, Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway has long been an almost mythic experience. The main attraction of the tour is the gradually changing scenery along the Trans Siberian and the great advantage of going by rail is that it allows the passengers to absorb something of the ethos of the country through which they are traveling: on a journey by Trans-Siberian railway you are guaranteed to meet local people; you may find yourself draining a bottle of vodka with a Russian soldier, discussing politics with Chinese academic or drinking Russian Champaign with Mongolian trader.
While the ending of the Cold War may have removed some of the mystique of travelling in the former USSR, the fact that Russia is much more accessible means that there are new travel opportunities right across country. With foreigners no longer obliged to stay in overpriced Intourist hotels, visiting country now is cheaper than ever before.
Photo: Train Chartering & Private Rail Cars
A journey on the Trans-Siberian railway demands a considerable amount of planning and preparation. Our goal is to help you cut through red tape when arranging the trip, to give background information about Russia and Siberia and to provide mile-by-mile guide to the greatest rail adventure- the Trans-Siberian.
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Sit back and enjoy an epic journey of almost six thousand miles over one third of the globe across the Trans-Siberian…