Once hailed as ‘the fairest jewel in the crown of the Tsars’, the Trans-Siberian. Railway remains one of life’s great travel experiences. Spanning seven time. First things first: for all the romantic images associated with the Trans-Siberian Railway, it’s not a spontaneous hop-on/hop-off affair. You’ll need. Greetings to those who have completed their Trans-Siberian train trips. I am progressing nicely planing my journey – trying to book the trip.

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The principal attraction of the journey is, of course, the Russian landscape — the vast panoramas and sense of immensity so vividly captured by such artists as Isaac Levitan and Ivan Shishkin.

If travelling by service train, be ready to make the most of the unlimited supply of boiling water from the samovar at the end of each coach — with your mug and spoon and chocolate, coffee, tea or packet soups.

Visit our adblocking instructions page. The Mongolian Railways restaurant car normally serves rice and mutton, while the Chinese dining car has a good variety of Chinese dishes. Stops at stations allow food to be bought from platform vendors or shops; fare depends on location and season, but usually includes fruit, bread, boiled eggs, pot noodles, beer and soft drinks. The older of the two routes that reach Beijing, this was completed in the s and is served by one train a week taking six nights, using Russian first- and second-class coaches.

Everything you need to know about booking a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway

We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Cabins have a double bed, wardrobe, TV and DVD, clever storage space and underfloor heating in the en-suite shower room. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. The longest and least popular with western travellers, taking seven nights. Also useful are a money belt worn insidegaffer tape, ear plugs, clothes pegs, sunglasses even in wintersterilised wipes, a small torch, a universal bath plug and a folding umbrella.


Looking out at the panorama of larch, silver fir, pine and birch induces the kind of reverie that is one of the pleasures of train travel, transiberiaon random stream of thoughts and images that drifts on like the forest.

Everything you need to know about booking a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway

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This km-long lake is the oldest in the world and one of the largest, its clear water populated by hundreds of species found nowhere else, and the railway winds along its cliff-lined shore. Off-train excursions are arranged at cities and places of interest along pplanet way such as Kazan for the World Heritage Site Kremlin, Yekaterinburg and Lake Baikal, you can sample a barbeque of freshly caught fish, visit a museum of wooden buildings or tranaiberiano a cookery class.

Many prefer the simplicity of booking an all-inclusive package from such travel companies as:. There are sumptuously appointed dining- and lounge-cars with harpist and pianist, and food and wine included in the price are to a very high standard.

In clearings, villages that could have come from a Levitan or Shishkin painting break the spell and make transsiberiano wonder what life must be like in such remote fastnesses. Please refresh the page and retry. The taiga is mesmerising. Some Chinese coaches offer a shared shower between two first-class berths.


Beer, Russian champagne, vodka, chocolate and snacks are sold at the bar. As a rule of thumb, employ the usual convention of tipping for good service. On the regular public trains, bedding is supplied in first- and second-class coaches, the berths being folded into seats by day. Visas cannot be obtained at the border, so application must be made in advance. Remember that trains run to Moscow time while gransiberiano Russia, whatever the local time, so knowledge of the time zone you are in and a calculation are necessary when consulting the timetable.

Telegraph Travel Rail journeys. Rolling steppes are a feature of the trans-Manchurian route, but trandiberiano highlight along the way is passing through the Great Wall of China at Shanhaiguan, where the restoration work carried out on the wall is considered more sympathetic than on other stretches, where it has been too much rebuilt. Some good pictures can be taken of the train snaking through the foothills of the Sayan Mountains to the east of Tayshet, an area of heavy logging industry, pllanet the scenic highlight of the whole trip is probably the km section beside Lake Baikal.

The experience on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian train is very plandt. Tickets are sold with or without service meals. The necessary steps are set out at ru.