Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world (more than 9000 km), connecting European Russia with Siberia and Russian Far East. The classic Trans-Siberian tour starts at Yaroslavsky train station in Moscow and ends at Vladivostok train station (or vice versa).

Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian routes are popular options of the Trans-Siberian. Trans-Mongolian railroad goes via Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia while Trans-Manchurian bypasses Mongolia and the train turns to China in Zabaikalsk.

Example Day by Day Itineraries (local times):

Trans-Siberian Train #2 "Russia" (Russian train) from Moscow to Vladivostok.
Day 1 - Moscow. Departure (~13:50, odd dates), Vladimir (arrival ~16:42), Nizhny Novgorod (~19:51)
Day 2 - Perm (~11:35), Ekaterinburg (~17:11)
Day 3 - Omsk (~06:14), Novosibirsk (~14:13)
Day 4 - Krasnoyarsk (~02:41), Irkutsk (~20:57), passing Baikal Lake
Day 5. - Ulan-Ude (~03:52)
Day 6. - Small stations
Day 7. - Khabarovsk (~07:43), Vladivostok (~20:10).

Trans-Mongolian Train #4 (Chinese train) from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Baatar.
Day 1 - Moscow. Departure (~23:45, Tuesday)
Day 2 - Vladimir (arrival ~02:30), Nizhny Novgorod (~05:36), Perm (~21:48)
Day 3 - Ekaterinburg (~03:32), Omsk (~16:37)
Day 4 - Novosibirsk (~00:04), Krasnoyarsk (~12:45)
Day 5 - Irkutsk (~07:28), passing Baikal Lake, Ulan-Ude (~14:57), crossing Russian - Mongolian border
Day 6 - Ulaan Baatar (~06:35)
Day 7 - Beijing (~11:40).

Trans-Manchurian train #20 "Vostok" (Russian train) from Moscow to Beijing via Zabaikalsk.
Day 1 - Moscow. Departure (~23:45, Saturday)
Day 2 - Vladimir (arrival ~02:30), Nizhny Novgorod (~05:36), Perm (~21:48)
Day 3 - Ekaterinburg (~03:32), Omsk (~16:37)
Day 4 - Novosibirsk (~00:04), Krasnoyarsk (~12:45)
Day 5 - Irkutsk (~07:28), passing Baikal Lake, Ulan-Ude (~15:52)
Day 6 - Zabaikalsk (~13:24), crossing Russian-Chinese border
Day 7 - Kharbin (~12:51).
Day 8 - Beijing (~05:56).

Popular Trans-Siberian Stopovers:

Vladimir - beautiful historical town.
Kazan - ancient capital of Tatars.
Ekaterinburg - industrial and cultural center of Ural region.
Novosibirsk - the biggest city in Siberia and the 3rd largest in Russia. Beautiful Altay mountains are located in about 400 km from Novosibirsk.
Krasnoyarsk - the 2nd biggest city in Siberia. The city is situated on the shore of the Enisey River.
Irkutsk - probably the most popular city to make a stop in during a Trans-Siberian tour. From Irkutsk, it is only 60 km to Listvyanka village on the shore of Baikal Lake.
Ulan-Ude - capital of Buryatia. Buryatia is famous for Buddhist monasteries, villages of the Old Belivers, Buryat culture and beautiful wild nature.
Vladivostok - city in the Russian Far East, port on the Pacific ocean. It is the ending point of the Eastbound Trans-Siberian journey or the starting point of the Westbound journey.
Ulaan Baatar (or Ulan-Bator) - the capital of Mongolia.
Beijing - the capital of China.

Traveling from Moscow to Irkutsk by train:

You can leave from Moscow to Irkutsk daily, several trains are operated between these cities.
Travel time between Moscow and Irkutsk is 74 - 86 hours depending on train.

Traveling from Irkutsk to Ulan-Bator by train:

From Irkutsk to Ulan-Bator you can get the following trains:
a) #4 (Chinese train) on Saturday (1st and 2nd class)
b) #6 (Russian train) on Monday (1st and 2nd class)
c) #6 (Mongolian train) on Sunday (1st and 2nd class)
d) #362 (Russian train) daily (2nd class only)

Trains #4 and #6 leave from Irkutsk for Ulan-Bator at about 07:53  (local time). Travel time between Irkutsk and Ulan-Bator is about 23 hours.
Train #362 leaves from Irkutsk for Ulan-Bator at about 22:00 (local time) Travel time between Irkutsk and Ulan-Bator is about 34 hours.

Traveling from Ulan-Bator to Beijing by train:

There are two trains from Ulan-Bator to Beijing. Chinese train #4 leaves from Ulan-Bator for Beijing every Sunday (once a week). Departure time is ~07:35 (local time). Chinese train #24 leaves from Ulan-Bator for Beijing every Thursday (once a week). Departure time is ~07:15.
Both trains arrive in Beijing at about 11:40 next day.

See also:

Report about the Trans-Siberian trip from Moscow to Ulan-Ude

Trans-Siberian Tour