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The Trans-Mongolian Railway (The name depends on the exact routing you end up taking), is an unforgettable and exciting journey which will take you by train from the Russian capital of Moscow (or Saint Petersburg) to Vladivostok or more popularly to the Chinese capital of Beijing.
The choice to travel directly from Moscow/Saint Petersburg to Beijing or to make stops along the way in places such as Siberia and Mongolia is entirely up to you and how much time you have available. If you choose to stop along the way you could enjoy a home stay with a Russian family on the shore of the beautiful Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake, visit Ulaanbataar and discover amazing Mongolia before going to China. You also have the option to go to Vladivostok, which is the original Trans-Siberian Railway route and will see you arriving at the eastern most part of Russia.
The Trans-Mongolian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. It is the longest continuous rail line on earth, each run clattering along in an epic journey of almost 10.000 km, over one third of the globe. A great part of the pleasure of such a trip is simply sitting back and watching the land go by. The Trans-Mongolian Railway is all about the physical journey. It's about being able to see the slow change in cultures as you cross several thousands kilometers by one of the oldest travelling methods of the modern era. It's about meeting the locals on their home turf and enjoying their hospitality wheter it be on the train or out and about on your stops. This journey is for people who are in no rush to get to where they are going. Even if you take the express connection from Moscow to Beijing it will still take you a minimum of 8 days, if all goes according to plan that is.
In other words, if you are thinking of doing the Trans-Mongolian Railway the only thing we can say is "Welcome to one of your life's most challenging adventures, remember to enjoy it!"
Pick up your tickets at the latest one day before departure at the designated adress. Depart in the evening by train towards Ulaabataar (4 berth compartment). The train departs from the start station at 23:55.
01 May - 30 Sep: All-year-round departures on Tuesdays plus additional weekly departures on Wednesdays and Thursdays
01 Oct - 30 Apr: All-year-round departures on Tuesdays plus additional departures on Wednesdays and Thursdays on alternate weeks
Days 2 to 6
Spend your time on the train as it slowly meanders towards Ulaanbataar, the chaotic capital of Mongolia. As the journey takes 6 days make sure to bring along a lot of reading material to pass the time. The train will make small scheduled stops along the route where you will have the possibility to buy food from the local vendors. Upon arrival in Ulaanbataar service ends. The train arrives at the end station at 06:30.
It is your responsibility to take care of all the neccessery visa requirements. If you only buy the train tickets, you will have to procure all the neccessary visa application documents such as invitational letters and itineraries yourself as well as apply for the different visas needed. If you buy a packaged tour with accommodation, these documents will be provided for you, however, you still need to apply for the visas yourself.
There are no activites included with your train tickets.
There is no accommodation included with your train tickets.
All train journeys are in 4 berth compartments unless otherwise specified.
You will have to pick up your tickets at a locally designated adress at least 1 day before departure.
Train tickets will always be 4 berth compartments unless otherwise specified.
There are no meals included with your train tickets.
Most trains are equipped with a hot water dispenser which gives you the chance to make noodles and the like.
The train will also be making short stops along the route which means there is always a chance to buy food from the local vendors or babushkas.
Occasionally the trains also have a restuarent cart which you can use.
- Bring along anything which can help you pass the time on the long journeys. This could be books, music or games to play with the locals.
- Not all trains will have shower facilities, come prepared