The Pros and Cons of the Various Routes on The Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Railway

If you are thinking of taking the epic train journey on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway, there is a lot to consider. There are several routes you can take! They all take you through some amazing countryside, and with that in mind, here are a few pros and cons of the various routes you can travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Moscow to Mongolia –

Many tourists opt for the route that takes in Mongolia. As Mongolia is a beautiful country, with a colourful and unique culture. The train takes you through the Mongolian steppes, where the nomadic people live in Gers (large tents) and move according to the grazing for their livestock.

The capital city of Ulaanbaatar is a very interesting city and you should spend a couple of days exploring this unusual city, which isn’t that far removed from how the rural people live. The downside is that it can be very windy, and if you plan on travelling in winter, be prepared for minus 30 temperatures.

Moscow to Vladivostok

This is the iconic trip that takes you across Russia from west to east, and at over 9,000 km, this is one of the longest train journeys in the world. If you book your trans-Siberian express tour with an established tour operator, they will help you to plan your route and advise you on every aspect of the holiday. There are many advantages of taking this route Which include spending time with the Russian people, who are known for their friendliness and warm hospitality.

The only issue would be travelling in the middle of summer, which would be the busiest time, but if you like crowds, you will certainly get to meet many like-minded travellers who are also looking to have a unique holiday experience. Winter is a glorious season if you can handle the extreme temperatures, and you would certainly meet a lot of local people and make some new friends, along with a few foreign tourists who are also braving the elements.

Moscow to Beijing:

China is a must visit country. By taking the trip from Moscow, you can finish your journey in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Perhaps the most popular route of all! Travelling from Moscow to Beijing offers you an insight into several cultures, and by booking your berth with an experienced tour operator, you can reap the benefits of their wealth of local knowledge.

Of course, you will need a visa to visit China, which can be done online, and your tour operator can assist with this. If you are based in the UK, they would have a working association with a China visa specialist. You could also factor in Mongolia, which means you will spend time in 3 different countries, each with its own unique culture. 

If you are unsure about which route to take, there are a lot of free resources online that will help you to learn more about each route, and with an established tour operator, you can make an informed decision on which route to take.

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