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Best Time to Travel on the Trans-Siberian

 

Our Trans-Siberian tour pass through Russia, Mongolia and China meaning the climate can change depending on the leg of your journey. See our guide on the average temperatures and rainfall throughout the year so you can plan your trip at the right time. 

 

 

Russia Climate

 

In European Russia, summer days from late May to early September are warm and very long. At midsummer in St Petersburg there is no real darkness. Average temperatures range from 18-25 C. Autumn is brief and by the end of October, winter sets in, bringing with it lots of snow and extremely low temperatures. Spring arrives with a vengeance, heralding the great thaw, in late March and April.

 

Russia - Moscow

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -16 -14 -8 1 8 11 13 12 7 3 -3 -10
max temp °C -9 -6 4 10 19 21 23 22 16 9 2 -5
rainfall mm 39 38 36 37 53 58 88 71 58 45 47 54

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Mongolia Climate

 

Mongolia experiences four very distinct seasons with winter lasting from November to February, spring from March to May, summer until August and autumn during September and October. Summer is peak travel season when the weather is fine. The sunshine can be intense with almost zero humidity and occasional cloud cover. August is the wettest month of the year though by September and October the temperatures are cool, the rain eases up and the changing colours make for spectacular scenery. November sees the onset of the incredibly cold but dry winter months when snow often blankets the ground.

 

Mongolia - Ulaan Baatar

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -32 -29 -22 -8 -2 7 11 8 2 -8 -20 -28
max temp °C -19 -13 -4 7 13 21 22 21 14 6 -6 -16
rainfall mm 1 2 3 5 10 28 76 51 23 5 5 5

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

China Climate

 

The autumn months of September to early November are a wonderful time to visit Beijing and northern China when the skies are clear and the days breezy. The winter months of late November to February are cold and windy yet the occasional snows can make the city look beautiful when it settles over the Great Wall and other historical monuments. Spring is dry, warm and hazy, and temperatures surge from May onwards. Late summer sees heavy rainstorms with July and August the wettest months of the year.

 

China - Beijing

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -10 -8 -1 7 13 18 21 20 14 6 -2 -8
max temp °C 1 4 11 21 27 31 31 30 26 20 9 3
rainfall mm 4 5 8 17 35 78 243 141 58 16 11 3

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

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