Trans-Siberian Railway Travel Guide

Traversing one of the world's largest countries by rail is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and there's some planning you'll need to do to make sure it runs as smoothly as a well-made train. You can start here with our handy travel guide resources that cover the best places to visit along the way, when to go and what visas you'll need in each country. There's also detailed guides on obtaining tickets, the type of accommodation we use and what you can expect of our Trans-Siberian tours. If that wasn't enough we've also got a collection of essential tips from health to time.


Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list along the Trans-Siberian railway in Russia, China & Mongolia

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Best Time to Visit

Plan your adventure according to the benefits & festivals that each season brings


Top Travel Tips

Get your head around the time zone in Russia and see what currencies you'll need

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Planning a Trans-Siberian Journey

Discover the available routes, how long it takes and where best to stop along the way


Trans-Siberian Visas

Information on getting your visa for Russia, Mongolia and China


Trans-Siberian Tickets

More information on train tickets, standard of carriages and available upgrades


Style of Travel

What to expect when travelling the Trans-Siberian and how our tours work



Accommodation options on the Trans-Siberian from homestays to ger camps


Traveller Reviews

See what our travellers say about our Trans-Siberian railway tours

Get to know Trans-Siberian

Recommended Reading

  • Midnight in Siberia
    by David Greene
  • To the Edge of the World
    by Christian Wolmar
  • Trans-Siberian Express
    by Warren Adler
Did you know...?

Facts about Trans-Siberian

  • Spanning 9,289km the Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest in the world and takes seven days to complete.
  • Throughout its journey, the 'Russia' (the name of the Trans-Siberian train) passes through 8 different time zones.
  • One of the stations that the train passes through is Slyudyanka-1, the only station in the world made of marble.

Trans-Siberian Travel Advice

We keep up-to-date with the latest travel advisories to Russia, Mongolia and China and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country prior to travel.