Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Travelling by Trans Siberian Railway

Some say the journey is just as important as the destination, and that’s never been more true than when travelling on the Trans Siberian Railway. It’s the longest railway on earth, with each run stretching almost a third of the globe.

While on board, you’ll enjoy at least seven days travel through the Russian wilderness. You’ll have a picture in your mind of what it’ll be like, but we’re sure nothing will prepare you for the stunning landscape you’ll see.

Where can I get to on the Trans Siberian Railway?

Most people are aware of the Trans Siberian and have an idea that you can get to the Far East from Moscow. There are in fact three different routes you can take, two of which are interlinked with the Trans Siberian. It’s common for travellers to go west to east but of course you can go in the opposite direction.

- The actual Trans Siberian line runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, passing through Yaroslavl on the Volga, Exaterinburg in the Urals, Irkutsk near Lake Baikal’s southern extremity, and then Khabarovsk. Your journey doesn’t have to end in Vladivostok however, as it is possible to continue by ferry to Niigata – which is on the west coast of Japan.

- A second primary route which links in with the Trans Siberian is the Trans Manchurian line. This coincides with the Trans Siberian as far as Tarskaya which is a few hundred miles east of Baikal. From Tarskaya, the Trans Manchurian line heads southeast into China and ends in Beijing.

- The third primary route is the Trans-Mongolian line which coincides with the Trans Siberian as far as the Buddhist enclave of Ulan Ude on Baikal’s eastern shore. From here you can head south to Ulaan-Baatar before the line makes its way southeast to Beijing.

Can I get off the Trans Siberian Railway along the way?

It’s easy simply just to jump off and enjoy stopovers at many of the picturesque Russian cities and towns along the way. It really is the perfect way to visit areas of Russia you’d perhaps otherwise never think of visiting and is a great way to understand more about Russian culture and hospitality.

Now you know the details, what are you waiting for?!

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