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Trans-Siberian Planning Guide

A Beginners Guide to Planning the Trans-Siberian

For many people the idea of how to start organizing their Trans Siberian tour is a daunting task. Here is a beginner’s guide to deciding what’s best for you.

Firstly you are going to need to work out which direction you want to go in! Most westerners tend to head east bound but by no means everyone. Once you have decided on your direction you’ve got the decision of when to go. May to September are the best times for good weather and long summer days but the winter still has plenty of appeal with the landscape looking beautiful under a blanket of snow but make sure you bring your thermals!

Choosing the Right Trans-Siberian Trains

Now you know your direction and time of year you’re all set right? …Wrong! There isn’t one Trans Siberian train or even one route. You can take the Trans Siberian, Trans Mongolian or Trans Manchurian routes with the Trans Mongolian and Manchurian ending up in Beijing and the original Trans Siberian in Vladivostok. The Trans Mongolian, which goes via the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, is arguably the most popular and certainly gives you the chance to stop off along the route at several interesting stops.

Deciding on those stop offs is the next stage of planning your trip and the favourites are Irkutsk for Lake Baikal and Ulaanbaatar, perhaps for a stay at Elstei Ger Camp. Other stops that you may want to make, if time permits, are Ekaterinburg and Ulan Ude.

Visas Required for You Trans-Siberian Trip

Don’t forget your visas either! You are going to need Russian, Mongolian and Chinese visas, so make sure there is plenty of space in your passport!

Finally, how about some add ons? You can start, or end, in the wonderful St.Petersburg or how about a holiday in China at the end of the trip?

Now you are set to start having your trip put together and one step closer to one of the world’s truly great train journeys. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further planning assisstance or view our Trans-Siberian Planning Guide by clicking here.

Article originally posted by Phil Stanley: 27th June 2013

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