Different Trans-Siberian Routes
The Different Trans-Siberian Routes
Just how many Trans-Siberian railway routes are there. Well, that can be up for argument as there are variations within some of the main routes as well as more obscure tracks like the BAM (Baikal-Amur Mainline) that runs nearly 500 miles north of the Trans-Siberian mainline in Russia’s far east.
The Trans-mongolian Is the Most Popular
Let’s focus on the three main routes travellers take. The first and by far the most popular taken by The Trans-Siberian Travel Company clients is the classic Trans-Mongolian route from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar. It is the shortest at 7,621 km but the popularity derives more from the section of the trip through Mongolia allowing even people who are transiting to get a taste for this stunning and remote country. In fact, most people allow time to stop off in Mongolia to experience a night or two in the grasslands sleeping in a traditional Mongolian ger.
Original Trans-siberian Running Moscow to Vladivostok
We find that the second most popular is the original Trans-Siberian line from Moscow to Vladivostok. This is the longest single train ride in the world and a must for any rail enthusiast – 9,258 km of railway magic! The route never leaves Russia and is a great way to get to or from Japan as Vladivostok has decent connections by ferry or plane with Tokyo.
The Less Ridden Trans-manchurian
The final of the three main tracks is the Trans-Manchurian which also runs the Beijing to Moscow route but misses Mongolia (and why would you want to do that!?) The only real advantage of this route is the opportunity to stop off in Harbin to see the spectacular Ice and Snow Festival held each January into February and one of China’s most spectacular sights and well worth wrapping up warm for!
Whichever route you choose a genuine Trans-Siberian experience awaits you – trip so full of adventure and the unexpected and deservedly one of the world’s great overland journeys.
Some Trans-Siberian trains we use do not have first class carriages. Even trains that do will only have one or two first class carriages so in high season it can be difficult to obtain first class tickets. In either of these cases, if a couple wishes to have a cabin to themselves, we can buy the additional berths in the cabin to give sole occupancy. This in effect makes the cabin almost identical to a first class cabin with regard to space and privacy.
Article originally posted by Phil Stanley: 7th May 2013