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Trans-Siberian Train Classes

The Difference Between First & Second Class on Trans-Siberian Trains

One of the most common questions asked when people are planning Trans-Siberian tours is what the difference is between a first and second class cabin. This article aims to clarify this and help you make this decision.

First class Trans-Siberian cabins

On almost all trains that have first class cabins the set up is of a closed, lockable compartment with two lower berths, a good sized window and small table. The exception to this is train 3 / 4 – the Chinese run Trans-Mongolian train that runs from Beijing to Moscow which has s shared sink and shower between two cabins. The main advantage of a first class cabin is the extra storage space and privacy it provides. Some also point out that queues for the bathrooms at the end of the carriage are less likely although in reality this is not really an issue. First class carriages are also air-conditioned on most trains although temperatures along most of the rail route rarely warrant air conditioning.

Second class Trans-Siberian cabins

The set up of second class cabins is almost identical to that of a first class cabin except that it has two upper berths as well as the two lower berths found in first class. This means it houses 4 people instead of two. Even with 4 people inside the storage space for luggage is usually more than adequate. Some second class carriages are air conditioned but this is not always the case.

What if first class is not available?

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.

If you have any questions at all about train classes please do not hesitate to contact us at The Trans-Siberian Travel Company as we are more than happy to advise.

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.

If you have any questions at all about train classes please do not hesitate to contact us at The Trans-Siberian Travel Company as we are more than happy to advise.

Article originally posted by Phil Stanley: 17th April 2013

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