Who Travels The Trans-Siberian?
Who Travels on the Trans-siberian?
The first thing to remember is that all the trains are primarily used by local Russian, Chinese and Mongolian people. Tourism comes a distant second except for a few key weeks in the high season. Of course, one of the key attractions of a Trans-Siberian trip is that the vast majority of travellers are locals as there is nothing like a long multi-day train journey to strike up conversation and have genuine interaction with the people of the country you are visiting. These people are usually travelling on business or to see family with the trip being something they may do on a regular basis so they are more than happy to make it more social.
Trans-Siberian Trip of a Lifetime
Despite having discovered that most passengers are not tourists who are the international travellers that take this epic journey? We find that for many people a Trans-Siberian rail trip is a, or even the, trip of a lifetime that has been dreamed about and planned over many years. They come from all over the world and are of all ages. Couples and groups of friends, families, occasional larger tour groups and a good bunch of single travellers are all well represented.
Ideal for Single Travellers and Popular With Families
The train can be very social making the trip ideal for the single traveller as you are certain to meet people and, of course, there is no single supplement on a train berth unlike a hotel. The trip is popular with families many of whom may have been working in Asia and are taking the long route back home to Europe. We think the Trans-Siberian is a superb trip to make with a group of like minded friends with multiples of 4 being the best option as second class cabins have 4 berths.
One thing all tourists have in common on such a rail trip is a love of travel and adventure. Most people will be stopping off along the way with Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar being the most popular options although there are many others that are worthwhile – it all comes down to the amount of time you have an your budget.
So, whoever you are, if this incredible journey appeals to you, put it on the list, plan it, read up about, pencil in a year to take it and do not hesitate to contact our team at the Trans-Siberian Travel Company for advice as we are happy to share our knowledge and experience of the trip of a lifetime.
Article originally posted by Phil Stanley: 25th April 2013