Trans-Siberian route map


Note: The section of the trip from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing and vice versa has no train in operation at the moment - it has yet to reopen since Covid. There are daily flights though to link Mongolia and China.The shortest of the 3 rail routes on our Trans Siberian railroad map is the Trans-Mongolian at 7,621 km (4,735 miles) and runs from Moscow to Beijing. Most people want to at least pass through Mongolia and normally stop there making this the most popular route by far. It also has the most varied scenery. The route can be completed from start to finish in just over 5 days on the Chinese operated Train 3/4. The Russian / Mongolian border at Naushki / Sukhbaatar and the Mongolian / Chinese border at Zamyn-Uud / Erenhot must both be crossed on this route.


TS-M-BT-03 Epic Trans-Mongolian

From Moscow to Beijing in epic style visiting the most popular stops as well as some rarely visited but equally worthy destinations including Kazan, Krasnoyarsk and Ulan Ude.

TS-M-07 Trans-Mongolian Discovery

An excellent option for those wanting to explore the Trans-Siberian more extensively visiting the highlights of Irkutsk and Mongolia as well as Ekaterinburg in the Ural mountains.

TS-SP-BT-04 Ultimate Trans-Mongolian

Quite simply the ultimate Trans-Mongolian tour out there taking one month to travel from St Petersburg to Beijing with numerous stops and experiences along the way.

TS-SP-07 Trans-Mongolian Discovery

Discover the Trans-Mongolian route with this very popular tour including stops in St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk and Mongolia.


Often thought of as the longest train journey in the world (it isn’t strictly but it’s tracks comprise a large amount of the longest) The Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok is the original Trans Siberian express route and stretches 9,258km (6,152 miles) and takes 7 days. Despite being the “true” Trans-Siberian it is the least popular of the routes as it misses out both Mongolia and China. This route runs the best scheduled train in Russia, the “Rossiya” (train number 2/1). From the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet you can change trains and head to Beijing or take a boat or fly to Japan.


TS-M-BT-08 The Russia Explorer

The ultimate exploration across Russia making all the worthwhile stops from Moscow to Vladivostok from the highlights to more off the beaten track destinations.

TS-SP-BT-05 Trans-Siberian Adventure

Cross from St Petersburg all the way to Vladivostok stopping off at the best stops as well as a superb side trip into Mongolia.

TS-V-03-SP Trans-Siberian Discovery

Discover more along the Trans-Siberian with this tour starting in Vladivostok and visiting Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Ekaterinburg before reaching Moscow and finishing in St Petersburg.

TS-V-BT-02 Epic Trans-Siberian

The original Trans-Siberian route from Vladivostok to Moscow with a fantastic range and variety of stops along the way cover all the highlights.


The BAM departs from the Trans-Siberian railway at Tayshet, then crosses the Angara River at Bratsk and the Lena River at Ust-Kut, proceeds past Severobaikalsk at the northern tip of Lake Baikal, past Tynda and Khani, crosses the Amur River at Komsomolsk-on-Amur and finally reaches the Pacific Ocean at Sovetskaya Gavan. There are 21 tunnels along the line, with a total length of 47 km (29 miles). There are also more than 4,200 bridges with a total length of over 400 km (260 miles).


Baikal Amur Mainline Westbound

Follow the Trans-Siberian and Baikal Amur Mainline Westbound from Vladivostok to Moscow passing and stop at remote Siberian settlements from Soviet times.

Baikal Amur Mainline Eastbound

Follow the Baikal Amur Mainline BAM train route Eastbound with this trip combined with the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok for a real Russian rail adventure.


Planning Route Options

Map of the Trans-Siberian railway showing the major stops and popular places to visit as well as the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian routes.

Planning Where To Stop

The Trans-Siberian Travel Company's selection of the best places to visit in Russia, Mongolia and China for your trip of a lifetime.

Planning When To Go

The best months of the year to take a Trans-Siberian rail tour - and when not to! Do you prefer the idea of a summer trip, a winter trip or fall colours of autumn?

Planning The Trains

A guide to the main trains used in our The Trans-Siberian Travel Company's tours, differences between first and second train classes and life on board.

Planning Experiences

The staff of The Trans-Siberian Travel Company came up with this list of the best experiences on offer though Russia, Mongolia and China.

Planning Accommodation

From modern to soviet hotels, Mongolian Gers, Siberian Home Stays to traditional style Chinese courtyards, the right hotel selection can make your trip!

Planning Money To Take

What currency to take on a Trans-Siberian tour - Russian Roubles? Mongolian Tugrik? Chinese Yuan RMB? US Dollars? Euros? Find the answers here.

Planning Visa Requirements

Most nationalities will need a visa for their Trans-Siberian trip - find out more information about Russian, Mongolian and Chinese visas here.

Planning Vaccinations

Vaccination and inoculations needed or recommended for a Trans-Siberian trip visiting Russia, Mongolia and China. Updated for Covid-19.

Planning FAQs

Our guide to the most frequently asked questions when planning your rail tour and holiday along the Trans-Siberian routes.

Planning Top Tips

Top Tips for a Trans-Siberian railway adventure based on experiences both good and bad from the trips we have done with specific lists for Mongolia and China.

Planning Reading List

The Trans-Siberian Travel Company's suggestions for a good read as you travel along the greatest railway in the world including reading lists for China, Russia and Mongolia.

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