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The Trans-Siberian Railroad


Great Russia by Train


The Trans-Siberian railroad is the longest in the world. This railroad was built in the 20th century and its 100-year anniversary was celebrated in 2001. 


The main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway starts in Moscow and goes east to Vladivostok. The length of the route is 9259 km or 5753 miles. The train travels through 7 time zones and it takes 8 days to complete without stopping overnight.


The Trans-Siberian splits off into several other interesting directions as well:

  • Trans-Mongolian Train. This line was built from 1940 to 1956 between Ulan-Ude at Lake Baikal's eastern shore and the Chinese capital Beijing. From Ulan-Ude tracks go south, towards Mongolia, crossing the large Gobi desert and finally arriving in Beijing. This route is a mere 7867 kilometers long (Moscow - Beijing).
  • Trans-Manchurian Train. This  Line intersects with the Trans-Siberian in the place of Tarskaya, which is a few hundred miles east of Baikal. From Tarskaya, the line heads southeast to China near Zabaikalsk and makes its way down to Beijing. This route is 9001 kilometers long (Moscow - Beijing). 


Perhaps none of the railway projects can be compared to the Trans-Siberian Railway (Transsib) by its length and unusual history of its construction. The European part of the trunk accounts for about 19 percent and that of the Asian - 81percent of the whole Transit's length. The railway construction took a quarter of the century (from 1891 to 1916), that was quite a good rate for that time. Taking into consideration the length, rates of construction, volumes of the work performed, design difficulties and implementation of some architectural know-hows, the Trans-Siberian Railway ranks the first up to day. The natural environment prevailing in some regions of Russia impugned the implementation of this ambitious project. Nobody knew that this railroad in future would outrun decades becoming one of the symbols of rise of the whole Siberian and Far Eastern regions. Up to date, the Transsib is a modern completely all-electric double-track railroad with a highly developed infrastructure. The fastest trunk train No. 1/2 Russia en route Moscow-Vladivostok covers the whole distance within 6 days and 2 hours. All together the Transsib runs through the territory of 87 cities of the Russian Federation, including Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Vladivostok. Every city along the Trans Siberian Railway has its own history, its own inimitable atmosphere. The Transsib is unique because it represents a cultural and historical panoramic review, reflecting the whole rich history of Russia with its sometimes mysterious, sometimes contradictory pages. The cities like pages of a travelers book, narrating about the life and manners of people with different culture who live in the huge country with its centuries-long history.



The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is operated by German based company. The concept of all its tours is to facilitate their guests experiencing trans-continental routes onboard of comfortable private trains, specially organized and composed according the needs of tourists. The legendary Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railways offer travelers one of the worlds greatest travel experiences.


Image brochure about the journey can be downloaded here: brochure_transsib_2020.pdfbrochure_transsib_2020.pdf


What are the advantages of travelling by Grand Trans-Siberian Express  instead travelling on regular trains?


  • All-inclusive concept: train & hotel accommodation, full board, excursions, onboard entertainment, experienced tour escorts
  • Choice of 4 categories of sleeping car accommodation from Economy to Deluxe cabins with en suite shower and toilet
  • Accommodation in the most modern sleeping cars of Russia
  • Elegant restaurant cars
  • Double or single accommodation guaranteed (which is often not possible in regular scheduled trains in Russia)
  • Daily stopovers and excursions
  • European train management


What makes the journey with Grand Trans-Siberian Express especially comfortable?


  • Perfect balance between train and hotel overnights: About 50% of the tour nights are spent in 4*& 5* international managed hotels of famous brands like Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Park Inn or Ramada.
  • Deep insight views into the life of people in Russia & Mongolia, e.g. home cooking, private concerts & time to feel the atmosphere of the cities in the evening, where we stay overnight.
  • Lounge & bar area with live piano music in the evening.
  • Daily shower is guaranteed for travelers of all categories of our private train (either onboard the train or in hotel day rooms).
  • Official on board language is English (other languages on request).
  • International passengers from all over the world, from European countries, the Americas and some Asian countries like Singapore and Japan.


Video about our tour can be viewed here:



Which travel options does Grand Trans-Siberian Express offer?


a) Mongolia - Russia (Westbound)  12 days / 11 nights

Ulaanbaatar Ulan-Ude Lake Baikal Irkutsk Krasnoyarsk Novosibirsk Yekaterinburg Moscow


b) Russia - Mongolia (Eastbound) 13 days / 12 nights

Moscow Yekaterinburg Novosibirsk Krasnoyarsk Irkutsk Lake Baikal Ulan Ude Ulaanbaatar Beijing


c) China - Mongolia - Russia

Between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar or vice versa, you travel onboard the private train Grand Trans-Siberian Express.

Between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa, there are 2 travel options:

Option 1: for those looking for more comfort and sightseeing opportunities.

The flight between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing or vice versa by modern Boeing 737 aircraft takes only 2 hours and allows you to see more sightseeing highlights in both cities, e.g., the National Historical Museum in Ulaanbaatar and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Option 2: for train enthusiasts who wish to travel by train throughout.The train journey on board chartered sleeping cars of a regular train takes about 30 hours (1 night). Only Standard Economy and Standard Plus accommodation is available in this section. The train crosses Gobi Desert during day time and is air-conditioned.

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