Where Should I Begin My Trans-Siberian Railway Journey, Moscow or Beijing?

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If you ever mention train travel to friends, someone will ask you if you have done the Trans-Siberian. This  has become one of the must do experiences for the global traveller. Full of mystery and excitement, this iconic train journey has a few routes. The main line running from Moscow to Vladivostok. And while the majority of travellers board the train in Moscow, there are advantages to starting your journey in Beijing.

Starting in China

The first advantage with starting your trip in Beijing is that the weather is nicer and gets progressively colder as you make your way west. Book the Beijing to Moscow Trans-Siberian railway trip with an online tour operator and you’ll be glad you chose that route. It gives you a variation of cultures and geographical features. When you finish the journey you can spend a week in the Russian capital, exploring this amazing city.

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Preparing for the Train Ride of a Lifetime

This is the train journey to beat all others, and there are many things to arrange. Firstly, you will need to apply for three visas, 1) China, 2) Russia and 3) Mongolia. These can be applied for online and should you have any problems, your tour operator will help. The train journey is simplistic, yet comfortable, and if you take first class or even second, you will be comfortable during the long days of travel.

Follow the Tour Operator’s Advice

They have been helping foreign tourists to prepare for this trip for many years, and all the info you need will be on their website. They have a page on “what to pack”, which will prove invaluable, don’t forget a phrase book. This will help you to communicate with the locals. Travelling in the summer will put you in the busy season, and temperatures can rise to 45C, while the spring or autumn offer a slightly cooler experience, and there are less people. If you are a hardy cold weather person, why not take the trip in the winter? Magical scenes of snow-covered forests and fur covered Cossacks await the intrepid traveller that can brave the Russian winter.

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You really must include Mongolia in your route, as this special culture can be found nowhere else, and in a way, it prepares you for Russia, which is the last of the 3 countries you will experience. You can even spend a few days with the Mongolia people and live their life, riding horses and experiencing the wide-open plains.

Book Early

Many people have the Trans-Siberian Railway on their bucket list, especially if you are planning to travel in the summer, so book your berth as soon as you can. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be trouble free if you follow the tour operator’s advice, and take a few power banks, as your camera and phone will need constant charging. Buy a set of plugs that are designed to be used with all power types and take a few of your favourite book (in e-format), as you will have lots of free time while on the train.

Starting your journey in Beijing has many advantages. With the tour organiser’s help, you will be well prepared for what will be the holiday of a lifetime.

Or if the Trans – Siberian railway isn’t your cup of tea, why not head to Europe?




  1. March 10, 2019 / 9:25 am

    As someone who loves to travel, I’m embarrassed to say I’d never heard of this before! Train travel can be so harrowing on long uncomfortable journeys, but the places at the end of the tracks are always worth it! I’ll be popping this on my bucket list for sure!

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  2. March 10, 2019 / 9:27 am

    I don’t think I’ve heard of this journey before! It sounds amazing and so much different from a usual holiday. I think going in the winter would be cool to see the snowy forests as you said but would require a lot of layers! I also love horses so Mongolia would be a must for me. Very informative post!

  3. aimsysantics
    March 10, 2019 / 9:33 am

    I have always been intrigued with the Trans-Siberian train journey. I don’t know if I would prefer to start cold and then warm up rather than go into the cold. Whichever way all three destinations look beautiful and would be amazing to experience!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo

  4. March 10, 2019 / 9:34 am

    I love travelling on trains. Unlike planes, which I’m terrified of, I find trains really calming. This sounds like the perfect trip for me! I’ll definitely have to look into more! Thanks for sharing!

  5. March 10, 2019 / 9:43 am

    This sounds amazing, whenever I think of travel I don’t really think of trains but they are such a great way to get around, sounds like you had a great experience! X

  6. March 10, 2019 / 9:52 am

    This one is written down on my travel bucket list! I’ve never really did much research on it because I’ve only just graduated, so I’ve never had the funds to even think about a trip like this! But thank you for the post, it’s sparked my memory of this even existing! Might be a good trip to start saving up for next!

  7. March 10, 2019 / 10:06 am

    I’ve always wanted to do a trip like this! Especially Russia. Trips like this can be so intimidating to plan if you haven’t thought it through properly. Great advice! x


  8. March 10, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    This train journey is on our bucket list. We do plan to do it some day. I feel the excitement even now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these important tips, will keep in mind. 🙂

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  9. Thesacredspaceap
    March 10, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Really interesting read I had never thought of this!
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  10. March 12, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    This sounds amazing, lots of great advice! Cant believe I’ve never heard of this before!! Fab read! x

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