We took 3 trains on the Trans-Siberian line. Taking the Trans-Siberian train has always been a dream of ours and we’re so happy that we have finally done it!

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The first train was the official Trans-Mongolian K3 from Beijing to Ulan Bator, then we hopped on the 005Ь train from Ulan Bator to Irkutsk. After a few days around Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island, we headed up to Omsk on the 197И train. This quick video will give you an idea of what the trains are like, what the restaurants are like and what you can expect when taking the Trans-Siberian train.

Below is the actual quote from Real Russia:

Train: 197И

Departs: Irkutsk, 22 Aug 13 at 17:00

Arrives: Omsk, 24 Aug 13 at 06:18

3rd class: £96.22 (3rd class; )

As for the train from Ulan-Bator to Irkutsk, there’s no 3rd class available, the offered option is the cheapest

Train: 005Ь

Departs: Ulan-Bator, 16 Aug 13 at 13:50

Arrives: Irkutsk, 17 Aug 13 at 15:39

2nd class: £92.02 (2nd class; )

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10 thoughts on “(VIDEO) Taking The Trans-Siberian Train

  1. Hey there,

    Am planning the train for May now. Did you book the all the trains in advance or just when you were ready to make the next journey?
    Your guides have been epic thus far for helping out our plans!

    1. We did have our trains booked in advance, as you need to have exact plans, entry & exit dates, hotels booked in order to get a Russian visa – they are very strict. We didn’t actually book all of our accommodation though, (we did book a couple though), but you basically just need to have a printout of a or something engine, and maybe even do a bit of photoshopping to put your names in there 😉

      Hope this helps!

  2. Great content! When I was in my first trip around Russia I tried to do this trip, but was winter season… Next year for sure I’ll be there as well.

  3. It is really interesting to actually see what it is like on the train for a change instead of reading copious guidebooks. Hopefully one day I will stop worrying and just go on this trip. Thanks for the great video.

  4. This is great! Thank you for the video. My partner and I are doing this train journey in January next year. We will be coming from sunny warm New Zealand into freezing Siberia. A shock to the system to start our traveling. But we never get temperatures like that here, so will be an adventure.
    Did you book through Real Russia? Did you book the train trips separately or choose one of their pre planned tours? I’m not too sure which one we will go for yet. I would only book the tour version with the unplanned free days, as I hate people making plans for me! 🙂
    Also, what time of the year did you travel? I am thinking that winter would be a little more unpopular and therefore not crowded (coming from NZ, we aren’t used to a lot of people in close quarters), or do you think that that culture is used to the cold and they travel anytime so it is full year round?

    1. Hey Bex, I’m from NZ and did the Trans Siberian this year so might be able to helpout. For the bookings, if you are on a budget it is a lot lot cheaper to book the trains as you go (a day or two in advance was fine for us) and explored on our own (four kiwis) when we stopped in each city. We travelled in May which was pre tourist season but the trains were relatively full thanks to Russians returning from their Army service. It will be a lot colder when you go, defo shocking that system haha.

      We did use Real Russia for the visa approval part (didn’t book any hostels, just made that part up when we filled it in).

      Try and get Google Translate offline before you go 🙂 Oh an if you goto Krasnoyarsk, stay at the Kiwi Hostel!

      1. Hey Jub,
        Thanks so much for the advice. I was under the impression that you had to have it all pre booked. But I love the idea of booking as we go. I guess as long as you have your way in and out of Russia for the Visa the rest can happen as you go. Did you get your visa when you were in NZ? I have heard that you can only get a tourist visa for Russia and China from your country. Visa’s are such a foreign concept for me – I’ve only been to visa free countries to save money 🙂

        1. Your exactly right, once you have the visa you can enter and leave at any point within the visa time. Definitely apply for all 30 days for your Russian visa regardless if you plan to stay for two weeks or not.

          Visa free countries make life soooooo much easier! We managed to get our Russian visa in Phnom Penh (7 business days), Chinese in Chiang Mai (3days) and Mongolian in Beijing (5 business days). Life would be tough if you had to get them in NZ :/

          But definitely check out the consulate websites in each country for the latest info, its always changing. The Russian one you have to arrive within 30 days of the visa being issued which made it impossible to apply within NZ.

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