How to Plan Your Trip
1. Decide on your final destination:
Ulan Bator? Irkutsk? Moscow? See the route map and read the overview of the three Trans-Siberian routes. Ulan-Bator is an interesting place for a day or two to view the grass landscape.The Nadaam Festival, usually held from 11th to 13th July, is one of the most exciting and colorful festivals in Mongolia and attracts many tourists every year. Visit the Russian capital, Moscow, where tourists can experience the unique culture and customs of Russia.
2. Will you want to make stops?
Travelling to Moscow in 7 days without stopovers can be tedious, it is better to break up the journey and see something of Siberia. If you'd like to stop off, the best places are Ulan Bator in Mongolia or Irkutsk in Siberia.
3. Plan your Trans-Siberian route:
There is no such train as the 'Trans-Siberian Express' but a whole range of trains across Siberia consisting of three routes: Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia (K3)
, Beijing to Moscow(K19)
, Beijing to Mongolia (K23)
. For those who think the Trans-Siberian Railway
is just another train ride - well apart from it being the longest train journey in the world, it is much more than that: it's an adventure and one of the very few left on our planet that can be completed by absolutely anyone.
4. Buy your Trans-Siberian train tickets:
When you have planned your journey, the first thing to arrange is your Trans-Siberian train tickets. China Travel Designer will help you book the tickets from Beijing to Ulan Bator, Irkutsk or Moscow. So if you positively have to be on a specific train on a specific date, please pre-book by emailing email@example.com or by calling us on + 86 10 6522 2991, lines open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 GMT+8.
5. Book connecting trains, ships, hotels & flights:
After booking your Trans-Siberian train tickets, book any onward trains within Russia. You may also need to book hotels along the way, or book a one-way flight if you are going one way by air.
6. Arrange visas:
Once you have booked the Trans-Siberian tickets
, you need to arrange your visas. You are most likely to need a Mongolia and Russia visa for any trans-Siberian trip.