The Trans-Siberian Railway goes online

Trans-Siberian Railway Photo: yeowatzup, Flickr Creative Commons.

Trans-Siberian Railway. Photo: yeowatzup / Flickr Creative Commons.

It’s one of the great train journeys: the Trans-Siberian Railway.  The train makes tracks from Europe on one end to Asia on the other.

If you can’t make it out to Russia anytime soon, you can get a sample of the trip from the comfort of your computer.  Here’s the NY Times article: Trans-Siberian Railway Views, a Click Away.  For more information, check out this website: The Guide to Trans-Siberian Railway.

Have you ever ridden on the Trans-Siberian? Please share your stories in the comments.

Posted by | Comments (4)  | February 26, 2010
Category: Asia, Europe, Travel News

4 Responses to “The Trans-Siberian Railway goes online”

  1. Abha Says:

    Trains are my favorite transport mode and I read about Trans-Siberian train in The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. Since it passes through two continents and more than one country, is there a single visa option for travelers wishing to cover entire length of the train journey without break?

  2. Rolf Potts Says:

    If you take the traditional Moscow-Vladivostok (or reverse) route you can do it all on a Russian visa. Other routes will require visas for China or Mongolia — but those visas aren’t really all that hard to acquire. I’d recommend the Trans-Mongolian route, which I took from Beijing to Moscow in 1999. I used a booking service called Monkey Business:

    …and I was pleased with the service. Their website contains visa as well as route and booking information.

  3. paul Says:

    If you are planning to ” just ride the train ” ( especially in ” plazkartniy vagon “) – don’t ! It’s plain horrible…
    The best way to do it is to brake your Trans-Siberian train journey in sevaral smaller ones, with stops at Lake Baikal, beautiful old towns like Omsk, Ekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod… side trips to China and Mongolia. It will take you about 3 weeks to a month +

  4. Gail Roberts Says:

    Paul, I agree with your thinking. Want to take a month to 5 weeks to travel possibly both ways, stopping off along the route. Is that feasible? And what of learning a bit of the language? I have read a bit about it and I have to say, having walked the Camino in Spain some years ago, I can’t do “normal” travel anymore.