Taking The Trans-Siberian Train, The Ultimate Russian Adventure
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If you’re on the hunt for a unique and challenging travel experience, you might be wondering just what you can do that other people haven’t done to death these days. With travel being more accessible than ever to many more people, it seems that all the travel things have been done over and over and nothing is new or exciting anymore. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd though, why not try something a bit unique like taking the Trans-Siberian Train all the way from Moscow to Russia’s Far East. Want to push it a bit further? Read ahead to learn more about this amazing adventure – and just where else it can take you. Get that cheap flight to Moscow booked and get on board this exciting and awe-inspiring train adventure – you won’t regret it.
Trans-Siberian Train – About
This impressive train system spans almost the entire country of Russia, starting in Moscow and spreading across Siberia to Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. With around 5,700 miles of track to get through, it’s the longest railway line in the world, having taken around twenty five years to complete under the watchful eyes of different government appointees that were tasked with the role by Tsar Alexander III and his son, Tsarevich Nicholas, later Tsar Nicholas II. The train line became a hugely sought after adventure, and before it was completed, it was already attracting people who wanted to experience the thrill of this new and somewhat unusual train line that goes through some of Russia’s most unrelenting areas. That being said though, the trip is one of the most beautiful in the summer, with lush green hills, vast expanses of open, untouched nature and small Russian villages with enormous amounts of charm.
Stops Along The Way
There are tons of stops along the way from Moscow to Vladivostok and sometimes for an hour or two, allowing you the opportunity to explore the vicinity a bit. After leaving Moscow, the trip takes you through several smaller cities such as Nizhny Novgorod (formerly known as Gorky), a fantastic place that you may want to plan a stop in for a day or two in order to explore the impressive buildings, castles and stroll the river. About one day into the trip after passing through cities such as Vladimir and Perm, you’ll arrive in Yekaterinburg – a beautiful city that is also worth stopping off to explore due to its history as being the city to which Tsar Nicholas II and his family were sent into exile following the October Revolution, and eventually executed.
Other stops on the route include the town of Irkutsk on the shores of Lake Bikal, known internationally as the coldest place on earth. The area of Lake Bikal has a couple of stops on the Trans-Siberian railroad, including at Ulan-Ude where you can actually change trains to access the Trans-Mongolian Railway network which connects Ulan-Ude to Beijing in China via Ulaanbataar.
Taking It Further
Speaking of junctions and changing trains, it’s entirely possible to do a whole trip from Moscow into parts of South and Central Asia via the other connecting rail networks in the area. The Trans-Mongolian is just one of these networks, but there is also the Trans-Manchurian line as well as services even into North Korea from Ussuriysk and Primorskaya Station to Khasan border town, over the border and then onto Tumangang and eventually Pyongyang.
Both the Trans-Manchurian and Trans-Mongolian eventually end in Beijing, making the Trans Siberian with one of these routes a great option for those coming from Europe who want a bit of extra pizzazz and excitement to the beginning of a trip to Asia. From Beijing, onward trips throughout China and into South East Asia as well as throughout the rest of the Far East are easy to organise, as well as much cheaper than buying tickets from Europe, so taking the six day (non stop) train journey to Beijing can be a great experience for the true adventurer.
So if you’ve been on the hunt for something truly unique to do in terms of travel, why not check out the Trans-Siberian Railroad. With numerous impressive stops throughout the journey, you will wonder why more people don’t hop on board. There’s always the additional thought that eventually, if expansion plans work out, the Trans-Siberian offshoot, the Bikal-Amur Mainline rail hopes to connect the railroad with the Bering Sea and onward to the USA and Canada, eventually heading to Halifax. Keep your eyes and ears peeled – one day you may be able to take the train essentially from London to Halifax. Wouldn’t that be cool?