If you would like to travel to Mongolia from Moscow or Beijing on the infamous Trans Siberian train, it is easy to arrange (see the link to the Russian Rail Portal at the bottom of this page) . From Moscow, crossing five time zones and taking five whole days, this amazing journey from west to east is a once in a lifetime experience. The train passes through the great cities of Perm, Ekatarinberg, and Irkutsk, beyond which you travel along the shores of 'Lake Baikal' then cross the border into Mongolia. After the thrilling 6300 km journey, taking 106 hours, the train arrives in Ulaanbaatar. From Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, East to West, it is equally exciting, but the journey takes only 35 hours, 1356 kilometers. As the train passes through Mongolia it is sometimes called the Trans Mongolian Train.
For the last century, intrepid travellers have set out on the journey of a lifetime, travelling 7,656 km (4,785 miles) by train along a track which reaches from the very heart of the Russian capital, past forbidden cities and rural villages scatted through the vast forests of Siberia, and on to exotic Beijing.
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world. It was built between 1891 and 1916 to connect Moscow with the Far-East city of Vladivostok. En route it passes through the cities of Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Chita and Khabarovsk.Click Here To View Map
For people coming to Mongolia, if you have never traveled in our neighbouring countries, now is a great opportunity. We can help you to organize your train tickets as well as tours and transport in Moscow, Irkutsk (for Lake Baikal in Siberia), and other places. Follow directions at bottom of page to Russian Rail Portal.
From Moscow to Ulaanbaatar takes 5 days Whether arriving from the east or the west, this is a wonderful way to enter Mongolia and is certainly the experience of a lifetime. It is not just a means of getting from A to B. It is a way to meet other travelers, to see the way of life of the local people, and to enjoy the constantly changing landscapes, all of which you miss if flying directly to your destination.
This is all a bit..sort of..Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse 70's. Other than that it's sound. Yeah. Perfect. This is all I want - me own space. No people annoying me. No noise. No crowds. And I just look out the window at Russia. Which is what it's all about, innit ?
Fast and competently organized and had a great trip on on the train. The train itself was comfortable, lovely food and some stunning scenery along the way.
As the railway line passes through Mongolia, either from Moscow or Beijing, it is called the Trans Mongolian train.
All trains run to Moscow time whilst in Russia, and all Russian timetables quote Moscow time, even though local time can be up to 7 hours ahead of Moscow.
First class, 2 berths per compartment, are called "Deluxe" according to Chinese terminology or "Lux" according to the Russians
Second class compartments have 4 beds. The Chinese Railway Authority calls it "Hard Class" and the Russians call it "Coupe".
Beijing to Ulaanbaatar takes about 35 hours and includes changing the bogeys. The whole train is lifted into the air, one carriage at a time, and the 'Bogeys' substituted for the different gauge. The timetable for this train is complicated because it changes every year, starting from the end of May. The Railway Authorities of China, Mongolia and Russia have a grand meeting in April and decide the timetable for the coming year.
Firstly you see the Great Wall of China as you pass through the mountains from Beijing. Then small towns and villages of Inner Mongolia. In the middle of the night you reach the border and when you wake up in the morning... endless expanse of the Gobi Desert.
Many of the people on the train will be Mongolian, though there may also be some chinese and Russian travellers. during the summer months there will probably be many foreign tourists doing the trip. So many interesting people to meet along the journey.
There is a restaurant car on the train serving perfectly OK food. If the train is Chinese they will serve Chinese food. On a Mongolian train they serve Mongolian food and on a Russian train the menu is Russian. You can also bring your own food or buy snacks and drinks from platform vendors when the train stops.
Usually Beijing and Ulaanbaatar are in the same time zone, although sometimes the Mongolians do change their clocks by one hour in the summertime. If continuing on the train through Russia, the train sticks to Moscow time even though it passes through 5 different time zones.
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