Travelling through 10 different time zones and across two continents, the Trans-Siberian railway offers an excellent way to travel. With a number of renowned destinations, landmarks and attractions to explore en route, it’s a journey that has been taken by millions since the railway was completed in 1904. However, travelling by train in close proximity to others isn’t for everyone.
As a leading provider of Classic and Luxury Trans-Siberian rail cruises, our experts are well-placed to deliver the very best advice. Here, they share their top tips for staying sane on your Trans-Siberian rail journey.
It’s all in the planning
From deciding your route to fine-tuning individual, destination-specific itineraries, planning your Trans-Siberian trip is an important and exciting part of the process. Our team is here to assist with all your planning needs, and we work closely with travellers from all walks of life, and with all budgets to make their travel dreams come true.
By booking with us you can choose from several routes. Our flexible, customisable travel packages cater to every kind of traveller. ‘Full On’ trips are available for the ultimate hassle-free Trans-Siberian experience, while there’s plenty of options for those after an independent adventure.
“The Trans-Siberian railway runs all year round, but the experience differs slightly depending on the time of year. May to September are the peak times to travel for foreign tourists and international students, as the days hold the longest hours of daylight and the weather is slightly milder. Going in the depth of winter is typically a slightly different experience, as Siberia will be covered in snow, daylight will be limited, and you’ll be a little colder when you get out to stretch your legs at Russian railway stations. Nevertheless, it’s always a remarkable experience.”
Be prepared – especially for downtime
What many people don’t tell you about the Trans-Siberian Express is that there’s lot of free time when travelling between destinations. Although this downtime can be used to take in the sights through the window of your cabin, being prepared with your own entertainment is recommended. Rosanna from Her Packing List found out the hard way on her Trans-Mongolian trip! Books, board games, music, sketch pads, and a good old fashioned deck of cards are all worth packing, especially if you’re travelling with children.
Cover the essentials
Stocking up on food and snacks during those trips away from the train is another must. Catering facilities are available on board, but most food and drink items are overpriced or even unavailable. In addition to this, being prepared for another essential activity – sleeping – is suggested. Ear plugs or headphones are invaluable on a Trans-Siberian journey, and an eye mask will help keep light and other distractions at bay, particularly if you want to get some shut eye in the daytime or to soothe jet lag.