The great way from Moscow to...

The Trans-Siberian Express and
the Trans-Mongolian Express

Let's start with the peculiarities of international transport in Russia.

There are several differences between the Russian trains that go to Europe, and the trains that go to the Asian countries (China, Mongolia and North Korea).
Tickets for Russian trains departing from various European cities can be purchased online.
For example, the train that goes from Nice to Moscow
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or the train that goes from Berlin to Moscow
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If there are no trains available for the selected date, the ticketing system will offer you other dates.
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Unfortunately, tickets for trains from Russia to China, Mongolia and North Korea can only be bought at ticket offices where tickets for international destinations are sold.

What does this mean?

This means that you can buy tickets for international destinations (The Trans-Siberian Express) once you are in Russia.
For example, tickets for the train that runs from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar.
Buy train ticket Trans-Mongolian Express

To plan your trip you can choose one of the following options:

1. Contact a travel agency to visit Russia.
This option is good if you want to visit several countries without having to change trains.

2. Buy your own ticket online on the website before you travel.
It is a very comfortable option if you plan to visit Lake Baikal or Vladivostok without going to see Mongolia or China. Tickets for trains of domestic destinations can be purchased 45 days (in some cases 60) days before traveling.

3. Combined method.
If for example you want to take a trip in the direction of ''Trans-Mongolian Express'', you will need to buy a ticket from Moscow to Irkutsk for 5500 kilometers online and in advance. Once you have arrived in Russia, you will have to purchase another ticket for the last thousand kilometers from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar at some travel agency in advance or on your own. Most tourists spend some time in Moscow or St. Petersburg. The train that goes to Irkutsk takes a few days. Therefore, you will have a large selection of departure dates for the Irkutsk trains once you are in Russia.

P.S. If you have friends or work colleagues in Russia, you can ask them to help you with the purchase of your tickets in advance. Please note that online check-in for trains going to Mongolia, China and North Korea is not available. Therefore, you must have the ticket in hand at the time of getting on the train.
The famous Trans-Siberian Express
(and Trans-Mongolian Express)
What does this name mean?

It means a train trip at a distance of more than 9 thousand kilometers.

This is a couple of national routes in Russia from Moscow to Irkutsk and Vladivostok.

It is also a couple of international routes from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), as well as from Moscow to Beijing (China).
View from the window of the train Trans-Siberian Express
Several train options:

1. The most comfortable train and also the most expensive is the "Golden Eagle".

This luxury train runs from Moscow to the Urals through western Siberia and east Siberia to Lake Baikal, and then to the very Far East.
During the trip, the chef will prepare dishes from the national cuisine: soup Borsch, Siberian Pelmeni and, once in Baikal a smoked omul. The trip promises to be unforgettable!

Dates of tours from Moscow to Vladivostok in 2017:
May 6, June 4, July 23, August 20

Price - from 15,895 $ (this is not a typographical error). Tickets for the train are sold on the rzdtour.com website.

The price includes:
accommodation in a double compartment, food depending on the route, a program of excursions with English speaking guide, accommodation in a double room in a hotel in Vladivostok for 1 night. Medical service throughout the trip. Accommodation in Moscow for 1 night (5 * hotel).

2. International trains from Moscow to Beijing (№004З and №020Ч "Vostok")

Price - from 29,373 rubles (one place in a compartment for four people).

Here and further all prices are in rubles.
More about the prices at the bottom of the page More details about the prices at the bottom of the page.

They go out once a week.

In the cities of Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk, wagons can be added if necessary. In these large cities tourists sometimes make stops to make a more detailed study of Siberia.

3. International trains from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar.

Price - from 15,891 rubles (one place in a compartment for four people).
They go out twice a week.

Tickets for these international trains can be purchased at the RZD ticket offices.

4. National trains (Russia)
Route Moscow - Irkutsk (Lake Baikal) or Vladivostok

Train 070Ч
Moscow → Chita (comments about this train are rather negative)
The price of one place in a compartment for four people is from 7,533 rubles

Train 002M "Russia"
Moscow → Vladivostok (good comments about this train)
The price of one place in a compartment for four people is from 10,800 rubles

Train 100E
Moscow → Vladivostok (good reviews about this train)
The price of one place in a compartment for four people is from 7,354 rubles

5. International train from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia).

Departs daily.

The ticket price is from 6350 rubles.

This train is comfortable for travelers planning to spend a few days on Lake Baikal before visiting Mongolia.

Therefore, the train from Moscow to Irkutsk, and then from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar will cost a little over 220 euros, as well like the train from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar.
However, you can buy the tickets for these trains on your own without intermediaries, thus saving some money. You will have to buy the ticket from Moscow before traveling to Russia, and the ticket from Irkutsk once in Russia.

6. International train from Chita to Manchuria or Beijing

The price of the ticket ranges from 4,500 to 14,600 rubles.
It goes out twice a week.
Pay attention to this train if you plan to visit China after Russia.

The price of the ticket from Moscow to Chitá ranges from 12,300 rubles and from Chitá to Beijing is 14,600 rubles.
Total - 26,900 rubles or more.
This is the approximate price of an international train that runs from Moscow to Beijing.

Everything is the same as in the example of Transmongol Express. Ticket Moscow-Chita you buy online, Chita-Beijing - after arriving in Russia (or in the travel agency).
How to choose a Trans-Siberian Express train

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the prices shown for the Trans-Siberian Express and the Trans-Mongolian Express trains different from those offered by other websites?

Tickets for international trains from Russia to Europe (Warsaw, Berlin, etc.) can be purchased online. However, tickets for international trains from Russia to Mongolia and China can only be purchased at international ticket offices in the territory of Russia.

That is why sometimes you will see higher prices for the tours (routes) of the "Trans-Siberan Express" and "Trans-Mongolian Express" when doing your search in Google.

Are the international ticket office only in Moscow?

It is not necessary to be in Moscow to buy a ticket.

Pay attention to the list of international box offices in the territory of Russia.

For example, you can get to St. Petersburg and buy a ticket (Moscow-Beijing) while there.

Why are prices in all examples in rubles?

On the T1cket website you buy tickets directly through the Russian Railways network. Therefore, all prices are displayed in the currency of Russia. The prices of some international trains are shown in Swiss francs, but at the time of sale they are converted to rubles.

Exchange rate in 2017 - 61-62 rubles for 1 euro.

You can find out more about the currency exchange in Russia in our article.

I would like to buy the tickets in advance. What can I do if there are no tickets available for sale?

You can contact a travel agency that sells tours through Russia, and only buy the ticket for the train that goes from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar or from Chita to Beijing. It will be cheaper than buying the "Trans-Siberian Express" or the "Trans-Mongolian Express" tour. In addition, this will allow you to start your journey with the tickets in hand for the entire route.

We remind you that Russian national trains, such as those going from Moscow to Irkutsk (Chita) can be purchased 45 days in advance. The sale of tickets for some trains starts 60 days before departure.
If you have any questions,
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