- Round The World Trip in 2012
- Round The World Trip Initial Planning
- Round The World Trip Destination Wish #1: Trans-Siberian Railway
- Budgeting for a Round The World Trip
- First Item Purchased for Round The World Trip
- The Departure Year is Finally Here
- Round The World Trip Delayed for 1 Year
- Round The World Pre-Trip To Do List
- Crafting a Savings Plan for a Round The World Trip
- Leaving on a Round The World Trip in 2 Months
- Camera Equipment for My Round The World Trip
- Five Weeks Before Departure
- New Gear for Round The World Trip
- Cocktail of Travel Immunizations
- Change of Departure Date and Destination
- Itinerary for First Month of Round The World Trip
- Packing for a Round The World Trip
- The Departure Day is Finally Here
Ever since growing up in Buenos Aires and riding it’s subte (subway), I have been fascinated with trains. I love taking a train and see how people live their lives in other regions of the world, going from large cities to rural areas, carving it’s way between mountains and over rivers.
I think of the Trans-Siberian Railway as the ultimate train ride. At 9,259 km (5,753 miles), it is the longest railway in the world going from Moscow to Vladivostok. Although I might be more inclined to do the Trans-Mongolian Line, which branches off at the Russian city of Ulan-Ule (about 2/3 of the way from Moscow to Vladivostok), and goes through Mongolia before arriving at Beijing, China.
Whatever route or direction is taken, there are 2 ways to do this journey. One is to just hop on the train and stay on the it until the final destination, which takes about a week. Another way is to get off the train and stay a few days at some of the cities along the way. Both ways has its appeals.
A week-long uninterrupted train ride would be great at getting to really know some of the people on it. I would assume that after so many days together, you would become pretty good friends with a good number of them. Also the idea of doing the whole route without stopping appears to be more “epic” than one that has been broken down into pieces.
On the other hand, it would be a shame to travel through so many miles without stopping at a single site or city along the way. What good is it have visited Mongolia when it was only from the inside of a train car? With no time constraint, I think I’m more inclined to make many stops along the way. Maybe when I get older I’ll get another chance to relive the journey uninterrupted and all in one seating.
Interesting Trans-Siberian Railway Links
Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps – View the entire journey from a passenger seat through YouTube videos, while tracking your current location on Google Maps.
Seat61.com – Lots of practical information and pictures.
Josh Gerritsen’s Trans Siberian Railway Trip – Great account of the trip with amazing photographs.
What about your idea of traveling by train? This idea is still alive? 🙂
Dmitriy, yes, it’s still in my plans, although it’s very hard to get a Russian visa without going back home to the US.