The greatest train journey on earth

Excellent article from the Daily Telegraph on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The Trans-Siberian is more than just a railway. It’s a journey into the psyche of modern Russia; a triumph of engineering; a movable feast through the largest – and, perhaps, most mysterious – nation on Earth

Crossing seven time zones, between Moscow and Vladivostok, the 5,772-mile train track blazes a trail through some of the bleakest and most beautiful landscapes on Earth.

In an epoch of low-cost air fares, the world’s longest railway continues to exert a hold over travellers; it still tops bucket lists, still pulls in the tourists. It also remains a lifeline for millions of Russians.

Completed in October 1916 – exactly 100 years ago – the Trans-Siberian Railway helped shape the Russia we know today, though its influence can be felt much further afield, not least in Japan, China and Europe.

Winston Churchill famously described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” – words that still, perhaps, ring true today. A journey aboard the Trans-Siberian won’t necessarily solve that riddle, but it will certainly help make sense of this furtive nation.

Welcome aboard.

I’d love to do this trip, but prices start at £10,295.  That’s a couple of holidays plus a lot of N-gauge stock, even at today’s prices!



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5 Responses to The greatest train journey on earth

  1. Duncan Bourne says:

    You’re looking in the wrong place for your tickets Jon! First class tickets are closer to £1000. Look at Realrussia.


  2. Anne Neale says:

    First class gives you a double cabin and is perfectly ok. My partner and I did it this spring using the travel agent Monkeyshrine. We split the journey in Irkutsk to see Lake Baikal. I think that the super expensive price quoted is the luxury Gold Train or equivalent which, as well as using nicer carriages, includes stopovers and tours.


    • Thanks, Anne – this post seems to have generated some good advice. Perhaps I shouldn’t read the travel pages of the broadsheets – for the rich only!


      • Anne Neale says:

        I think you are right about travel pages – I don’t often read them for that reason. There is a very good book: Trans Siberian Guidebook by Bryn Thomas. Also Lonely Planet. The website has lots of excellent advice and information which is what I used initially and where I found Monkeyshrine. Our train trip was from Hong Kong home, so HK to Beijing, Beijing to Moscow on two different trains, then Warsaw, Cologne, Paris, London then home. We had a wonderful time and I hope you think about it.


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