Moscow and the Transiberian...

Transiberian is the huge railroad (9000 km) crossing part of the former Soviet empire from end to end. From Moscow to Beijing or Moscow to Vladivostok on the Sea of Japan through forests, steppes, mountains, wooden dachas, cities and cultures.
From Moscow you leave from Jarovslavskij station or from less known Kazanskaya station.

Let's see Moscow because it is from here that this adventure starts...

Let's reach the Red Square and after admiring the beauty around, turn around taking in the Cathedral of St. Basil and see the domes from the kaleidoscopic colors... I think it's one of the most magical of all Russia.
At this point, cross the square and take a visit to the Kremlin, symbol of the political and religious power of the nation. I know that time is not much, but trust me, go and see the Moscow Metro, a true historical monument as: Komsomolskaya, Belorusskaya, Barrikadnaya.
Before boarding the train and start the Transiberian: have a walk in Arbat Street, one kilometer car-free with local shops, street artists and painters.
You can reach this area by metro, bus stops are Arbatskaya and Smolenskaya.

Hurry up otherwise you'll miss the train!!!

The train takes a week but it usually stop along the way and then move on. Trains are numbered, odd numbers are headed to Moscow, even ones instead go to the east, away from the capital.
Before leaving you should organize a kind of itinerary, and then define the route... obviously a road trip without a precise route has much more charm... but be careful because you can risk not to find place!
The cost varies greatly, from 350 to 550 Euro. You also have to add the price of the trip. There are many companies that fly to Moscow at quite cheap prices according to the period in which you are traveling.
The first stop after 4 hours of traveling, you will arrive in Vladimir, then Yekaterinburg, then you will find Omsk, Novosibirsk and Chita. Tickets can also be purchased online.

On the Trans-Siberian there are three classes of train, on the trains run by Russians, Mongolians and Chinese first-class compartments has two beds, the second class compartments have four beds, and the third class has no compartments. Each wagon is equipped with a kettle to make tea or coffee (15-30 euro cents). With 1 euro you can rent clean sheets and pillowcases.
Many people worry about the cold, and rightly wonder which time it is advisable to deal with this wonderful and unique journey, below you can get an idea of the temperature and decide accordingly:


January and February

Moscow -20°/-10°

Irkutsk -40°/-20°

Ulan Bataar -35°/-20°

Beijing -20°/-10°

March and April

Moscow -5°/+12°

Irkutsk -10°/+5°

Ulan Bataar -10°/+12°

Beijing -6°/+14°

May and June

Moscow +15°/+22°

Irkutsk +8°/+22°

Ulan Bataar +15°/+24°

Beijing +15°/+22°

July and August

Moscow +25°/+33°

Irkutsk +26°/+38°

Ulan Bataar +26°/+42°

Beijing +24°/+30°

September and October

Moscow +8°/+24°

Irkutsk +10°/+24°

Ulan Bataar +10°/+25°

Beijing +8/+22

November and December

Moscow -6°/+10°

Irkutsk -15°/+8°

Ulan Bataar -15°/+8°

Beijing -10°/+6°

During its path, the train Rossiya Moscow-Vladivostok, makes almost 70 stops and crosses seven time zones.

Remember, of course, you need a visa for China and for Russia while for Mongolia is not required anymore if you stay up to 30 days.

And what could be better between a chat and another to dive in a book, read about steppes, snow and then look up and realize that you are the hero of a fairy tale... well then here for you some reading tips:

- On-Siberian 2010 by Mauro Buffa

- On-Siberian 2012 by C. Dapino

- Trans-Siberian Railway: A way eastward. From Moscow to Beijing 2013 by Marco Morra

- Challenge on the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2013 by Sir Steve Stevenson and S. Turcon

I also recommend this film:

 Transsiberian (2008)

 

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