The Longest Railway in the World across Russia, China and Mongolia!
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the name given to the three rail routes that traverse Siberia from Moscow. The Trans-Siberian proper goes from Moscow to the Pacific terminus of Vladivostok. The Trans-Mongolian goes from Moscow to Beijing, China via Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Trans-Manchurian travels through Siberia and Manchuria to Beijing. The Trans-Siberian proper was built between 1891 and 1916 to connect Moscow with the Far-East city of Vladivostok. En route it passes through the cities of Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Chita and Khabarovsk.
To complete the challenge and fully immerse yourself in this amazing trip, you need to fully travel one of the below routes:
- Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok.
- Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing.
- Trans-Manchurian from Moscow to Beijing.
While completing the challenge tag @travelmedals on Instagram or Facebook on each picture. This is a spectacular adventure and unbelievable trip therefore it’s a great opportunity to share photos, the experience you have, the people you meet and all the scenery!
After you complete the challenge you can purchase the Trans-Siberian themed medal.
A journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s safe, comfortable & affordable. This page on Seat61.com explains the routes, trains, classes, prices and helps you plan & book a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The Trans-Siberian Railway page on Wikipedia is also useful to understand the history and research the routes available. These are good places to start the planning for completing the challenge of the Trans-Siberian independently.
Choose G-Adventures for this Challenge
For those looking for an organised tour, G-Adventures has a couple of options covering the Trans-Siberian Moscow to Vladivostok route over 17 days and the Trans-Mongolian Moscow to Beijing route over 16 days. Both tours provide small group sizes of an average of 12 but maximum of 16 people as well as accommodation, transportation and the services of a chief experience officer. There is a stop in Irkutsk to stay at Lake Baikal on both trips. The Trans-Siberian additionally stops at Ulan-Ude the city with the largest Buddhist population in Russia and ends in Vladivostok. The Trans-Mongolian gives the opportunity to explore Ulaanbaatar and Gorkhi Terelj National Park, staying in a traditional ger with options to hike or try traditional archery. The Chinggis Brewery, watching a cultural show with Mongolian throat singing and visit the Gandan Monastery for a taste of Tibetan Buddhism are all available. The tour finishes in the buzzing capital of China, Beijing.
The Trans-Siberian Journey
Sony Mobile Singapore challenged TheSmartLocal to travel from Singapore to London by land via the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway, and to shoot everything on the Xperia XZ Premium phone. Watch as Xenia and Yoojin journey to their first stopover in this 4-part vlog series – Moscow. This vlog really shows life on the rails during the trip. The video is beautifully shot and amazing to say it was all taken on a phone!