Transsib at a glance

Journey legs

The historic stretch of the Trans-Siberian route between Moscow and Vladivostok was until recently 9.288 km long. This figure is displayed for all to see, on an obelisk on the platform at Vladivostok station. As of 2002 trains no longer pass through Jaroslaw, rather through Vladimir. Thus, the length of this leg of the journey has been shortened to 9.259 km.

Journey legs as stated on the timetable:


Moscow - Vladivostok Train # 2 9.259 km
(before: 9.288 km)
6,5 days:
Monday evening -
- Monday morning
Moscow - Ulan Bator
Train # 6 6.266 km 4,5 days:
Wednesday evening -
- Monday morning
Moscow - Beijing
via Ulan Bator:
Train # 4 7.622 km 5,5 days:
Tuesday evening -
- Monday afternoon
Moscow - Beijing
via Manchuria:
Train # 20 8.961 km 6,5 days:
Friday evening -
- Friday morning
Moscow - Tynda
Train # 76 6.721 km 4 days:
Monday afternoon -
- Friday afternoon


Moscow - Irkutsk Train # 10 5.153 km 3,5 days:
Monday evening - Fridayg morning
Irkutsk - Ulan Bator Train # 362 1.113 km 1,5 days:
Monday morning - Tuesday afternoon
Ulan Bator - Beijing Train # 24 1.356 km 1,5 days:
Thursday morning - Friday afternoon

Exact timetable

The boundary between Europe and Asia

Approximately 20 % of the Trans-Siberian Railway’s route runs through Europe, around 80 % through Asia. The former symbolic border between Europe and Asia stands 1,777 km along the Transsib route - shortly before Yekaterinburg and near to the village of Pervouralsk. The boundary is marked by a monument, conveniently visible from the window of the train.

The largest cities

Ten capital cities are to be found along the route of the Transsib, some of which have over a million inhabitants. In Moscow, the total number of unofficial inhabitants is estimated at an additional 4 million, meaning that there are nearly as many people living in Moscow as there are in Beijing.

The 10 biggest cities
(from 1 million inhabitants):
Other big cities
(from 500.000 inhabitants):
Moscow 10.5 millions Ulan Bator 990.000
Kazan 1.1 million Perm 990.000
Yekaterinburg 1.3 million Krasnoyarsk 900.000
Omsk 1.1 million Irkutsk 600.000
Novosibirsk 1.4 million Vladivostok 600.000
Datong 3 millions Khabarovsk 590.000
Beijing 15 millions Tyumen 540.000
Harbin 9 millions Tomsk 515.000
Changchun 7 millions
Shenyang 7 million

The biggest and the most beautiful station

The main station at Novosibirsk (Novosibirsk Glawnij) was built in 1940 and is the largest station to be found en route from Moscow to Vladivostok. Another station of particular interest is the station at Slyudyanka, perhaps the only station in the world built entirely of marble. One stop away from Lake Baikal and 5.311 km along the Transsib route, this wondrous station was built in 1904 as a memorial in honour of the architect of the Baikal Railway.

The widest rivers and the longest bridges

Along the route of the Transsib, are many wide rivers and many great bridges built to cross them. The rivers Volga, Wyatka, Kama, Tobol, Irtysh, Ob, Tom, Czulym, Yenisei, Oka, Selenga, Seya, Bureya, Amur, Khor and Ussuri all cross paths with the Transsib at some point along its route. The longest bridge en route is still that built between 1913-1916, which crosses the river Amur and whose length measures an impressive 2,568 m. Between 1992 and 1999 however, a new 2,612 m Railway track and a motorway bridge were built to take its place

Most other bridges along the Transsib route are built across narrower stretches of river and are in general only up to 1 km long. The bridges across the Seya (1102 m), the Kama (945 m), the Yenisei (934 m), the Ob (820 m) and the Irtysh (734 m) are among the longest of these bridges. The river Khor near Khabarovsk has proved a particularly problematic river to deal with, since springtime waters in this area can reach levels of up to 9m high.

The most beautiful part of the journey?

For many people, this has to be 100 km long leg along the so called Baikal Railway. All along this lovely stretch, Lake Baikal can be seen from the window of the train, a wonderful view that has been captured in many an enthralled traveller's photographs.

It is only after it has passed by Lake Baikal that the train begins to sweep through the glorious twists and turns that continue, with only occasional interruptions, until it reaches Khabarovsk .The sweeping bends and ever-changing landscape provide lots of fantastic photo opportunities. The stretch of the journey that passes with the Trans-Mongolian Railway through the Gobi Desert, is also particularly beautiful. Here again, it is the meandering path that the train takes which ensures unique opportunities for photographing the local scenery.

The most boring part of the journey?

The least exciting part of the Transsib route is almost certainly the area between the rivers Ob and Irtysh, namely the stretch from Novosibirsk to Omsk. It is approximately 610 km long and is scenically among the most uninteresting parts of the journey. The landscape is flat and constant and while not unattractive, is definitely no match for the enthralling sights you will see on other parts of your trip. Twists and turns are few and far between here and consequently so are the opportunities for taking pictures from the cabin window. It should however be said that this is one of the fastest and economically speaking most developed stretches of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The longest tunnel

The longest tunnel to be found along the Transsib route, is that built during the 1930s and 40s under the river Amur and parallel to the bridge that already existed there. The 7 km long tunnel is however no longer in use. The longest working tunnel you will pass through on the Trans-Siberian Railway is the 2 km tunnel dug in 1915 between Archara and Obluchye, which is to be found 8.140 km along the Transsib route.

On the Baikal-Amur Mainline however, there is a tunnel 15 km long. This is the Sewero-Muiskij tunnel (Северо-Муйский тоннель) which is the longest tunnel in Russia. Building for the tunnel began in 1978 and took until the end of 2003. Thanks to this tunnel, the train’s journey has been shorted from 2.5 hours to just 15 minutes. Today this tunnel is one of the biggest attractions along the western stretch of the Baikal-Amur Mainline.

Time zones

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world and passes through 8 Eurasian time zones.

0 (MEZ + 2): Moscow 0 km
+1 (MEZ + 3): Jar 1.126 km
+2 (MEZ + 4): Shnyry 1.244 km
+3 (MEZ + 5): Mangut 2.488 km
+4 (MEZ + 6): Taskayevo 3.449 km
+5 (MEZ + 7): Uralo-Klyutshi 4.447 km
+6 (MEZ + 8): Petrovsk Zabaikalskiy
5.752 km
+7 (MEZ + 9): Obluchye 8.158 km

The Trans-Siberian Railway – route plan


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