Self-guided Trans-Siberian Railway trip from Moscow to Beijing, 16 days

This self guided trip will start in Moscow and cast you away across two continents before arriving in Beijing. You will travel on two incredible railroads, The Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railways. You will be able to escape the hectic life of the city and immerse into the beauty of nature and enjoy landscapes of Mongolian prairie and the shores of Lake Baikal. You are going to have an unforgettable trip to the opposite side of the world!

Day 1
Arrival in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow. Transfer, check into the hotel/apartment and then you will have some spare time in the city.

Day 2
In the heart of Moscow

After the breakfast, you will have time to explore the city center on your own. Visit the Kremlin: the former residence of Russian Tsars; take a stroll on the Red Square; admire St. Basil’s Cathedral and its colorful domes; walk along the Arbat which is the most famous street and take a break in one of the cafes or restaurants. There are a lot of gift shops as well. Kindly review the detailed descriptions of all major sights on our website.

Day 3

You will have some free time in the morning, you may go shopping or continue to enjoy the city views. In the afternoon, the driver will take you to the railway station to begin your Trans-Siberian adventure! The departure to Irkutsk will be at 13:05. Spend the night on a train.

Day 4-6
Trans-Siberian Railway

You will travel the train route to Irkutsk. The Trans-Siberian Railway will not leave you indifferent. You will enjoy the view of Russian lands, meet other travelers. Short stops on the stations will vary your journey as well. Spend the night on a train.

Day 7
Arrival in Irkutsk

Welcome to Irkutsk! Arrival is at 09:30. As usual, the driver will take you to a hotel. You will have a great time in the capital of East Siberia, founded about 350 years ago. Explore narrow streets of the city and its ancient buildings, Eastern Orthodox Church architecture, classical and gothic architecture, monuments of the revolt and the Second World War.

Day 8
Irkutsk-Listvyanka-Lake Baikal

We advise you to visit Listvyanka, situated on Lake Baikal. (70 km from Irkutsk) You will see spectacular landscapes and the breathtaking beauty of nature, visit a famous fish market and check the traditional wooden buildings and the Church of St. Nicholas.

Day 9
Trans-Mongolian Railway

In the morning, the train will reach Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic. The train will make a stop for 50 minutes. Later on, you will continue your trip on the amazing Trans-Mongolian Railway. You will reach Naushki, the frontier town. Arrival at 14.00. The train will make a stop for 5 hours. You will go through customs and in addition you will be able to use the railway station shower. The next stop will be in Sukh Bator and you will have to go through customs control there as well which will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. After that, you will continue your trip.Spend the night on a train.

Day 10
Arrival in Ulan Bator

You will arrive in the capital of Mongolia at 6:10am, we will provide the transfer service to the hotel. We offer you to visit the Gandantegchinlen, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Mongolian capital. You may explore the cashmere factory and visit the National Museum.

Day 11-12
Ulan Bator-the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

We offer you to go to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park where you will see breathtaking views of Mongolian prairies, yurts, horses, impressive mountains, giant rocks and different shaped rocks such as Turtle rock.

Day 13
Ulan Bator to Beijing

You will have a transfer to the station and get on the train to Beijing. In the evening, you will cross the border in Zamyn-Uud where the train will make a stop for 1 hour and 30 minutes and then in Erlian where the train will make a stop for 3 hours.The train stop is necessary to change the track gauge. Spend the night on a train.

Day 14

You will arrive in Beijing at 14.05. We will provide a transfer service to the hotel. After that we offer you to visit the Tiananmen Square, the largest square of the city, the Forbidden City and famous shopping streets named Wangfujing St and Chang’An Ave and to reach The Olympic Games buildings, National Aquatics Center and Bird’s Nest.

Day 15
Beijing-the Great Wall of China

We advise you to visit the Great Wall of China, the major sight of Beijing. To visit the highest spot of the wall (1015m) and to see the most astonishing view of the city. We offer you to go to the Necropolis of the Ming Dynasty, one of the largest necropolis in China.

Day 16

It is the end of your trip, we will provide airport transfer service.


Budget Travel
Comfort Package
1503 €
per person
1707 €
per person
1390 €
per person
1577 €
per person
1373 €
per person
1550 €
per person

Budget Travel:

  • Accommodation with a local host in Moscow, in a hotel 2* in Ulan Bator, in a hotel 3* in Beijing (2 and 4 people)
  • Rent an apartment in Moscow, with a local host in Irkutsk, in a hotel 2* in Ulan Bator, in a hotel 3* in Beijing (6 people)

Comfort Package:

  • 3 Star Hotel in Moscow, Irkutsk, Beijing
  • 2 Star Hotel in Ulan-Bator
  • *It is possible to live with other tourists, have the communal shower and toilet area

The price includes:

  • Tourist voucher (to receive the Russian visa)
  • Accommodation depending on the package
  • Train tickets (4-berth compartments with couchettes)
  • Transfers (including in the program)
  • Meals (including in the program)

The price does not include:

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa
  • Meals (not including in the program)
  • Personal expenses
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