A Journey Across Russia

5 Oct

The Trans-Siberian Railway linking Moscow to Vladivostok is more than 9000 km long spanning 7 time zones. Starting in Moscow it goes through Kazan, crosses the Ural Mountains and Siberia, approaches Lake Baikal finally ending in Vladivostok, on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.


The journey starts in Moscow, on Yaroslavsky railway station, the western terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Distance – 0 km.


Here is the starting point of the journey…

Нулевой километр

If you take Rossiya (literally – Russia), a regular express train, you’ll arrive in Vladivostok in 6 days. A tourist train like gorgeous Golden Eagle covers the distance within 14 – 15 days.

Поезд Россия

The first destination is Nizhniy Novgorod, an ancient Russian city on the Volga River. Distance – 400 km

Нижний Новгород

The local Kremlin is smaller than the one in Moscow, but the views are even more wonderful.

Нижний Новгород. Кремль

Here we cross the Volga River and continue moving to the East. Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan, amazingly combining Muslim and Orthodox cultures. Find more about Kazan here. Distance – 800 km


The Ural Mountains divide Europe and Asia. Distance – 1800 km

Уральские горы

The train enters Siberia with its famous forests named taiga.


The life here is concentrated along the railroad, and you can hardly meet anyone a few kilometers away.

Тайга (Красноярский край)

Krasnoyarsk is the capital of East Siberia. Founded in 1628 it was one of the first Russian settlements here. Distance – 4100 km


Now the train crosses the great Yenisei River, up to 500 m wide and 15 m deep.

Мост через Енисей

Our next destination is Irkutsk, another old Siberian city, famous for its history, wooden architecture and proximity to Lake Baikal.  Distance – 5200 km

Иркутск 2

The railway goes along Baikal, and amazing views unfolding with every new turn. Find more about Baikal here.

Ж:д вдоль Байкала

Закат (Иркутская обл.)

The Circum-Baikal Railway surrounded by the mountains and Baikal is one of the world’s most interesting engineering constructions with dozens of tunnels, bridges and viaducts.

Кругобайкальская ж:д

The next destination is Ulan Ude, a centre of Buddhist Buryatiya region. Distance – 5600 km


After Ulan Ude the Trans-Mongolian branch heads to Ulan Bator and further to Beijing, but we continue following the main Trans-Siberian railway.

Мост через Амур

The final destination is Vladivostok, 9288 km away from Moscow.

Владивосток. 9288 км

Vladivostok is the largest Russian port on the Pacific ocean and the biggest city of the Far East.

Владивосток. Порт

A beautiful bridge links the city with Russky Island.

Владивосток. Мост на о. Русский

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