Best Trans-Siberian Train - The Rossiya Overnight Train

Tri-color white-blue-red bands decorate the cars of the legendary Rossiya, the Russian Railways train 001/002, renown worldwide for running on the Trans-Siberian rail route from Moscow to Vladivostok, the longest in the world. The week-long journey has become highly favored among adventure-seekers who want to see the genuine, diverse and breathtaking beauty of Russia.

The Rossiya train is recognized as a tourist train with English-speaking car attendants, meals included in the tickets price (1st and 2nd class), clean restrooms with new fixtures. Covering 9259 kilometres and connecting 2 continents, the train runs through 14 regions, 90 cities, and 2 time zones. This regular overnight train has 3 car classes and departs only on odd days. It takes a total of 144 hours to get from Moscow to Vladivostok on this train.

It is a real adventure traveling from Moscow straight to Vladivostok as it takes a week to travel. Smarter travelers plan on breaking up the journey, spending a day or two in major city connections before continuing on for yet another day or two. The Trans-Siberian route is one of the most complex train routes in the world and needs to be planned thoroughly that is why we've prepared a map and schedule of Trans-Siberian trains which will definitely help you to plan your trip accordingly.

As it takes a whole week for the train to travel from one destination to the other, think of the food and water during the trip. There is a restaurant car with daily offerings, but for many, it’s usually better to plan on bringing non-perishable food for the trip. You can always ask the car attendant for some tea/coffee and a snack. The restaurant car is located in the middle of the train and it is easily reached from any side of the train. It is open 24/7 and the staff is happy to assist you with your requests. A wide selection of traditional Russian food and drinks is available (vegetarian and baby menu upon request). It is important to note that only cash is accepted onboard the train, so make sure to get some before boarding. If you are traveling in a 1st class compartment you can order food from the restaurant car to be delivered to your cabin.

As for other travel tips, a sharp knife is usually useful for slicing bread, sausages, or vegetables, either purchased ahead of time or on platforms during the trip, and can be handy for other things like baggage repairs (also take a pocket sewing kit, too, of course). Plastic cutlery and napkins are also extremely useful, as are wet-naps (life-savers also when it comes to personal hygiene). There are other things to consider taking along, including sandals or slippers, so that you don’t have to fasten up every time you want to leave the compartment. As to reading material, carrying a phrasebook is an absolute must if your Russian is at a beginner level, or rusty. You’ll also, perhaps, want to bring along a Russian novel (anything from Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita” to Dostoyevsky’s “Brothers Karamazov”) to keep you in an appreciative frame of mind for the culture you are experiencing in this amazing journey.

Note, that smoking is strictly prohibited on all Russian Trains and there is no special area where you can do that. If you are a smoker, the only option is to smoke outside while the train makes a stop (but do not miss your train!). The Cyrillic “РОССИЯ” at the top of each car makes it a very difficult train for passengers to miss. Toilets with small wash-basins are located at each end of the car. There is no shower aboard, which is why we recommend breaking your train trip in to a couple of legs at the major cities along your way.

Travel Classes Onboard Rossiya Train

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    • Russian Railways Regular train Kupe hall
    • Russian Railways Regular train Kupe (img 2)
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    Rossiya 4-bed Sleeper

    These are compartments for 4 travelers with 2 upper and 2 lowers beds. Each compartment has a table, a mirror, lockable doors and a large panoramic window. Bathrooms with small washbasins are located at each end of the car. Tea and coffee are available for purchase onboard the train. Snack is included in the ticket price and it may vary depending on the carrier.

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    Rossiya Hostel Sleeper

    3rd class car is an open compartment (no doors) with 2 lower and 2 upper bunk beds and two additional side beds in each compartment. The lower side berth may be transformed into a window table with two seats when not being used as a bed. Bedding is included in the ticket price. Meals, drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the car-restaurant on most overnight trains. Since there is no privacy in 3rd class cabins we do not recommend this class to our customers. A/C is not available.

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    • Russian Railways (FPC) Regular - 1st Class Sleeper (Img 1)-min
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    Rossiya 2-bed Sleeper

    1st class cabin (SV in Russian) is designed for 2 people. It is a typical cabin for overnight trips. Cabins are air-conditioned and ticket price includes bedding, newspapers and meals. 

Route
Moscow - Irkutsk
Birobidjan - Vladivostok
Khabarovsk - Moscow
Khabarovsk - Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude - Khabarovsk
Tyumen - Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg - Tyumen
Vladivostok - Birobidjan
Ulan-Ude - Birobidjan
Khabarovsk - Birobidjan
Birobidjan - Khabarovsk
Birobidjan - Ulan-Ude
Chita - Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude - Chita
Vladivostok - Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk - Vladivostok
Moscow - Khabarovsk
Ulan-Ude - Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg - Krasnoyarsk
Irkutsk - Novosibirsk
Moscow - Tyumen
Ulan-Ude - Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk - Ulan-Ude
Omsk - Moscow
Moscow - Omsk
Novosibirsk - Irkutsk
Novosibirsk - Vladivostok
Krasnoyarsk - Yekaterinburg
Vladivostok - Novosibirsk
Krasnoyarsk - Vladivostok
Vladivostok - Krasnoyarsk
Yekaterinburg - Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod - Yekaterinburg
Irkutsk - Khabarovsk
Yekaterinburg - Ulan-Ude
Khabarovsk - Irkutsk
Novosibirsk - Krasnoyarsk
Perm - Nizhny Novgorod
Novosibirsk - Yekaterinburg
Moscow - Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude - Moscow
Novosibirsk - Moscow
Moscow - Novosibirsk
Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk
Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk
Moscow - Krasnoyarsk
Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
Perm - Moscow
Moscow - Perm
Vladivostok - Irkutsk
Irkutsk - Vladivostok
Krasnoyarsk - Moscow
Vladimir - Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod - Perm
Yekaterinburg - Perm
Krasnoyarsk - Novosibirsk
Irkutsk - Moscow
Krasnoyarsk - Kansk
Kansk - Krasnoyarsk
Kansk - Moscow
Moscow - Kansk
Perm - Yekaterinburg
Novosibirsk - Omsk
Irkutsk - Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk - Irkutsk
Vladivostok - Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude - Vladivostok
Kirov - Moscow
Moscow - Kirov
Omsk - Novosibirsk
Tyumen - Moscow
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