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Average rail ticket prices for Trans-Siberian journeys

At Real Russia we want to make rail travel in Russia, Europe and along the Trans-Siberian accessible to all. Therefore, we want to make sure that we offer the very best prices we possibly can. To do this we do not ‘fix’ our prices at the beginning of the year, or even at the most expensive time of the year; our prices are flexible, taking account of things such as the exchange rate and any ‘plan ahead’ discounts on offer.

We have over a decade’s worth of experience providing Russian, European and Trans-Siberian rail tickets to customers around the world, in which time we have built close working relationships with rail operators both in Russia and further afield. Our relationships enable us to provide accurate prices months ahead of their ‘on sale’ date, and give us an advantage in securing some of the more difficult to get tickets, such as first class tickets during the peak summer months.

Seasonal information

Like many rail prices around the world, those along the Trans-Siberian can vary depending on the ‘season’ in which you are travelling. What this means is that you can expect to pay a little bit more if you decide to travel during the ‘peak seasons’.

Other than during public holidays, in which the prices can vary greatly, the ‘off-peak seasons’ are from January until April/May, and from the middle of September until December. The primary ‘peak season’ therefore cover May/June until the middle of September.  
 

The Trans-Russian

The classic Trans-Russian route covers over 9,000km between Moscow in European Russia and Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East; crossing the boundary between Europe and Asia near Yekaterinburg, and travelling across Siberia along the way. Non-stop this journey takes around seven days. The Trans-Russian is the only route on which you can see the Amur and Khabarovsk regions, including one of the world’s ten longest rivers, the Amur River. To find out more about the cities of the Trans-Russian, please visit our Destinations page.

To get an idea of Trans-Russian departure days, and times, visit our Trans-Russian timetable. If you have a specific departure date in mind please visit our live schedule or booking page for single leg journeys or, for multi-leg journeys, take a look at our Trans-Siberian Journey Planner.

Fast Trains
Route Train First Class Second Class
Upper Berth
Second Class
Lower Berth
Moscow Vladivostok 100      
Moscow Irkutsk
100
     
Irkutsk Vladivostok
Moscow Yekaterinburg

100
     
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Vladivostok
Firmeny Trains
Route Train First Class Second Class
Upper Berth
Second Class
Lower Berth
Moscow Vladivostok 2      
Moscow Irkutsk
2
     
Irkutsk Vladivostok
Moscow Yekaterinburg

2
     
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Vladivostok

 

The Trans-Mongolian

The classic Trans-Mongolian route covers over 7,800km between Moscow in the west and Beijing in the East, travelling via the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator; crossing steppe, taiga and desert along the way. Non-stop this journey can take around six days. The Trans-Mongolian is the only route that will take you through Mongolia, passing through some of the most breath-taking vistas anywhere along the whole Trans-Siberian, including the Gobi Desert. For more information on where you can visit, take a look at our Destinations page.

To get an idea of Trans-Mongolian departure days, and times, please visit our Trans-Mongolian timetable. If you have a specific departure date in mind please visit our live schedule or booking page for single leg journeys or, for multi-leg journeys, please visit our Trans-Siberian Journey Planner.

Fast Trains
Route Train First Class Second Class
Moscow Beijing 4    
Moscow Irkutsk 4

4
   
Irkutsk Beijing
Moscow Ulan-Bator 4

24
   
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Irkutsk 4

6

24

 

 
Irkutsk Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Irkutsk 4

6

362

24


 


 
Irkutsk Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Yekaterinburg 100

6

362

24


 


 
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Yekaterinburg 100

6

6

362

24



 



 
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Firmeny Trains
Route Train First Class Second Class
Upper Berth
Second Class
Lower Berth
Moscow Beijing 4      
Moscow Irkutsk 2

4
     
Irkutsk Beijing
Moscow Ulan-Bator 6

4
     
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Irkutsk 2

6

4

 

 

 
Irkutsk Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Irkutsk 2

2

362

4


 


 


 
Irkutsk Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Yekaterinburg 2

2

362

4


 


 


 
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing
Moscow Yekaterinburg 2

2

2

362

4



 



 



 
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude Ulan-Bator
Ulan-Bator Beijing

 

The Trans-Manchurian

The classic Trans-Manchurian route covers nearly 9,000km between Moscow in the west and Beijing in the east, travelling via the Manchuria region of China; passing some of Russia’s greatest cities. Non-stop this journey can take around seven days. The Trans-Manchurian is the only route that will take you via Harbin, the most populous city in northeast China, and home to the incredible Harbin Ice Festival every January and February. For more information on where you can visit, head over to our Destinations page.

To get an idea of Trans-Mongolian departure days, and times, please visit our Trans-Manchurian timetable. If you have a specific departure date in mind please visit our live schedule or booking page for single leg journeys or, for multi-leg journeys, please visit our Trans-Siberian Journey Planner.

Fast Trains
Route Train First Class Second Class
Upper Berth
Moscow Beijing 20    
Moscow Irkutsk 6

20
   
Irkutsk Beijing
Moscow Yekaterinburg 100

6

20

 

 
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Beijing
Firmeny Trains
Route Train First Class Second Class
Upper Berth
Second Class
Lower Berth
Moscow Beijing 20      
Moscow Irkutsk 2

20
     
Irkutsk Beijing
Moscow Yekaterinburg 2

2

20

 

 

 
Yekaterinburg Irkutsk
Irkutsk Beijing

 

Please note

  • These selections are not exhaustive. For alternative routes and trains please use our Trans-Siberian Journey Planner.
  • All prices are correct as of May 2015.
  • These prices are valid until December 2015.
  • The prices that you see here have been rounded for simplicity and may vary.
  • These prices are inclusive of all charges and booking fees; though exclusive of any delivery charges (where applicable).
  • Prices are subject to availability.
  • All prices are based on Real Russia booking your tickets more than 31 days in advance of the date of travel. If you book within 31 days of the date of travel you will find that prices steadily increase.
  • The prices shown do not include meals, with the exception of train two, which includes one meal. Meals can be purchased separately while on board, or from stations along your journey. It may possible to book your journey with meals included at extra cost.
  • Please note that the first class prices offered for trains 100 and 362 are for two second class tickets as these trains do not offer first class cabins.
  • Travelling in Russia Mongolia and China may require a visa. For more information, and to purchase your visas, visit the visas section of our website,or head directly to our Tran-Siberian Visas page.

Further information

For general information on booking Russian rail tickets through Real Russia please see the following links:

If you require information on visas for these journeys, please see the following link:

If you have any further questions regarding rail tours or rail journeys please contact our travel and visa specialists who will be happy to help. Alternatively, we have a comprehensive knowledgebase and a forum that you can browse in order to ask fellow travellers for advice, and the answers to your questions.