Is travelling the Trans-Siberian safe?
Millions of people travel across Russia, China and Mongolia safely every year, locals and tourists alike. In many ways, the Trans-Siberian trains are some of the safest trains to travel on.
- Every carriage is looked after 24/7 by at least one attendant known as provodnistas.
- Every passenger must show their ticket along with official ID upon entering the train; for foreign visitors this will generally be a passport.
- At every stop, the trains are inspected to ensure cleanliness and safety.
- There are containers under bunks or seats to store luggage or valuables.
- Some compartments will only have a simple lock on the sliding door, however, other trains will have additional security devices which can be attached to the fitted handle/lock unit. There may also be a steel switch at head-height on the door panel which, when pulled down, prevents the door sliding open.
Whether you are a lone tourist, a couple, family or part of a group, the Trans-Siberian offers an enjoyable and safe experience for all.