One of the longest rail journeys in the world (although not quite the longest) is made between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
You have the choice to travel on the more expensive and faster Rossiya service, or alternatively it is possible to book tickets for slower, less expensive and less comfortable alternatives (Route 904). Most travellers will want to take the faster Rossiya service however, so this page is dedicated to this specific journey.
The seven-day journey is made every other day, in either direction. It is considered to be one of the best Russian train services, due to punctuality, staff service and level of upkeep. Two class options are available:
- 1st Class - 2 berth compartments - Spalny Wagon (SV)
- 2nd Class - 4 berth compartments - Kupé
Traveller's shouldn't feel like they have to do the journey in one go. Why not take the chance to visit a few of the destinations en route. You may be particularly interested in Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude.
The benefit of the Moscow - Vladivostok route, as opposed to the other Trans-Siberian routes such as the Trans-Mongolian, is that you only need one visa (Russia). Make sure you allow plenty of time before your journey to ensure that you have the appropriate visa for your route. If you are booking your journey through an agent (like Real Russia), they may be able to sort out your visa for you. This is likely to occur a commission fee, but could be much less stressful in the long-run. Make sure you hold on to any customs forms you are given along the way to avoid problems later down the line.