Trans-Mongolian Route Beijing-Moscow Direct
Polny BM Direct
8 days – from €1,035 (per person, twin share)
Beijing to Moscow, via Mongolia
(or alternative route via Manchuria)
For those with limited time and wanting to focus on the train journey following the Trans-Mongolian route. Departing Beijing on Wednesdays, train #3 travels over 7,000km, with passengers spending five nights on board. Alternatively, guests may wish to depart Beijing on Saturdays on #19, travelling via the Manchurian line (bypassing Mongolia) and spending 6 nights on board.
Beijing — Moscow (Trans-Mongolian)
Take a look at the Trains and Schedules page for the specific details regarding Beijing departures and onward travel.
√ Monkey info pack, local support, visa invitation documents
√ Train tickets in standard second-class (4-berth) cabins
√ Beijing: 1 night 3* hotel; departure transfer: hotel to train station
√ Moscow: arrival transfer; 1 night centrally located 3* hotel, guided city walking tour
Prices (per person)
€1,335 – based on solo travel:
€1,035 – based on two people travelling together:
€1,000 – based on three people travelling together:
€1,030 – based on four people travelling together:
» Trans-Mongolian train journey, travelling 7,356 km from Beijing to Moscow across two continents.
» View remnants of the ancient Great Wall, the Gobi desert and Mongolian Open Steppe; and traverse the wide expanse of Siberia, passing countless rural villages in between the main cities en route to Moscow
» One night in Beijing and Moscow; orientation Moscow city tour
Flexibility – tour programs and accommodation
Upgrade to a first-class (2-berth) cabin
Add extra nights in Beijing and a guided city tour or excursion to the Great Wall
Add an extension from Moscow to Saint Petersburg with extra nights accommodation in Moscow, overnight or express day train and accommodation in Saint Petersburg, along with a number of additional Moscow tours and Saint Petersburg.
Staying 1 night at centrally located 3* hotel.
We can book extra accommodation and tours in Beijing, as well as domestic train tickets around China in advance of your Trans-Mongolian train journey.
Morning transfer to Beijing Main Railway Station for the start of your Trans-Mongolian adventure.
Depart on train #23 at 07:27. The train travels westerly before turning north and passing through the Yanshan mountains north of Beijing and passing sections of the Great Wall, before arriving at the Chinese border town of Erlian.
The Chinese – Mongolian border crossing takes around five hours for immigration and customs procedures and for changing the bogies to accommodate the different gauge railway lines between China and the rest of the Trans-Mongolian / Siberian network.
On train through Mongolia
Wake up to the Gobi desert environs. Travel north, reaching the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, mid-afternoon. Continue on, traversing the Mongolian steppe towards the Russian border.
Cross the Mongolian – Russian border in the evening, spending a few hours in Sukhebaatar (Mongolia) and Naushki (Russia) for immigration and customs formalities.
On train passing Lake Baikal
Travel via the south shore of Lake Baikal in the morning, reaching Irkutsk a little after 10am. Irkutsk is the unofficial capital of Siberian, an important junction on the Trans-Siberian network, and the gateway to the majestic environs of Lake Baikal. Continue the long travers of Siberia, enjoying endless views of Siberian taiga forests, crossing numberous rivers and picturesque villages and vistas stretching far to the horizon.
On train across Siberia
Travelling over the ‘mid-Siberian railway’, built between 1893 and 1898, the train winds through the Sayan Mountains and crosses the great rivers Ob and Yenisei. The train stops numerous times throughout the journey, including longer stops in Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk, where guests can disembark briefly to pick up snacks or stretch their legs on the station platforms.
On train crossing the geographic divide between Asia and Europe
Passing Omsk in the early morning, and Ekaterinburg and Perm later in the afternoon, as the train leaves Siberia behind and crosses the Ural Mountains, the geographic border between Asia and Europe.
The land become less more industrial as the trains passes Ural provinces and nears Moscow, arriving at Yaroslavskaya Station early afternoon around 2pm. Meet your driver on the station platform and transfer to your centrally located 3* hotel. One night is included as part of the standard Polny package; feel free of course to add to this, or include an extension to Saint-Petersburg.
Moscow city tour
Meet your guide at the hotel for an informative three-hour orientation tour of Moscow.
The Moscow guides have their own personal touch, while of course visiting the main sites and introducing you to the diversity of Moscow’s architectural styles from Russian-Moscow Baroque and Art Nouveau to the Pseudo-Chinese and Moorish influences. The three-hour walking tour generally includes: Tverskaya street and it’s important buildings, Manezhnaya square, Marshal Zhukov monument, Lubyanka (former KGB building), Aleksandrovsky Gardens and of course the Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
You have a free afternoon to continue your exploration of this exciting and vibrant city and delve into the long and turbulent history of Russia; again, adding on extra nights and additional Moscow tours if you wish.