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The Best Way to Travel Around Russia

Russia is a huge country that spans continents, and for many centuries, the Soviet Block countries were isolated from the rest of the world, and when they finally did open their doors in the 1990s, the rest of the world was able to experience the unique Russian culture and customs. Today, Russia is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Europeans, and by far the best way to experience the wonders of this massive country is on the Trans Siberian Railway.

The Trans Siberian Railway

This iconic train journey is steeped in mystery, and has long captured the imagination of travellers from all over the world, and you can book a berth on this unique train, and the Trans Siberian 1st class cost a lot less than you might think. The choices are varied, with the main route being from Moscow to Beijing, which takes you across more than 9,000 kilometres of natural beauty, and you can also visit Vladivostok, which has a culture all of its own.

Travelling First Class

The ultimate way to travel on the Trans Siberian Railway, first class offers sumptuous luxury, and for a very affordable cost. The basic difference between 1st and 2nd class is that 1st class has only two berths per cabin, whereas there are 4 berths in a 2nd class carriage. Don’t expect a much higher standard for décor in 1st class, as they are both similar, and if you are on a tight budget, 2nd class will save you some money.

A Unique Experience

If you are thinking there’s nothing to do other than admire the view as it flies by, think again, as they are lots of things to keep you occupied. Socialising, for example, and the local people are very keen to interact with western visitors, while there will be many other tourists from all corners of the world. There are pleasant restaurant cars where you can sit and chat with locals and fellow tourists alike, and many passengers enjoy early evening strolls through the train.

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Preparations

Once you have decided what time of year to make this trip, book your berths online with an established Trans Siberian tour operator, and the preparations can begin. If you are travelling through Mongolia, you will need a visa to enter Mongolia, as well as the Russian and Chinese visas, all of which can be applied for online.

What to Pack?

This demands a lot of careful thought, and on the tour operator’s website you will find a few essential lists, along with climate information and some suggestions on suitable attire. You should create your own list, making sure you have ample memory space for your camera, as well as a good power bank and a set of universal plug adaptors.

Online Research

The Internet offers a host of free information about every aspect of Russia, so you can read up on the places you plan to visit beforehand, which will help you appreciate them more. You can find out about the colourful Russian history, and the powerful leaders who shaped this huge country, and if you are a nature lover, you are in for a treat, as you traverse the Russian Steppes.

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Book the journey of a lifetime and prepare for an amazing experience travelling on the Trans Siberian Railway.

Jason Bucowski
Jason Bucowski