Paul Theroux once described the Trans-Siberian Railway as “like a cruise across an oceanic landscape”. It is the longest railway line in the world, connecting Moscow to Vladivostok, more than 9,288 kilometres (5,771 mi) and eight time zones. But which Siberian cities should you visit on your trip? Read Culture Trip’s recommendations below.
If travelling via the secondary route on Trans-Manchurian Railway, you’ll reach Beijing. Not only is it the modern capital of China, but it’s also packed with ancient sites – such as the Forbidden Palace – alongside traditional eateries and quirky attractions, such as the world’s longest outdoor escalator, shaped like a dragon. Before entering Beijing, the train passes a dozen almost identical steppes and important Chinese cities, including Harbin, Changchun and Shanhaiguan, where you will be able to see the Unesco World Heritage site, the Great Wall of China. Camera at the ready!
Finally, you’ll pull into Vladivostok, the final destination of the Trans-Siberian Railway route. The port city will welcome you with its impressive white-washed central railway station. Vladivostok is a military port, home to the Russian Pacific Fleet, located on the western shores of the Japanese Sea. It harbours a captivating mix of different cultures: the Russian language, Japanese cars, and Asian cuisine. Explore the city before venturing beyond to the remote parts of the Primorye region, dotted with waterfalls, mountain ranges and black-sand beaches, undisturbed by tourists.