Passport Travel has been operating for over 30 years, specialising in travel to the more exotic destinations of the world. We have operated programmes to Russia since before the collapse of the Soviet Union and then expanded our range after that major world event. Our main brands are transsiberian.com.au (using standard trains), privatetranssiberian.com (offering a more upmarket private rail experience) and russiantravelcentre.com.au (general Russian travel and cruises).

Our international staff include native-born Russians and we are all extensively travelled. We are based in Melbourne, Australia with a European staff member positioned in Rome.

Passport Travel encourages you to make a difference to the way you travel. Please make an effort to understand the culture, to learn something of the history and customs of the people you are visiting and to be sensitive to local customs. Watch what local people do, especially in sensitive areas like churches, mosques, temples and near people’s homes and follow topics of interest from local papers, radio and by asking people you meet.

Our clients are active in their pursuit of the ecological and sociological balance between tourism and the environment. To find that balance and to enjoy your holiday please allow our experienced travellers to help you.

Clicks & Bricks

Whilst we offer an extensive World Wide Web presence we are also ‘flesh and bone’ and welcome you to visit our office in person to discuss your travel plans

You can verify our registrations via the Australian Securities and Investment Commission website.


If the water in a pool is not moving, it becomes stagnant and muddy, but if it stirs and flows, it becomes clear again; the same is true of a person on a journey.

Muhammed Asad, Le Chemin de la Mecque (Fayard)

Our Staff


Brent McCunn

Trans Siberian Man

Brent has been a life-long traveller. After a decade living and working in Europe, usually in the travel industry, he settled in Australia in 1988 and founded Passport Travel.


Maria Khrustaleva

Russian Travel Advisor

Maria joined us in April 2018 and brings us her knowledge of her native Russia, together with an impressive academic background in geography.


Helen Fuge

Travel Advisor

Currently based in Rome, Helen is our in-house expert on the Middle East , Iran, Turkey, Russia, India and Sri Lanka. She can help you plan your rail adventures through China, Mongolia, Russia, Iran and Central Asia.