The Romanoff Trans Mongolian Journey



From the cobblestones of the Forbidden City to the cobblestones of The Hermitage, with a stopover in Yekaterinburg

  • START & END Beijing ➔ St Petersburg
  • COUNTRIES China, Mongolia, Russia
  • DISTANCE 8,254 KM
  • NOTABLE LANDMARKS The Forbidden City in Beijing; the Mongolian Steppes, Lake Baikal; Romanoff memorial in Yekaterinburg; The Hermitage in St Petersburg

Your Itinerary


From Beijing across the Gobi Desert to Ulaanbaatar


Discovering Mongolia


Overnight train to Irkutsk


Two nights at Lake Baikal, followed by one at Irkutsk


By train across Siberia, from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg


Sightseeing around Yekaterinburg


Train from Yekaterinburg to Moscow


Sightseeing in Moscow


Moscow and Train to St Petersburg


Depart St Petersburg


The direction of this itinerary is Westward (East to West) Beijing TO St Petersburg.

A leisurely journey on the world’s greatest railway, a journey linking two great, if contrasting cultures… from Beijing north up across the Mongolian steppes, then westbound across the endless forests of Siberia to Moscow (and St Petersburg, if desired).  Stopovers are made at the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar (formerly Ulan Bator), Irkutsk (Lake Baikal) and Yekaterinburg, where the Czar and his family were murdered. Recommended for travellers who seek to explore in depth.

The itinerary detailed below uses the standard train and is for more independent travellers. If you prefer different levels of travel comfort, do consider our luxury private train options.

Independent departures 2 times a week on winter timetable and 3 times per week on summer timetable aboard Mongolian and Chinese Trains No. 23. Chinese International Train No. 3 to Moscow departs once per week all year. Departure times may change each year, or seasonally. We can confirm the time when booking.

Free allowance for rail baggage is 35kg per person. Overweight baggage must be checked at the Luggage Check-in Centre of Beijing Railway Station on the morning of the day prior to departure.

For a number of years tickets for the short journey, Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, have been possible on Train No.3. This option has now been withdrawn and all tickets are sold for long haul journeys, as was the system a few years back. Therefore, the first station that can now be booked is Krasnoyarsk in Russia. If you want Train No.3 then, as before, you book to Krasnoyarsk and you disembark at Ulaanbaatar. The surcharge in four-berth is US$222.

Train timetables between Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar (both directions) have changed significantly from December 2017. There are now no daily departures. From Ulaanbaatar you now have two choices:

  • Train No. 305 Mon/Tue/Sat depart at 15:22 local time
  • Train No. 5 Thur all year depart at 15:31 local time.

Friday departures (Jun-Oct, every week).

We have been operating a wide variety of independent programmes and tours into Russia since 1989, starting with university language study groups. As Russia opened up we introduced Trans Siberian train journeys at a real price. We were the first to introduce homestay accommodation. Others were paying high costs while our clients were paying low cost! Same bed, same cabin!

All this experience results in

  • great trips
  • up to date information
  • reliable partners at all stops means safety for you
  • accountability

You will also notice our name is referenced in most of the guidebooks relating to these areas. In fact we have helped many of the Lonely Planet guidebook authors travel around Russia.



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