Trans Mongolian Classic Journey



From the cobblestones of the Forbidden City in Beijing to the cobblestones of the Hermitage in St Petersburg

  • 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; 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


From Irkutsk across Siberia to Moscow


Sightseeing in Moscow


Overnight Train to St Petersburg


Depart St Petersburg


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

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). 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.

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.

On leaving Beijing: The Thoughts of Chairman Brent