Taking Trans-Siberian Trains from Beijing to Mongolia or Moscow is one of the unique travel experience and it is another popular and economy way to leave China from Beijing for your next destination instead of taking expensive international flight.
There are three international train numbers that depart from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and Moscow in Russia which are K23, K3 and K 19. Each train offers three different types of berths, they are hard sleeper, soft sleeper and deluxe soft sleeper.
1. Train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
K23 is a Trans-Mongolian route which leaves Beijing for Ulaanbaatar. This 1,500 km’s journey takes 29 hours. It stops at Zhangjiakou, Datong, Erenhot, and then enters Mongolia. The weekly train leaves Beijing every Tuesday morning and arrives at Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday afternoon. It’s divided into deluxe 2-berth compartments, soft sleeper and hard sleeper. Usually there is an extra train in peak season, departing every Monday or Saturday.
K23 leave Beijing twice a week. It departs at 08:05 in the morning and arrives at Ulaanbaatar around 13:20 on next afternoon.
28 May, 2013 – 27 May, 2014 Every Tuesday Departure.
|Timetable||Stations||Category and Price for Refrence only (USD/Person)|
|Weekdays||Arrival||Departure||Deluxe Soft Sleeper(Individual /Group)||Soft Sleeper*(Individual /Group)||Hard Sleeper(Individual /Group)|
Remark: The departure time is local time.
* The Soft Sleeper is not available for the Monday Departure.
2. Train from Beijing to Moscow, Russia (pass Ulan Bator)
K3 is the Trans-Mongolian line (completed in the 1950s), which leaves Beijing for Moscow via Mongolia. The weekly train leaves Beijing every Wednesday morning and arrives in Moscow the next Monday. The 7,622 km’s journey takes 6 days and 5 nights. This train crosses Gobi desert, cuts across Mongolia and Siberia, then enters Moscow. Eastbound, it leaves Moscow every Tuesday night.
This train uses Chinese rolling stock and has 3 classes, including deluxe sleeper, soft sleeper and hard sleeper. Deluxe class is 2-berth compartment, soft sleeper and hard sleeper are 4-berth compartments. The so-called hard sleeper is relatively less comfortable because its bunk tends to be narrower.
The train stops at a station every few hours, usually for 5-20 minutes. When it enters each country, there will be different kind of food including Chinese, Mongolian and Russian style.
Leaves on every Saturday, all year around
|Timetable||Stations||Category and Price for Reference Only (USD/Person)|
|Weekdays||Arrival||Departure||Deluxe Soft Sleeper||Soft Sleeper*||Hard Sleeper|
K19 is the Trans-Manchurian line (built around 1900) which leaves Beijing for Moscow via Manchuria. The weekly train leaves Beijing every Saturday night and arrives in Moscow the next Friday. The 8,986 km’s journey takes about 7 days and 6 nights. The train uses Russian rolling stock and has deluxe class 2-berth compartments as well as hard sleeper 4-berth compartments.
Leaves on every Saturday, all year around
|Timetable||Stations||Category and Price for reference only (USD/Person)|
|Weekdays||Arrival||Departure||Deluxe Soft Sleeper||Hard Sleeper|
Room Types on the international trains from Beijing
Food and Beverage on the train
There is plenty of food available during the journey. Trains have dining cars and the carriage attendants will often provide cold drinks, snacks and even freeze-dried meals available for sale. Food on the train is not included in ticket prices.
Food and drinks are also sold in kiosks at the platforms. And there are always people on the platform that offer a variety of food (eggs, fish, cheese, bread, fruits and snacks) and drinks for passengers.
To get a reasonable price, wait for a station with a 20-30 minutes stop, and just exit the train station, there is usually a plenty of kiosks or small shops outside, offering a wider choice. Some of the larger stations will have food marts with snacks and alcohol.
It’s also possible to eat quite cheap during the trip. Since there is an electric drinking water heater in every carriage, one of your best choices is to have some instant noodles and cafe. Just bring your own cup.
In every carriage there is a drinking water heater with boiling water available (bring your own tea). Carriage attendants also sell tea and coffee, and it’s usually possible to buy soft drinks and beer in the dining carriage to bring back to your carriage.
1. When taking an international train, an adult is allowed to take at most 35kg of carry-on baggage for free while a child under 12 years old is allowed to take 15kg of baggage for free. The total length, width and height of each baggage cannot exceed 200cm.The over weighted part has to be checked
2. The baggage will be checked at the Baggage Drop-off Counter of Beijing Railway Station. The check-in time is in the morning one day before departure. The counter and custom office is closed on weekends, so passengers leaving on Monday should check their baggage in advance on Friday.
3. The baggage check-in procedure needs the passenger’s passport and train ticket. To check a bicycle, leave it unlocked and unpacked.
4. The baggage check-in fee is CNY 7.5 / kg for the Beijing-Ulan Bator train. Each bicycle costs CNY 150. The charge on Beijing-Moscow train is CNY 16.8 / kg and a bicycle costs CNY 200. The price is adjusted to the changes of international exchange rate.
1. Items whose transportation is prohibited or limited by the government.
2. Dangerous goods, including flammable, explosive, corrosive, poisonous, radioactive materials, etc.
3. Animals and goods (goods with revolting smell included) which will affect public hygiene.
4. Items which may harm other passengers in the train.
5. Baggage that exceeds the limitation of the regulation.
6. Rod-shaped baggage which exceeds 200 cm in length.
Landscape on the way
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