13 June 1891, birthdate of the Trans Siberian Railway

Nine time zones, over 9,000 kilometers, sixteen major rivers, and from one continent to another is what happens while traveling through twenty-one regions on the Trans Siberian.

Train Trans-Siberian_railway_map

This trip can be traveled on three different routes and all trains travel using Moscow time which can be confusing when you several times away from Moscow.

June 13, 1891 was the date, 122 years ago, when Emperor Alexander II approved construction of a Trans-Siberian railway,  opening up the east to European Russia.

The journey is long–7 days from start to finish and so we encourage Western passengers to purchase tickets for either Kupe (2nd class) or Spalny (first class).

Here is a great link with very helpful information for travelers.

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