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Trans-Siberian Route Description

The following section displays the most important cities along the Trans-Siberian train route.  Each one of these cities is special and has a fascinating history.  Take the longest train trip on earth with us!

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Moscow

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Russia’s political capital and financial as well as cultural center. The city includes several must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe complete with everything one could expect.

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Vladimir

209 km
2h 30min.

Built on the Klyza’ma River, Vladimir, founded in 995, was at one time a capital of Russia and its political, cultural and religious center. It has a reputation for its unique cathedrals, four of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Some architectural gems requiring a visit, are the Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral (1158-61) and the Golden Gate (1164).

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Nizhny Novgorod

461 km
6h 30 min.

This city was founded in 1221 and was a trading center for people from the Orient, Siberia and Turkistan. Formerly named Gorki, it held political exiles and was closed to outsiders for many years. The city recently opened its doors for visitors and its many well preserved memorials from the 13th and 14th centuries are an amazing attraction.

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Kirov

917 km
12h 50 min.

Kirov has a population of 350,000 and is the seat of a great agricultural center on the banks of the Vyatka River, a navigable river that connects with the Volga.

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Perm

1397 km
20h 10 min.

Perm lies about 800 miles east of Moscow on the western slopes of the Ural Mountains, and stretches along both sides of the Kama River. Perm was founded in 1568 as the village, Lagoshikha. Since 1756, Perm has been a center for Russia’s military manufacturing. By 1781, it was established as the administrative center of the northern Urals and gateway to Siberia.

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Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk)

1778 km
1d 2h 20min.

Russia’s third largest city and the capital of the Urals. Sverdlovsk oblast is one of the most developed and advanced regions in Russia. It is very rich in minerals and raw materials and is a heavily industrialized area. It is located far from ethnic conflict areas and is politically stable.

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Tyumen

2104 km
1d 6h 30min.

Tyumen was the first Russian town in Siberia and has always been famous for rich trade fairs and skilled craftsman. The city was considered the richest Russian town in the pre-Soviet era. Today it’s an oil and gas capital.

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Omsk

2676 km
1d 13h 50min.

Originally built as a fortification for Russia’s southern border by Peter the Great's guardsman Ivan Buchholz; when in spring of 1716 he and his detachment made a landing on the shore of the Irtysh, at the place where this powerful Siberian river joins the quiet Om. Thus, was founded the town of Omsk, which in our day has become the largest industrial and cultural center in Siberia.

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Novosibirsk

3303 km
1d 21h 30min.

The Siberia region’s largest city was founded in 1893. Novosibirsk is the third main cultural and scientific center in Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) and also is home to the famous University of Novosibirsk. The city is developing quite rapidly, and is considered to be the capital of Siberia. The area around Novosibirsk and the Altai Mountains hold some incredible nature for the outdoorsmen.

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Krasnoyarsk

4065 km
2d 9h 20 min.

Krasnoyarsk is turning into one of the most attractive regions in Russia for both Russian and foreign tourists. The region offers a unique combination of beautiful rivers and mountains, clean air, hunting and fishing, architectural sites and the ethnic culture of a unique northern nation.

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Angarsk

5113 km
3d 2h 20min.

A hazardous city with unsightly landscapes. Recently the construction of an oil pipeline between Russia and China, which would begin in Angarsk, has been discussed.

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Irkutsk

5153 km
3d 3h 20min.

Irkutsk has over 600,000 people and is located on the Angara River. It is the starting point for many who adventure to the Lake Baikal area because it is a major point on the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian train route. Founded by Russians in 1652 as a major fort beyond the Ural Mountains, it was populated by exiled political prisoners sent by the tsars and communists. Today, the city has become a college town with many young people attending universities there.

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Baikalsk

5360 km
3d 6h 40min.

Baikalsk is home to a popular ski and snowboard resort.

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Ulan-Ude

5609 km
3d 12h 20min.

Ulan-Ude, founded in 1666, is a capital of the Buryt Autonomous Republic, which in the 13 - 17th centuries was a part of the vast Mongolian Empire. This a classic example of the Eastern influence in Russia.
- In Ulan-Ude, the Trans-Siberian splits into two different directions:
1) travels South though Guisinoye Ozero, Djida, Naushki (Russia) to Ulan-Bataar (Mongolia) to Beijing (China) – Trans Mongolian.
2) travels East through Chita to Vladivostok – Trans-Siberian.

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Chita

6166 km
3d 21h 50min.

A large industrial city and the center of the Chita region.
- 100 km after Chita (in Karymskaya) the Trans-Siberian splits into 2 routes: 1) East to Vladivostok, and 2) South through Manchuria to China (Trans-Manchurian).

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Birobidzhan

8320 km
5d 13h 20min.

- Evreiskaya region ends and Khabarovsky krai begins at 8481 km.
- Crosses Amur River at 8482 via the longest Trans-Siberian bridge (2612 meters) immediately following a long tunnel.

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Khabarovsk

8493 km
5d 15h 40min.

Located on the Amur River which bounds Russia and China, it’s a nice, friendly town and a good break from the time on the train.

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Vladivostok

9259 km
6d 5h 19min.

The termination of the Trans-Siberian Railway. In 1860, an army squad landed on the bank of the Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) bay and built barracks; it was the first building in Vladivostok. Soon after that, Vladivostok became the main Russian port on the Pacific Ocean. An interesting seaport to explore, but a little risky as well.

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