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Trans-Siberian Question

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1. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

I will be railing from Vladivostok --> Moscow on the "Rossiya". I found the following information on

Remember that Trans-Siberian trains are 'reservation obligatory'. Every time you step on board a train you must have a confirmed sleeping-berth reservation for that journey on that train on that date - you cannot hop on and off trains spontaneously without a reservation. So if you want to travel from, say, Moscow to Beijing stopping off at Irkutsk you need a ticket/reservation from Moscow to Irkutsk and a second separate ticket/reservation for the train you want to take from Irkutsk to Beijing.

It also reads:

The train stops several times a day, usually only for 10-20 minutes, but you can stretch your legs and take photographs.

I just wanted to verify that of course this means you may hop off/on the train at any station stop, provided you board the same train before it makes way again. I think thats what it means. Perhaps my brain doesn't work properly.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Yes, you can hop on and off as long as you get back on the same train.

What you can't do is hop off and hang around for a day and hop on the next train passing through.


3. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

Thanks Greg! Thats what I thought. I told you my brain doesn't work the way it's supposed to.

Have you ever traveled the Trans-Siberian railway via the 'Trans-Siberian Proper' from Vladivostok --> north of Lake Bakal --> on towards Moscow? If anyone has gone this route, what did you think?

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I have not travelled it, but am thinking about it for end of October. There are a couple people here who have done it.