Wanderlust Wendy

Trans-Siberian Journey: The Summary

12 trains, 115 hours, and 14,645km. This trans-Siberian journey took us 27 days. What an incredible experience, and it all went by in a flash. I could have easily double the time for this trip, and dig deeper into each of the places that we visit.

If this trip has been on your bucket list, I encourage you to find a way to make it happen. You won’t regret it (does anyone ever regret going on a trip?)! Most questions that we’ve received have been around cost and planning. I’ve gathered all of the blog posts that I’ve written for this voyage here, and shared the train and lodging costs. Hopefully you find the information helpful, and will be inspired to make this dream a reality!


This post has in-depth info on how I thought through the itinerary and planned for the trip.

Visa Prep

Info on how we obtained our Russian and Mongolian visas while living in China.

Shanghai to Beijing

Train: Ctrip.com $93/person
Lodge: Howard Johnson Paragon – Hotels.com $93/person

Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

Train: K23 – TravelChinaGuide.com $343/person

24 hours in Ulaanbaatar

Lodge: Zaya Hostel – Booking.com $20/person

Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk

Train: 305bl – RealRussia.co.uk $145/person

4 Days in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

Lodge: Hostel Katyusha Travel Centre – Booking.com $44/person

Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg

Train: 001 Rossija – rzd.ru $354

24 Hours in Yekaterinburg

Lodge: Hostel R.E.D. Booking.com $12/person

3 Days in Kazan

Train: 059E Tyumen – rzd.ru $65/person
Lodge: Geography Hostel Kazan – Booking.com $48/person

3 Days in St. Petersburg

Train: 133ГА – rzd.ru $108/person
Lodge: AirBnB $65/person

3 Days in Moscow

Train: 767A Sapsan – rzd.ru $45/person
Lodge: Family $0/person

24 Hours in Kyiv

Train: 005RA – RealRussia.co.uk $111/person
Lodge: 11 Mirros Design Hotel – SPG.com – SPG points

2 Days in Warsaw

Train:D67 Kyiv Express – Polrail.com $95/person
Lodge: AirBnB $113/person

The Finale

Train to Berlin: EC46 Berlin-Warszawa Express – bahn.de $38/person
Lodge in Berlin: Grand Hyatt Berlin – Hyatt.com – Hyatt points
Train to Strasbourg: TGV9580 – bahn.de $94/person
Lodge in Strasbourg: Regent Contades – Hotels.com $63/person

Total Lodging & Train Cost: $1,489 per person; $70 per person, per day.

Helpful Resources:

Trans-Siberian Railway Itinerary

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