Most Famous Russian & Siberian Cities

Fortunately, our Trans-Siberian railway travels are not only about sitting in front of the train window and observing panoramic wild landscapes of Russia's endless expanses, but are also all about diving into the local culture and traditions during stops in major Russian hubs and authentic Siberian cities along the way. Taking into consideration that the length of the Trans-Siberian railroad is more than 9000 km, be sure that you’ll have the chance to visit some unique gems that will surprise, charm, and mesmerize you. The whole Trans-Siberian program from Moscow to Vladivostok by train includes major Russian cities, which you’ll explore with professional local guides, enjoying extensive sightseeing tours and other exciting pre-planned activities. However, you can select a more unusual route and, apart from classic Trans-Siberian program, you may use this chance to discover Mongolia and China as well. Let's take a closer look at the towns which can be explored during a Trans-Siberian journey. Check out all destinations enroute on your adventure:

1. Moscow
Moscow

The classic Trans-Siberian journey starts from the capital of Russia, sparkling Moscow, which is a must-visit to understand Russia.

Here you explore its most famous icons like the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the red-walled Kremlin and its Armoury Chamber with a unique collection of crown jewels, as well as immerse into the biggest and most renowned depository of Russian art in the whole world, Tretyakov Gallery.

2. Kazan
Kazan

After the sightseeing in vibrant Moscow, travelers set off on a train journey with the next stop in the one-of-a-kind capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, breathtaking Kazan, located on the merge of European and Asian cultures.

​Here you'll get a chance to discover the gorgeous Kazan Kremlin, the Temple of all Religions, and the Qol Sharif Mosque as well as to taste rich local dishes and may even to learn how to cook one.

3. Ekaterinburg
Ekaterinburg

Moving inland, closer to the Ural Mountains, your journey continues to the capital of the Ural region, Ekaterinburg.

It was the site of the tragic execution of the Russian imperial family, is famous for the architectural ensemble of the Rastorguev - Haritonov’s House, and is home to the monument Europe-Asia, where you'll be able to find yourself in two parts of the Earth at once, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia.

4. Irkutsk
Irkutsk

Following a day onboard and enjoying the scenery of the Russian Taiga, you'll get to Irkutsk, set on the banks of the Angara River.

Apart from exploring Siberian gems like the Znamensky Monastery and the Polish Roman Church of Irkutsk, you'll get a chance to have a glimpse of the deepest lake in the world, gorgeous Lake Baikal, located in proximity to the city. So incredible postcard-like landscapes are 100%-guaranteed!

5. Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk

Your extensive immersion into Russian culture will proceed with Khabarovsk, an administrative center on the Amur River near the Sea of Japan and the Chinese border.

A tour around Khabarovsk is your chance to witness the third tallest cathedral in Russia, the Spaso-Transfiguration Cathedral, to cross the Amur River along Khabarovsk Bridge, as well as to admire the picturesque city's surroundings from the Amur Cliff.

6. Vladivostok
Vladivostok

The final (or first) stop of an epic train ride from one end of Russia to another is Vladivostok, the major Pacific port in Russia, set closer to the USA than to Moscow!

The so-called capital of the Russian Far East boasts some striking architecture, the list of must-sees includes the Russky Bridge and Vladivostok Fortress, as well as Russky Island and the Eagle's Nest observation point, offering simply mind-blowing panoramas.

7. Ulan Bator
Ulan Bator

Those travelers, wishing to enrich their experience, may choose the route from Moscow to Mongolia by train. In this case, following after Irkutsk, is Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar) where a Trans-Siberian trip turns into a Trans-Mongolian train tour.

Located high above the sea level, Ulan Bator is the coldest capital in the world. Some of the most authentic sights are the Buddhist Gandan Monastery, as well as the Turtle Rock and Aryabal Temple in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

8. Beijing
Beijing

If your spirit of adventure asks for even more, considering Russia and Mongolia still not enough, you are welcome to continue to China. Changing you Trans-Mongolian train in Erlian, you'll find yourself in a traditional Chinese train, taking you to the capital city of the Celestial Empire, Beijing, a true "gold mine" for Chinese culture lovers.

The famous Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, the iconic Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall are on the agenda.

9. Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg

Stroll along the canals of magnificent Saint Petersburg and marvel at its opulent heritage on every step. Established by Peter the Great, the city boasts not only magnificent monuments but a note-worthy history as the former capital of the Russian Empire.

The bustling hub is also known as Venice of the North, which features splendid palaces, authentic architecture, and over 340 bridges! Even though not on the original Trans-Siberian Route, Saint Petersburg is undoubtedly worth a visit.

10. Lake Baikal & Listvyanka Village
Lake Baikal & Listvyanka Village

If you enjoy the vast beauty of nature, wild landscapes, and authentic heritage, the village of Listvyanka is going to be a stop to remember. Scenically set on the shores of the renowned Lake Baikal, the once small Siberian settlement is now a major hub in the region, attracting a growing number of visitors each year.

In addition to numerous points of interest in the city, it also provides one of the best locations to admire the largest freshwater lake in the world. Did you know that it is also the deepest one on the globe?