Trans-Siberian Railway Prices

Ticket prices for the Trans-Siberian Railway also depend on the current ruble exchange rate.

Ticket prices for the Trans-Siberian Railway also depend on the current ruble exchange rate.

Is the Trans-Siberian Railway expensive?

 

Before starting on your Trans-Siberian Railway adventure you naturally want to know what the entire trip will cost. Although this sounds like a simple question, it is pretty difficult to answer. The Trans-Siberian Railway price of travel depends on the following factors:

  • Which travel class do I want to use? The price for a first class ticket is about three times the price of a 3rd class ticket
  • Am I willing to buy the tickets myself and assume responsibility for the organisation of the trip?
  • How many stopovers do I want to make? The more breaks, the higher the total price.
  • What sort of accommodation do I want? Will it be a luxury hotel or will a hostel dormitory be sufficient?
  • What tours and excursions would I like to go on?
  • What is the current exchange rate for rubles?

 

Basically, everything from a luxury to a budget holiday is available. If you buy yourself a 3rd Class nonstop ticket at the counter, a few hundred Euros will cover the price. All you will experience is a week on the Trans-Siberian train and will see nothing of the cities on the way. There is, however, any amount of room for upward expansion. Everyone makes different choices about which aspects they are willing to spend money on. I personally prefer to save money on accommodation and railcar class, visit as many cities and do as many trips as possible. To enable better classification of your travel expenses I have contrasted two typical traveler types. In the third column you can calculate the total cost of your own journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Please keep in mind that these are only rough estimations and not exact prices.

 

  Budget-Traveller Average Traveller Your adventure
Length of travel 28 days 28 days days
Train Tickets 3. Cl. Moscow -> Irkutsk: ~150€
2. Cl. Irkutsk ->Ulan Bator: ~150€
(international trains don’t have 3. class)
2. Cl. Ulan Bator -> Beijing: ~250€
Total price: 550€
2. Cl. Moscow -> Ekaterinburg: ~150€
2. Cl. Ekaterinburg -> Irkutsk: ~200€
2. Cl. Irkutsk -> Ulan Bator: ~150€
2. Cl. Ulan Bator -> Beijing: ~250€
Total price: 750€

stopovers

Total price: ???

Accommodation Hostel-dorm: ~15€
23 overnight stays (5 on the train)
Total price: 345€
Double in a ***-Hotel: ~40€ pP
23 overnight stays (5 on the train)
Total price: 920€

Total price: ???

Arrival & Departure Flight to Moscow: ~150€
Flight back from Beijing: ~400€
Total price: 550€
Flight to Moscow: ~150€
Flight back from Beijing: ~400€
Total price: 550€
Flight to Moscow: ~150€
Flight back from Beijing: ~400€
Total price: 550€
Tours Short excursions only (great wall, etc.): ~50€ Simple tour to Lake Baikal: ~200€
Tour to the Gobi Desert: ~100€
Short excursions: ~50€
Total price: 350€
Short excursions (~50€)
Gobi-Tour (~100€)
Tour to Lake Baikal (~200€)

Total price: 0€

Expenses Public transport: ~50€
Self Cooking: ~5€ * 28 Tage = 140€
Total price: 190€
Public transport: ~30€
Taxi: ~50€
Inexpensive Restaurants: ~20€ * 28 days = 560€
Total price: 640€


Total price: ???
Visas Russian Visa + Invitation: ~60€
Chinese Visa: ~30€
Total price: 150€
Russian Visa + Invitation: ~60€
Mongolian Visa: ~60€
Chinese Visa: ~30€
Visa Agency: ~60€
Total price: 210€
Russian Visa + Invitation: ~60€
Mongolian Visa: ~60€
Chinese Visa: ~30€
Visa Agency (~60€)

Total price: 150€

Total price 1835€ 3420€ ???

 

The all-in costs seem fairly high at first. However, they cover everything and it is quite a long journey taking four weeks. Many people forget to consider that when looking at the list. We should also deduct the running costs for food and leisure at home. I think most visitors to this page will classify themselves somewhere between the two categories, that is around the € 2,000 – € 2,500 range.
When comparing these prices with other travel packages, you get the impression that it is hardly worthwhile travelling individually on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Please keep in mind that most packages last no more than 14 days and you are herded like cattle through the most beautiful locations.

If you spend less time on the Trans-Siberian Railway you will, of course, pay less. I chose this particular travel length because I prefer not to do things by halves. If you fulfill your dream of travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway, enjoy it and don’t rush things. But it’s up to you, of course. Try playing around with the form a bit to find the appropriate price for your trip.

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