Passengers on deluxe Trans -Siberian tours usually come from United States, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
1. The official language on the train is English. However we have a team of multi lingual tour directors onboard who can speak English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Announcements over the train’s public announcement system are made, generally, in English and also in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese if these languages are represented by other passengers on the train.
2. The maximum capacity of passengers is 160. The minimum number is 120 passengers.
3. Although there are no age restrictions, the majority of our travellers are 40 and older. In addition to couples and single travelers, there are also families with children joining the tours.
Services on board 1. Services of experienced and professional multi-lingual tour directors.
2. The total number of staff on the train is about 50. Every sleeping car has 2 attendants working in shifts.
3. Complimentary tea and coffee are available 24 hours a day in the sleeping cars. A bottle of mineral water is served daily to your train compartment.
4. A doctor onboard is available 24 hours a day for primary health care.
5. For first-class passengers, a service car with shower cabins is available on the train. As the water tank capacity is limited and refilling is possible only on a few big stations, we kindly ask you to use water economically. A schedule of opening times of the shower car will be in the Service Directory in your cabin.
6. Porterage is provided in Moscow and Beijing. In Ulan Bator, you will spend one night at the hotel and can bring only hand luggage where your main luggage will stay in your cabin onboard. Porterage is provided on the Chinese border as well.
Tipping and Currency
Luggage and Clothing
Train Technical Specifications
Gratuities are not included in the tour price. The recommended tipping budget is about EUR 100 / USD 140 per person, preferably in USD. Tipping customs in Russia, Mongolia and China will be explained to you by the Tour Managers in the beginning of the tour.
We recommend bringing US dollars or Euros with you as they can be exchanged easily in Russia, Mongolia and China into local currency. Our tour directors will advise you where you can exchange money during the tour. Onboard of the Trans-Siberian train you can open an account and make a payment for your expenses in the end of the tour.
ATM machines are now available in all cities where our train is stopping. Traveller checks are not recommended as they are virtually impossible to exchange.
1. There is limited storage space inside your cabin. We recommend using soft-topped, medium sized luggage as it is easier to store.
2. During the day we recommend wearing comfortable clothing. For the welcome and farewell dinners we suggest smart casual. When packing, we recommend taking summer clothes and a light sweater as well because temperature can wary. Since every tour requires some walking we suggest packing comfortable walking shoes. A rubber sole is recommended to avoid possible slipping.
3. Shampoo and shower gel are provided in the showers of the train. Bath robes and slippers are provided in all cabins. Towels are provided in the compartments as well as in the shower cabins of the service car.
4. Our Tour Managers will give lectures about geography, history and current developments of Russia, Mongolia and China. Lectures will take place in the conference room and might be presented in various languages.
5. A bar with live music is open till midnight.
3. Laundry facilities are available in hotels in Irkutsk, on Lake Baikal, and Ulan-Bator. Laundry bags are provided on the train.
4. If you do not wish to participate in group sightseeing tours, you may either stay on board of the train or make your private arrangements. The buses take up to 45 passengers; the average size of the group is 25-30 persons.
1. Between Moscow and Ulan Ude train on the Trans-Siberian railway are electric hauled. After Ulan Ude, on the Trans-Mongolian railway to China, trains run on diesel. Engines are changed every 500 km
2. The train stops every 4-5 hours for up to 20 minutes for technical reasons such as to change locomotives, to refill water tanks or other purposes. If a stop is long enough, you will be allowed to get off the train.
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