If you are soon to book the train journey of a lifetime, be prepared for an amazing experience, as the Trans- Siberian Railway offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a range of cultures. Of course, there are many things to consider, and by following the tour operator’s recommendations, you should have everything covered in the preparation department. Here are a few things that you will encounter during the amazing journey along the longest railway in the world.
The Trans-Siberian railway tours in 2019 can be booked all year round, yet there are major differences in climate. Summer, for example, is the most popular time to travel along this rail network, mainly due to the longer hours of daylight and the warmer temperatures, and expect to share the experience with many other foreign tourists. If you would prefer a more remote holiday, visiting during the cold winter months offers a totally unique experience – just be prepared for sub-zero temperatures.
Choose your Class
There are three train classes on the Trans-Siberian Railway, with first class offering the ultimate luxury, as you would expect with an extra $500 ticket price. First class travellers have a 2-berth sleeper cabin, with an armchair and shower facilities, and if you are looking to travel in style, these tickets go very fast, so book well in advance. Second class is the most popular for the foreign traveller, so expect to meet some young intrepid travellers who are looking to experience the magic of this iconic train journey. Third class is not recommended, with perhaps the exception of the shoestring budget brigade, as it is very basic and is normally the class of choice for the local community.
Pack for Long Periods of Confinement
You will be spending a lot of time sitting on the train, and should therefore pack accordingly. Include a couple of smartphone power banks, which should be charged up prior to departure, which will give you many hours of your favourite music. If you enjoy a good read, either carry a few books or fill up your mobile device with eBooks, and don’t be expecting an Internet connection while on the train.
Camera batteries are another must have, which will enable you to capture the very best that the trip has to offer. You will also want to take a number of SD cards for your digital camera, especially if you plan on taking lots of video.
Take a Grooming Kit
The ideal set up is a case that includes everything you need for personal hygiene – and include a good supply of wipes – which will prove to be invaluable. Toothbrush, toothpaste, razor (for men), cotton buds and a comb or brush is really all you need, while you might want to merge this with a basic travelling first aid kit that includes paracetamol, plasters and some iodine.
Learn Some Language Basics
While you will encounter many foreign tourists on the train, if you want to get an insight into how the locals live, learn some of the language and the local people will warm to you. This will also help you, should you ever need something, and investing in a Russian phrase book will be a wise move.
One thing is for sure, this holiday will be one that will be etched in your mind forever, and with the right tour operator, you can sit back and enjoy the experience of travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway.