The following summarizes the stops along the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok.
Russia’s political capital and financial as well as cultural center. The city includes several must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe complete with everything one could expect.
Moscow is Russia’s cultural, political, and financial capital. A trip to this thriving metropolis affords travelers the opportunity to see a plethora of notable sites, from gilded cathedrals and historic monuments to edgy galleries and ritzy clubs.
Situated on the Moscow (Moskva) River, the city boasts a population of over 11 million, making it the 6th largest city in the world. The area is known for its warm and somewhat humid summers and long, cold winters, during which temperatures can dip below -20 °C (-4 °F). Summer temperatures are typically comfortable, hovering around 23 °C (73 °F) during the day and inviting a flurry of outdoor activity from the city’s residents as they shake of the winter chill and stroll through their capital’s lush greenery.
Moscow’s world-famous architecture is a major draw for many visitors. The recognizable onion domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the soaring, marble Cathedral of Christ the Savior – the tallest Orthodox church in the world – as well as the “Seven Sisters”, the Gothic-spired skyscrapers that house several hotels, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the main building of the Moscow State University.
Residents and visitors alike can also enjoy Moscow’s incomparable cultural life; the city’s 93 theaters, 132 cinemas, and 24 concert halls offer daily performances of well-loved classics and avant-garde endeavors. The Bolshoi Theater, one of Russia’s oldest and most renowned venues for ballet and opera, reopened its doors in October of 2011 after an extensive, six-year renovation. Visitors wishing to spend an evening with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake or Mozart’s Don Juan would be advised to book tickets well in advance, as they can sell out several months prior to showings. Moscow’s panoply of theaters – the Moscow Art Theater, Moscow Kremlin Theater, “New Opera” Theater, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, to name just a few – are sure to satisfy every traveler’s cultural interests.
Sports fans can catch a game in one of Moscow’s 63 stadiums, including Luzhniki Stadium which holds the title of being the 4th-largest in Europe. A winter visit to Moscow – while chilly – will present the opportunity to ski and ice skate in Russia’s parks, while the most popular summer sport is soccer.
Where to Stay in Moscow
This cosmopolitan city has no shortage of hotels for any budget. The following hotels are grouped by price range.
Karetny Dvor Hotel
Maly Karetny Pereulok 5, Tverskoy, 127051 Moscow
Karetny Dvor Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, concierge service, and satellite television. It is located 15 minutes by foot from the Tverskaya subway station and 35 minutes by car from Sheremetyevo Airport.
Karetny Dvor Hotel offers Standard Twin or Standard Double Rooms at a rate of $75.09 per night and Superior Twin or Double Rooms at a rate of $90.74 per night.
Verkhniaya Pervomaiskaya Street 6 bld. 3, 105264 Moscow
Izmailovskiy Hotel is located in the east of Moscow, 15 minutes by foot from Izmailovsky Park. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, and a shared, fully-equipped kitchen. The Pervomayskaya subway station is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel offers three types of rooms with two additional, dormitory-style rooms.
Economy Double or Twin Room: $50.06 per night
Standard Double or Twin Room: $56.32 per night
Comfort Double Room: $62.58 per night
Teatral'niy Proezd 3 Bld.3, Meshchansky, 109012 Moscow
The Matreshka Hotel is centrally-located, just 5 minutes by foot from the Bolshoi Theater, 10 minutes from the Kremlin and Red Square, and 7 minutes from the Teatralnaya subway station. The Matreshka Hotel offers four types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $90.74 per night
Standard Double Room: $109.51 per night
Superior Double Room: $143.93 per night
Novinsky Boulevard 11, Arbat, 121099 Moscow
PEOPLE Hotel is centrally-located, just 50 meters from the fashionable Noviy Arbat Street and 2 subway stops from the Kremlin and Red Square. Rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions and there is 24-hour front-desk service. The Smolenskaya subway station is 500 meters away. PEOPLE Hotel offers six types of rooms:
Economy Single Room w/ Shared Bathroom: $68.52 per night
Twin Room w/ Shared Bathroom: $93.55 per night
Double Room w/ Shared Bathroom: $93.55 per night
Standard Twin Room: $121.71 per night
Standard Double Room: $121.71 per night
2/18 Petrovskie Linii Street, Moscow City, 127051
Hotel Budapest is located in central Moscow, just minutes away from the Red Square and Kremlin. The hotel offers Wi-Fi, satellite television, and 24-hour desk service. Hotel Budapest has 116 rooms, of which 51 are Standard Singles, 20 are Standard Doubles, 37 are Deluxe Suites, and 8 are Premium Suites.
Standard Single: $186 per night
Standard Double: $203 per night
Deluxe Suite: $200-$259 per night
Premium Suite: $373 per night
LikeHome Apartments, Tverskaya
Tverskaya Street District, Tverskoy, 103050 Moscow
LikeHome Apartments, Tverskaya is located just 100 meters from bustling Tverskaya Street and 2 kilometers from the Kremlin and Red Square. It offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen television, and fully-equipped kitchens. LikeHome Apartments, Tverskaya offers three types of rooms:
Deluxe Studio Apartment: $219 per night
Deluxe One-Bedroom Apartment: $232 per night
Deluxe Two-Bedroom Apartment: $306 per night
|Vladimir: 209 km; 2h 30min.
Built on the Klyza’ma River, Vladimir, founded in 995, was at one time a capital of Russia and its political, cultural and religious center. It has a reputation for its unique cathedrals, four of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Some architectural gems requiring a visit, are the Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral (1158-61) and the Golden Gate (1164).
Perched on the Klyza’ma River, Vladimir is one of Russia’s oldest cities, founded circa 995 and serving as medieval Rus’ political, cultural, and religious capital for almost two centuries. The city’s Golden Age lasted until the Mongol invasion of Russian in 1237.
Today, Vladimir (population: 345,373 according to a 2010 census) boasts several of Russia’s most beautiful manmade sites, including the Assumption Cathedral, St. Demetrius Cathedral, and the Golden Gates. Designated a part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the soaring Assumption Cathedral was commissioned in the 12th century by Andrew the Pious and expanded over decades to become the 5-domed, 6-pillared cathedral that it is today. For centuries, the Assumption Cathedral was Russia’s largest and most prominent cathedral. It bore witness to numerous coronations and housed, among other venerated icons, the icon of the Virgin of Vladimir, widely revered throughout Russia.
The Cathedral of St. Demetrius is yet another towering testament to the city’s beauty and majesty. Construction of the cathedral began towards the end of the 12th century, purportedly when an icon of St. Demetrius was transferred to the city from Byzantium. The cathedral is renowned for the hundreds of stone carvings of saints, animals, and mythical creatures that adorn its façade. Also built in the 12th century, the Golden Gates of Vladimir represented an unassailable fortress of sturdy oak and copper doors. They were the main entrance to the city, seeing their share of princes, Mongol invaders, and Russian troops. Today, visitors can learn about the history of the 13th-century Mongol invasion of Russian in a museum located within the gates.
Vladimir offers as much in the way of modern entertainment as it does history. Visitors can enjoy an authentic Russian meal in one of Cathedral Square’s many restaurants, catch a cabaret show at Letuchaya Mish (“The Bat”), enjoy the famous fish dishes of Tri Peskarya (“The Three Minnows”), or dance the night away in one of Vladimir’s centrally-located nightclubs.
Where to Stay in Vladimir
Vladimir offers a number of hotels and cozy inns.
2 Nikolskaya Street, Building 3, Vladimir, 600000
Orion Hotel is a four-story building that offers a continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, cable television, telephone, toiletries, and mini-fridge in its 45 rooms. There are 15 single rooms, 26 double rooms, 3 Junior Suites, and one Studio.
Single Room: $78 per night
Double Room: $104 per night
Junior Suite: $125 per night
Studio: $123 per night
74 Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, Vladimir, 600006
Hotel Vladimir offers cable television, telephone, internet access, toiletries, and fridge and mini-bar in some rooms.
Single Room: $72 per night
Standard Twin Room: $88 per night
Twin Room Plus: $95 per night
Studio: $107 per night
Standard 4-Bed Room: $110 per night
Suite: $132 per night
Business Suite: $176 per night
Golden Gate Hotel (“U Zolotykh Vorot”)
15 Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, Vladimir, 600000
Golden Gate Hotel offers 14 rooms designed in the Classical style.
Standard Single Room: $63 per night
Standard Twin Room: $88 per night
Single Room Plus: $73 per night
Twin Room Plus: $104 per night
Semi-luxury Suite: $113 per night
|Nizhny Novgorod: 461 km; 6h 30 min.
This city was founded in 1221 and was a trading center for people from the Orient, Siberia and Turkistan. Formerly named Gorki, it held political exiles and was closed to outsiders for many years. The city recently opened its doors for visitors and its many well preserved memorials from the 13th and 14th centuries are an amazing attraction.
Russia's fourth-largest city, Nizhny Novgorod is situated on the mighty Volga River. For six decades, the city was called Gorky after the famous Russian writer Maxim Gorky. Today, it is an important economic, transport, and cultural hub.
Founded in 1221 by Grand Duke Yury II, Nizhny (as it is colloquially referred to) began its history as a small fort town. In 1350, when the city became the capital of the Nizhny Novgorod principality, the prince's palace and a great number of stone cathedrals and monasteries were built throughout the city, many of which can be seen today. The 19th century found Nizhny as the site of the Makaryev Fair, which attracted scores of visitors to the area and cemented the city's reputation as the trade capital of the Russian Empire. It was said of the city: "St. Petersburg is Russia's head, Moscow its heart, and Nizhny Novgorod its wallet."
Nizhny is divided into two parts by the Oka River: the Upper City, located on the sloping eastern bank, and the Lower City, located lower on the western side of the Oka. The Upper City includes the Kremlin and main streets and the Lower City houses the train station. The city's climate is similar to that of Moscow, with warm, sunny summers, and long, cold winters.
Nizhny offers a wealth of cultural experiences for travelers. A stroll through the Upper City provides visitors with a view of the red-bricked Kremlin, the 17th-century Cathedral of the Archangel Michael, and the Fine Arts Museum, with exhibits spanning the 14th to the 20th centuries. Other noteworthy cathedrals of the city include the stone Assumption Church, Stroganov Church, Nevsky Cathedral, and Annunciation Monastery. The city is also home to six theaters: the Opera and Ballet Theater, Drama Theater, Comedy Theater, State Philharmonic, Puppet Theater, and Youth Theater.
Nizhny offers visitors the full spectrum of entertainment. After a day of site-seeing, travelers can unwind in one of the city's many cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs, a number of which are located on the water. The bulk of the city's entertainment lies on the the main street, Bolshaya Pokrovskaya. Like most Russian nightlife, the action starts late: Many clubs only open at 11 pm!
Where to Stay in Nizhny Novgorod
9A Verkhne-Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya, 603005 Nizhniy Novgorod
Centrally located on the banks of the Volga River, the Oktyabrskaya Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, gym, sauna, satellite television, restaurant, and bar. The hotel offers four types of rooms:
Double Room: $110 per night
Business Double Room: $125 per night
Twin Room: $140 per night
Suite: $267 per night
98 Lenina Prospekt, 603004 Nizhniy Novgorod
Centrally-located on one of Nizhny Novgorod's main streets and just a 5-minute walk from the train station, Volna Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, a restaurant, and bar that features 170 different types of whisky. The hotel offers four types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $179 per night
Standard Twin Room: $242 per night
Standard Suite: $273 per night
Business Suite: $399 per night
Marins Park Hotel
12 Sovetskaya Street, 603002 Nizhniy Novgorod
Marins Park Hotel is centrally located in the city's Lenin Square, near the Nizhny Novgorod Trade Fair and the train station. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, fitness center, and dance and pool halls. The hotel has seven types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $82 per night
Superior Single Room: $96 per night
Business Single Room: $110 per night
Standard Double Room: $110 per night
Superior Double Room: $124 per night
Business Superior Room: $135 per night
Executive Suite: $160 per night
|Kirov: 917 km; 12h 50 min.
Kirov has a population of 350,000 and is the seat of a great agricultural center on the banks of the Vyatka River, a navigable river that connects with the Volga.
The capital of the Kirov Oblast, Kirov is a major hub of transportation and river port situated on the Vyatka River. Kirov was founded in 1181 by traders from Novgorod and was actively settled in the 14th and 15th centuries. The city is known for its large-scale, modern industries such as metal and timber work, engineering, and tire making.
Kirov is home to a number of cultural landmarks, such as the Kirov Oblast Museum of Regional Studies, Kirov Planetarium, Kirov State Circus, and the Vyatka Paleontological Museum. The city also offers a number of choices in the way of nightlife, including live-music bars and all-night clubs.
Where to Stay in Kirov
Kirov has a number of cozy hotels and apartments.
Mopra Street 52, 610020 Kirov
Stariy Dvorik is centrally-located and just a 10-minute drive from the Kirov Train Station. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, breakfast, 24-hour front-desk service, and a summer terrace.
Standard Single Room: $54 per night
Standard Double Room: $70 per night
Double Room Plus: $90 per night
Krasina Street 10, 610000 Kirov
Hotel Kirov is centrally-located and in short walking distance of the Kirov Train Station. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, mini-fridges, sauna and fitness center, and 24-hour front-desk service.
Standard Double Room: $85 per night
Standard Triple Room: $107 per night
Studio (for two): $178 per night
Apartments on Komsomolskaya
Komsomolskaya Street 63, 610035 Kirov
Apartments on Komsomolskaya is centrally-located within a 10-15 minute walk from all of the city’s major attractions. The apartment-style hotel offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and fully-equipped kitchens.
Apartment-Style Rooms: $48 per night
|Perm: 1397 km; 20h 10 min.
Perm lies about 800 miles east of Moscow on the western slopes of the Ural Mountains, and stretches along both sides of the Kama River. Perm was founded in 1568 as the village, Lagoshikha. Since 1756, Perm has been a center for Russia’s military manufacturing. By 1781, it was established as the administrative center of the northern Urals and gateway to Siberia.
800 miles east of Moscow, nestled in the Ural Mountains and stretching along the picturesque Kama River is Perm. Perm officially gained the status of city in 1723, but its history as settlement and village dates back to the 16th century. By 1781, Catherine the Great had decreed the city to be a provincial capital. At this point, the city was well on its way to becoming a major trade gateway to Siberia, and it remains so to this day. From 1940 to 1957, the city was called Molotov, after the Soviet politician Vyacheslav Molotov, who also lends his name to the fiery cocktail.
Exceptionally rich in natural resources like gas, timber, and minerals, Perm is nevertheless home to some of the country's most respected opera, ballet, and drama theaters, making the city truly an economic and cultural haven. The Perm Opera and Ballet house is one of the nation's oldest and best, and is often referred to as “Tchaikovsky's House” due to staging all of Tchaikovsky's works. The great composer himself was born not far from the Perm region. Other theaters in the area include the Drama Theater, Puppet Theater, Youth Theater, and “Molot” Theater. The Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in what was once an orthodox cathedral, is another fascinating find for visitors, offering a large collection of paintings that span the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Travelers wishing to visit the Kungur Ice Cave, a large karst cave famous for its intricate ice and rock formations, should disembark at the Perm Train Station. Similarly, this stop is the best access point for reaching the Khokhlovka open-air museum, which includes 23 monuments spanning the 17th to the early 20th centuries.
Where to Stay in Perm
27 Komsomolsky Prospekt, 614045 Perm
Centrally-located just under a ten-minute walk to the city's main sites, Prikamie Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, gym, televisions, an Irish pub, and pool hall. The hotel has two types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $82 per night
Standard Twin Room: $110 per night
58 Lenin Street, 614000 Perm
The largest hotel in Western Ural, Hotel Ural is a 15-minute walk from the Kama River and offers free Wi-Fi, televisions, fitness center, sauna, and Turkish bath. Some rooms come equipped with a fireplace and spa bath. The hotel offers six types of rooms:
Business Single Room: $113 per night
Business Double Room: $148 per night
Standard Double Studio: $170 per night
Suite: $205 per night
Duplex Suite: $252 per night
Presidential Suite: $440 per night
Petropavloskaya Str.40, 614045 Perm
Centrally-located in Perm's historic and business district, the Astor Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, and cable television. The hotel offers three types of rooms:
Double Room: $115 per night
Superior Double Room: $133 per night
Suite: $175 per night
|Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk): 1778 km; 1d 2h 20min.
Russia’s third largest city and the capital of the Urals. Sverdlovsk oblast is one of the most developed and advanced regions in Russia. It is very rich in minerals and raw materials and is a heavily industrialized area. It is located far from ethnic conflict areas and is politically stable.
|Tyumen: 2104 km; 1d 6h 30min.
Tyumen was the first Russian town in Siberia and has always been famous for rich trade fairs and skilled craftsman. The city was considered the richest Russian town in the pre-Soviet era. Today it’s an oil and gas capital.
Siberia’s oldest settlement, Tyumen was founded in 1586 and remains an important industrial center. Due to its location, the city rapidly grew from its roots as a small military community to a large commercial city. Tyumen rests atop a substantial oil-rich region that stretches from the border of Kazakhstan to the Arctic Ocean and the city is home to many of Russia’s oil and gas corporations. Visitors to the city can admire the mirrored-glass towers and soaring buildings that arose as a product of the wealth surrounding the area’s natural resources. Today, the city’s population is over 580,000. While Tyumen is the capital of the Tyumen Oblast, the latter extends well past city lines: the region’s territory takes up more than 1.4 million square kilometers, which is equal to Germany, France, Italy, and Great Britain combined.
Tyumen has a number of museums and art galleries. The Museum of Fine Arts houses a number of eclectic collections and beautiful, ornate figures carved from wood and bone. The Tyumen Regional Museum of Local Lore, Museum Church of Saints Peter and Paul, and the Masharov Mansion Museum all offer visitors a chance to learn more about the history of this fascinating city. Russophiles can also make a trek to the nearby village of Pokrovskoe to visit Grigoriy Rasputin’s house.
Where to Stay in Tyumen
Best Western Plus Spasskaya
2A Lenin Street, 625003 Tyumen
Best Western Plus Spasskaya is just a two-minute walk from all of Tyumen’s main attractions and a 10-minute drive from the main train station. It offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and 24-hour front-desk service. Best Western Plus Spasskaya offers four types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $119 per night
Standard Double Room: $172 per night
Business Double Room: $273 per night
Suite: $471 per night
20 Sovetskaya Street, 625000 Tyumen
Eurasia Hotel is a 4-star hotel in central Tyumen, just 200 meters from the Tura River. It offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, gym, and sauna.
Standard Single Room: $201
Standard Double Room: $251
Green House Hotel
Fedorova Street 9, 625016 Tyumen
The rustic Green House Hotel is located 3 kilometers from the city center. It offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, 24-hour front-desk service, night club, and a summer terrace.
Standard Single Room: $132 per night
Standard Double Room: $166 per night
Studio: $276 per night
Deluxe Double Room: $481 per night
Suite: $566 per night
|Omsk: 2676 km; 1d 13h 50min.
Originally built as a fortification for Russia’s southern border by Peter the Great's guardsman Ivan Buchholz; when in spring of 1716 he and his detachment made a landing on the shore of the Irtysh, at the place where this powerful Siberian river joins the quiet Om. Thus, was founded the town of Omsk, which in our day has become the largest industrial and cultural center in Siberia.
Russia’s second-largest city east of the Ural Mountains, Omsk has a population of over 1.1 million and is Siberia’s largest industrial and cultural center. The city’s history began in 1716 as Cossack outpost when a wooden fort was built to protect the rapidly-expanding Russian border against Kyrgyz nomads. The outpost was fortified with brick constructions throughout the 18th century, and even today, visitors can view the original German Lutheran Church, armory, and jail of those times. With the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the 1890s saw British, German, and Dutch merchants flocking to Omsk. By 1910, the city represented a major cultural center.
Omsk is situated at the confluence of the powerful Irtysh River and the smaller Om River. At this juncture, the city teems with scenic parks and eclectic public sculptures and statues. Lovers of Dostoevsky cannot miss the city’s Literature Museum and all visitors will be sure to enjoy the Omsk State History Museum, with its prehistoric finds and Kazakh ethnography. Travelers can cap off the day with a relaxing ferry trip along the Irtysh.
Where to Stay in Omsk
Ibis Sibir Omsk Hotel
22 Lenin Street, 644024 Omsk
Ibis Sibir Omsk Hotel is centrally-located, just a five-minute walk from the Irtysh River. It offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, satellite television, and a 24-hour bar. Ibis Sibir Omsk Hotel offers two types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $156 per night
Standard Double Room: $219 per night
2 Broz Tito Street, 644024 Omsk
Tourist Hotel is centrally-located, less than a minute’s walk from the Military Museum Complex and five minutes from the Assumption Cathedral. Historic Lenin Street is less than 1 kilometer away. The Tourist Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, satellite television, free calls to landline telephones in Omsk, and 24-hour front-desk service. The Tourist Hotel offers four types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $70 per night
Standard Twin Room: $78 per night
Superior Single Room: $95 per night
Superior Twin Room: $97 per night
6 Povorotnikova Street, 644015 Omsk
Hotel Aurora is located within a 10-minute drive from the Omsk Train Station and city center. The hotel offers shuttle service to various locations, free Wi-Fi, television, fridge, sauna, gym, and swimming poor. All rooms have balconies. Hotel Aurora offers four types of rooms:
Comfort Single Room: $94 per night
Comfort Twin Room: $100 per night
Studio: $125 per night
Suite: $172 per night
|Novosibirsk: 3303 km; 1d 21h 30min.
The Siberia region’s largest city was founded in 1893. Novosibirsk is the third main cultural and scientific center in Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) and also is home to the famous University of Novosibirsk. The city is developing quite rapidly, and is considered to be the capital of Siberia. The area around Novosibirsk and the Altai Mountains hold some incredible nature for the outdoorsmen.
Russia’s most populous city after Moscow and St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk was founded in 1893 in what would become the site of the Trans-Siberian Railway bridge crossing the Siberian river of Ob. It was originally called Novonikolayevsk in honor of both Saint Nicholas and the then-Tsar Nicholas II. The city’s population and reputation boomed in the 1920s, thanks in large part to the extensive coal fields to the east and mineral deposits to the west. Today, Novosibirsk represents a vital transportation link between Russia and Central Asia.
Novosibirsk is home to some of Russia’s most important cultural landmarks and most splendid natural wonders. Wreathed in aspen, pine, and birch trees, the mountainous Altai area surrounding the city holds incredible hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing opportunities for the outdoorsman. The city also offers a full range of winter and water sports.
With its stellar repertoire and striking silver dome, the city’s main attraction may well be the Opera and Ballet Theater, the largest theater in Russia. Within walking distance, visitors will find the Local Studies Museum, Art Gallery, Chapel of St. Nicholas, and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The city offers entertainment and education for all tastes: Visitors can wander the open-air train museum, enjoy the Novosibirsk Zoo, which houses over 4,000 animals, or drive the 20 kilometers to Novosibirsk State University, one of Russia’s most renowned institutes. Evenings in the city are sure to please as well. In the city center, one can find a plethora of authentic restaurants, raucous bars, and stylish clubs.
Where to Stay in Novosibirsk
Hotel 55 Shirota
1/3 Denis Davydova Street, 630084 Novosibirsk
Hotel 55 Shirota is located just 1 kilometer from the Novosibirsk-Vostochnyy Train Station and 5 kilometers from the city center. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, sound-proofed rooms, flat-screen televisions, 24-hour front-desk service, and an entertainment complex featuring karaoke machines, billiards, and three saunas. Hotel 55 Shirota offers 5 types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $69 per night
Comfort Single Room: $79 per night
Twin Room: $100 per night
Suite: $131 per night
Apartment: $213 per night
Hilton DoubleTree, Novosibirsk
Kamenskaya Str.7/1, 630099 Novosibirsk
Hilton DoubleTree Novosibirsk is centrally-located, just a short walk from the Ballet and Opera Theater. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, satellite television, Jacuzzi, fitness center, salon, and 24-hour cocktail bar.
Standard Double Room: $298-$331 per night
Studio: $392-$425 per night
189/1 Gogol Street, 630015 Novosibirsk
Avanta Hotel-Center is just a 5-minute walk from the Berezovaya Roshcha Metro Station and a 15-minute drive from the city’s main attractions. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, balconies, and 24-hour front-desk service. Avanta Hotel-Center offers four types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $94 per night
Standard Double Room: $140 per night
Studio: $160 per night
One-Bedroom Suite: $329 per night
|Krasnoyarsk: 4065 km; 2d 9h 20 min.
Krasnoyarsk is turning into one of the most attractive regions in Russia for both Russian and foreign tourists. The region offers a unique combination of beautiful rivers and mountains, clean air, hunting and fishing, architectural sites and the ethnic culture of a unique northern nation.
Siberia’s third-largest city, Krasnoyarsk has a population of 973,891 (according to the 2010 Census). The city is situated on the banks of the beautiful Yenisey River and is a haven for lovers of sweeping natural vistas and rugged landscapes. The Krasnoyarsk area stretches for almost 3,000 kilometers, making it one of largest regions. Famous for its vast stores of fossil fuels mineral deposits, and metals, the area also serves as Siberia’s hub of the sciences.
Founded in 1628 as a border fort, Krasnoyarsk grew rapidly when gold was discovered in the area in the 19th century. The advent of the Trans-Siberian Railway aided in that growth, as did the construction of factories and a hydroelectric dam during World War II.
A favorite with travelers, the city’s Stolby Nature Reserve offers a breathtaking glimpse of heavily-wooded areas that house exotic, volcanic-rock pillars. Aside from its natural beauty, Krasnoyarsk boasts a number of exquisite churches such as the Intercession Cathedral, the city’s oldest, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the Saint Paraskeba Chapel. Visitors can see a wide range of the area’s cultural and historical artifacts at the Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum, the Surikov Museum-Estate, and the Surikov Art Museum. The latter two museums are home to works by the city’s leading historical painter, Vasily Surikov. Prospekt Mira is the city’s main street and provides visitors with a number of local shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars to relax after a day of hiking and sight-seeing. In the summer, travelers can enjoy outdoor concerts, festivals, and the occasional parade.
Where to Stay in Krasnoyarsk
94 Uritskogo Street, 660049 Krasnoyarsk
Hotel Krasnoyarsk is a 3-star hotel located just 2 miles from the Krasnoyarsk Train Station. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, sauna, indoor pool, and 24-hour front-desk service. Hotel Krasnoyarsk offers four types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $120 per night
Superior Double Room: $130 per night
Studio: $190 per night
Superior Studio: $200 per night
15 Prospekt Mira, 660049 Krasnoyarsk
Oktyabrskaya Hotel is a 3-star hotel located just 3 kilometers from the Krasnoyarsk Train Station. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, satellite television, spa, 3 saunas, indoor pool, and 24-hour front-desk service. Oktyabrskaya Hotel offers five types of rooms:
Studio: $176 per night
Classic Suite: $190 per night
Superior Suite: $196 per night
Business Suite: $250 per night
Grand Suite: $312 per night
16A Krasnoi Armii Street, 660017 Krasnoyarsk
Dom Hotel is a 4-star hotel located just 3 kilometers from the Krasnoyarsk Train Station and a fifteen-minute walk to downtown Krasnoyarsk. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, satellite television, an English-style pub, and 24-hour front-desk service. The Dom Hotel offers seven types of rooms:
Economy Single Room: $134 per night
Comfort Twin Room: $187 per night
Comfort Double Room: $208 per night
Business Queen Room: $220 per night
Business Double Room: $230 per night
Suite: $246 per night
Superior Suite: $374 per night
|Angarsk: 5113 km; 3d 2h 20min.
A hazardous city with unsightly landscapes. Recently the construction of an oil pipeline between Russia and China, which would begin in Angarsk, has been discussed.
Founded in 1948 as an industrial community specializing in nuclear fuels and chemicals, Angarsk was granted city status in 1951. Today, Angarsk offers a limited number of attractions for visitors. The Angarsk Museum of Clocks and Watches, the Angarsk Museum of Victory, and the Angarsk Zoo are all located within the city center.
Where to Stay in Angarsk
2/1 Angarsk Water Reservoir, Angarsk 665835
Located at a comfortable distance from Angarsk's factories, the Auto-Stop Hotel features free Wi-Fi, a sauna, pool hall, laundry facilities, and restaurant. The Auto-Stop Hotel offers seven types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $88 per night
Standard Double Room: $100 per night
Premium Single Room: $110 per night
Junior Suite: $157 per night
Suite: $200 per night
Studio: $220 per night
Apartment: $377 per night
81A Mira Street, Angarsk 665813
This comfortable, three-star hotel is located just two kilometers from the city center. It offers standard and luxury rooms that range from $62 to $182.
|Irkutsk: 5153 km; 3d 3h 20min.
Irkutsk has over 600,000 people and is located on the Angara River. It is the starting point for many who adventure to the Lake Baikal area because it is a major point on the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian train route. Founded by Russians in 1652 as a major fort beyond the Ural Mountains, it was populated by exiled political prisoners sent by the tsars and communists. Today, the city has become a college town with many young people attending universities there.
Founded in 1651 as a Cossack garrison, Irkutsk became eastern Siberia's center of trade and administration. Due to its location, the city became a major juncture, connecting Russia with Mongolia, China, and Tibet and fostering the trade of furs, silk, ivory, and tea. Later, in the 19th century, the city filled up with Russians exiled following the December Revolution, becoming a major intellectual and social center for artists and aristocrats. Today, the dichotomy between theR city's earlier and later history can be clearly seen in the architecture: Bleak, Soviet buildings stand side by side with ornate wooden houses with hand-carved decorations.
Irkutsk sits on the banks of the Angara River and the Irkut River, from which the city derives its name. Irkutsk is the most convenient city to stop at en route to the beautiful Lake Baikal, the world's oldest lake. Nicknamed "the Pearl of Siberia", Lake Baikal teems with unique flora and fauna, approximately 80 percent of which is found nowhere else on the planet. Visitors can hike the hilly area surrounding the lake or attempt to brave the chilly waters, which are never warmer than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is much to see and do within the city limits, also. Visitors can tour the city's Decemberist houses, where many exiled nobles lived, or learn about Siberian history and geography at the Irkutsk Regional Museum. The city is also famous for its top-notch universities and the Botanical Garden of Irkutsk State University. In old Irkutsk, travelers can view the magnificent Annunciation Cathedral, Church of the Savior, Raising of the Cross Church, and Znamensky Monastery. For those wanting to unwind in the evenings, Irkutsk offers many options for nightlife. From fashionable clubs that sport a view of the Angara River, to German pubs, to local eateries, there is no shortage of entertainment for any taste.
Where to Stay in Irkutsk
Rumyantseva Street 22, 664005 Irkutsk
Centrally-located 5 minutes by foot from the Irkutsk Train Station and 15 minutes from the city center, Dobriy Kot offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, fridges, and 24-hour front-desk service. Dobriy Kot offers three types of rooms:
Economy Triple Room: $75 per night
Standard Triple Room: $85 per night
Standard Quadruple Room: $100 per night
7 Sukhe-Bator Street, 664011 Irkutsk
Centrally-located just across from the Irkutsk City Hall, this 3-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, and 24-hour front-desk service. The hotel can organize trips to Lake Baikal, which is located 45 minutes away by car. Angara Hotel offers four types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $109 per night
Standard Twin Room: $120 per night
Standard Double Room: $160 per night
Junior Suite: $210 per night
19 Sverdlova Street, 664009 Irkutsk
Centrally-located, just 50 meters from the Museum of Art and 4 kilometers from the Irkutsk Train Station, Hotel Rus offers free Wi-Fi, sauna, fridge, and 24-hour front-desk service. The hotel also features a restaurant that specializes in traditional Russian and Siberian food. The hotel offers three types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $88 per night
Standard Twin Room: $120 per night
Suite: $160 per night
|Baikalsk: 5360 km; 3d 6h 40min.
Baikalsk is home to a popular ski and snowboard resort.
A city of under 15,000 residents, Baikalsk was founded in 1961 as the site of a paper and pulp mill on Lake Baikal. While the city itself does not offer much in the way of culture and entertainment, it is located at the bottom of Sobolinaya Mountain and is quite popular with local skiers and snowboarders. The winter transforms this small town into a beautiful locale for hiking, fishing, riding snowmobiles, and enjoying the nearby Lake Baikal.
Where to Stay in Baikalsk
Hotel Complex Beliy Sobol
93 Microdistrict Krasny Klyuch, 665932 Baykal'sk
Hotel Complex Beliy Sobol is located close to the Sobolinaya Gora Ski Resort and is itself a ski school. It offers free Wi-Fi, a steam room, and flat-screen televisions. Hotel Complex Beliy Sobol offers six types of rooms:
Single Room: $31 per night
Double or Twin Room: $50 per night
Junior Suite: $66 per night
One Bedroom Suite: $141 per night
Two Bedroom Suite: $156 per night
Cottage: $376 per night
Gagarina mircodistrict 169, 665932 Baykal'sk
Located in the center of Baikalsk and only 500 meters from Lake Baikal, the Baikal Hotel offers a sauna, indoor pool, and spa. Hotel rooms are equipped with balconies. The Gora Sobolinaya ski resort is 2.5 kilometers from the Baikal Hotel and the train station is 7 kilometers away. Baikal Hotel offers 5 types of rooms:
Single Room w/ Shared Bathroom: $19 per night
Double Room w/ Shared Bathroom: $38 per night
Standard Single Room: $41 per night
Junior Suite: $72 per night
Junior Suite (2 Adults): $82 per night
|Ulan-Ude: 5609 km; 3d 12h 20min.
Ulan-Ude, founded in 1666, is a capital of the Buryt Autonomous Republic, which in the 13 - 17th centuries was a part of the vast Mongolian Empire. This a classic example of the Eastern influence in Russia.
- In Ulan-Ude, the Trans-Siberian splits into two different directions:
1) travels South though Guisinoye Ozero, Djida, Naushki (Russia) to Ulan-Bataar (Mongolia) to Beijing (China) – Trans Mongolian.
2) travels East through Chita to Vladivostok – Trans-Siberian.
Located some 100 kilometers southeast of Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude is situated on the confluence of the Uda and Selenga Rivers. With a population of upwards of 400,000 inhabitants, the city is Siberia’s third-largest.
Ulan-Ude was found in 1666 by Russian Cossacks as a fortress and garrison. It became the capital of the Buryt Autonomous Republic and grew rapidly to become a massive trade center, connecting Russia with China and Mongolia. Ulan-Ude was completely rebuilt after a fire in 1878 and continued to boom through the 19th and 20th centuries when, in 1900, the Trans-Siberian Railway reached the city.
Ulan-Ude is a striking example of a melting pot of cultures, with a large population of native Buryats of Mongolian heritage. Closed to foreigners until 1991, the city now boasts a number of multicultural sites. In the city center, travelers can see the world’s largest sculpture of Lenin’s head, weighing in at 42 tons and standing 25 feet tall. The city is also home to several beautiful cathedrals and datsans, or Buddhist monasteries. The Odigitrievsky Cathedral, constructed in 1741, was the city’s first stone building. A bus-ride away, visitors can take in the sites of the Rimpoche Bagsha Buddhist center and the Ivolginsky Datsan.
Ulan-Ude is home to several museums, including the Ethnographic Museum, which showcases traditional Buryati yerts and weaves a fascinating account of the peoples’ history. Travelers can also visit the city’s History Museum, Fine Arts Museum, Nature Museum, and Geology Museum.
There is much delicious ethnic food to be sampled in Ulan-Ude, with a particular emphasis on Chinese and Mongolian cuisine. The city center also provides a number of pleasant cafes, bars, and clubs.
Where to Stay in Ulan-Ude
12 Erbanova Street, 670000 Ulan-Ude
Centrally-located just a two-minute walk from the city's Central Square, Baikal Plaza offers free Wi-Fi, fitness center, sauna, several restaurants, and cable television. The train station is a 7-minute drive away. The hotel has four types of rooms:
Comfort Single Room: $110 per night
Comfort Twin Room: $130 per night
Junior Suite: $154 per night
Suite: $242 per night
32 Prospekt 50-letia Оktyabrya, 670034 Ulan-Ude
Centrally-located a ten-minute walk to the city center and 2 kilometers from the train station, Ulan Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions, and 24-hour front-desk service.The hotel has four types of rooms:
Economy Single Room: $34
Standard Single Room: $50
Standard Double or Twin Room: $63 per night
Junior Suite: $82 per night
11 Ranzhurova Street, 670000 Ulan-Ude
Centrally-located just a two-minute walk from the city's Central Square, Geser Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, spa, sauna, fitness center, and traditional Russian restaurant. The hotel features six types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $85
Standard Double or Twin Room: $104 per night
Double Room with Italian Furniture: $116 per night
Suite: $167 per night
Studio Suite: $180 per night
Deluxe Suite: $182 per night
|Chita: 6166 km; 3d 21h 50min.
A large industrial city and the center of the Chita region.
- 100 km after Chita (in Karymskaya) the Trans-Siberian splits into 2 routes: 1) East to Vladivostok, and 2) South through Manchuria to China (Trans-Manchurian).
Located at the confluence of the Chitinka and Ingoda Rivers, this industrial city represents the point at which the Trans-Siberian Railway splits into two routes: east to Vladivostok and south to China via Manchuria. Chita was originally inhabited by Mongolic and Turkic tribes and later became a trade hub for Chinese and Russian merchants. Chita was granted city status in 1851.
In the 19th century, Chita became a sort of “city of exiles” as several Decemberists were forced to live there. Through their efforts to educate the citizens of Chita, the exiles actually had a positive effect on the city. By the end of the 19th century, Chita had become a major trade center for its natural resources, including timber, gold, and uranium.
Chita is a multicultural city, with a population of Russians, Chinese, Mongolians, Tatars, and Muslims, the last of which migrated to Chita in the 19th century due to the city’s importance as a center of trade. Due to the city’s diverse roots, visitors can now enjoy a wealth of sights, from the gilded domes of cathedrals to datsans, mosques, and synagogues. Visitors can also learn about the city’s modern history at the Decemberist Museum. The city’s nationally-preserved parks are sure to please nature-lovers and offer a variety of activities like hiking, fishing, and camping.
Where to Stay in Chita
31 Butina Street, 672000 Chita
Centrally-located just 500 meters from the Chita Train Station, the Chita Hotel offers 24-hour front-desk service, televisions, luggage storage facilities, and fridges. The hotel features three types of rooms:
Single Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory: $22 per night
Single Bed in 3-Bed Dormitory: $23 per night
Single Bed in 2-Bed Dormitory: $26 per night
Standard Single Room: $40 per night
120 Lenin Street, 672000 Chita
Centrally-located in downtown Chita and a 10-minute walk from the Chita Train Station, Arkadia offers free Wi-Fi, fridges, televisions, a sauna, and a 24-hour café. The hotel features two types of rooms:
Single Room: $82 per night
Suite: $102 per night
36 Leningradskaya Street, Chita 672000
Centrally-located in downtown Chita and a short walk from all of the city’s major attractions, Zabaikalie Hotel offer free Wi-Fi, televisions, 24-hour front-desk service, and an in-house restaurant and bar.
Standard Single Room: $90 per night
Standard Double Room: $120 per night
Superior Single Room: $120 per night
Semi-luxury Single Room: $120 per night
Semi-luxury Double Room: $122 per night
Luxury Single Room: $135 per night
Luxury Double Room: $150 per night
Two-Room Luxury Suite: $200 per night
Three-Room Luxury Suite: $210 per night
Four-Room Luxury Suite: $240 per night
|Birobidzhan: 8320 km; 5d 13h 20min.
- Evreiskaya region ends and Khabarovsky krai begins at 8481 km.
- Crosses Amur River at 8482 via the longest Trans-Siberian bridge (2612 meters) immediately following a long tunnel.
Near the Chinese border and at the confluence of the Bira and Bidzhan Rivers lies the city of Birobidzhan, capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region. The area was annexed by Russia in 1858 and was already home to some 27,000 Russians, Cossacks, Koreans, and Ukrainians when Soviet authorities made it a Jewish settlement in 1927. Since then, it has been settled by over 40,000 Jews from around the world. The area is known for its abundant mineral resources and numerous lakes and rivers. Much of the region consists of swampland.
Visitors to Birobiedzhan can get a feel for the city's cultural life at the Jewish Musical Theater, Theater-Studio “Kogelet”, and the festivals put on by the Jewish Cultural Center.
Where to Stay in Birobidzhan
1 Shalom Alahim Street, Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Centrally-located a five-minute walk from the train station and town center, Hotel Vostok offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, and complimentary breakfast. The hotel features six types of rooms:
Standard Single Room: $68 per night
Standard Double Room: $108 per night
Two-Room Semi-luxury Suite: $124 per night
Two-Room Luxury Suite: $170 per night
Three-Room Luxury Suite: $201 per night
Apartment: $302 per night
|Khabarovsk: 8493 km; 5d 15h 40min.
Located on the Amur River which bounds Russia and China, it’s a nice, friendly town and a good break from the time on the train.
After a long stretch of taiga, Khabarovsk presents a lovely break and opportunity to stretch one's legs. Located at the confluence of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers, the city is no more than 20 miles from the Chinese border.
Founded in 1858 as a military post by the governor general of Eastern Siberia, Khabarovsk was named after the17th-century Russian explorer Yerofey Khabarov. Before the arrival of the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1897, the city was primarily a fur-trading post, as well as the site of several bloody territorial clashes between the Russians and Chinese. By 1916, when the Khabarovsk Bridge across the Amur was built to allow Trans-Siberian trains to cross the river, tourism became a regular part of the city's life.
Today, Khabarovsk is a friendly, tree-lined city that is very welcoming to visitors. Travelers enjoy walking tours from Lenin Square to Muravyov-Amursky Street, the city's picturesque main street adorned with 19th-century architecture, restaurants, shops, pubs, and night clubs. Artists from Russia and China display their crafts in this area.
Notable museums include the popular Regional Museum, Far Eastern Art Museum, Military Museum, Museum of History of the Far Eastern Railway, and the Museum of Geology. The Arboretum – a massive botanical garden showcasing foliage of Russia's Far-East – is another popular attraction. Several beautiful cathedrals have survived Soviet times, such as the Church of Christ's Birth, with its colorful stained glass and gilded icons.
Where to Stay in Khabarovsk
29 Lenina Street, 680000 Khabarovsk
Centrally-located just a 15-minute walk from the city's main square and 3 kilometers from the Khabarovsk Train Station, Amur Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, a Turkish steam bath, flat-screen televisions, and a restaurant with hookah bar and karaoke club. The hotel features five types of rooms:
Standard Twin Room: $113 per night
Standard Double Room: $123 per night
Studio: $154 per night
Suite: $295 per night
Presidential Suite: $465 per night
Boutique Hotel Khabarovsk City
64 Istomina Street, 680000 Khabarovsk
Located in the city center, just 500 meters from the Amur River, the Boutique Hotel Khabarovsk City offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, flat-screen televisions, and a beauty salon. The hotel features four types of rooms:
Standard Double Room: $143 per night
Standard Twin Room: $155 per night
Studio: $202 per night
Suite: $294 per night
5 Shevchenko Street, 680000 Khabarovsk
Housed within a 19th-century mansion, just 1000 feet from the Amur River and 3 miles from the train station, the Parus Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, bar and restaurant, swimming pool, gym, and Finnish sauna. The hotel features three types of rooms:
Standard Double Room: $178 per night
Comfort Twin Room: $295 per night
Deluxe Suite: $465 per night
|Vladivostok: 9259 km; 6d 5h 19min.
The termination of the Trans-Siberian Railway. In 1860, an army squad landed on the bank of the Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) bay and built barracks; it was the first building in Vladivostok. Soon after that, Vladivostok became the main Russian port on the Pacific Ocean. An interesting seaport to explore, but a little risky as well.
The terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok sits on the Golden Horn Bay (Zolotoy Rog). Its name loosely translates to “Ruler of the East”, and in many ways, this moniker rings true. Vladivostok is home to the Russian Pacific Fleet and represents Russia's main port. The area surrounding Vladivostok had been part of many Chinese and Korean states before a Russian military supply ship landed on the banks of the Golden Horn in 1860 and built the first barracks there. Several decades thereafter, with the expansion of the Trans-Siberian Railway to the Far East, Vladivostok's growth took off.
Like many port cities, Vladivostok is teeming with life and has no lack of seedy charm. Visitors looking for cultural entertainment should visit the Arsenev Regional Museum, which offers a multitude of ethnographic information. The Submarine Museum and Vladivostok Fortress Museum are other popular attractions, as are the Primorsky Art Gallery and Border Guards' Museum. Ferries are available for trips to the nearby islands of Russky and Popov. Visitors can also enjoy many ethnic Korean, Chinese, and Russian dishes at the city's many restaurants, as well as get a taste of home at many a fast-food chain.
Where to Stay in Vladivostok
38 Pos'etskaya Street, 690091 Vladivostok
Centrally-located just a 10-minute walk from the Golden Horn Bay, historical downtown, and train station, Hotel Maryak offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, cable televisions, sauna, bar, and restaurant. The hotel features three types of rooms:
Standard Twin Room: $71 per night
Superior Double Room: $81 per night
Suite: $140 per night
41 Gogol Street, 690990 Vladivostok
Centrally-located just 300 meters from Pokrovskiy Park and 3 kilometers from the train station, Avanta Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, flat-screen televisions, indoor pool, spa, sports complex, and restaurant. The hotel features three types of rooms:
Double Room: $125 per night
Superior Double Room: $155 per night
Suite: $433 per night
Azimut Amur Bay Hotel
9 Naberezhnaya Street, 690091 Vladivostok
Centrally-located on the banks of the Amur Bay, Azimut Amur Bay Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front-desk service, private balconies with a view of the sea, and bar and restaurant. The hotel features two types of rooms:
Standard Double Room: $84 per night
Suite: $186 per night