Often considered to be the most interesting of the Trans-Siberian rail journeys, the Trans-Mongolian route is made onboard Train 4, and takes six days to travel between the cities, across Mongolia via Ulan-Bator and the Gobi Desert.
Places to Stop:
There are plenty of good places to stop en route, in order to break the long journey up a bit. The best spots include:
- Yunguang Caves
- Ulan Bator; and
- Lake Baikal
Of course, you get to see plenty from the window of your train too, including the Gobi Desert and Lake Baikal.
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What to Bring:
There are a few items that you would be well-advised to take with you on your Trans-Mongolian trip, including:
- Pocket knife (useful for cooking/food);
- Phrase book;
- Cutlery (saves using your hands!!);
- Travel towel (space saver, and not provided);
- and Baby-wipes (for on-the-move washing).