Moscow to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar

There are two train routes connecting Moscow to Beijing. The shorter one, the Trans-Mongolian route is 7622 km. The longer one is 8961 km and it passes through Chita. The Trans-Mongolian route takes one day shorter than the one going via Chita, but you will need a Mongolian transit visa for the trip.

There is only one train running on the Moscow to Beijing Trans-Mongolian route, which operates once a week. The same train runs on the Beijing to Moscow route. The trip takes 5 days. To avoid the hasstle of applying for Mongolian transit visa, you may consider taking a direct train to Beijing instead.

7622 km

1 train
on the route

once a week

Travel time
5 days

42 stops
on the way

Price from
650 USD

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Do I need a Mongolian visa to travel from Moscow to Beijing by train #033/043?

Train #033/043 Moscow to Beijing runs through Mongolia. Visa requirements depend on the agreements between your country and Mongolia. Please note that it is impossible to get a visa on board the Moscow to Beijing train.

How long does it take to travel from Moscow to Beijing by train #033/043?

The travel time between Moscow and Beijing is 5 days and 10 hours if you travel by the Trans Mongolian train #033/043 Moscow to Beijing.

Is there a restaurant car on the Moscow to Beijing train?

Yes, there’s a restaurant car on the Moscow to Beijing train. The average price is $5-$20 per meal, the menu is not available online as it is different for each train and also changes throughout the year. Please note that Roubles are accepted when the train runs through Russia and RMB is accepted when the train runs through China.

Is it possible to buy an open ticket from Moscow to Beijing and stop in several cities?

No, this is not possible. According to the railroad office’s policy, if you would like to make stops during your trip you must purchase tickets to each city that you’d like to visit. The Russian railroad does not offer any flexible tickets with stopovers. We also highly recommend not to buy tickets on the spot, but plan your trip well in advance and book the tickets online as soon as they are available for purchase, usually 90 days before the trip. 

Can I travel with my cat/dog from Moscow to Beijing by train?

Yes, you can travel with your pet in a 2nd class cabin. You will need to provide all the necessary veterinary documents and book all 4 berths in the 2nd class cabin.


Once you have your tickets, look forward to a wonderful, smooth
and enjoyable journey through the Russian countryside.

Buy your ticket safely and securely and then sit back
and enjoy the ride!

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