The appealing capital of Buryatiya, 'UU' is 456km east of Irkutsk by rail and makes a sensible staging post for visiting Mongolia or eastern Lake Baikal. Founded as Verkhneudinsk in 1775, the city prospered as a major stop on the tea-caravan route from China via Troitskosavsk (now Kyakh- ta). Ulan means 'Red' in Buryat, yet Ulan-Ude is pleasantly green, cradled attractively in rolling hills. Despite the inevitable concrete suburban sprawl, it remains one of the most likable cities in eastern Siberia.
Asia's greatest rail journey
Texting monks, baby turtles, floods, urban ballroom dancing and snake-oil salesmen? It could only be the Trans-Mongolian Railway, the eastern loop of the legendary Trans-Siberian. Join Lonely Planet author Michael Kohn as he travels the entire loop, from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing and on to Ulan-Ude, Siberia.
Trans-Siberian Railway - Planning (Chapter)
Your journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway starts here.
Trans-Siberian Railway - Yekaterinburg to Krasnoyarsk (Chapter)
This leg of the journey isn’t the most visually exciting, with little more to see than endless miles of semi-taiga and farmland.
Trans-Siberian & Mongolia
Travel across continents and time zones on one of the world's greatest train journeys. Start in busy Beijing before heading to the untamed wilderness of Mongolia to meet its historically nomadic people. Leave Asia behind as we cross into Siberia for some traditional hospitality and stunning natural landscapes and then on to Europe to arrive in majestic Moscow.
Beijing to St Petersburg
Big, bigger, biggest! Travel from the world’s greatest wall, along the world’s longest railway line, through the world’s largest nation, to the world’s deepest freshwater lake. Explore far-flung cities, small rural villages and everything in between in this breathtaking wedge of the world.
Trans-Siberian Railway - Understand Trans-Siberian Railway & Survival Guide (Chapter)
All the info you need on everything from history, landscapes and wildlife to flights, public transport, climate, money, the internet...you name it.