The Trans-Siberian Railway: Journey Through 8 Different Time Zones

The Trans-Siberian Railway: Journey Through 8 Different Time Zones

Did you know: The Trans-Siberian railroad is spreading on 9,288 km
Spanning an incredible 9,288 kilometres from Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian railway is the longest direct rail route in the world. It passes through over eighty cities and small towns and crossing 16 large rivers, including the Volga, Ob, Yenisei and Amur.

Did you know: The construction works of Trans-Siberian railroad began with a quarter of century delay
Construction of the railway was first proposed in the middle of the nineteenth centur and many foreign companies offerd to fund the development immediately. But the construction actually began 25 years later - in 1891, under the power of Emperor Alexander the III. The Russian tsars had wanted full ownership of the railroad, with no foreign influence and this resultied in the quarter of a century delay.

Did you know: 60 000 workers were used for building the Trans-Siberian railway
An estimated 60,000 workers were enlisted to build the Trans-Siberian railway, many of them soldiers, local labourers and convicts.

Did you know: The Trans-Siberian railway passes through 8 different time zones
From start to finish the Trans-Siberian railway passes through eight different time zones. In Russia all timetables, station clocks and train clocks remain in Moscow time, while in Mongolia and China they revert to local time. Good luck wrapping your head around the clock, travelers!

Did you know: Lifting the carriages every time the Trans-Siberian railroad crosses the border of China
The railway systems of Mongolia and Russia use a different size gauge than in China. That means, when crossing the border from or into China every carriage of the train has to be lifted and the bogies changed in order to continue the journey.

Did you know: The longest tunnel of Trans-Siberian railroad is 2 km long
The longest tunnel on the Trans-Siberian route is two kilometres long. Holding your breath for this one! The longest bridge is Amur which is 26,000 metres in length.

Did you know: The Trans-Siberian railroad is still uncompleted
Due to the enormous financial burden of the railway, many short cuts were taken during its construction. While it was officially finished in 1916, work and maintenance of the railway will never really be complete.

Transsiberian Railway - Group Departures

Tour du Mont Blanc Circuit 1130 , 10 Days

Tour du Mont Blanc Circuit

 The Tour du Mont Blanc is undoubtedly the most renowned walking trail in the Alps that runs...
Caucasus Explorer - Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan 1180 , 11 Days

Caucasus Explorer - Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

The Caucasus - the region where Europe meets Asia, where dramatic nature landscapes meet...
Balkan Cycling (Bulgaria) 540 , 8 Days

Balkan Cycling (Bulgaria)

Join us on this exciting cycling trip in the heart of the Balkan Mountains! We will bike in the...
View all» Blog

10.12.2021 15:21

Saudi Arabia - the birthplace of Islam (tips for visiting the country)

It took really long for Saudi Arabia to decide to open for tourists, but now it is finally a fact and Penguin Travel immediately put the destination on its belt. The Kingdom – known as the spiritual birthplace of Islam, now has a new approach to attract visitors and that's why the visa requirements are changed. The changes are so big, compared to the past that they look almost like a...

06.08.2021 17:00

7 Things to do in South Sudan

  It’s the newest country in the world and one that a lot of people haven’t even heard of. Those who have, usually associate it with the military conflict that has been tearing up the region for decades. But behind all of that, lies a country of ancient cultural rituals, a myriad of colorful local tribes and raw natural beauty. It is still the most challenging destinations for...

05.08.2021 08:55

The Little - Known Pyramids of Sudan

Can you name the country with the most pyramids in the world? Nope, it’s not Egypt. The country which holds this record with more than 200 pyramids is actually Egypt’s southern neighbor – Sudan. Though not as big as the Egyptian ones, they are just as impressive and have just as intriguing history, dating back to 8th century BC, to the kingdom of Kush. Since the Sudanese...

01.10.2020 11:45

11 Interesting Facts about Rwanda

  Rwanda is a small African country, whose name is often mostly associated with the horrific genocide that happened here in 1994. It was one of the most tragic events in the history not only of Rwanda, but the world. However, it was also a turning point in the country's history. It has since then embarked on a new path of social, economic and ecological development and deserves to be known...