Trans-Mongolian Railway

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As planned, we decided to head back home (Italy) by train after successfully completed the Silk Road. In this section, you will find all the information you need to plan and to fully enjoy the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Brief history of the most famous railway in the world

The Trans-Siberian railway connects Moscow to Vladivostok and it is probably the most famous railway in the world. Ordered by Tsar Alexander III, the railway was built between 1891 and 1916 and it stretches over 9289km (5772 miles) crossing a record number of eight time zones. Even today, it is the third longest single continuous service in the world after after the Moscow–Pyongyang 10,267 kilometres (6,380 mi) and the Kiev–Vladivostok 11,085 kilometres (6,888 mi) services, both of which also follow the Trans-Siberian for much of their routes. The Trans-Mongolian and the Trans-Manchurian are two railways that both originate from the Trans-Siberian railway but end in Beijing. However, while the first one crosses the mongolian steppes, the Trans-Manchurian travels through the north-east part of China, a region called Manchuria, where the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) originated.