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China–Russia International Trains

Running on the Trans-Siberian Railway, there are several cross-border trains serving between China and Russia. The weekly Trans-Mongolian train (K3/K4 trains) is considered the most interesting one covering 7,621 km (4,735 mile) during the 6 days and 5 nights. Another trans-Manchurian train (K19/K20 trains) also serves between Beijing and Moscow, taking 7 days and 6 nights to cover the 8,986km (5,623 miles). For shorter tour, K23 train can take you from Beijing to Ulan Bator for only 29 hours to cover 1500 km (931 mile).

  

General Information

Trans-Mongolian train: K3/K4 (K0033/K0043 in Mongolia and Russia)


Trans-Mongolian line completed in 1950s. Direct trains serving this line are K3/k4 trains linking Beijing and Moscow via Ulan Bator in Mongolia. The whole journey takes 6 days and 5 nights to cover 7,621 km (4,735 mile).

K3 train travels westbound from Beijing every Wednesday and arrives Moscow on Monday. K4 train travels eastbound every Tuesday from Moscow and arrives Beijing on Monday (local time).

The K3/K4 use Chinese stock and offer deluxe soft sleepers with only 2 bunks, soft sleepers (1st class) with 4 bunks in one cabin and hard sleepers (2nd class) with 4 bunks. Dinning coach changes in each country and provides Chinese, Mongolia and Russian food separately, which adding more charm to its journey. Comparing to K19/20, K3/k4 takes shorter time, less money, enjoys more history and better view via the Gobi Desert, vast opening countryside and villages etc.

  

Trans- Manchuria line: K19/K20 (called train 019/020 in Russia)


Trans- Manchuria Line completed around 1900. Direct train serves Beijing and Moscow travelling 8,986km (5,623 miles) in 7 days and 6 nights.

Westbound train K19 (called 019 in Russia) departs Beijing every Saturday and arrives Moscow the next Friday; Eastbound train K20 (called 020 in Russia) departs Moscow every Saturday and arrives at Beijing Railway Station the following Saturday (local time).

The K19/K20 use Russia stock and offer almost the same soft sleepers (1st class) with 4 bunks in one cabin and hard sleepers (2nd class) with 4 bunks.

Timetable of China – Russia Trains

Schedule of train K3/K4


K3 (Westbound)

Stations (Chinese)

K4 (Eastbound)

Distance(km)

Day

Arrives

Departs

Arrives

Departs

Day

Distance(km)

0

Wed

11:22

Beijing (北京站)

11:40

Mon

7692

196

Wed

14:39

14:45

Zhangjiakou South (张家口南)

08:16

08:24

Mon

7496

374

Wed

16:56

17:08

Jining South (集宁南)

06:08

06:20

Mon

7318

548

Wed

19:38

19:40

Zhurihe (朱日和)

03:29

03:31

Mon

7144

707

Wed

21:48

00:59

Erlian (二连)

21:00

01:20

Mon

6985

717

Thur

01:25

02:40

Zamyn-Uud (扎门乌德)

18:50

20:35

Sun

6975

952

Thur

06:15

06:35

Sainshand (赛音山达)

14:42

15:20

Sun

6740

1179

Thur

09:58

10:19

Choir (乔伊尔)

11:06

11:30

Sun

6513

1426

Thur

14:20

15:25

Ulan Bator(乌兰巴托)

06:35

07:15

Sun

6266

1598

Thur

18:02

18:19

Zuunkharaa(宗哈拉)

03:30

03:45

Sun

6094

1707

Thur

20:19

20:24

Darkhan (达尔汗)

01:22

01:44

Sun

5985

1805

Thur

21:50

23:05

Suhe-Bator(苏赫巴托)

22:10

23:55

Sat

5887

1828

Thur

20:14

22:04

Naushki (纳乌什基)

15:33

17:23

Sat

5864

1871

Thur

22:49

22:51

Chita(赤塔)

14:45

14:47

Sat

5821

2083

Fri

02:14

02:44

Ulan-Ude (乌兰乌德)

10:52

11:22

Sat

5609

2413

Fri

08:11

08:16

Slyudyanka (斯柳江卡)

05:19

05:21

Sat

5279

2539

Fri

10:49

11:14

Irkutsk (伊尔库茨克)

02:28

02:53

Sat

5153

2790

Fri

15:04

15:34

Zima (集马)

22:02

22:32

Fri

4902

3045

Fri

19:01

19:14

(尼日涅乌丁斯克)

18:17

18:30

Fri

4647

3348

Fri

23:40

00:02

Irancy Kaya (伊兰斯卡雅)

13:16

13:38

Fri

4344

3627

Sat

03:53

04:15

Krasnoyarsk(克拉斯诺雅尔斯克)

08:45

09:07

Fri

4065

4012

Sat

09:54

10:20

Mariinsk (马林斯克)

02:59

03:25

Fri

3680

4160

Sat

12:22

12:24

Tayga (泰加)

00:57

00:59

Fri

3532

4389

Sat

15:53

16:12

Novosibirsk (新西伯利亚)

21:04

21:23

Thur

3303

4692

Sat

19:33

20:00

Barabinsk (巴拉宾斯克)

17:27

17:57

Thur

3000

5016

Sat

23:26

23:46

Omsk (鄂木斯克)

13:37

13:53

Thur

2676

5299

Sun

02:51

03:03

Ishim (伊施姆)

10:22

10:34

Thur

2393

5588

Sun

06:31

06:51

Tyumen(秋明)

06:18

06:38

Thur

2104

5914

Sun

11:15

11:42

Yekaterinburg(斯维尔德洛夫斯克)

01:32

01:59

Thur

1778

6295

Sun

17:16

17:36

Perm (彼尔姆)

19:48

20:17

Wed

1397

6538

Sun

21:25

21:48

(巴列基诺)

15:43

16:06

Wed

1154

6775

Mon

00:51

01:06

Kirov (基洛夫)

12:18

12:33

Wed

917

7231

Mon

06:50

07:02

Nizhny Novgorod (高尔基)

05:36

05:48

Wed

461

7482

Mon

10:20

10:43

Vladimir (弗拉基米尔)

02:30

02:53

Wed

210

7692

Mon

13:58

Moscow (莫斯科)

23:45

Tues

0


Schedule of train K19/K20


K19 (Westbound)

Stations

K20 (Eastbound)

Distance (km)

Days

Arrives

Departs

Arrives

Departs

Day

Distance (km)

0

Sat

23:00

Beijing (北京)

05:46

Sat

8981

137

Sun

00:35

00:41

Tianjin (天津)

03:52

04:08

Sat

8844

260

Sun

02:03

02:06

Tangshan (唐山)

02:19

02:27

Sat

8721

433

Sun

04:07

04:13

Shanhaiguan (山海关)

00:14

00:22

Sat

8548

617

Sun

06:11

06:15

Jinzhou (锦州)

22:11

22:16

Fri

8364

859

Sun

08:47

08:55

Shenyang (沈阳)

19:18

19:33

Fri

8122

1047

Sun

10:52

10:55

Siping (四平)

17:13

17:19

Fri

7934

1162

Sun

12:21

12:29

Changchun (长春)

15:49

16:00

Fri

7819

1408

Sun

15:04

15:29

Harbin (哈尔滨)

12:51

13:17

Fri

7573

1678

Sun

19:00

19:08

Angangxi (昂昂溪)

09:27

09:35

Fri

7303

1947

Sun

22:56

23:04

Bugt (博克图)

05:34

05:40

Fri

7034

2157

Mon

02:06

02:14

Hailar (海拉尔)

02:38

02:44

Fri

6824

2343

Mon

04:18

07:01

Manzhouli (满洲里)

18:30

00:34

Fri

6638

2355

Mon

07:26

09:13

Zabaikalsk (后贝加尔斯克)

08:07

14:06

Thur

6626

2441

Mon

11:50

12:10

Borzya (博尔贾)

05:04

05:24

Thur

6540

2528

Mon

13:55

13:57

Yasnogorsk (亚斯诺戈尔斯克)

Thur

6453

2540

Mon

14:17

14:19

奥洛维亚那亚

Thur

6441

2611

Mon

16:05

16:07

Mogoytuy

Thur

6370

2688

Mon

18:08

18:49

卡雷姆斯卡雅

23:00

23:30

Wed

6293

2782

Mon

20:43

21:08

Chita

20:46

21:11

Wed

6199

3049

Tues

01:23

01:38

Khilok

16:05

16:24

Wed

5932

3197

Tues

04:00

04:02

Petrovsky Plant (彼得罗夫斯基厂)

13:35

13:37

Wed

5784

3339

Tues

06:08

06:33

Ulan-Ude (乌兰乌德)

11:00

11:30

Wed

5642

3669

Tues

11:02

11:04

Slyudyanka (斯柳江卡)

06:30

06:32

Wed

5312

3796

Tues

13:10

13:40

Irkutsk (伊尔库茨克)

03:55

04:25

Wed

5185

4041

Tues

17:35

18:05

Zima (济马)

23:51

00:21

Wed

4940

4301

Tues

21:32

21:44

Nizhneudinsk (下乌金斯克)

20:16

20:28

Tues

4680

4606

Wed

02:20

02:40

Ilanskaya (伊兰斯卡雅)

15:15

15:37

Tues

4375

4638

Wed

03:15

03:17

Kansk-Eniseyskiy (坎斯克叶尼赛斯基)

14:40

14:42

Tues

4343

4719

Wed

04:28

04:30

扎奥焦尔内

13:30

13:32

Tues

4262

4883

Wed

07:01

07:24

Krasnoyarsk (克拉斯诺亚尔斯克)

10:25

10:47

Tues

4098

5064

Wed

10:14

10:16

Achinsk (阿钦斯克)

07:37

07:39

Tues

3917

5266

Wed

13:07

13:32

Mariinsk (马林斯克)

04:25

04:50

Tues

3715

5646

Wed

19:07

19:37

Novosibirsk (新西伯利亚)

22:42

23:12

Mon

3335

5941

Wed

22:45

23:08

Barabinsk (巴拉宾斯克)

18:54

19:17

Mon

3040

6269

Thur

02:59

03:14

Omsk (鄂木斯克)

14:51

15:06

Mon

2712

6550

Thur

06:38

06:50

Ishim (伊希姆)

10:53

11:05

Mon

2431

6837

Thur

10:20

11:00

Tyumen (秋明)

06:43

07:13

Mon

2144

7165

Thur

15:15

15:38

Yekaterinburg (叶卡捷琳堡)

02:00

02:23

Mon

1816

7545

Thur

21:06

21:26

Perm (彼尔姆)

20:17

20:37

Sun

1436

7787

Fri

01:16

01:39

Balezino (巴列济诺)

16:17

16:40

Sun

1194

8024

Fri

04:55

05:10

Kirov (基洛夫)

12:25

12:40

Sun

957

8520

Fri

10:59

11:09

Nizhny Novgorod (下诺夫哥罗德)

06:00

06:10

Sun

461

8771

Fri

14:29

14:52

Vladimir (弗拉基米尔)

02:54

03:17

Sun

210

8981

Fri

18:13

Moscow (莫斯科)

23:55

Sat

0

Map of China – Russia Train Routes

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Journey experience of K3 train from Beijing to Moscow

China – Russian trains do not offer open tickets for you to hip off and on. You have to plan ahead your stops and purchase tickets accordingly. However, the direct trains also stop every couple of hours at many stations for 5-60 minutes and the slow speed allows to catch all the best scenery along the way. Travel with the photos below.

Arrives Erlian in the evening. Stop for 2 hours here to change the wheels to suit for Mongolian rail line.

Stop at Ulan Baator for 65 minutes. Prepare for a short discovery around the station.
 

Grassland in Mongolia region

When entering Russia, the first famous attraction in the early morning is Lake Baikal. You will have almost three hours travelling along the lake and marvel at its beauty.

Slyudyanka station was built in 1904 and has very interesting construction.

Interesting Irkutsk station

The vast countryside beauty and small villages

Locative and Moscow Station Scenery
 


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