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China to Russia International Trains

Currently, there are two pairs of weekly international trains between China and Russia running on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway:

The K3/K4 trains (called 003/004 in Russia and Mongolia), connecting Beijing and Moscow via Mongolia, using Chinese coaches, and the K19/K20 trains (called 019/020 in Russia), running between Beijing and Moscow via Manchuria using Russian coaches.

The scenery on the way is very impressive. You can appreciate different scenery from three countries, such as grassland, the Gobi Desert, Lake Baikal, and views of the Russian countryside. Every day, you will see different scenery through the windows. This route is quite popular among travelers who love to enjoy scenery from a train.

Beijing to Moscow

Timetable of Train K3/K4

K3 Beijing - Ulan Bator - Moscow

  • Departure: Beijing Railway Station at 11:22 every Wednesday
  • Arrival: Yaroslavskiy Station at 13:58 every Monday
  • Duration: 126 hours

Train station with a “*” means immigration inspection needed.

Travel Day Station Country Day Arrive Depart
1 Beijing China Wednesday   11:22
Jining South Wednesday 16:56 17:08
*Erlian Wednesday 21:48 00:59
2 *Dzamyn Ude Mongolia Thursday 01:25 02:40
Ulan Bator Thursday 14:35 15:52
Suhe Bator Thursday 21:50 23:05
Naushki Russia Thursday 19:14 21:04
3 Ulan-Ude Friday 02:14 02:44
Irkutsk Friday 10:49 11:14
4 Krasnoyarsk Saturday 03:53 04:15
Novosibirsk Saturday 15:53 16:12
Omsk Saturday 23:26 23:46
5 Tyumen Sunday 06:31 06:51
Ekaterinburg Sunday 11:15 11:42
Perm Sunday 17:16 17:36
6 Moscow Monday 13:58  

What you need to know about train K3

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  • You need to go through immigration inspection at Erlian Station. The train will stop at this station for 3 hours to change the wheels for a different railway line because the railway widths are different between China and Mongolia. You can stay on board or get out of the train.
  • There is immigration inspection again at Dzamyn Ude Station for entering Mongolia.
  • At Suhe Bator Station, there is immigration inspection for leaving Mongolia.
  • At Naushki, there is immigration inspection for entering Russia.
  • All the staff on board are Chinese.
  • US dollars and Euros are acceptable on international trains. When you are in China, you can use the Chinese Yuan; when you are in Mongolia, you can use the Tugrik. Remember that only cash is accepted.

K4 Moscow - Beijing

  • Departure: Yaroslavskiy Station at 23:45 every Tuesday
  • Arrival: Beijing Railway Station at 11:40 every Monday
  • Duration: 127 hours

Train station with a “*” means immigration inspection needed.

Travel Day Station Country Day Arrive Depart
1 Moscow Russia Tuesday   23:45
2 Perm Wednesday 19:48 20:17
3 Ekaterinburg Thursday 01:32 01:59
Tyumen Thursday 06:18 06:38
Omsk Thursday 13:37 13:53
Novosibirsk Thursday 21:04 21:23
4 Krasnoyarsk Friday 08:45 09:07
5 Irkutsk Saturday 02:28 02:53
Ulan-Ude Saturday 09:57 10:27
Naushki Saturday 14:36 16:26
Suhe Bator Mongolia Saturday 22:10 23:55
6 Ulan Bator Sunday 06:35 07:00
*Dzamyn Ude Sunday 18:40 20:35
7 *Erlian China Monday 21:00 01:20
Jining South Monday 06:08 06:20
Beijing Monday 11:40  

Timetable for Train K19/K20

K19 Beijing – Manzhouli – Moscow

  • Departure: Beijing Railway Station at 23:00 every Saturday
  • Arrival: Yaroslavskiy Station at 17:58 every Friday
  • Duration: 142 hours
Travel Day Station Country Day Arrive Depart
1 Beijing China Saturday   23:00
2 Tianjin Sunday 00:35 00:41
Shenyang Sunday 08:47 08:55
Harbin Sunday 15:04 15:29
3 *Manchuria Monday 04:18 07:01
*Zabaikalsk Russia Monday 02:26 08:03
Chita Monday 18:08 18:33
4 Ulan-Ude Tuesday 04:54 05:20
Irkutsk Tuesday 13:25 13:55
5 Krasnoyarsk Wednesday 06:35 07:14
Novosibirsk Wednesday 18:39 18:58
6 Omsk Thursday 03:14 03:32
Tyumen Thursday 10:18 10:38
Ekaterinburg Thursday 14:47 15:14
Perm Thursday 20:53 21:15
7 Moscow Friday 17:58  

What you need to know about train K19?

  • The train will stop at Harbin Station for 25 minutes for changing locomotive. Your passports will be taken by the staff for filling in arrival cards.
  • The train will stop for 2 hours at Manchuria for immigration inspection. Toilets on the train will be locked during this time. So it is a good idea to get off the train to stretch your legs after the immigration inspection.
  • There is immigration inspection for entering Russia at Zabaikalsk. Then the train will stop for 4 hours to change wheels. You can get out of the train station to buy fruit, snacks and drinks.
  • All the staff on board are Russian.
  • US dollars and Euros are acceptable on international trains. When you are in China, you can use the Chinese Yuan; when you are in Mongolia, you can use the Tugrik. Remember that only cash is accepted.

K20 Moscow – Manzhouli – Beijing

  • Departure: Yaroslavskiy Station at 23:45 every Saturday
  • Arrival: Beijing Railway Station at 05:46 every Saturday
  • Duration: 145 hours
Travel Day Station Country Day Arrive Depart
1 Moscow Russia Saturday   23:45


2

Perm Sunday 19:48 20:17
Ekaterinburg Sunday 01:32 01:59
3 Tyumen Monday 06:18 06:38
Omsk Monday 13:37 13:53
Novosibirsk Monday 21:04 21:23
4 Krasnoyarsk Tuesday 08:45 09:07
5 Irkutsk Wednesday 02:28 02:53
Ulan-Ude Wednesday 10:52 11:22
Chita Wednesday 22:23 22:48
6 *Zabaikalsk Thursday 08:24 13:05
*Manchuria China Thursday 19:30 00:34
7 Harbin Friday 12:51 13:17
Shenyang Friday 19:18 19:33
8 Tianjin Saturday 03:52 04:08
Beijing Saturday 05:46  

What are the Facilities on the Beijing – Moscow Trains?

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Type of berth

There is hard sleeper class (4 berths in a compartment with a lockable door) and deluxe soft sleeper class (2 berths in a compartment with a lockable door) on trains from Beijing to Moscow.

Air-conditioning

K3/K4: only deluxe soft sleeper carriages are air-conditioned

K19/K20: all the carriages have air-conditioning

Toilet

A western-style toilet is available at the end of each carriage. There is no shower on board. On trains K3/K4, every two deluxe soft sleeper compartments share a wash sink.

Power Sockets

There are two power sockets in each hard sleeper carriage. And there is one power socket in each deluxe soft sleeper compartment. But you need to take a converter to be able to recharge your phone and camera.

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Unfortunately, the voltage is sometimes too low and you may be unable to turn your laptop on. You can ask the conductor for help. It is useful to know that the power is cut off when the train stops.

Food on the train

There is a restaurant car on the train, providing Chinese food when in China, Mongolian food when in Mongolia and Russian food when in Russia. Boiling water is provided at the end of each carriage.

How to Buy the Ticket

Beijing – Moscow international train tickets can be booked at designated ticket offices in Beijing. Only cash is accepted and no English spoken. So you are recommended to book tickets with travel agencies like China Highlights. Make the booking online and tickets will be delivered to your hotel or personal address.

Valid ID is required when buying a ticket AND when boarding a train:

  • Foreign passengers: Passport & Travel Permit
  • Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passengers: Mainland Travel Permit

Visa requirements:

  • To take train K19/K20, you need Russian and Chinese visas.
  • To take train K3/K4, you need Russian, Mongolian, and Chinese visas, as this train also runs through Mongolia.

Child ticket:

  • Children under 4 years old accompanied by adults can travel free, but cannot occupy a seat/berth. A child ticket needs to be bought if you want to get a berth for the child.
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old need to buy child tickets.
  • Children over 12 years old need to buy adult tickets at full fare.

Please note: There are no open tickets for this train. If you want to hop on and off along the way, you need to buy separate tickets.

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How to Board the Train

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Boarding an international train is basically the same as boarding a domestic train. Go through security – find your waiting room – find the platform – board the train.

If you have difficulties in finding the right waiting room, ask a member of staff for help. Here is a phrase that might be helpful.

English: Excuse me, please tell me which waiting I should go to for the international train **. (Show your ticket)

Chinese: 你好,请问国际火车** 的候车室在哪里?

It is advised that you arrive at the train station at least 1 hour before departure.

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Scenery along the Way

Scenery along the way changes from season to season. However scenery in summer from May to September is the most beautiful. Through the window you can see the mountains and plains of northern China, Russian villages and Siberian scenery. Train K3/K4 passes through Mongolia along the way, so you can also see the Gobi desert and the grassland of Mongolia on this train.