Russia Transport Guide

Get onboard the longest and perhaps most scenic railway line in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway. For something a little different, why not try one of the many dog-sledding adventures found in smaller towns and cities in Russia?

How to get around Russia

Given the size and climate of Russia, the most popular and convenient means of travel across the country is either by plane or the country’s comprehensive rail system including the ever popular Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian networks. Tickets should be booked a day in advance and start from cheap compartments with bunks (platskartny) and work their way up to first class. The cheapest option is the bus. Ideal for shorter trips, the long-distance bus system has regular connections between most towns. Beware, drivers can be erratic and ice and snow can make driving hazardous at times, should you wish to hire a car. There’s extensive and generally reliable public transport systems in major cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg including subway, bus, tram and eco-friendly electric trolleybus services as well as privately run marshrutka or minibus taxis.