I rode the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway on a 2,000-mile journey across four time zones in Russia. Here's what it was like spending 50 hours on the longest train line in the world.
- The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway line in the world, spanning 5,772 miles (9,289 kilometers) and connecting Moscow to far Eastern Russia.
- On a recent trip to Russia, I spent 50 hours on a Trans-Siberian train from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk to Moscow. The more than 2,000-mile journey crossed four time zones.
- I paid $148 for a second-class ticket to stay in a shared compartment with three other passengers.
- I had to deal with not showering or changing clothes for more than two days, entertaining myself without cell service or Wi-Fi, a cramped and smelly bathroom, mediocre food, and a snoring compartment mate.
- But it was the experience of a lifetime, and I would do it again with a few key changes.
- I expected the train to be filled with tourists, but most of the other passengers seemed to be Russians traveling for work.
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I rode the Trans-Siberian Railway from Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia and the third-largest city in Russia, to Moscow. The journey took about 50 hours, so I spent two nights on the train.
Here's what it was like.