I found this email in my archive. I sent an email to Passport Travel, way back in 2004, asking what a two-week’s worth trip on the Trans-Siberian express would read like, and here it was.

It’s really a $2000 journey, anyway:

Hi Sigit

Here is the itinerary and cost, as follows:-

Day 01 – Depart Beijing on Train No. 23 at 7.40 a.m. (4 berth sleeper) – train only departs on Saturdays

Day 02 – Arrive Ulaan Baatar at 1 p.m. – you are met upon arrival and transferred to your homestay (1 night/breakfast)

Day 03 – Transfer to station – Depart Ulaan Baatar on Train No. 263 at 9 p.m. (4 berth sleeper) – on train until Day 5 – train departs daily

Day 05 – Arrive Irkutsk at 8.30 a.m. – you are met upon arrival and transferred to your homestay at Listvyanka (1 night/breakfast)

Day 06 – Transfer to Irkutsk and station – depart Irkutsk on Train No. 9 at 4.35 pm. (4 berth sleeper) – on train until Day 9 – train departs only on even numbered days

Day 09 – arrive Moscow at 4.50 p.m. – transfer to homestay (3
nights/breakfast/3 hour orientation tour) – in Moscow until Day 12

Day 12 – Services end

The cost is US$965 and includes all rail tickets in a 4 berth sleeper, all homestay accommodation with breakfast daily, transfers where specified, orientation tour in Moscow and visa invitation letter for Russia.

Okay, Sigit, over to you.


Passport Travel

…with the tickets Jakarta – Beijing about $300 and Moscow – Jakarta approximately $600 – $700.