International Trains

Beijing - Moscow Trains: K3/ K4

Train No.: Beijing → Moscow: K3 (In China), 003 (In Russia and Mongolia); Moscow → Beijing: K4 (In China), 004 (In Russia and Mongolia)
Departure: 07:27 every Wednesday at Beijing Railway Station; 23:45 every Tuesday at Moscow Yaroslavskiy Railway Station
Arrival: 13:58 every Monday at Moscow Yaroslavskiy Railway Station; 14:35 every Monday at Beijing Railway Station
Duration: 127 hours and 36 minutes for China to Russia train K3/003; 131 hours and 55 minutes for Russia to China train K4/004
Passing by: China, Mongolia and Russia via Trans-Siberian Railway
Length: 7,826 kilometers (4,863 miles)
Operator: China Beijing Railway Bureau

 

Beijing to Moscow Train Schedule: K3

(Last update on July 30th, 2019)

Date

Stations

Arrival

Departure

Wednesday

Beijing

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07:27

Jining South

15:27

15:43

Erlian

20:18

00:59

Thursday

Zamyn-Uud

01:25

02:40

Ulaanbaatar
(Ulan Bator)

14:35

15:22

Suha Bator

21:50

23:10

Naushki

18:55

20:45

Friday

Ulan-Ude

00:53

01:38

Irkutsk

09:37

10:22

Saturday

Krasnoyarsk

03:53

04:15

Novosibirsk

16:00

16:20

Omsk

23:20

23:36

Sunday

Tyumen

06:29

06:49

Ekaterinburg

11:28

11:58

Perm

17:20

17:40

Monday

Moscow

13:58

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 Kind Reminder:
Please make sure your visa for Russia is valid when passing through the China-Russia border.
 

Moscow to Beijing Train Schedule: K4

(Last update on July 30th, 2019) 

Date

Stations

Arrival

Departure

Tuesday

Moscow

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23:55

Wednesday

Perm

19:54

20:14

Thursday Ekaterinburg

01:16

01:44

Tyumen

05:59

06:19

Omsk

13:36

13:52

Novosibirsk

21:03

21:23

Friday

Krasnoyarsk

08:39

09:01

Saturday

Irkutsk

02:13

03:08

Ulan-Ude

10:00

10:45

Naushki

14:57

16:47

Suha Bator

22:29

00:14

Sunday

Ulaanbaatar
(Ulan Bator)
06:45 07:30
Zamyn-Uud

18:40

20:35

Monday Erlian

21:00

02:00

Jining South 06:37 06:55
Beijing

14:35

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Note:
1. The above timetable is for reference only. The one at railway stations shall prevail.
2. This timetable is based on local time.
 

Ticket Fare to Major Stations

Beijing To

Deluxe Soft Sleeper

Hard Sleeper

Individual

Group

Individual

Group

Ulaanbaatar CNY 2,041 CNY 1,624 CNY 1,310 CNY 1,026

Suha-Bator

CNY 2,380

CNY 1,890

CNY 1,499

CNY 1,172

Naushki

CNY 2,398

CNY 1,904

CNY 1,511

CNY 1,182

Ulan-Ude

CNY 2,849

CNY 2,259

CNY 1,713

CNY 1,399

Irkutsk

CNY 3,361

CNY 2,659

CNY 2,139

CNY 1,665

Krasnoyarsk

CNY 4,042

CNY 3,186

CNY 2,551

CNY 1,980

Novosibirsk

CNY 4,470

CNY 3,540

CNY 2,799

CNY 2,179

Omsk

CNY 4,770

CNY 3,778

CNY 2,985

CNY 2,323

Tyumen

CNY 5,077

CNY 4,022

CNY 3,173

CNY 2,470

Ekaterinburg

CNY 5,245

CNY 4,148

CNY 3,285

CNY 2,553

Perm

CNY 5,469

CNY 4,330

CNY 3,418

CNY 2,659

Moscow

CNY 6,080

CNY 4,818

CNY 3,793

CNY 2,951

Note:
1. To buy group tickets, the group must have 6 or more passengers.
2. The above ticket price is for reference only. It may be different on the spot due to exchange rate changes and other reasons.
 

How to Buy the Ticket

International railway tickets can be purchased from designated ticket counters at railway stations or from commissioned agencies like TCG. They are generally open for booking 30 days prior to departure for individual passengers and 60 days for group passengers. After booking, the tickets are released 10 days ahead of departure for individuals and 20 days ahead for groups.
See details of Purchase an International Rail Ticket
 

Basic Information

This train started running on June 4th, 1959, along the branch of the well-known Trans-Siberian Railway. From then on, it has travelled over 26.1 million miles (42 million kilometers), equivalent to 1,000 circles of the earth, hence reputed as "No. 1 Train of China". In the early years, the passengers were mainly officials who went on business trips; in 1990s, with the development of border trade, businessmen became the major passengers. However, entering the 21st century, tourists prevail, whose aim is to appreciate scenery along the trail.

The facilities onboard offer no major differences from other regular trains of China, except that only deluxe soft sleeper carriages have air-conditioners while the other carriages are still heated by coal and cooled by fan. Also, two deluxe soft sleeper carriages share one toilets and shower facilities are not offered.
See details of China train facilities onboard

 

Tips

1. The train is not overcrowded, as with other China trains. It is not tiring and uncomfortable to take it. Besides, there are many magnificent views along the trail;
2. Regular passengers should apply for a Mongolian transit visa and a Russian visa before getting on board;
3. The hard sleepers are in separate lockable compartments which is not a big difference with soft sleepers on Chinese domestic routes.
4. Before leaving China at Erlian, the train's bogey will be changed to universal track width, (Chinese trains are narrower). Passengers can either stay on the train to watch the process or get off to have a rest in the waiting hall;
5. Compared with K19, which also heads for Moscow, K3 is suggested. There are several reasons: a) the deluxe soft sleepers of K3 are better-conditioned than K19; b) the duration of K3 is about one day less than K19; c) K19 enters Russia directly from Manzhouli, China and one cannot appreciate the scenery of Mongolia.

Other International Trains between China and nearby Countries

K23/K24:
Beijing - Ulaanbaatar

K27/K28:
Beijing - Pyongyang

T8701/T8702:
Nanning - Hanoi

4652/4653:
Hohhot - Ulaanbaatar

Z5/Z6:
Beijing - Hanoi

K7023/K7024:
Harbin - Vladivostok

K9795/K9796: Urumqi - Almaty
K9797/K9798: Urumqi - Astana


 International railways under construction/planning from China to:

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