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Trans-Mongolian Train No.003/004 Moscow Ulan-Bator Beijing 


Timetable is below on this page 

Train 003/004 running from Moscow to Beijing via Ulan-Bator (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) is one of the most famous Trans-Siberian / Trans-Mongolian trains.

This is a weekly service departing Beijing on Wednesdays at 7:45 am for almost 6 days journey to Moscow, Russia. Train 003 Beijing – Moscow (westbound) crosses the Gobi desert on the Trans-Mongolian route, then passes by Ulan-Bator and enters Russia at Naushki station to head further north to Ulan-Ude (east of Lake Baikal in Russia). It travels through Siberia, leaves Ural Mountains behind and finally arrives to Russia’s capital city on the next week’s Monday afternoon. Train 004 Moscow – Beijing express running in the eastbound direction departs Moscow weekly on Tuesday nights at 21:35 to arrive Beijing on Monday next week at 14:04.

Moscow – Beijing express has the same timetable as another international train 005/006, but with further extension from Ulan-Bator to Beijing and back. It has very few stops along the way which saves time for the Trans-Sib travelers. Within the Russian segment of the Trans-Siberian railway, particularly on the way from Moscow to Irkutsk, both of the above mentioned trains are 1 hour faster than the famous train 002 “Rossiya”  while the fares are cheaper than in Russian “firmenniy” trains. 

Moscow to Beijing train crosses Chinese frontier near the small city called Erlian; one can observe bogie change when the train spends a few hours at the border.

It is operated by Chinese company and uses Chinese rolling stocks. Unlike Mongolian and most of Russian trains Beijing express offers its passengers 3 classes of train coaches to choose from. There is deluxe 1-st class with 2-berth cabins and bathroom facilities shared between 2 cabins. Besides that, the train has 1-st class carriages with 4-berth cabins also called “soft cabin class” and the 2-nd class with 4-berth cabins called “hard cabin class”. It has got harder and somewhat narrower beds, but yet almost 30% cheaper fares.

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Train Route and Timetable

Train 003 Beijing - Moscow (via Trans-Mongolian)

Train Station* Arrival
(Moscow time**)
Departure
(Moscow time**)
Hours ahead of Moscow Running days
Beijing ... 07:45** +4 Day 1, Wed
Erlian 20:37** 23:59** +4 Day 1
Ulan-Bator 13:20** 13:50** +4 Day 2, Thu
Sukhe-Bator 20:50** 22:05** +4 Day 2
Naushki*** 19:14 22:31 +5 Day 2
Ulan-Ude 02:39 03:09 +5 Day 3, Fri
Slyudyanka 08:10 08:12 +5 Day 3
Irkutsk 10:40 11:05 +5 Day 3
Krasnoyarsk 03:54 04:14 +4 Day 4, Sat
Novosibirsk 15:58 16:17 +3 Day 4
Omsk 23:28 23:44 +3 Day 4
Yekaterinburg 11:32 11:55 +2 Day 5, Sun
Perm 17:21 17:41 +2 Day 5
Nizhny Novgorod 06:55 07:10 0 Day 6, Mon
Moscow 13:58 ... 0 Day 6


Train 004 Moscow - Beijing (via Trans-Mongolian)

Train Station* Arrival
(Moscow time**)
Departure
(Moscow time**)
Hours ahead of Moscow Running days
Moscow ... 21:35 0 Day 1, Tue
Nizhny Novgorod 03:40 03:52 0 Day 2, Wed
Perm 17:30 17:50 +2 Day 2
Yekaterinburg 23:10 23:33 +2 Day 2
Omsk 11:24 11:40 +3 Day 3, Thu
Novosibirsk 19:13 19:32 +3 Day 3
Krasnoyarsk 06:30 06:50 +4 Day 4, Fri
Irkutsk 23:25 23:50 +5 Day 4
Slyudyanka 02:23 02:25 +5 Day 5, Sat
Ulan-Ude 07:27 08:04 +5 Day 5
Naushki*** 13:08 16:43 +5 Day 5
Sukhe-Bator 21:30** 23:15** +4 Day 5
Ulan-Bator 06:30** 07:15** +4 Day 6, Sun
Erlian**** 21:00** 00:57** +4 Day 6

Beijing 14:04** ... +4 Day 7, Mon

Last update:  October 7, 2011

* There are only major train stops listed that may be of an interest for the Trans-Siberian travelers.
** Except for Mongolian and Chinese desitnations (Sukhe-Bator, Ulan-Bator, Erlian and Beijing) for which local time is indicated in timetables as well as in actual train tickets. 
*** Russia-Mongolia border crossing.
**** Mongolia-China border crossing.

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