Travel guide to Siberia

Facts

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Inhabitants
33,000,000

Travel preparation

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Best time to visit

35 degrees below zero make some of the Siberian regions impassable for ordinary people during the winter. From January and onwards the weather gets better though, and during the summer there's a high level of activity along the trans-Siberian railroad. If you're going trekking, be aware that mosquitoes, botflies and other insects are unavoidable pestilences in May, June and July. Travelling in the months of August and September is recommended.

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In Siberia

Local conditions

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Time zone

Siberia includes no less than eight time zones. When it is 12.00 in England, it is 16.00 in the westernmost part of Siberia. When it is 12.00 in England, it is 23.00 in the easternmost part of Siberia.

Culture and entertainment

Many religious and cultural festivals are held in Siberia throughout the year, such the Tibetan Buddhists celebrating the new year of the moon with the Tsagaalgan Festival, lasting for ten days in January, February or March. The city of Irkutsk is the host of the Russian Winter Festival around New Year.

Accommodation / Hotel

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The Siberian hotels tend to be of even poorer quality than those in the European part of Russia, and some of them have neither hot water nor toilet seats. On the other hand, you can be lucky and find a well-equipped and cheap hotel, although this is rare. Book your hotel in Siberia here

Local transport

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Other transport

Trains are clearly the best and most comfortable way of getting around Siberia. Buses only operate locally around the major cities, because the road network hasn't been developed over longer distances.

Special conditions

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It's hard to comprehend how vast Siberia really is, but the area can contain the entire US, including Alaska, plus Europe, excluding Russia. Not surprisingly, travellers often refer to a travel to Siberia as an expedition rather than a trip.
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