This is a still confidential tourist destination. Within Russia, Western Siberia extends from Mongolia to the Arctic Ocean and from the eastern Urals to the watershed of the Ob and Yenisei rivers. It is a wet plain dotted with lakes and swamps. The Western Siberian Plain (За́падно-Сиби́рская равни́на) occupies the western part of the immense Siberia, covering about a third of its area, stretching 2,400 km from north to south and 1,900 km from east to west. It is a mosaic of varied natural spaces: tundra, wooded tundra, taiga, deciduous and coniferous forests, steppe and semi-arid zone. To the south, you have Altai mountains with superb peaks where you can hike, climb and raft. In the forests are located romantic isbas and some cities offer ancient centers, including Tomsk and Tobolsk with its kremlin and Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia. You will not miss visiting and staying in Novosibirsk, with tourist attractions that attract locals and foreigners alike: water park, zoological park, botanical garden, Byzantine cathedral Alexander Nevsky, railway museum... While the discovery of Western and Eastern Siberia remains an off-the-beaten track adventure, tourism is developing rapidly in the region and the host infrastructure is improving. Don't forget your tour guide in your suitcases.

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When to go to West Siberian?

When to discover Western Siberia? It's common knowledge, the winter is very harsh in Siberia. It is better to plan your stay in summer, especially since even at this time the tourist attendance remains moderate, even very moderate in some areas. Two periods are essentially to be avoided: the melting of snow (around mid-April, early May), and the period from mid-October to early December when the days are very short and the sun almost never shines. To hike in the southern mountains, prefer May and June. Autumn offers the taiga flamboyant colours.

How to go to West Siberian? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Organized trips to Russia are a good option. They generally take place over three weeks, which still allows you to discover several regions efficiently as long as everything is organized and you will not waste your time looking for your route or your accommodation. Another advantage: you do not have to worry about your visa.

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Not mastering the Russian language is no longer a problem on the spot, except in the countryside, because the practice of English is growing more and more. You will easily find air-only flights to St. Petersburg or Moscow, you can book your hotels in the city from home. On site, according to the itinerary you have planned, you can always connect one point to another by bus or train.

Domestic flights are efficient but expensive. Take the buses and marshroutkas from the bus station, which criss-cross the country at unbeatable prices. But it is the train that will take you to the measure of the country, samovar within reach of a cup, with or without a berth. A high-speed train links Moscow and St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Cruise ships use rivers. In Moscow, boats travel along the Moskva River at a low cost. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, take taxis instead of buses. In Siberia, the Trans-Siberian Railway is an interesting option at all levels.

Prepare for your trip West Siberian

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to discover Western Siberia? It's common knowledge, the winter is very harsh in Siberia. It is better to plan yo...
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Weather forecast

The climate of this region is continental with, given the size of the territory, variations from south to north, from...
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Budget

The currency is the ruble (RUB), subdivided into 100 kopecks. You can change your euros on site or use your credit ca...
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Formalities

EU nationals who wish to stay in Russia and therefore in Siberia must first obtain a visa (one month maximum for a to...
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Health

No specific risks for stays in large cities. However, be up to date with your vaccinations, preferably drink mineral...
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How to travel by yourself?

Not mastering the Russian language is no longer a problem on the spot, except in the countryside, because the practic...
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How to get organized?

Organized trips to Russia are a good option. They generally take place over three weeks, which still allows you to di...
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Getting around

Domestic flights are efficient but expensive. Take the buses and marshroutkas from the bus station, which cris...
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