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Far Cough 3:17 Wed Sep 4
Trans-Siberian Railway
Anyone done it?

Eastbound or Westbound?

Leningrad / St Petersburg or Moscow - Vladivostock

Looks fascinating

Might give it a try

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Colchester Sid 9:58 Wed Sep 4
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If you're going as far as Beijing then got to be worth taking it further to Pyong'yang

Couple of travel agencies can arrange this (Koryo Tours is one) - I went the opposite way in 2011, Pyong'yang to Dandong to Beijing - takes about 25 hours and a goo way to see some of the countryside in North Korea.

Dandong is the border town - crossing the bridge across the Yalu river is as close to time travel as is possible - from the 1940s to the 21st century in about 10 minutes

Hammer and Pickle 9:12 Wed Sep 4
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Joe C 4:46 Wed Sep 4

Funniest post on this site in a long time.

*doffs cap

Syd Puddefoot 8:31 Wed Sep 4
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Did in about 1990, Trans Mongolian starting in Ulan Bator ending up in Moscow with a stop off in Beijing. Cheap as chips then, got tickets through a company in Hong Kong called Monkey Business which a quick google reveals that have metamorphosed into Monkeyshrine. www.monkeyshrine.com. Back in the day I assumed it was a roubles to US dollars under the counter deal that they were making a killing on, surprised they still exist but assume it’s a bit more legit now.

Anyway, well worth doing. Added Moscow to Leningrad for a diversion and then home on another train via Prague for next to nothing. Those were the days!

"Riding the Iron Rooster" by Paul Theroux gives a taste.

Far Cough 7:52 Wed Sep 4
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Spasibo Tovarishch Ball

On The Ball 7:50 Wed Sep 4
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Also did it 12 years ago (eh, Joe?). Did the Mongolian route, changing in Irkutsk, Ulanbataar and then Beijing before training around China for a couple of weeks. Absolutely magical. We were in a berth for four - sharing with Russians was great. By complete chance in the cabins either side we were surrounded by English and Kiwis which was fun.

I've just checked my travel e-mails and they only go back to 2009 I'm afraid, so I've got no idea of costs. It wasn't quite as bad as I'd expected though, I remember that.

Joe can recommend Moscow's best pub.

Far Cough 6:28 Wed Sep 4
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Moncurs Putting Iron 6:16 Wed Sep 4
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Darby_

Abellio won that franchise then?





Arf

BRANDED 6:26 Wed Sep 4
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Mate of mine is just about to do this. I gave him my Russian SIM card.

Moncurs Putting Iron 6:16 Wed Sep 4
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Darby_

Abellio won that franchise then?

Darby_ 5:45 Wed Sep 4
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I travelled through Yunnan province by train. The only food you could buy on the train was plastic bags full of little black seeds, and the toilet was a round hole in the floor of the train.

MancIron 5:12 Wed Sep 4
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On me bucket list.

Would go from West to East and then Beijing to Nanning to Hanoi on the rattler too.

Moncurs Putting Iron 5:11 Wed Sep 4
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Very brave of them.

The Russians really aren't that tolerant of the LBGT community.

Far Cough 5:08 Wed Sep 4
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Yeah simon, it looks fascinating, I'm already doing the trip via the medium of Youtube

simon.s 4:46 Wed Sep 4
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Do it, FC.

I think Pub Bigot fancies a bit of this. I know he wants to go to Vladivostok. I’d like to see a bit more of the country in the future.

Joe C 4:46 Wed Sep 4
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**Husky voice**
Can't remember - it was 12 years ago!

Far Cough 4:41 Wed Sep 4
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Roughly?

Joe C 4:39 Wed Sep 4
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Can't remember - it was 12 years ago!

Far Cough 4:37 Wed Sep 4
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joe, total price including tickets, hotel, visas and airfare?

Thank you please

Far Cough 4:35 Wed Sep 4
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Vodkatrain ?

Does Pickle know of this?

:-)

Joe C 4:33 Wed Sep 4
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I did it in 2007, was great. Started in St Petersburg and then went Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar - Beijing.

Spent time in each place, took about three weeks all in all before I flew home. All done through STA Travel and Vodkatrain

joe royal 3:43 Wed Sep 4
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Not “that” expensive .

If you choose to take a direct train with no stopovers, there are two trains weekly that go from Moscow to Beijing (and back) – the Trans Mongolian railway train #004 (#003 to go back) and the Trans Manchurian train #020 (#019). The whole journey takes about 6 days and a bed in the 2nd class compartment costs about €450-€500. If you take a Trans Siberian train from Moscow to Vladivostok, the trip will take about 6 days and will cost about €150 3rd class and €300 2nd class. If you choose to make stopovers, you could take a train along the Trans Siberian railway from Moscow to Novosibirsk (will take about 2 days and cost €150 in the 2nd class), then on to Irkutsk or Ulan Ude (~2 days and €90), and then on to Beijing (~3 days, €350-€400). To make that journey cheaper you can also take 3rd class Russian trains up to the Russian border: to Naushki if you go through Mongolia or to Zabaykalsk if you want to go around Mongolia and go straight to China. The Russian leg of the journey will then cost you about €180 and the Mongolian / Chinese one about €150.

Far Cough 3:37 Wed Sep 4
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Some idea of prices here:



As little as 492 or $686 buys you a one-way train ticket from Moscow to Beijing on train 4 including a bed in a 4-berth sleeper, pre-booked through a reliable agency such as Real Russia. For almost 5,000 miles of travel, a bed for 6 nights and a memorable world-class travel experience, that's a bargain!

If you want a bed in a 2-bed sleeper, make that around 787 or $1,097.

If you want to stop off at places on the way, that increases the ticket price a bit, but not hugely.

Add train tickets from London to Moscow for around 250 and you're all set for an epic journey from the UK to China.

You should budget for at least one night in a hotel in Moscow, 40 upwards depending on how classy a hotel you want.

Don't forget visas. This could add 140-240 depending on which visas you need. Russia, China, possibly Mongolia & Belarus.


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