hello everyone! we currently in australia, but heading to thailand in febuary. we dont want to use our flights back to england, instead we would like to go back by train from china to moscow, however, we would also like to see mongolia, nepal, tibet india and then go from india upto moscow...... from what i gather on the websites is that theres a direct train to moscow from china that stops over in mongolia, but its more like a tour with only a few days etc. has anyone ever gone by train back to eurpoe and stopped wherever they wished along the way with no time restrictions? and have also gone to these countries which i have listed?
any help would be greatly appreciated!!
helen and cherry xxxx
I am slightly confused by your comments.Do you want to catch the trans-Siberian/Mongolian train from Beijing to Moscow OR fly from India to Moscow?
I found a few sites...this one is ungodly expensive, almost 2000 USD.
This one looked much better...
There are a some members who have personal experience, hopefully they will check in soon to give you much better advice
Sounds like a awesome trip!!
we mean catching the train from beijing through to moscow through mongolia, then probably flying back to the uk from moscow... all open to suggestion right now tho!! lol!
thanks cup cake ill be sure to have a look at the links now! yea i was thinking ther'd be some travel veterans around on this site that would be able to give some advice and help, really good to get some input!
chery and helen xx
I've seen you'd like to take the transiberian line from China to Russia. I reached Moscow from Beijing once many years ago. It was 1991. First: the route went through inner mongolia and mongolia, starting from Manzhouli which is 9 kms away from the chinese-russian border, in manchuria. The fact is, there is not only one route. There's the old Transiberian line, which is not passing through Mongolia (that's waht I took), and another line which is a sort of extension of this, called Transmongolian line, which is the one that I mentioned, passing from Manchuria to Mongolia. The cheapest way to travel this way is not to book in advance in an agency but do it separately, (ex.Beijing-Huhohot) and then get the extension route locally. 2nd:you need 3 visas. The chinese, mongolian, and russian. In beijing you can get a transit (10 days) visa, so that you can stay 2-3 days in Moscow during the trip. Ask for further info at the russian embassy in Beijing, address: 4 Dongzhimennei Beizhongjie. A transit visa (or tourism) costs from 50 o 60 usd and you need one week to get it. You'll pay about the double to get it in one day. You also need to show a ticket for the extension route from russia to another country to get the visa. Besides, there was a special tax at the consulate to be paid for the transit visa. No idea if this still exist or not, sorry should ask locally. I'll take the Transmongolian line myself the next october-november as I want to visit Mongolia and Xinjiang, following the silk road.