I am trying to plan my route from Shanghai to Almaty in Kazakhstan by train. There?s a train that will take me from Shanghai to Urumqi. Apparently the trains that serve this route are T52/T53 but I don?t know how frequently they go ? does anyone know if they go daily? Is the train station far from the airport?
When I get to Urumqi, I need a connecting train to take me to Almaty. I haven?t been able to find a timetable as such, just that the trains go every Saturday and Monday night. Can anyone verify this? Also, is there just the one train station or will I need to travel between two to start the next leg of the journey? I have also read on several websites that you need to book train tickets at least 3 days in advance. As I am planning to go straight from the airport to the train station to start the trip across China, this isn?t going to be do-able. Does anyone know of any reliable website that I can pre-book tickets from or has anyone just turned up to buy a ticket and then hopped on a train?
For anyone that has done this route before, any advice or travel tips would be greatly received.