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1. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Has anybody make the Moscow-Beijing train? I am looking for information and advice on it. I think it is a 14 days travel and a cost of 200 €.

What can you say? Any experiences?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

This site says 6 days from Moscow to Beijing if you take the direct train. Can't be much different than the other way around.

Another option:

The Silk route by train. Also Beijing-Moscow, but offers more to see.

As for prices, I've gotten a quote of 2000 EUR from my travel agent here in Germany for Moscow-Bejing. Total rip off, if you ask me.I know that it is cheaper. (Probably not 200 EUR though.)

BTW, if you can find out the correct prices for Beijing-Moscow via Transsib or Silk Route booked from Beijing, tell me. I've asked here before, but have gotten no answer. I've only found that it is hard to tell, because it depends upon how often you stop along the route to see things and what class you take.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

I've found now where you got the 14 days from:

They offer guided tours/package deals on the route and it looks as if booking through them is the easiest way to do it. (But certainly not the cheapest.)

4. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

No, I didn't got the information from that web you point. It was here: I was wrong on the time length of that. It is not a 14 days one (though I think a read a web saying that) but 8 days.

The cost there is 428 $ in first class and 268 in second class. That's 222 €.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Tickets are a lot more expensive from a travel agent than purchasing as you go. The face value on tickets I got in October and November:
Moscow - Irkutsk $US 131
Irkutsk - Ulaan Baatar $US 56.07
Ulaan Baatar - Jining $US 34.22
Jining - Beijing $US 10.26

For that I spent over $US 1000 from a travel agent. If you have the time and feel you can communicate what you want to the agents in the train stations, it's well worth the savings to purchase as you arrive.

The trip from Beijing to Moscow should take a total of 7 days on the train. You can plan stops along the way to take as long as you want, of course.

Here's my trip report Trans-Mongolian

6. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Greg man, that's and amazing blog.

7. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

I'm also looking to travel from Moscow-Beijing in March 2007 and i've been trying to get tips on how to get cheap tickets. Not very responsive though.

However check out, if i'm not mistaken they can do the moscow-irkutsk-UB-beijing route for about USD400.

What I'm planning to do is to pre-book moscow-irkutsk as the russian visa is date specific (entry and exit) so dont think i wanna risk it.

Irkutsk-UB shouldnt pose a problem as there are daily trains and UB-beijing should have more than 1 train a week.

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

I would be looking to pick up the ticket a couple of days beforehand in Beijing.

Buy the tickets yourself as you go. It's by far the cheapest way, and availability out of a couple of summer months is rarely any problem.

as the russian visa is date specific (entry and exit) so dont think i wanna risk it.

Actually, this isn't entirely true. You cannot enter before your entry date, or leave after your leaving date, BUT you do not actually need to arrive/leave on those actual dates. If you get the longest visa that you can (i.e. a full 28days tourist, even if you only plan being there 20 days) you have some extra wiggle room.

I've had (at a guess) 15 Russian visa's, some double entry, and i've never yet arrived or left on the specified date.

Irkutsk-UB shouldnt pose a problem as there are daily trains

This is normally the case, but the Russians keep threatening (and sometimes actually do) reduce it to every other day. No big deal, but worth being aware of in case you are planning to leave on your last visa day, as you could get caught out.