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Traveller's Cheques on Trans-Sib???

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

Hi all,

My trans-mongolian journey is looming near and I'll be away for 3 weeks. Should I even bother bringing traveller's cheques?? I intend to bring with me USD 2000.

Help Please!! Cheers!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

I guess it's better to bring cash, but you really don't need that amount of money if you do the transsib/mongolian. I guess you will have some stopover in cities on the route? Your bankpas is enough.

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

How are you doing the Trans sib? I.e. are you travelling mostly straight through, or stopping off frequently.

I never use travellers cheques anyway, although thats my choice.

USD is certainly the best hard currency to carry, but you will need roubles to buy things on the train and at stops along the way. ATMs are available in all the main towns and cities on the way, so you can get out cash if you need it. Russian banks are generally not used to foreigners and can be a beaurocratic nightmare if you don't speak Russian. You can exchange travellers cheques in the old "intourist" (eg fancier) hotels on the way which may be a better bet if you insist on TCs.

And I have to agree with Utrecht. For 3 weeks on the Trans-Sib, why do you need 2000usd?? I didn't spend that in 3 months, and that included buying all tickets on the way.

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

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the advice, i think i wont be bringing any T/Cs...too much of a hassle. I'm doing the route from Beijing to Moscow and stopping over in UB, Irkutsk, Baikal, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Planning to buy the train tickets as I go along.

I'm surprised that 2000usd is too much cos the train tickets would've cost me about 500usd already dont they (or I have over-estimated the costs)? I also plan to take a side tour out of UB and to Olkhon Island doint a bit of dog sledding.


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

It's 500usd or so if you buy from an agency beforehand, but if you buy along the way and mostly travel in Platskartny, tickets should cost you a fair chunk less.

I'll have a look through my tickets later and add up costs and let you know how much i paid in total