I've heard it's much cheaper to just get your transsiberian tickets when you arrive in Moscow. The thing is though, I'll be arriving in Moscow May 10th, needing to leave Moscow and start the train journey on May 12th. Is this too short notice to buy my ticket? Is it bound to be fully booked if i leave it that late? I don't want to gamble really, I'm on a tight schedule!
ps anyone else thinkin of doin the same trip around that time?
I think you kind of answer your own question. It'd be better to be safe than sorry if you did just happen to miss out.
It depends on just how tight your window is, and where you are actually going.
It's not peak time, so you should be ok, provided that you accept that you may have to travel in 1st or 2nd class. And that you may not get lucky. If you are heading to Irkutsk, for example, there is only one train leaving Moscow on the 12th [the 350] so you are gambloing on their being space in that.
If you aren't going that far, your options start to rise, and thus so do your chances of gettingtickets. Even if you are trying to head straight through, if you are prepared to gamble a bit and spend a few hours somewhere between trains, you should be ok [although this will take a bit of organising, and is likely to be trickier trying to get them to understand what you want if you don't speak Russian]
Give us a bit more info to your schedule/itinerary, and I may be able to offer some more ideas.
In 2001 a freind of mine made the trip. He says you should get your ticket well in advance - at least four days. Alternatively, get a travel agent in Moscow to book and buy your ticket for you in advance. This is also a good idea if you do not speak Russian. If you decide to buy your ticket yourself, set of a whole day to the project - that is how long the lines are - or at least were a few years back.