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11. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 9y

Real Russia is a useful website regardings likely visas needed for the Trans-Mongolian, and a place where you can buy tickets from. I think "The Man in Seat 61" website also links to another website for train tickets too.

12. Posted by roskelld (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Just want to jump into this thread rather than start my own (as it's very close to what me and a friend are about to start on).

I'm wondering about purchasing train tickets.

The plan of travel is to go from Moscow to Beijing via train. The main issue is time and places. My gut instinct is that I don't want to pre-purchase a fixed train ticket that dictates how long we have to spend in each city, as we may well find that we'd like to stay longer when enjoying one, and shorter when not so enjoying another.
But travelling so freely across Russia, will this cause complications? Issues buying tickets along the way. Extra costs in buying individual tickets as opposed to bulk.

Has anyone got any info or advice regarding this?

Is it best for me to be a little more causious on my first visit to Russia and pre-plan the route through? or should we throw causion to the wind and skip from station to station as we see fit?

13. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Hi,

I've done the Trans-Mongolian from Beijing to Moscow just this March. I stopped at Ulan Batar and spent 6 days there going to the national parks and stayed in the gers deep in the national park for 3 days on a community based tour. The rest of the days I spent around UB. From there I continued to Irkutsk and was there for 1 week, spending 4 days in Lake Baikal and subsequently onwards to Moscow.

You shouldnt have any problems buying the train tickets as you go along. Well at least I didnt have any. It sounds more daunting that it really is ;)

I got my Beijing to UB train ticket from a travel agent which costs me $100. For the UB to Irkutsk ticket, I got the guesthouse in Mongolia to get it, the ticket cost $45 and they charge $5 service fee.

Travelling within Russia is not cheap. I paid about $250 for Irkutsk to Moscow ticket on a Mongolian train. The Russian trains cost $80 to $100 more. I bought the ticket from a train booking office in a hotel in Irkutsk charging also about $5 as service charge. I spent 1 week in Moscow.

Bear in mind also that during the time I was travelling, it was winter and the tickets were supposedly 20% to 30% cheaper than summer tickets.

All in all I spent about 3.5 weeks on this trip and I think it's sufficiently good where you get to stop at those places and see a bit more but not rushing your travels.

If I were to do this trip again, I would definitely spend more time in Mongolia and make a trip to the Gobi.

Hope the info helps.;)

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 8, 2007, at 9:06 AM by Not Lost ]

14. Posted by lehcargiar (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

I'm planning the same trip for the same time next year. Is November ridiculously cold in Siberia? I know it'll be cold, but is it painful-to-go-outside cold or just jogging-on-the-spot cold??

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