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1. Posted by Jahoda (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Going on the trans-siberian from Moscow to Beijing in May.

Just wondering if neone has ne stories/information/advice for this?

Cheers
x

2. Posted by BwytyHayes (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hi Jahoda,

Notice the thread has been inactive for thirty days, but I'll talk to you anyway!

How are your plans coming along? My partner and I are going to be doing the same journey in April but are yet to buy our tickets. Do you already have yours?

I'll be sure to let you know how it goes once we get to Europe!

Bwyty Hayes
Thailand

3. Posted by DELIRIOUSH (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hello!

I was on only a portion of the Trans-Siberian last July and September from Beijing to Erlianhoate (Erenhot)....which is the boder city to Mongolia. It was a 12 hour trip and although pretty standard, quite comfortable. The train compartments seat 4 and can be transferred into beds. You can stow your stuff under the seats as well so you don't have to worry about your things although I was never afraid of theft during my trip. I should mention that the railway is used...particularly by Mongolians and Russians to import cheap goods from China into their countries....so you will see people with vast loads getting on the train...you're compartment can feel like quite a small space because of this!!!

Also, Erlian is where the international trains change their wheels over....the wait times can be quite long..at least a few hours... so you may want to find out the times and get some food or go for a walk to stretch your legs...Erlian is a small town and there's many restaurants within a short walk from the train station. You can get food on the train of course and it's cheap and nutritious - but not a lot of variety.. basically whatever they're serving is what you eat. Most people take lots of snacks and even full meals with them on the train and eat them in their compartments....so you might want to consider taking food and drinks with you whenever you can just to change it up.....

I don't know if I've helped, but I thought I'd let you know how at least a portion of your trip will look like....

Cheers!

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

There is a lot of good information in the Trans-Siberian Railway in the travel guide. There are a few members on the board that have done the trip, and I do believe that a good portion of the collective knowledge of the folks here have been put in the guide.

5. Posted by Mike70 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

There are 2 trains going from Moscow to Beijing. One is Russian, it crosses Chinese border in Manchuria (Mazhouli). The other one is Chinese, it goes through Mongolia. Don't forget to get mongolian transit visa. Usually it is possible to get it right on the border. But who knows...

6. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

I was looking into doing this myself at some point over the next year or two. I found that the weblink under resources http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm is a very good site for those intrested in this route.

Good luck and please post after you've done it to tell us how it all went :)

7. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 8y

My hubby and I are hoping to do the Moscow to Beijing route in October . Just trying to find out where is the cheapest place to get the ticket.
We will be going to Moscow in May so will try to find out about it then and maybe buy it from there then. If I come across any useful info I'll post here :-)