Could someone help us. We're trying to get a Russian visa and a china one as cheap as possible with invitations etc..
Plus we want to travel from St.petersburg to east asia via moscow , mongolia, china etc.. If anyone has any info regarding getting tickets in Russia ( prices, availability, etc...for the trans siberian express that would be great.
Anyone know of cheap and cheerfull double bed accom in St.petersburg and moscow cheers also.
Thanks for any comments
I was gonna do this, but its just turned out to be too much of a hassle this time round for me, and expensive too considering I want to go onto S.E.A and then Oz.
Sooo, I do have a bit of info knocking around that I aint gonna use just yet. Checkout visatochina (just google this) for your visas, really friendly and the cheapest i found. im still goin to China and onwards this summer so im still using them.
I was planning on staying in Hostels, if you dont mind them checkout hostelworld.com, has some hotels on there too and loads of reviews from punters who have actually stayed in the places mentioned.
As for train tickets, checkout waytorussia.com and seat61.com, but watch out on waytorussia as while its a really good site, there are a few companies that they recommend for train tickets that are less than competent. Ask people on the forums there and youll get an idea of the best agencies for you.
Last thing, you need proof of your travel into and out of china at the moment, this will last until after the olympics. If this isnt possible then just book a dummy cheap flight out (and in if you havent got that sorted in advance).
Thats all I can think of now, a good book to check out is Bryn Thomas' Trans Siberian Handbook.
You shouldn't need an invite for China, you should be able to just get a tourist visa. When I did mine, I just downloaded the forms from the Chinese Embassy website and brought them into the consulate in San Francisco. Even as a Canadian applying in a foreign country, there was no problems and the turn around was 3 days.
As for Russia, you will need an invite. The Man in Seat 61 website that has already been mentioned was my primary source of information when planning my trip, and it is AMAZING. I wrote the guy who creates all the content to tell him that, and he even wrote back. Really nice guy.
There is some really good knowledge up in the travel guide here: Trans-Sib railway based on information from a few of us members who have done the trip. It's worth reading that as well. It has pretty up to date costs in there.