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1. Posted by Untouchabl (Budding Member, 3 posts) 11 Aug '10 04:33

I'm an inexperienced traveller and my idea is to travel from London to Beijing by land. I'm in the initial stages of planning and I have a few questions.

What is the best route and what visas will I need for this? (I have a UK passport)

I'm planning on leaving october/november, is this practical?

Is 2-3 months a good time frame?

Many Thanks.

2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member, 560 posts) 11 Aug '10 08:53

It would help if you say how you want to travel. Are you driving?

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2010, at 08:54 by fabyomama ]

3. Posted by Untouchabl (Budding Member, 3 posts) 11 Aug '10 09:00

Not driving, mainly trains and buses

4. Posted by Nick.t (Budding Member, 6 posts) 12 Aug '10 23:15

To easy mate I havent done the journey myself but while i was travelling in
China a couple months back i met a number of people who had done London to Beijing and vice versa. Its asy enough to do and training it is one of the easiest and most interesting. start obvioulsy by geting into Europe then either train or bus around and make your way to moscow there a couple of different trains that get there but you can fly fairly cheap? but one rally interesting train can take you through Poland and there are some interesting historical (WW2) areas to check out.

Once in Moscow use the trans siberian (book in advance dont try and turn up, I met a couple who got stuck for a almost 3 weeks for not booking) there are different classes depending on your price range to go from 1st class to catle class but again from what ive heard the 6 bed carriages are the way to do for atmosphere and variety of people. This will take you all the way to china and its just a small change to get to Beijng itself.

Withe the trans siberian dont burn all the way through get off every now and again to avoid cabin fever, keeping in mind you will be on the train days at a time and it isnt a luxury cruise, if you catch my drift? but give your self a minimum of 2-3 weeks to do the journey across russia while jumpng on and off.

Visas- as like me you are on a British Passport basicaly making all travel easy as. china is easy head into london and apply for one it takes a couple of days to process and if my memory serves costs about 50-60 pounds for a multi entry visa ( correct me if im wrong it was about a year ago a went in) and closer to 30 for a single i think? Europe you are all good for mostly as im sure you know and russia you have to go deal with them in person for hours but you will get it.

For leaving time its ok to go any time but my god you will be cold its not he warmest weather anywhere on your route even Beijing will be cold till March time and out the train wondow you will see alot of snow.
Anyway best of lcuk i hope to do the journey myself sooner rather than later so always good to hear how things went or glitches you meet on the road.

5. Posted by Untouchabl (Budding Member, 3 posts) 14 Aug '10 03:01

Thanks for the info mate. I was considering more travelling through Europe, then Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet and into China. I was wondering if this route is possible?

6. Posted by violante (Budding Member, 12 posts) 5 Sep '10 12:23

Hi! I'm planning the same route but by bike.

7. Posted by Simon barrett (Budding Member, 2 posts) 25 Apr '13 01:43

I look to bike to Beijing from uk . by Russian, has same one do this before by bike or car and can help me on the road and way to go l look at next year in may .please help.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2013, at 01:55 by Simon barrett ]

8. Posted by Simon barrett (Budding Member, 2 posts) 25 Apr '13 01:44

Quoting Simon barrett

Quoting violante

Hi! I'm planning the same route but by bike.

. I am planning to do this but Russian as you can Not get there from Pakistan to china on bike l do it in a car and train to Beijing before . L do not think you can do it by Nepal but may by you can by bike

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10. Posted by jeanie99 (Full Member, 122 posts) 12 May '13 01:47

Anyone planning to do this epic journey should check out this link

http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm#.UY9WukpEHoY

Do your research

Best of luck and be careful out there.

Jean