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Trans-mongolian express: how much does it cost?

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1. Posted by vhbram (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y


I am going take the trans-mongolian express form Moscow to Beijing with a friend next summer . Now, we don't want to go directly to Beijing, so we're taking some stops in Irkutsk and Ulan Batur (possibly) and stay there for a few days. Does anyone know how much it differs in rates compared with a straight trans-mongolian route? (preferably in EUROS)

Thanks in advance,


[ Edit: Edited on 18-Nov-2010, at 07:38 by vhbram ]

2. Posted by vhbram (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y



3. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 6y


I travelled the trans mongolian last september from Beijing to Moscow and then on to St petersburg. I stopped at Ulan bator and Irkutsk and it cost me £459 GBP or 540 Euros at todays exchange rate. As far as im aware there is no significant difference in price if you do stops.

I sent another TP member a long email about my experience on this trip with some advice. I'll see if I can forward it to your message inbox.

Good luck with the trip!

4. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 6y

No. Sorry cant find it. The best thing to do regarding finding ticket prices is to contact for a quote.

I could be telling you stuff that you allready know! If you have any questions regarding this trip, fire away.........

5. Posted by vhbram (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Ok thanks but isn't it cheaper to buy your tickets in moscow train station? Does somebody know these prices?

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Nov-2010, at 10:16 by vhbram ]

6. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 6y

Yes it is cheaper. However the russians are not renowned for their skill in the english language and can be quite unhelpful. Best thing to do if you dont speak russian is to get a russian speaker to write down what ticket you would like to buy, and on what date, time etc, then you can hand this to the ticket seller. I used this technique with success in Irkutsk. The other downside is that depending on what time of year you go, you may find that the train is booked 2 weeks in advance, in which case you'll have to wait around in Moscow or elsewhere which would be expensive as russia is not cheap.I think It costs about 100 euros to book with realrussia.......

I would recommend that you buy a book (If you haven't allready) called the Trans siberian Handbook by Bryn Thomas. It is an excellent book and is far superior to the lonely planet guide version (which everyone that I met on the trip regretted buying, all aggreeing that it was crap). I planned my trans mongolian trip based on info and advice from that book and an excellent website called

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8. Posted by corkgirl (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Planning on doing pretty much the same trip next August. As far as I can figure out because the summer trains get booked up so quickly it can be risky hoping to get tickets when you arrive especially if you are caught for time. Im still undecided as to what to do for tickets. Think its grand to get when you arrive as long as you are bit flexible. Bryn Thomas book is really good and goes through prices etc for doing it yourself etc.. Just wondering how are you planning on getting visas done?? this link shoes price comparison at bottom of page for tickets v agency but comparison in the book is clearer.

realrussia lets you put in all dates and stops and can give a rough price or let you figure out where you could jump off for a day and then overnight on the train.

seat 61 also has a page that guides you through the russian train website which is all in russian but you can use to figure out real prices between stops.
Only starting to figure all this out so be interested to hear any discoveries you make.