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Cheapest way to get from NY to russia to China?

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1. Posted by shinnyorc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to China over the summer but I want to stop in Russia for a small visit. What's the cheapest way(I don't mind slower) to get from New York to anywhere in Russia then to Harbin, China? I don't mind by air or land. And how much more expensive would it be compared to if I fly directly to Beijing and then to Harbin?

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 941 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It will be cheaper if you fly than if you went by train (the Trans-Siberian or the Trans-Mongolian).

Fares between New York and Moscow are very reasonable. And flights between Moscow and Beijing or Harbin aren't bad as well. You could do the multi-destination flights for around $1,000, more or less.

Do you already possess visas to Russia and China? If not, you'll have to add a few hundred dollars to the cost of your trip. Getting the Russian one requires you to go through some extra steps; and those steps will cost. If you need to, apply for a three-year multiple-entry Russia visa; and a 10-year multiple-entry China visa.

Suggest you use, or google/flights and play around with the routes.

I took the Trans-Mongolian from Beijing to Moscow last year; and the train was mostly empty. The conductors told me that few people take it nowadays because it's cheaper and less time consuming to fly. The rail ticket cost about $700 for a hard sleeper. The journey took six days and five nights. To compare, it's possible to get a one-way ticket (Air China) from Moscow to Beijing for $209 in June. I thought about it last year (Aeroflot had a comparable fare), but I've wanted to travel on the Trans-Mongolian for years.

If you're interested in the Trans-Mongolian, it's easy to book using the Pasadena, Calif., office of China International Travel Service, the giant Chinese travel agency based in Beijing.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Feb-2016, at 15:51 by berner256 ]