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Moscow to Beijing, cheaply??

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Moscow to Beijing, cheaply??


I'm looking at travelling from Moscow to Beijing in September 2011 and I was wondering if I'd be able to purchase tickets at the stations along the way?

I'm looking to go Moscow-Irkutsk then Irkutsk-Ulaan Bator, Ulan Bator-Beijing. I'm wanting to travel as cheap as possible!!

Any info on being able to purchase tickets at this time of year at the stations in Russia and any idea on pricing would be appreciated!



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1. Re: Moscow to Beijing, cheaply??

Hello! I think you can buy tickets at the stations. At least that many times I have bought train tickets for 1-2 days before departure, it was at different times of the year, and in September, too. The ticket price depends on time of year, the class of car and train (the train company will always be more expensive), the place you want to take the train (the lower position or upper position).

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2. Re: Moscow to Beijing, cheaply??

The types of cars I wrote recently in a nearby topic. As for prices, for example, a train ticket from Moscow to Irkutsk can cost 3000 - 15000 rubles. Price will also depend on where and when you buy the tickets. If you buy it at the station or website Railways, it will be cheaper. Official website of Russian Railways here: http://eng.rzd.ru/

If you buy tickets through travel agency, it will be expensive, sometimes much more expensive.

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3. Re: Moscow to Beijing, cheaply??

I did the transiberian from Moscow to Vladivostok a year ago in October, all the way in third class. Don't ask.......it was horrendous but I firmly believe every travel experience, even the bad ones are still great when you have done it. You can of course travel first or second class which is much nicer and you wont be sharing with 53 other people. The other trains are the trans mongolian and the trans manchurian. For a lot of the russian part of the trip they take exactly the same route. The split the route as far as I recall at Ulan Ude. I booked my ticket a couple of months in advance and a couple of weeks before I wanted to change my bunk from a top to a bottom. By then they were all full up, so I dont know how or if if would work if you just turn up - it would certainly be cheaper but you may find there are no places. Also bear in mind that if you get off on route you have to be sure you have rebooked the next part of the journey as all the bunks in whichever class you travel in are prebooked. I booked with a company called real russia in the uK and they could probably answer all your questions.

have a great trip and good luck



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4. Re: Moscow to Beijing, cheaply??

When I travelled on the Trans Manchurian from Beijing to Ulan Ude and onto Moscow with no enroute overnight stops, I did so first lcass.

Three years ago, the fare was A$2000 (US$2060 at current exchange rate) one way. I am sure that this is more expensive than turning up and trying to book, but the difficultyu with the latter is that the trains are full while at some enroute stations there may not be anybody who speaks English.

In most countries I turn up and book on a Japan Rail Pass, a Eurail or so on, but in Russia and China, this seems too difficult to my chagrin, because it limits the itinerary.

Remember that Russia's archaic and restrictive visas require you to be 'invited' by a Russain-connected travel agency; when you are there, within a few days (my recollection is that it is six), you must have another paper slip inserted into your passport. failure to do so means a fine of above A$150 if detected: I was asked to show my passport by a brusque police officer at a Moscow Metro station who was standing between two platforms. Fortunately I had both the passport and the just-obtained attachment with me.

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