Getting there & away
Heading west, apart from the No 1 Rossiya, which departs for Moscow (R8500, five days 10 hours) and Irkutsk (R5000, 60 hours) on even-numbered dates, there's also the daily No 43 service to Moscow (R5700, five days 17 hours) and Irkutsk (60 hours, R3350) and the No 7 to Novosibirsk (R4550, 91 hours). Heading east, Vladivostok is best reached on the daily train 6 Okean service (R1500, 13 hours).
Other daily services (all leaving in the evening) include train 226 to Tynda (R1351, 30 hours), and on to Neryungri; the No 67 and No 953 to Komsomolsk (R860, eight hours), the latter continuing to Sovetskaya Gavan and Port Vanino for the ferry across to Sakhalin; and the No 385 to Blagoveshchensk (R1090, 16 hours).
Buy tickets at the station or the quieter (and nearby) train ticket office (zheleznodorozhne-avia kassy; ul Leningradskaya 56V; 9.30am-7.20pm), where you'll pay a R60 booking fee.
From Khabarovsk's river station boats sail down the Amur to Fuyuan in northern China. Between May and October, hydrofoils run north on the Amur between Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-na-Amure (R446, six hours) and Nikolaevsk-na-Amure (R2332, 17 hours). You'll save money taking the night bus from here to Komsomolsk-na-Amure then, catching a boat up. At research time, boats left here at 7am. The pink river station(rechnoy vokzal) houses the boat ticket office(398 654; 8am-10pm).
There are international flights to Harbin (US$170) and Guau (US$320) in China, Seoul (from US$300) in Korea, and Niigata (US$340) and (July to September) Aomori (US$340) in Japan. All international flights are subject to a R800 departure tax, usually included in ticket price.
The foreign airlines all have offices at the airport's international terminal (to the left of the new one). Intour-Khabarovsk(312 154; Hotel Intourist; 9am-8pm) books tickets, as does Transport Service Transit (291 692; ul Karl Marksa 76; 10am-2pm & 3-8pm), in the HK Citi Mall.