I am doing the Trans Siberian Railway this November and........
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 9:25 AM Last Post By: everbrite
Aug 25, 2012 9:17 PM
I am doing the Trans Siberian Railway this November and........Hi, my name is George, and I am planning to do the Trans Siberian Railway from moscow to Vladivostok this November 2012. I travel alone most of the times and I know about the brives and corruption in the ex soviet countries, I experienced it in my extensive travels thru UA, BR, BG, etc.
Is it better buying the train tickets once in Moscow, or the best option is buy them through one of those websites that offer them to the public.
Never being to Russia because of the process of the visa, but do not know if it is easier to get the visa once I got the tickets in my hand or not.
Any information or recommendations are welcome. Russia will be a new destination for me.
Thank you and happy travels!
Aug 26, 2012 5:26 AM
1Tickets are not required for the visa so I wouldn't bother getting them in advance. .
When asking visa questions, it is important to indicate your passport. If you have a US passport, please read the information on the website of the Russian embassy in Washington to determine the consulate nearest you. You will need an official invitation and accommodations voucher.
Travel in Russia is not cheap. The only website that makes sense for buying train tickets is the official Russian railways website, rzd.ru. Even if you don't buy them in advance, this site will tell you the costs and the ticket availability. The pages in English won't help for buying tickets or getting ticket information as they are meant for investors. You need to register and you need to translate the sections that are in Russian if you want to buy tickets.
November is one of the worst times to travel in Russia in my experience because of the weather and limited daylight. It generally isn't cold enough to experience snow and often the precipitation will be a mix of snow or cold rain. February is a much better time in my opinion. More daylight, better chance of snow which makes things look prettier.
Oct 2, 2012 7:33 AM
2Will there be snow in December? Going from Moscow east?
Oct 2, 2012 8:28 AM
Oct 16, 2012 5:05 AM
Oct 16, 2012 9:25 AM
5Inside the train, people dress in lounging clothing - loose, comfortable attire, slippers, maybe a hoodie or sweatshirt as it can be drafty but nothing nice. They may board the train dressed nicely but after it leaves the station, they change to what my kids' called "train clothing".
Off the train dress in layers. Warm waterproof footwear is probably the most important item. Warm socks, gloves, hats, etc.
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