How can I get tickets for the Trans Siberian RR
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 23, 2012 4:51 PM Last Post By: phil11
Jun 21, 2012 11:24 AM
How can I get tickets for the Trans Siberian RRI am a U. S citizen and want tickets only for the Trans Siberian RR plus Russian visa. How do I do this? I have made dozens of calls with no luck,I. E. conflicting or no information. Would greatly appreciate your help
Jun 21, 2012 8:37 PM
1Try this link
Jun 21, 2012 8:38 PM
2As for Russian Visa, have you thought to ring the Russian embassy or googling?
Jun 22, 2012 4:00 PM
3When I did the trip from Warsaw to Vladivostok, I just went to the rail stations and bought a ticket to the next city. I always did this upon arrival so that I had my ticket for the next destination before leaving the station. There are many trains each day and you will have no trouble if you know some Russian or use a map to show them where you want to go. The entire trip to Vladivostok cost me peanuts. I am amazed at the tours being offered to the guillable public costing up to $5000 US to go just from Moscow to China. Have fun and don't drink too much vodka with your dill pickles! LOL
Jun 22, 2012 4:22 PM
4Thanks so much. Yes, the travel tour "deals" are outrageous. I took the TS in 1993 from Beijing to Moscow and it ws a simple thing. But I find it difficult being an American, trying to get visas for Russia and China. They seem to want me to be in the States to do it and to buy a tour, which I don't want. How did you manage your visas and are you also an American? When I was in Moscow in 93 I stayed in a great hostel run by some folks from Brooklyn. Wonder if they are still there. And can yoou recommend a hotel in Moscow? I am a woman of "a certain age" on a modest budget and will be travelling alone and don't speak Russian. Would you suggest that your mother go to Moscow and to the train station there to get her tickets if she were alone and where would you suggest she stay? Thaks for that info and also about how best to get the visas.
Jun 30, 2012 8:27 PM
5I did this about 5-6 years ago or so. I got a bunch of help from here:
I even met her here in Bangkok. She was fantastic. I got my Russian visa here and the invitation letter was done via the internet. Easy.
Where will you start? What route? What time of year? The hardest ticket to get was the one from Beijing to UB. Usually full, but worked with an agent in Beijing who got it at a reasonable price. Might have been Monkeyshine, but not 100% sure.
After that, I just got tickets along the way, but I did this late April, so it was during the slow time.
Jul 1, 2012 2:58 PM
6I used Monkey Shrine about 10 years ago. They work out of Hong Kong and are very reliable. It was easier to get tickets at that time, Beijing to Moscow than visa virsa. Got the visa here in Seattle from the local consulate, but they are tricky to fill out. Best to do the filling out in person. Russia people are quite helpful to older folks.
Jul 27, 2012 3:42 PM
7I believe Everbrite wrote a FAQ about this and it's on the NE asia forum . I did this trip in 2007; I got a business visa through an online company, issued by the Russian embassy in Shanghai. Bought the tickets point to point in Russia.
Why do you want to buy a full ticket? Are you planning on taking the train without stopping? Why not get out in the various cities in Siberia?
Jul 28, 2012 4:09 AM
Thanks for ypur comments
Ypur suggestions Are good
I might go to china first and get the. Russian Visa there. However the problem for me is I am in good shape tho not a kid and traveling Alone I want
An all woman compartment a nd these are hard to get. The next available one is not until Sert. And I have to Find a place to hang out until then. I am in traveling mode now and not at home.
Would love to know more about your experiences on the train and stops you liked on the way
Jul 28, 2012 9:14 PM
9These are notes I wrote down after my trip several years ago:
Details of Trains:
Beijing->UB:May 5th, 7:30am, train K23, $144 for 2 person berth. About 32 hours. Purchased via Ocean Travel in Beijing (using email), picked up ticket in Beijing.
UB->Ulan Ude:May 11th, 1:50pm, train #5, 61860 Mongolian ($53) for 2 person berth. About 30 hours. Purchased while in UB.
UU->Irkutsk:May 13th, 10am, train #1, $58, Small 1/2 size berth (one up and one down, but was alone). 7 hours, purchased in UU.
Irkutsk->Tomsk:May 16th, 10:30am, train#??, $104 for 4 person berth. About 32 hours, purchased in Irkutsk.
Tomsk->Vladimir:May 19th 11:40am, train#37, $162 for small 1/2 size berth (alone) to Yekaterinburg. 27 hours, purchased in Irkutsk...but upgraded while on the train. I was going to stop in Yekaterinburg but decided to contine to Vladimir. Additional cost was $135 and 25 hours.
Vladimir->Moscow:May 24th, 8:59am, train#??, $16......purchased in Vladimir.
Moscow->St.Petersburg:May28th, ........purchased in Moscow.
VISA: I got my visa invitation via an online service and the actual visa from the Russian embassy in Bangkok. Next day service. This was a breeze.
TRAIN TICKETS: Got my first ticket from Ocean Travel in Beijing, but all others were while on the road. It was actually not too bad, but at times I did have to try another window as the agent would just not help me as I did not speak any Russian (this actually happened several times, but not a big deal).
LANGUAGE: OK, I was lazy. I learned very little Russian. Burned out after learning Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, etc for the past year. It was not really a big problem, but did cause some hassles at times. Like buying tickets and especially at restaurants. Few spoke English. Though I was helped an awful lot by EXTREMELY friendly Russians along the way. I was amazed at how many do speak English...especially the younger ones.
PEOPLE: Incredibly friendly (OK, except the ones at the train/bus stations!!!!!). It was such a relief after 6 weeks in China. They actually stop for you in crosswalks! And will come up and help you without being asked. I have to admit, I was overwhelmed by their friendliness. Great people.
STOPS: UB: To really explore Mongolia, you need at least 6+ days (to get out of UB, which is not a great city). I did not allocate enough time and as a result ended up hanging around UB for a day or so too long. Some short trips around UB were OK, but could have been done in 3 days easily. I will be back!
ULAN UDE: OK, but if you want, could be passed on.
IRKUTSK: Nice city. Plenty to do. Baikal is awesome! You have to travel by Baikal during the day. Do what it takes, as the views are just awesome. Listvyanka is OK...did not get to Olkhon island due to weather issues (hard to get to during the early spring).
TOMSK: An absolutely beautiful city. Very cool place to hang out for a few days.
VLADIMIR: OK, I just had to get off that train! 52 hours was enough! Vladimir is OK, Suzdal is really beautiful, but nothing to do there. Avoid Hotel Suzdal, way too far out of town.
FOOD: Expensive on the train, especially in Russia (but good!). What was sold on the tracks was fair to poor. So, ate some noodles, bought some tomatoes and other snacks when I could.
Jul 29, 2012 6:15 AM
10So happy to get the details of your trip. Certainly the prices are cheaper going direct to the station, if also more of a hassel. I might just go first to China and do what you did aboout the visa for Russia. I know Bangkok can make it a breeze It's tempting to go there first.
If you have any more info you'd be wiling to pass on about yoour trip, I'd love to know about it.
Oct 23, 2012 4:51 PM
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