Trans-Mongolian Solo Trip
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2012 3:26 PM Last Post By: Alexandra289
Jun 26, 2012 10:42 AM
Trans-Mongolian Solo TripHello,
I'm just looking for any advice at all about a trip I'm planning from London to Beijing this August and September. I'm a 21 year old female and this will be by first time travelling by myself (but have previously travelled with others). I'm really looking forward to doing this independently but would like some advice about how to stay safe. I plan to take just over a month travelling and a large part of that journey will be the Trans-Mongolian railway. Before that I would like to take a train to Poland and maybe see some of Belarus or Ukraine. I understand that I might be being overambitious so any help with an itinerary would be really appreciated - I should say that my plan's are currently very vague and I'm not sure yet where I want to stop off in Russia. I will be staying in Beijing for about a week before flying home as I can stay with my older brother who lives there.
Anyway, as for staying safe, are the trains in Russia generally regarded as safe places to be? One thing which worries me is that I might book a bed in a cabin and end up alone with a whole load of strange men! Also, would it be better to stay in 2nd or 3rd class on overnight trains?
Any advice or experience would be really helpful. I'm really excited about this trip but want to make sure I do it sensibly.
Jun 26, 2012 11:38 AM
1Anyway, as for staying safe, are the trains in Russia generally regarded as safe places to be? One thing which worries me is that I might book a bed in a cabin and end up alone with a whole load of strange men! Also, would it be better to stay in 2nd or 3rd class on overnight trains?
Yes I'd say they're safe, you can opt to book a single sex 2nd class berth if you're concerned about being with strange men.
Jun 26, 2012 12:31 PM
London to Kyiv and then another overnight trip from Kyiv back to Moscow. Assuming you want to spend some time in Russia, there simply aren't enough days. Belarus is more realistic as it doesn't take you off the main route from London to Moscow. But I probably wouldn't stop in Poland, instead consider where you are likely to have to make a connection Berlin and Minsk if you want to get off the train before Moscow.
You might want to look at this thread 30 days Russia itinerary where I outlined a complete trip for someone.
And assuming that you plan to stop in Ulan Bator, you might want to look at this thread: Tips for short stop in UB
If you have additional questions regarding the mechanics, please get back.
Jun 26, 2012 1:18 PM
3everbrite - Thank you for all the help. The week in Beijing will be extra to the month it will take to get there - I'm allowing for nearly 6 weeks in total. Basically, I'm waiting for my Lonely Planet guide to arrive and a day off work so I can sit down and seriously plan how long I need and where I want to stop off. This advice is really useful to get me started (but I will probably be asking more questions soon!).
michaeldunha - it's good to know that single sex is available, thanks for telling me!
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Jun 26, 2012 2:02 PM
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There is a great deal of information about this journey here on the TT some of which might not be found in guidebooks.
6 weeks is a reasonable timeframe for this journey. The Russian visa is for a maximum of 30 days and then a few days in Mongolia, a week in Beijing and a few days to get to Russia make good sense.
Jun 26, 2012 3:26 PM
Thanks! Going to have a good look on the forums for information.
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