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Offline blackbunny

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Overland from Beijing to St.Peterburgs in Oct 12
« on: May 11, 12, 01:59 AM »
Dear All,

Need some advise for below doubts:
1)The train ticket shall we purchase at the beijing counter or need to book in advance?
2) for the russia visa we need the invitation letter what should we do about it /

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Re: Overland from Beijing to St.Peterburgs in Oct 12
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 12, 05:52 AM »
Booking there should not be a problem in Oct as it is not peak season. I did it in July and did not have any problems. BUT that is provided you are ok with roughing it out, taking non firmeny trains if those are the only ones available and pretty flexible on time.

If you want comfort and just book it, take the Rossiya or the Baikal if you are planning to stop at UB or Irkutsk.

For the invitation letter i used the site visatorussia and the Russian embassy accepted it. Good luck and have fun on the trip.

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Re: Overland from Beijing to St.Peterburgs in Oct 12
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 12, 02:12 PM »
(1) if you are talking about getting a train ticket non-stop from Beijing to Moscow or further, then you of course buy it in Beijing. Note that the train runs only on Tuesday and Saturday. You can buy your tickets in Beijing. But not at the train station itself though. There is a special office located in a hotel very close to the train station where you get the trans-Siberia train. Of course, since there is only 2 trains a week, it means that you will do best if you get your ticket at least one or two days in advance. You can check with your hotel on where to get the train ticket or you can just turn up at the train station and ask for directions. Note that it takes 7 days if you are riding from Beijing all the way to Moscow, non-stop. There are no shower facilities on board, only toilet and hot water for tea and cup noodles.

If you are thinking of going overland but making stops along the way, you can just buy tickets from leg to leg, over the counter. There is no need to book in advance, except for the Beijing to Ulan Baator or further leg. Do note that in Russia, English is not spoken, neither are the English signs. Nobody at the train stations will be able to speak English, even the so-called tourists counters. To help yourself secure a train ticket, write down your destinations, time and date you want to travel, class of train ticket and the number of tickets you need. Then you can show the piece of paper with all the info to the person at the counter and you will be able to get your ticket without any problem. You can always get the people at the hostel you are staying at to help you with writing down the info or DIY making use of the language section of your guidebook. Russian trains are clean and comfortable and quite safe. They are cheap too. If you are travelling on second class, you can get from the East all the way to St. Petersburg for less than SGD 400 (though, that is for 3 years ago. Not sure if the prices went up).

(2) You can buy a letter of invitation from:
http://www.getrussian.com/
The russian embassy will accept it without a problem.

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Re: Overland from Beijing to St.Peterburgs in Oct 12
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 12, 04:55 PM »
I will suggest that you make stops along the Tran Sib Route as well.
There are some cities and villages along the route that are really interesting.

If you'll like to avoid the hassle of buying train tickets over the counter in Russia , you can just buy the tickets online at the railway website rzd.ru

However,the option of buying the ticket online is only available on the Russian version of the website( it's not available on the english version) .You need to create an account.

The tickets sold online are the same price as what you get at the train stations.The website even show you how many seats are still available on the wagon and let's you choose which seat you want. ( You don't even need to queue at the station!)

Most of the Russians I know buy their tickets from the railway website directly.I  tried to buy them online too, but they rejected my credit cards.You might be lucky :)

Oct is not the peak travel season.If there is no big football match in that city of departure the night before,you'll definitely get a spot on the train without booking in advance

Hope that helps!

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Re: Overland from Beijing to St.Peterburgs in Oct 12
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 12, 04:55 AM »
(1) if you are talking about getting a train ticket non-stop from Beijing to Moscow or further, then you of course buy it in Beijing. Note that the train runs only on Tuesday and Saturday. You can buy your tickets in Beijing. But not at the train station itself though. There is a special office located in a hotel very close to the train station where you get the trans-Siberia train. Of course, since there is only 2 trains a week, it means that you will do best if you get your ticket at least one or two days in advance. You can check with your hotel on where to get the train ticket or you can just turn up at the train station and ask for directions. Note that it takes 7 days if you are riding from Beijing all the way to Moscow, non-stop. There are no shower facilities on board, only toilet and hot water for tea and cup noodles.

If you are thinking of going overland but making stops along the way, you can just buy tickets from leg to leg, over the counter. There is no need to book in advance, except for the Beijing to Ulan Baator or further leg. Do note that in Russia, English is not spoken, neither are the English signs. Nobody at the train stations will be able to speak English, even the so-called tourists counters. To help yourself secure a train ticket, write down your destinations, time and date you want to travel, class of train ticket and the number of tickets you need. Then you can show the piece of paper with all the info to the person at the counter and you will be able to get your ticket without any problem. You can always get the people at the hostel you are staying at to help you with writing down the info or DIY making use of the language section of your guidebook. Russian trains are clean and comfortable and quite safe. They are cheap too. If you are travelling on second class, you can get from the East all the way to St. Petersburg for less than SGD 400 (though, that is for 3 years ago. Not sure if the prices went up).

(2) You can buy a letter of invitation from:
http://www.getrussian.com/
The russian embassy will accept it without a problem.

I think as of last year they added a new train on Mon. Prices are definitely up.

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Re: Overland from Beijing to St.Peterburgs in Oct 12
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 12, 09:28 AM »
I will suggest that you make stops along the Tran Sib Route as well.
There are some cities and villages along the route that are really interesting.
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I fully agree!


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Oct is not the peak travel season.If there is no big football match in that city of departure the night before,you'll definitely get a spot on the train without booking in advance

Hope that helps!

Well, while getting a seat on the train is not a problem, sometimes, you may want to avoid those "aisle" seats esp for long segments (personally anyway)... so no harm booking in advance if u already confirm your dates etc  :P

thats those seats on the left in the pic...