View Full Version : Trans-Sibirian-Express

Doris Loeffel
Dec 31st, 2003, 01:10 PM
Well as most of you know I have to look for a new job. But actually can'b be bothered right now. I rather prefere to do some traveling before I start a new job again.

One thing I always wanted to do is the train trip from Moskow to Peking or vice versa. Or walking over the Chinese Wall so that's more in my mind now than looking for a new job. So if any of you guys have done this already or have any infos about it please let me know. Any little info is very much appreciated - like where to go, what to do, cheap accomodation etc. etc...

Thanks guys for your advise and help.
And Happy New Year to all of you.

Doris Loeffel
Jan 2nd, 2004, 12:57 PM
Looks like none of you guys has made it so far. Oh well - I'll keep searching....

Jan 2nd, 2004, 01:05 PM
I wish I'd done it, Doris...but I'd rather do it in spring/summer/autumn than now :p

Please keep us informed about your trip :wavey:

Jan 2nd, 2004, 01:34 PM
gimmie a day or two Doris................................. where do you intend to start? if you´re not going with a group organised by a travel agency I recomend you to start with the visa part. Beuraucratism can be hard to beat for a little man, sorry girl :tape:

Jan 2nd, 2004, 02:26 PM
I was gonna do it last eyar, but SARS prevent me from doing it, this year I no longer has the time, but I still had some information in my friend's place. A good start is to buy a lonely planet book for trans siberian railway. I had a quick read last year and really it has almost everything you really need to know to get set off. I dunno how long you want to go, and are you gonna do it by yourself or with other people, or you wanna buy a package.
Personally buying a package IMO is not fun at all, but it depends on the length f your trip.

There are three ways on tran siberian railway, which one are you planning to go? The Mongolian way, or the one which cut straight into china or the one which stop in the very end of Russia in the middle of nowhere? ;)

Jan 2nd, 2004, 02:27 PM
yeah, and I actually did a little bit of research before, so I can tell you if you are starting from europe, a good place to start is from finland, they have direct train to St. Petersberg as far as I am aware, and it will properly work out cheaper than taking a direct flight to st petersberg or moscow

Jan 2nd, 2004, 05:59 PM
yes I agree with deucediva

the only time which is actually ideal to go is around July/August, the weather is good then, otherwise going now, and you will freeze to death and have to carry so much more heavy stuff just becuase you need to pack thicker clothes etc.

Doris Loeffel
Jan 3rd, 2004, 04:29 PM
Well I'm not doing it right now - haven't done the visa hassle yet not speaking of me having to get a new passport first as Switzerland released new ones last year and I'm not sure if my old one still would be valid for such a trip.

Well my plans so far is to leave Sui mid April (unfortunately I'm not that rich that I could allow myself to postphone the trip any further even though It might be better weatherwise but I stop working end of february and therefore can't allow myself to go traveling later..) First I fly to Japan - visiting some friends there and hopefully be able to see the cherry blossom this time ;)

Then I'm not sure yet if I go to Shanghai first (think it'll be end of April or beginning of May) or straight to Beijing. So I'll do the trip from Beijing to Moskow - St. Petersburg. I believe I'll pass the Gobi desert have a stop in Irkuzsk (hope I spelled that right) after that I'm not sure maybe an other stop in Jekatarinenburg (please forgive my spelling) Have to read more about it - had a look at the lonely planet unfortunately there was only the english version - sure I believe I would be able to understand most of it - but still I got an other one in german ;) which I think is pretty good to.

Sure one can get many infos from books but I also like to have impressions from ppl who have already done it or know the places and can tell where to go, stay , do or not to do. Well as you may have noticed by now I'll be travelling on my own (not to keen in joining a group even though this would be the easiest but not really the one my bank account allowes me to do ;) ) wondering how save this trip might be for a single women.

So every single info is very much appreciated.

Doris Loeffel
Jan 22nd, 2004, 06:01 PM
Im still planning to do this so don't hesitate to fill me up with infos ;)

Jan 22nd, 2004, 06:13 PM
I'd do it now or I'd do it in summer.