...While at it, some examples of other train and flight ticket prices
Types of Russian
and international trains and cars
Hints from a
Recommended persons/service organizations along
out of trouble and what to do if things go wrong
Russian phrases for emergency
Recommended accommodation in Moscow
Alternatives to Trans-Siberian
Recommended Trans-Siberian resources
what to do in case of trouble
Make photocopies of your passport
and visa, and keep them in a separate place. That will make restoring them
Carry a cell phone with you.
Bring your GSM standard phone to Russia and buy your SIM card locally. Or,
if you prefer, I can procure and send you one to let me be in touch from the
moment the plane lands.
Change enough currency into Rubles in Moscow to avoid exposing yourself to extra risk associated with
Learn a few Russian phrases to be
able to explain your predicament. It's worth to have dictionary with you.
Find a few of your compatriots on
the train and keep an eye on each other.
Clearly label your possessions.
Don't step off the train. I've
heard and seen personally of cases of trains leaving ahead of the schedules, with people being
left behind. Carry your money and travel documents on your pocket at all times.
If you get off the train on the stops please stay near your car and follow
conductor's instructions. I recommend to learn your train route (there is
one in each car) and get off the train on the big stations where train stop
for 15-30 min.
Remember that Russia has a
strong hospitality culture. Except in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and a few
other large cities, somebody will always offer shelter, food, and assistance
should you find yourself in a predicament.
Relax and enjoy.
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PLEASE NOTE THAT I CANNOT BUY
TICKETS ORIGINATING OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA (BEIJING, ULAN-BATOR ETC.). TICKETS
ORIGINATING IN RUSSIA MAY OR MAY NOT BE PROCURED - ASK ABOUT YOUR PLANNED
DATE NO MORE THAN 60 DAYS BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE. EX MOSCOW TICKETS ARE NO
Most of my clients buy 2nd class (4 persons per compartment) tickets. 1st
class (2 persons) are almost twice as expensive. Cattle car tickets are half
the 2nd class price. Economy enthusiasts may consider local commuter trains
(na sobakakh - on the dogs in local travel slang) which will take you across
the continent for $50-80.