I don't know if this is of any interest to anyone now, but last summer I checked for tickets in Riga, Latvia for Mongolia (Ulanbataar) and it seems that you can actually get a ticket fro transsib in Riga and start from Riga as well. The price they gave me for a onway trip from Riga to Ulanbataar was around 140$ - This seems to be cheaper than the prices avilable online...hope this helps anyone
Sure, I can:) No, I didn't go to an agency. To my knowledge there are no agencies in Riga selling these tickets - you can get them at the train station. You go to the station and find the international tickets desk ("Starptautiskā biļešu kase" in latvian) or something like that, tell them where you want to go and they'll probably spend like a half an hour calculating your itenerary station by station (I don't know why they have to do that, but it was like that when we went to ask about going to Mongolia). And you can buy the ticket's there in advance - we asked in april for a ticket in august, if I remember correctly, so they can place all the reservations just fine.
What kind of contact details did you mean? If you need to know more about the train statin or routes from Riga try this: http://www.ldz.lv/en/sarakstsi.htm (some parts of the english site are missing, but anyway)
Also, there is a thing, that from April 2006 a new train route from Liepāja (westernmost coast city of Latvia) to Riga has been opened - this gives eager travellers the option to start from the westernmost part the old USSR railway system - go all the way from the Baltic Sea to Vladivostok or the other destinations on transsiberian if they want to.
I know that the railways in Blatics are not and have never been a part of the transsib, but I've done my owns searching of the net on transsib stories, and I realise that some people actually like to start their journey from the Baltics - maybe to make the trip even longer (for taking the longest train trip in the world anyway), to see the contrasts outside their window and to buy their tickets cheaper than from internet agencies, etc. I don't know the current details about going from Lithuania, but it should be similar IMHO. Hope this helps again:) If you someone is really interested in more details, I could actually go to the desk in the station in Riga to ask them more - I'm commuting frequently though that station...
The central station in Riga is just that - in official documents it's sometimes called Rīga-Pasažieru meaning Riga passenger station and you can actually try calling a number given on the Latvian railway homepage for international traffic inqueries +371 7232820, however don't expect them to speak any english by default (although it's possible that someone actually speaks some english there from time to time - international train announcements are given in english as well, as far as I've heard them...)
This link is not working. http://trainline.ru/ 14:09, 30 August 2006 (EDT)
Does anyone know approximately how much cheaper are tickets bought at a station than those purchased online?
I don't recognize the (8-digit) station number currently given for Warsaw in the article.
The 7-digit station numbers for Warsaw used in the Russian timetable and ticketing system are, as far as I am aware:
-- Picapica 07:16, 24 May 2007 (EDT)
City Star Ticket
On this site there is a lot of information about travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway and also about the tickets which can be used there. I think this could be an interesting source Although it is not a primary source for the Trans-Siberian Railway it is a source for "how to get cheap tickets".--22.214.171.124 10:12, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
Talk: Mention of Lonely Planet
This was recently edited out of the sleep section:
many travelers find this class to be much better than it's reputation (especially what is described in Lonely Planet).
Holla Tex, not sure I agree on your removal of the Lonely Planet phrase - it might just have been reflex - but I do think it has a place, obviously i can't quote it because of copyright issues, but it's outright wrong what they write, and a subject of much discussion at the hostels i stayed at while i was doing the trip. Personally I avoided Platzkart because of LP's description, until an Aussie dragged me into one. LP has a scary authority considering how loose their research is, and because if this I personally think it deserves a mention (every bloody traveler i met on that trip had a copy of the LP guide). Sertmann 18:54, 29 October 2008 (EDT)
Does anyone have any idea's on how to proceed expanding this guide, I'm really happy with how the station numbers section turned out after a bit of work, truly unique and very very useful, though it should probably be renamed with all the work put into it. But what else needs expansion? what new sections should be added? Just add them on the list below, and hopefully I'll get around to do some of it... --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 02:58, 7 December 2008 (EST)
I lost a whole camera memory card of Trans-Siberian station photos and signs...I'm still miserable about it! Gorilla Jones 19:31, 13 December 2008 (EST)
I plunged forward and implemented routeboxes for the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and Vladivostok, using an icon I made based on the CIA Factbook flag in the Russia article (I couldn't find a non-copyrighted Russian Railways icon to use). I am not personally familiar with the route, so it would be great if some people could follow up and see if you agree with the control cities I used, etc. After completing it I also noticed that there is some discrepancy between the station list I used (from Wikipedia's infobox here) and the station list on our page. Can someone point me to a complete station list and/or help to hammer this out? Some of the discrepancy may be caused by our page's inclusion of some branch lines (e.g. Tomsk), which I was thinking to include as tertiary entries (see the inclusion of Blagoveshchensk in the routeboxes on the Chita and Birobidzhan pages for an example). Thanks in advance to anyone who can help get this working properly... Texugo 11:17, 26 August 2009 (EDT)
Hi I'm planning a trip across russia and I want to begin in Eastern europe, and take a train into moscow then onto over to mongolia. I don't know where ot begin with any of this and wiki travel has been amazing so far, but I want to spend several days in mosco and ikutrsk (sorry if its spelled wrong). I was wondering how to go about setting all this up, which is cheaper, and how the whole system works i guess, also any suggestions one where to begin in east europe, based on price and which ones the best.
Expanding topic to rail travel in Russia in whole
This article was designed as an itinerary and there's another one on Baikal-Amur Mainline. Still that is the same Russian Railways and I feel like having Prepare, Buy, Drink, Sleep or whatsoever sections which do not change depending on the route is not quite reasonable, though I admit the Trans-Siberian is an outstanding topic to write about. My point is that the other half of Russian cities that do have access to rail network but lines other than Trans-Siberian could also enjoy the useful info about rail travel. So I suggest moving some of this article to a separate Rail travel in Russia article. See Rail travel in Europe as an example.