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A Trip From UK to China (No Planes)?

Posted by Jhonvomer on 9/1/2012 at 10:41

I wanna know if its possible to travel over land to china from the uk.
any advice for all or part of trip would be useful a few options im thinking of all involving Trans Mongolian railway from Moscow to Beijing

Option 1 Via North Europe Prob Amsterdam ,Hamburg, Copenhagen,Oslo/Stockhom, Helsinki and st Petersburg, Moscow ect ---By train

Option 2 Prob Thou France(paris),Germany,Poland and into russia --by train

Option 3 Same as Option 1 using---- ferry and train

any advice on how ,who , when , cost ,time , or alternative options ie skipping citys, using others


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Posted by bishvabis on 10/1/2012 at 12:06

See the "Man in Seat 61" site below, which is a goldmine for information on train travel worldwide. The page below specifically tells you how to go about booking from London to Beijing, and there's also another page about internal Chinese rail services.

The usual route is Eurostar from London to Brussels, then an intercity to Cologne, then pick up the daily Russian sleeping car to Moscow (takes 2 nights).

There's a weekly train between Moscow and Beijing via the Trans-Mongolian route, using Chinese coaches (Russian dining car in Russia, Mongolian in Mongolia, and Chinese in China) , and a weekly Russian train via the Trans-Manchurian route. One way fare around £550 second class, £780 first class.

Don't forget that you will also need to budget for a Chinese tourist visa, and Mongolian, Russian, and Belarussian transit visas.

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Posted by AbgAcid on 13/1/2012 at 22:49

Hi Jhonvomer,
Start from Kuala Lumpur moving north. Options are buses and trains. Then into thailand, right up till Chiang Mai. Then enter Laos at Chiang Khong, and travel east wards towrds Boten (the border town with China) I ve done this.

Another option is after Bangkok you turn east to enter Cambodia through Poipet. Visit Angkor at Siem Reap and then travel east again untill you come to Vietnam.After Vietnam, travel northwards enter china.I ve never done this, but I know its a an awesome thing to do. The furthest I did in this section was to Cambodia,

In any case, you will discover things that most tourists dont. Believe me. Do it.

AA Malaysia

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