Beijing to Ulan Bator

Posted: May 28, 2014 in Costs, Travel

Beijing -> Ulan Bator
Cost: S$240
Time spent travelling: 29 hours 15 mins

My highly anticipated virgin trip on the trans Siberian railway! The actual trans Siberian is not just a one way train from Beijing to Moscow. It can be separated into many different stops (and highly recommended). Stopping at multiple places allows you to have a breather from all the train rides and you get to see all these wonderful cities!

From the main Beijing railway station, the train departs at 08:05 in the morning to Ulan Bator.

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We tend to take little things like language for granted. It helps that you can read in both Chinese and English when it comes to train tickets!

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The cabin is quite like any other Chinese sleeper trains. At 4 a cabin, it is sufficient for us Asians… The same can’t be said for huge burly Caucasians!

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Sights are aplenty on the train. The landscape changes from the mountainous regions of northern China to the plains of Mongolia.

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An added bonus is the restaurant on the trans Siberian! With seats, hot food and water, it helps ease the pain of long train rides. They accept the main currencies like USD, GBP, EUR, as well as the local CNY/Mongolian Tugrik.

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At 8pm and a full 12 hours later, the train stopped at the border Chinese city of Erlian. It has a small supermarket and cleaner toilets as compared to the train. However, the 4 hour wait is annoying as they rearrange the train carriages. Some carriages stop at Erlian, while others like mine continue on to Ulan Bator.

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Border checks typically consists of big men walking into your cabin and going through your luggage. You can stay on the cabin the entire time as the passports are stamped separately and checks are all done on your bedside.

Almost 30 hours later, Ulan Bator!! The simple train station for a capital city with a little more than a few tracks. Simple, but cosy enough!

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