Singapore to Saint Petersburg

Posted: June 26, 2014 in Costs, Travel

The land trip from Singapore to Saint Petersburg took me 5 months. For the number savvies, here are the stats!

Total Distance: 15,834km

Total Cost: S$1,418.80

Total Time on All Transports: 307.75 hours (12.82 days)

Total Time on Bus: 34 hours

Total Transfers: 14 Trains and 5 Buses

Total Number of Hostels Stayed: 17

Total Number of Times Chased by Drunkards: 1 (Malaysia)

Total Number of Times I Had My Stuff Stolen: 1 (Russia)

Total Number of Dead People Seen: 3 (Kim Jung Il, Kim Il Sung, Lenin)

Total Number of Items Lost: 2 (1 cover for my travel pillow and 1 cover for my international adaptor)

Total Number of Times My Breath Was Taken Away: Dozens

Total Number of Friends Made: Countless


In comparison, the cheapest flight from Singapore to Saint Petersburg would cost $1,162 on Korea Air for a time of 20 hours. Not that bad, considering that I was only over that amount by $300. The land trip to Saint Petersburg is certainly not the cheapest. I could have skipped certain cities and travelled the span of the entire country (China, Russia, Vietnam) by a direct train, but what’s the point in that!

Here’s a link to all the individual trips. I recommend that you click on the following links if you need information on going from place to place!

Singapore to Penang –

Penang to Bangkok –

Bangkok to Siem Reap –

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh –

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City –

Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat to Nha Trang –

Nha Trang to Hanoit –

Hanoi to Nanning –

Nanning to Guangzhou –

Guangzhou to Hangzhou –

Hangzhou to Tianjin –

Tianjin to Beijing –

Beijing to Ulan Bator –

Ulan Bator to Irkutsk –

Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg –

Yekaterinburg to Moscow –

Moscow to Saint Petersburg –


And if you can’t find any good reference, use this blog to get more information:


The trip created a lot of firsts for me. It was the first time i stepped into Vietnam, China and Russia. On the sides, I did a trip to India and North Korea as well! I learnt how to speak a few words of Russian and Korean, brushed up on my Chinese (tremendously), taught English to many and learnt how to play International Charades.

International Charades is the most amazing game ever, aka the chicken and the duck talking, where both parties do not have a common language. Surprisingly, I received the most gifts from people that do not share the same language as me.

I had cuts, bruises, overworked leg muscles, shoulder aches, fever, flu, drowsiness, jet lag and food poisoning. I had people hustling me for money but thankfully no robbing at knife point stuff. Going through this trip was an adventure and is certainly tiring, but I would not have done it any other way.

If there is one thing that i have learnt, home is still the best place to be.


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