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I'm in Astrakhan, Russia. There's very little information out there on buses or trains to use to eventually get to Aktau, Kazakhstan. shows a 75 hour train with 3 changes, so I have no idea what crazy route that's taking as it's really not that far.

I think in theory I can get to Atyrau first, and then a connection from there to Aktau, but this is all in theory only; I may just have to wing it when I get there - unless you guys can help with some more info? :)

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According to this conversation, there is no ferries across the Caspian sea on this route (except some rumours I don't believe to), and all people suggests two types of trip:

  1. Plane company "Skat", phone in Astrakhan: 8(8512) 39 03 62, 8(8512) 39 41 95
  2. Train from Astrakhan to Mangystau (20km from Aktau)

I think the second one is exactly you are looking for.

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No way, that's WAY faster than anything I've seen (current best was going to be 30 hours). Off to the station now to see when the trains go. Thanks! – Mark Mayo Jun 23 '11 at 12:50
Train is not fast - it will be over 3 days in a journey. – VMAtm Jun 23 '11 at 12:53
Actually that link goes to Мангышлак (Mangysluk (spelling)), which is different to Mangystau (SE of Mangystau) - but still about 40km from Aktau). Fairly sure - my Cyrillic is still strugglin ;) I realise you're from Russia, so you may be able to explain if I'm reading it wrong. – Mark Mayo Jun 23 '11 at 12:55
re not fast - just realising now I'd misread it. – Mark Mayo Jun 23 '11 at 12:56
average speed of 16km/hr. Good grief that's slow. – Mark Mayo Jun 23 '11 at 12:58

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