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There are things I would try doing and there are the others. Attempting to enter Russia before my visa is valid (or attempt to overstay my Russian visa) even if by a few hours only clearly belongs to the others. The visa is valid from a minute before 00:01 of its first validity date and until a minute after 23:59 of its last validity date. Entering the ...


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I wouldn't risk this. I exited Russia with a friend. He had given the end date for his visa, by mistake, as the day we left Moscow. Travelling by train, we didn't reach the border until a couple of days later. They got that he'd made an error, but they were not understanding. He was led away by armed guards. There was no explanation. The entire train was ...


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I've been on a Russian train with a Canadian whose visa expired during the train ride (so just a couple of hours) as we crossed the border after midnight into Mongolia. Said passenger was marched off the train ("there is ... problem") and returned hours later with multiple fines and a black mark against their name. Short answer: It's not worth the risk. ...


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You can enjoy the view Tourists who are visiting a country for the first time may enjoy watching the city/country go by. My husband and I enjoy often choose to take the train while travelling for this reason. It's an easy, cheap, relaxing way to view the country you're visiting, especially the chance to gain a snapshot of locals going on with their lives in ...


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This is what the compartment should more or less look like (pic from Wikipedia): As you guessed, there is no changing room or something similar. A pillow and sheet like you see in the picture are provided. There is some variation, but most people will sleep in comfortable street clothes or close to that. Usually at the end of the coach there are toilets ...


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While you go the six hour distance, most long distance trains have people getting on and off at all stations it stops. With day time trains that is well possible, with overnight trains those stops will fall at odd times of the night. And your six hour journey may well be part of a much longer train travel, with the train arriving two days later in its final ...


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This is the dining car on the train between Perm and Moscow (Trans Siberian)... As shown, there are ample provisions with the most concern devoted to alcoholic beverages. But there's nearly every kind of food available for snacking and hot meals. The dining cars are well above UK standard and minimally equal to or superior to European standard. You can ...


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Let's think logically. Imagine one is a Russian border officer. One got a job during which each day got the stamp for the passport and visa checks: As you can see, there is a date on it, and it's numbered (the stamp is adjustable itself, however is sealed, so officer can't change the date by himself). So there is no time there (this is important). So ...


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There is some confusion, top commercial speed for TGV is 320 km/hr between Paris and Lorraine (on the way to Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, or Germany). Some conventional high-speed trains run or ran at 350 in Spain and China, 400-430 with Maglev technology, but not at 500 and more. Some parts of the French high-speed network were also designed to ...


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There are three broad classes of trains, when it comes to seat reservations. Electronic Displays, Card notices, and None! Looking at Electronic Reservations, these are generally seen on Cross Country + Virgin West Coast Voyager trains, and Virgin West Coast Pendilino trains. With these, you'll see a seat somewhat like this: Up above the seat, built into ...


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Because Kings Cross station is one of the handful of big stations both owned and managed by the infrastructure operator Network Rail, the best source of information isn't National Rail Enquires (as normally would be the case), but Network Rail's own station page for Kings Cross, and more specifically the Kings Cross station facilities page This contains ...


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Here is a (blurry, sorry!) picture of the menu as I found it when travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in 2013. Here are some further pictures of the specialties, pancakes, and appetizers. They have quite a respectable assortment, and I think they actually had most of it in stock (in contrast to the Chinese restaurant car, which was out of nearly ...


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Easy, since I've done this trip. In Yekaterinburg, go to the markets and get some base food. Whatever drinks you want, but vodka will be good to share if you're the sharing type (especially in platzkart class). Water too, especially in summer. You'll want snacks, try and not take anything smelly (Strong cheese, fish that might smell in heat). I highly ...


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For London-Perth it looks like you'll have little more than around 5 minutes, from looking at the details. [Update: a link in Andrew's comment seems to confirm 3 minutes]. The excellent Seat61 gives heaps of info on the practicalities of train travel, and has a detailed guide to the Caledonian Sleeper. It confirms: That the segment of the train that goes ...


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I'm a Londoner with kids of a similar age. Info you might find useful: I've never seen a black cab with a child seat - I suspect there are none. Two of the standard seats face backwards though so slightly safer. If you are going to use the Heathrow Express then taxi is the easiest option from Paddington. Uber is cheaper but still no child seats (and no ...


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According to this article, women-only carriages were introduced in Thailand after a 13-year old girl was raped in 2014. This article states that the rape was perpetrated by railway staff. Perhaps because of that, the staff of the women-only carriages consists solely of women. So, it's safe to say that the women-only carriages are there for safety reasons. (...


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The official website does not explain what to do in that scenario but the DB is very specific about it: You have to travel with the exact (credit or ID) card registered as a token when you booked the ticket, no exceptions. If the card expired, you are expected to present the old, expired card instead of the new one (or possibly both if you are travelling ...


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Dining cars are present on almost every long-distance train. They offer rather good food (although I have little experience to compare it to European trains), though I would not expect much delicacies, just a good food of a middle-range city restaurant. Specifically for Baikal fish, I doubt it, except probably when you travel near Baikal itself. In addition ...


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On the way to France, the Eurostar ski train (both day and night) has three (official) stops, Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice. On the return, it has only two stops, Moûtiers and Bourg-St-Maurice. At both of these stations, there is a special platform that can be fenced off from the rest of the French rail network. There is also a special ...


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The Romancecar services by the Odakyu Railway in Japan... The line connects Shinjuku in Tokyo with various tourist areas towards Mt. Fuji to the southwest. The trains with passengers seats at the front of the train (only the type 7000 and 50000 trains are currently in operation) are primary used on train services to Hakone. The schedule identifies which ...


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When you take an overnight train in Russia and you book a sleeping compartment (there are two classes of these), the compartments come with a mattress and a pillow. For the additional option you have asked about, Pay for bed clothes, an attendant will come around and deliver a bottom sheet, top sheet, a pillow case, and a blanket. It's impeccably sanitary ...


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Tourism? I LOVE travelling by train, and do so when I have time available - you get to see so much during the day! Also, we can't run all trains at night, some schedules connect with others, or you have more people who can only travel during the day (shift work), some don't like sleeping on a train at night - many, many reasons. Also, if a train takes 6 ...


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If your purpose is to get from Heathrow Airport to Stoke-on-Trent with as little hassle as possible, I would consider flying to Manchester and then take the direct bus from Manchester Airport to Stoke-on-Trent. British Airways operates about 8 flights a day from Heathrow to Manchester and there are seven daily buses from Manchester Airport to Stoke-on-...


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Here you go: 全国鉄軌道路線図 ¥1,296 from Amazon.co.jp. Here's a blog review with some pictures of the map folded out. And yes, that's entirely in Japanese, I very much doubt such a thing exists in English. To get some idea of the effort that would entail, here's a closeup of another incomplete & partial map covering just the Tokyo metro area.


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No. Wikipedia has a page on rail transport in Central America with an overview of the situation in each country. The Man in Seat 61 also has a page about Central and South America (though it does look somewhat incomplete, at least for South America). Overall, each country has, or doesn't have, its own network. There is currently no railway crossing any ...


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For most purposes, German train tickets have three price categories: local and regional trains (branded S, RB or RE), 'regular' long-distance trains (IC or EC) and 'express' long-distance trains (ICE). Your ticket is only valid for transport in the cheapest train categories (S, RB or RE). The easiest option to find only these trains in the DB route planner ...


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My experience on French sleeper trains is that people get changed lying down on their bunk. Those who require extra privacy will slide into the sleeping blanket before removing their clothes. The top bunk will also guarantee you extra privacy since it's only visible by the adjacent bunk and not by the ones below. There is no dress code for sleeper trains. ...


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You can buy Deutsche Bahn tickets at a train station with cash, either at the counter (if you are at a manned station within the counter opening hours) or in the self-service machine (at any time). You won't need any card for that, not even your ID or passport.


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I have traveled to over 100 european cities and i find traveling in Overday time, always refreshing. These are my advantages when traveling about 5-6 hours in daytime. Hotel check-in at 2 PM Most hotels have check-in time at 1400 and checkout time at 1200. So i start early morning by train 8 AM (or even early) will correctly reach in time to check in (...


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Firstly, that's not a local train - it's the international train that links Denmark and Sweden. To answer your question: I asked about this when I was travelling on the Øresundståg a couple of years ago as I wanted somewhere to put trash. The train manager told me I can use it for "whatever I want" and that the bags are there as a convenience for customers ...



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