"Trans-Mongolian Railway" Mongolia Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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  • Trans-Mongolian trains - Mongolia
      Trans-Mongolian trains
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  • Ulaanbaatar station - Mongolia
      Ulaanbaatar station
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  • Beautiful scenery outside Ulaanbaatar - Mongolia
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  • Another station along the way - Mongolia
      Another station along the way
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The Trans-Mongolian Railway runs for 2215km between Ulan Ude on the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia, with the Chinese city of Jining, by way of Ulaanbaatar. The line was built between 1949 and 1961 and in most of Mongolia it is single-track and in China dual-track. The gauge is 1520mm in Russia and Mongolia and 1435mm in China meaning that as change of gauge is required at the Mongolian/Chinese border.

I took train No.24 on a Thursday morning at 08:05 from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing (which you arrive at 14:05 the following day) and it was one of the best train journeys I've ever done. I had reserved a 'soft-class' sleeper at the International Railway Ticketing Centre across the road from the main railway station in UB. The train carriage I was in looked very new and my compartment, (which I was lucky enough to have all to myself for the whole journey), featured two bunk beds on one side and an armchair in a corner on the other side with a table in front. Two compartments share a toilet which is located in between the two with a door from each so as to access it (you have to remember to lock the next door compartments door when you go in!). I was staggered to find, not only a WC and sink like you get on a plane but also a shower with a detachable head! The journey to Beijing is beautiful and really has to be done if you're thinking of travelling between the two capitals.

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  • Written Sep 28, 2008
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