"TRANS-MONGOLIAN RAILWAY" Trains Tip by swesn
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The Trans-Mongolian Train that departs from Beijing to Ulaan Baator in Mongolia now leaves only on Saturdays. If the schedule fits you, go to the China International Travel Service (CITS) office at Hotel Intercontinental on Jianguomennei Dajie, near the Beijing Zhan subway station on the Circle Line and between Dong Dan and Jianguomen subway stations on the East-West Line to buy your ticket.
If not, your alternative route is to take the daily sleeper bus to Erenhot (the border town in Inner Mongolia) from a bus-station on the Third Ring Road on the west-southern end, on Xisanhuan Nanlu near the Feng Tai District. You need to ask tour agencies for more information and how to write the characters of the name of the bus-station and where to get off.
Sleeper bus to Erenhot costs around Y100. At the border, you need to pay between Y70 to Y100 for a minivan or jeep to take you across to Zamy-Uud in Mongolia.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you go for MONGOLIAN drivers as Chinese drivers are rogues!
Once in Zamy-Uud, the daily train to Ulaan Baator leaves at 5pm and for the cheapest hard-sleeper (with no blankets or bed-sheets), it costs only US$4 for the 13-or-so hour ride. Very culturally shocking but wonderful memorable experience!
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