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Old 29 May 2013
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bike on transiberian

Hello to everybody, looking for some info on putting my bike on a train from Moscow heading to Novosibirsk. I 've read many things about this. The question is, if it is easier to put the bike and me on another station, smaller than Moscow, would be easier and time less? If somebody knows something or have done something similar... Thanks

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I tried to find out the other way around, from Irkutsk to Moscow

If anyone gives you the tip to ask baikalcomplex, forget it, I asked them twice and the only answered, that it is easier to bring it by plane.

And also they told me, that they know only 3 days in advance, if on the post train is extra space for a motorbike. And that is the only train which can carry motorbikes.
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Hello, so as you mention it is almost impossible to travel by train and your bike in the same train? i ve seen posts (maybe old) that people have done this. if anyone knows something else.. thanks
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I have also seen this posts and i tried to find out more about it.

To be honest, i guess the only way to find out is go there and check it.

I nmy case, i thought about going from Irkutsk to Moscow to save some time, and then travel further to the Baltic countries, but because of this unsafe information i decided, that it might not save time and i never traveled with my bike before without riding it.

So thats why i keep to that.
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I shipped my bike from Moscow to Irkutsk by truck two years ago. It was very easy but it took 11 days. Generally I try to ride rather than ship, but the ride from Moscow to Irkustk is dull as hell, you'd be much better off spending more time in Moscow and Irkutsk while the bike is in route.
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How would you describe "dull as hell" for me?
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I am so interested also on this post, jejeje. Looking for send the bike from irkust to Moscow.
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Hi,

on the Tesch Treffen in Belgium i met a guy who went to Mongolia by bike and 11.000 km back by transsibirian train for 700 Euro. He did no planing in advance, just went to the station, payed and loadet the bike.

Thats my plan too
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on a smaler station or a bigger one?
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Hello again, after searching info on the net, I discovered that everything can be done. I will explain. You can take the bike on the train by two ways. One official and one unofficial. Official by crating your bike on a wooden box and paying all the extra fees. The disadvantage of that, is that you have to communicate on fluent russian with all the station personel. The other way, think its more easy, but it depends on your luck. Go to a station, preferable, smaller that Moscow, say to the personel what you want to do and jump with your bike on the train...
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Hi guys!

I'm travelling from Barcelona to UB and back this summmer, and I want to save myself the long ride back to Moscow, so I'm planning to put the bike on the trai too, either from UB or Irkutsk. I know for sure it can be done, at least it could last year, Stephen Stallebrass did it the official way with some help from a local guy. I have been trying to arrange a contact in Irkutsk to see if I can get some help too, but I still have nothing. I have to say though, I still haven't got down to it seriously, but I will this week.
In any case, I'm heading out at the end of this month, so one way or another I'll have to get back. I'll keep you posted!

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How would you describe "dull as hell" for me?
Several days of riding through flat, monotonous terrain on a single straight, flat, rather poorly maintained road full of trucks.

Sitting on a train between Moscow and Irkutsk is also very dull. You are better off putting the bike on the train/truck and flying yourself so that you can enjoy Moscow and/or Irkutsk.
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Hi guys!

I'm travelling from Barcelona to UB and back this summmer, and I want to save myself the long ride back to Moscow, so I'm planning to put the bike on the trai too, either from UB or Irkutsk. I know for sure it can be done, at least it could last year, Stephen Stallebrass did it the official way with some help from a local guy. I have been trying to arrange a contact in Irkutsk to see if I can get some help too, but I still have nothing. I have to say though, I still haven't got down to it seriously, but I will this week.
In any case, I'm heading out at the end of this month, so one way or another I'll have to get back. I'll keep you posted!

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... I'm planning to put the bike on the trai too, either from UB or Irkutsk. I know for sure it can be done, at least it could last year, Stephen Stallebrass did it the official way with some help from a local guy..
Well of course it can be done. Many people do it every year. In this thread Motoreiter also said he did it.

My advice is to do it from Ulan Ude or Irkutsk ... not from UB.

If you try to freight the bike into Russia, the bike might be offloaded by customs at the Russian border, or it may be imported without customs forms, making it very difficult for you to leave with the bike when you try to leave Russia. Keep it simple, cross into Russia - THEN put the bike on the train.
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Well of course it can be done. Many people do it every year. In this thread Motoreiter also said he did it.

My advice is to do it from Ulan Ude or Irkutsk ... not from UB.

If you try to freight the bike into Russia, the bike might be offloaded by customs at the Russian border, or it may be imported without customs forms, making it very difficult for you to leave with the bike when you try to leave Russia. Keep it simple, cross into Russia - THEN put the bike on the train.
Yes, that's the plan, rest for a couple of days in UB then ride to Irkutsk and try to put the bike on the train. As for me, once there I'll decide whether I get a train as well or a plane, I have seen prices are similar.
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