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bike on train between Moscou and Irkutsk possible?
On a previous thread of 2011 I read that it's not that expensive to transport a bike on the train between Irkutsk and Moscou. On other threads I read that it's not very straightforward (without more detail).
So I would like to get some up-to-date info on the possibilities of "shipping" a bike between Irkutsk and Moscou.
Are there regular cargo trains between the 2 cities? If yes, is it possible to get a bike on it without to much hassle and advanced bookings?
What would be the cost of it? (I read 160 RUB/10k before?)
Are there good alternatives, besides riding the distance myself? Is a cargo-flight a better option?
By doing that I could reverse my trip and possibly shorten it a bit. (work obligations :-( )
Since Dean is able to supply and ship spare tyres and spare parts all over Russia, he is the kind of guy it pays to be a good customer of. I suggest you contact him with your tyre needs for Russia and in return ask if he can help get your bikes shipped from Moscow to Irkutsk.
i shipped my bike from Moscow to Irkutsk via truck two years ago (and to Ulan Ude just a week ago) with a company called Pervaya Ekspeditsionnaya Kompaniay (First Expeditionary Company): http://www.pecom.ru
[I actually posted a much longer text describing everything about the process, but only the text above appeared, I will try to redraft the other text soon if anyone is interested.]
I would rather do this in reverse. Drive through Central Asia and via Mongolia to Irkutsk. Put the bike on a train/truck to Moscow and I would fly there. Stay a few days and when the bike arrives, ride it home. Sounds like a plan?
Any idea on the cost of the transportation?
thanks for the advice, I'll get in touch with Dean.
[QUOTE=motoreiter;430279]i shipped my bike from Moscow to Irkutsk via truck two years ago (and to Ulan Ude just a week ago) with a company called Pervaya Ekspeditsionnaya Kompaniay (First Expeditionary Company): [url=http://www.pecom.ru]Транспортная компания ПЭК – Грузоперевозки по России Беларуси Казахстану. Перевозка грузов от 1кг до 20т автотранспортом, экспресс дост
I was afraid someone would say that! I've only shipped from Moscow before, but it was very easy: drove up to their compound, where all of the loading docks have the names of destination cities above them; Loading Dock 5 is for Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, and everything out that way. Took the bike there, disconnected the battery, drained out all the fuel :-((, weighed it, measured it, got a piece of paper with that info from the dispatcher, took it to the office, and paid (about $600). Takes about 12 days.
Like a dummy I forget to get a waypoint at the compound, but here are links showing their locations in Moscow and Irkutsk:
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