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Hello! I have an earlier thread in here about Russia, but I have come to read that I think it is better to ship to Korea and then take the ferry to Russia. I will be flying from Europe and the one-way rates to Korea and much less than Russia...looks like this is the best option!

If anyone else is into this, I have found that the shipping (sea) is about 740USD as it is delivered, crated, to the Los Angeles agent. I am certain this would change with size, weight, etc...but this is rough estimate. It is about 1700USD for airfreight.

I have a few questions I hope to get some help with.

1. Do I need a carnet in Korea?
2. How difficult is customs in Korea if everything is in order? I am working to get a local (friend of a friend) to help me in Korea.
3. What is a the schedule of the ferry to Russia and where does it depart in Korea and arrive in Russia.
4. What is the cost of the ferry + bike + somewhere to sleep?
5. What will it be like getting the bike on the road in Russia.

Once I am on the road in Russia, I will be much less anxious! I plan to arrive in Korea approximately mid-July if anyone is interested in a riding partner.

Thank you in advance,

Chris
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I have a few questions I hope to get some help with.

1. Do I need a carnet in Korea?
2. How difficult is customs in Korea if everything is in order? I am working to get a local (friend of a friend) to help me in Korea.
3. What is a the schedule of the ferry to Russia and where does it depart in Korea and arrive in Russia.
4. What is the cost of the ferry + bike + somewhere to sleep?
5. What will it be like getting the bike on the road in Russia.
Chris I'l be short and sweet.
1. No
2. Not difficult - took me less than 2 hours to clear customs in Busan. You will need to pay local port charges and buy Korean road insurane for the time you are there.
3. Departs Sokcho twice weekly - overnight journey to Zarubino ~ 200kms from Vladivostok
4. Around $200 for you and $250 for bike - your fare includes open sleeping on tatami mats/bunks - it's very safe and secure. Koreans, like Japanese, are the most honest people in the world.
5. Easy - takes around 3 hours, but the local shipping company representative will demand you grease his palm.

Enjoy your journey. You can read here for my experiences. Across the universe

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Thanks for the details!

Thanks so much! I think the Korea way makes much more sense!

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