Urumqi to Almaty to Silk Road Cities

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Urumqi to Almaty to Silk Road Cities

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Hi

It seems from here: http://caravanistan.com/wp-content/uplo ... k-Road.jpg that it's possible to go from Urumqi in China to Almati and then to main silk road attractions.

I checked this out on R2R and other sites but it appears to be just as long as Urumqi to Astana

Is this so?

What is cheapest way to but train ticket from Urumqi to Astana or Almati. Only one I could find was China Highlights who charge USD176 plus USD60 fee and 2.5% currency charge. Seems pricey but I had to buy for visa application. Will get refund if cheaper elsewhere.

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I am sure other travel agents also sell Urumqi-Almaty. Ticket costs around 100$ if you buy it yourself so they earned their money there.

For more info see http://caravanistan.com/transport/train/kazakhstan
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Thanks Steven

I don't mind paying a reasonable markup but over 100% is a bit excessive.

I tried Kz rail website but no sign of Urumqi. Is there a different spelling?

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You cannot buy train tickets to Urumqi online, only via travel agents. Just noticed that is not in the article yet, sorry for that, will update it soon.
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Thanks Steven, appreciate this.
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