Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

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Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby kretek » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:35 am

Hey there,
we would like to go from Kazakhstan to Mongolia overland by public transport. We heard that it is possible to catch a bus from Astana or Karaganda, but did not find any further information on when it leaves or how much it costs. Another option is apparently to take trains into and out of Russia again, which, however, will cost us time and a lot of money.

Note, that we do not have a Russian visa yet. So, the dubious private minibuses that we heard of are not a real option for us, as we need some kind of ticket to apply for a Russian transit visa.

It would be great, if someone could help us out with some information, since even the almighty google search did not give us any satisfying results concerning this topic.
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby steven » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:22 am

I think the easiest and most comfortable way would be to get a train ticket up north to Omsk or Novosibirsk. You can get most of your money back if you choose not to go by train. Getting a ticket for a bus weeks in advance is more difficult in my mind.
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby Dracid » Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:20 pm

Kazakhstan doesn't share the border with Mongolia - you have to travel either through Russia or China.
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby kretek » Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:47 am

Thanks for your quick reply,
Hm...so train it will be. Has anyone have any experience of how to obtain a Russian transit visa in Astana? Especially on how long it will take?
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby steven » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:44 pm

Pls let us know, it changes all the time, and I didn't hear anything this year...so I would just be guessing.
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby povertyjetset » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:18 pm

Did you go to Mongolia? According to Wiki there is a bus from Astana to someplace in Mongolia that I can't locate; the bus goes via Russia Altai and I'm scouring the web looking for anyone who's done it.
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby kretek » Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:46 pm

Nope, sorry. We did not go, since we decided that Mongolia would probably be too cold at this time of year and thus we stayed a bit longer in Tajikistan.

We were about to go to Mongolia via Russian trains, though, as we thought it might be easier to get a Russian transit visa with an already purchased train ticket. You can check www.realrussia.co.uk for information on trains.

Best of luck and tell us how it went...just in case for the next trip ;)
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby povertyjetset » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:49 pm

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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby steven » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:07 am

Thanks! Very useful indeed!
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Re: Overland Route: Kazakhstan - Mongolia

Postby steven » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:10 am

Info on public transport from Kazakhstan to Mongolia updated on this page: http://caravanistan.com/transport/bus-s ... -mongolia/
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