Dushanbe 1 to Volograd direct train (thru Beyneu)

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Dushanbe 1 to Volograd direct train (thru Beyneu)

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Hi all,

I am researching the easiest/fastest way to travel overland from Tajikistan to Kuryk port (Kazakhstan).
I found a direct train going from Dushanbe 1 to Volograd: train number 319Z or 329Z.
https://pass.rw.by/ru/route/?from=%D0%94%D1%83%D1%88%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B1%D0%B5+1&from_exp=6600000&from_esr=0&to=%D0%91%D0%B5%D0%B9%D0%BD%D0%B5%D1%83&to_exp=2704817&to_esr=&front_date=%D0%BD%D0%B0+%D0%B2%D1%81%D0%B5+%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%B8&date=everyday

Has anyone got exeprience on riding this train? Did you book tickets online and if yes, through which website?

Thank you!
Charlotte
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Re: Dushanbe 1 to Volograd direct train (thru Beyneu)

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Hi Charlotte,

you may wish to watch this as an introduction to these trains. It's a few years old but not much has changed (except that the train does not go all the way to Moscow anymore):


You will usually be warmly received as a tourist by your Tajik co-passengers. If you're traveling alone as a woman, always book platskartny (3rd class open-plan car with berths) as there is a lot of social control making it very safe. You don't want to risk ending up in a closed compartment with three men and a bottle of vodka. AFAIK, this train can't be booked online in this direction yet.

Keep in mind that Kuryk seems to be a dead end road these days, as you need a special permit to catch the boat to Baku and I have not heard of a traveler managing to get one.
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Video of a German couple in summer 2023, the train trip in Volgograd starts around 11’40. They complain a lot about the heat and stop after 54 hours in Samarkand before heading to Tajikistan on bikes.
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Did they really call plov "uzbek risotto" ? :lol: :lol:
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adi wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2024 7:04 pm
Video of a German couple in summer 2023, the train trip in Volgograd starts around 11’40. They complain a lot about the heat and stop after 54 hours in Samarkand before heading to Tajikistan on bikes.
These two are really ridiculous. Sure, the taxi drivers in Volgograd did not want to drive them because they're German, it has nothing to do with their insane amount of luggage...
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