It takes 34 hours to get to Blagoveschensk on the train. The whole ride you have a feeling that it could take much less time, but this is a very slow train! After
So back to the train. I rode “platskart,” which is the cheap way to ride in
There are more comfortable ways to do Russian train travel – you can take coupe, which has 36 bunks in a wagon, arranged in groups of 4 (2 upper, 2 lower) with a door closing each group off from the aisle. This is about 2 ½ times more expensive than platskart. And then there is luxury or S/V – only 2 bunks, both lower – swanky! I have no idea how much this costs, but flying is probably cheaper.
The Amur Region is known for being hot and humid in the summer, and I could already feel it in Blagoveschensk – when I arrived at 9 am it was already 80 degrees out. But overall I was very lucky with the weather, and it only got really hot during the last week of my travels – the first week of July.
Pictures: 1. A typical Russian train station (this is the station in