26 days to go – accommodation

Now that our Berlin to Moscow and Trans-Mongolian tickets have been confirmed we have booked places to stay in France, Germany and Russia. China was booked a few weeks ago as we needed the confirmation for the visa, but I’ll include the info here anyway.

These have been booked on HostelWorld.com which has, so far, been an invaluable resource.

Paris, Franceeiffeltower
Hotel De La Comete
18/03/13 – 19/03/13
Standard Double Bed Private Ensuite
Price per night per person: €30
Total: €120

Why: Close to Gare Du Nord (where we arrive) and Gare De l’est (where we leave to go to Germany) and 7-8km from the Eiffel tower which is one of the places we’ll be visiting during our short visit.

Berlin, Germanygermansausage
Central Inn
21/03/13 – 22/03/13
Double Bed Private Ensuite
Price per night per person: €29
Total: €116

Why: Close to Hauptbahnhof train station (Berlin Central) which is where we arrive from France & leave for Russia.  It looks like there are also some good restaurants & shops around the area, particularly Schönhauser Allee – home to Konnopke’s Imbiss - rumour has it we can get some traditional German cuisine here.

Moscow, Russiaredsquare
24/03/13 – 25/03/13
Standard Twin Private Shared Bathroom
Price per night per person: 1333.40RUB
Total: 5333.60RUB

Why: We arrive at 1am so wanted somewhere within walking distance of Bellorusskya train station (where we get off) and relatively close to Yaroslavskiy which is where we’ll get train #4 to China. Both the Red Square & Kremlin are accessible from here as well.

Beijing, China
Beijing City Central Youth Hotel
Standard Twin Private Ensuite
Price per person per night: CNY134
Total: CNY268

Why: it’s in the station square and we’ll be very tired. We only plan to stay here for one night before setting off to find more suitable accommodation.

All of the above are well over our normal hostel/hotel budget, however we needed convenience for this part of the trip to avoid missing trains and unnecessarily long, expensive taxi rides.

26 days to go!

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