Slow Travel Plan - Europe To Australia

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Kangaroo Valley & South Coast Discovery Tours Australia recommends you consider the interesting and rewarding alternative to todays fast paced travel options by planning your trip to Australia using Slow Travel transportation.

Yes - you can reach Australia from Europe via Rail & Sea. The following is just a guide line and you will need to check availability and connections with individual transport providers before you travel.

At a Glance Travel Plan Europe - Australia by Rail (land and sea)

The 1st class and soft sleeping berths have been selected where possible on this route for your comfort. 2nd class and "hard' sleeping berth options are available on some routes. In preparing your itinerary consider over night stops in Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, Saigon, Phon Pem, Bangkok and Singapore.

Depart Arrive Mode Duration Distance Class Bookings
London St Pancras - Brussels & Cologne or Paris or Berlin direct Moscow Euro Star & Overnight high speed express 2 nights
From 3,097km
Russian Sleeper from Cologne
Real Russia
Moscow Vladivostok Trans Siberian
7 days
9,258km 1st class Spalny Wagon
Real Russia
Vladivostok S.Korea/Japan onward to Australia Eastern Dream
2 days At least 9,000km depending on route Freighter Cabin
DBS Cruise Ferry
Moscow Beijing Trans Mongolian*
6 days
7,621km Deluxe 2 berth compartment with shower
Real Russia
Beijing Hanoi train 2 days
Approx 2,500km
4 berth a/c sleeper class
China Trip Advisor
Beijing Sydney Freighter Varies depending on route
At least 9,000km depending on route
Private cabins

Seaplus or FreighterTrips

Hanoi** Saigon train   1,900km SE1 & SE6 soft 4 berth sleeper cars
Vietnam Impressive
Saigon Phnom Penh
bus 7.5 hours
250km   Sinh Cafe Travel
Phnom Penh***
Siem Reap
bus or boat
6-7 hours
314-250km   Buy in Phnom Penh
Siem Reap
Poipet Shared taxi
2-3 hours
-   Arrange at the temples
Poipet Aranyaprathet tuk tuk
30 minutes
15km   Arrange at the border
Aranyaprathet Bangkok rail 5.5 hours
  2nd class
Thailand Train Ticket
Bangkok*** Singapore rail 2-3 nights
1,946km Luxury or 1st
Thailand Train Ticket
Singapore Brisbane/Sydney
freighter 8-11 days
More than 8,000km
Freighter cabin
Hanjin Shipping

* The Trans Manchurian route Moscow to Beijing is 8,986 km and is an alternative route using Russian rolling stock and Spalny Wagons

** Select the SE trains; these are preferred to the TN trains which use much older rolling stock

*** Note: The rail service between Phom Penh and Bangkok is expected to be resurrected by 2013 under an outsourcing agreement with Toll (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. See the Toll Royal Railways (Cambodia) website for more information.

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