Orient Silk Road Express Life On Board

● Life On board ●

Learn about life on board the orient silk road express

Although the Orient Silk Road Express train makes it one of the most comfortable ways for travellers to Central Asia, it is not recommended as a luxury vacation. For that, consider a Golden Eagle trip to Central Asia. This train is a great way to explore the many destinations offered by this railway at an excellent standard of accommodation and adventure.

In this section you will find information about life on board the train and frequently asked questions about booking the Orient Silk Road Express train tours through us at The Luxury Train Travel Company. Of course, if you have any further questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us as we are more than happy to help you with your trip of a lifetime.

Your Conductors

Every carriage has two conductors who are available round-the-clock to help you.

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Air-conditioning is provided on trains. Certain cabins can be controlled from one central location, while higher class cabins can have their own control systems. Air-conditioning is only activated when the train moves at 30 km/h.

Safety & Security

Central Asia is safe provided that common sense is used. The conductor can lock your cabin for you if you’re not there. Conductors are the only ones who have a cabin key.


People who take care of you on your trip appreciate tipping. You can tip anyone you like, but it is your choice. The final document will provide detailed information on how to tip and recommendations about how much.

Electricity & Phones

The standard Euro-plug sockets that are found in the train are the two-pole Euro plug sockets. However, these sockets can be found in some hotels. A plug adaptor for Eastern European countries is necessary if you want absolute certainty. You will find 220V AC sockets in every carriage for charging. There is usually good coverage along the route for mobile phones. You should check with your provider to find out the exact charges.

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Hotel Check-in & Transfers

Check-in is at 2pm, and check out is by noon. Although it is possible to check-in earlier than usual, this cannot always be guaranteed. We can arrange private transfers if your flight arrives later than these times. There will be an additional charge. Our bookings can be made separately if you’re arriving by train to begin your journey.

Medical & Health

You do not need any special vaccinations for this trip, except that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid 19 (or have a valid certificate of recovery), but we recommend you speak to your doctor before making any decisions. A doctor will be available on board the train. The doctor charges a fee. You can also claim your travel insurance for the trip.

Luggage & Clothing To Bring

We recommend using travel bags instead of hard shelled suitcases. The dress code is casual for all aspects of the trip. We recommend that you wear sturdy shoes for excursions. You can also expect to have cold nights, even in summer. It is important to dress modestly for visits to churches and mosques. Women are expected cover their heads in a scarf.

Toilets, Washing & Laundry

A supply of small towels and sheets is available. Depending upon your cabin class, you can either use the in-cabin facilities or share the end of carriage facilities. They can also arrange laundry, which is available at the hotels.

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Dining Car & Drinks

Drinks may be purchased both in the dining car or by the conductors inside your carriage. Euros and US Dollars are the accepted payment method. Your conductor will be able to provide hot and cold water. You will be charged a tab to purchase drinks in the dining vehicle. Before you travel, let us know about any special dietary needs.

Money To Bring

The best currency to bring is cash in US Dollars, Euros, and local currencies. These can be found at hotels’ exchange desks or ATMs.

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