Going to Mongolia
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recommended The Trans-Mongolian RailwayThe branch of the famous Trans-Siberian Railway running from Russia through the steppe and desert of Mongolia and onward into Beijing, the Trans-Mongolian is a delight as a rail journey. Carriages in ... read more2nd (kupe) class are comfortable and well-appointed, and the remote scenery and high blue skies are stunning.Recommended for:Local Culture.Comment.almost 3 years ago. ReportMatthew Crompton
My choice, given a few extra days, would be to fly direct from SF to Beijing and buy a ticket to Ulaanbaatar on the Trans-Mongolian. The flight will be considerably less expensive than flying to Mongolia, and you should be able to get a transit visa for China quite easily and maybe even spend a day or two in Beijing. One of my very favorite rail journeys, and quite affordable.