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Train and bus tickets between Tallinn and Tartu[edit]

I and my girlfriend are going to Tartu on the last week of June, from June 21 to June 28. We've got the ship from Helsinki to Tallinn and back sorted, but we still need to actually get to Tartu.

We are planning to go to Tartu by train from Tallinn and return by bus. Where, how and when should we buy the tickets?

Asked by: JIP (talk) 13:38, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Kazakstan in the summer[edit]

trying to make plans to travel across kazakstan, but information seems relatively limited my aim is to go mainly by rail because I like trains ;)

my issue is I'm not sure how to manage the Aktobe-turkestan leg there must be some cool things on the way, so I would rather not go on the fast train all the way ...but there simply isn't a road between "shalkar" and "aralsk"

concievably I could autostop or catch a bus from aktobe to shalkar (maybe 8 hours driving straight) and then wait for a train to uralsk (which I imagine will be have a few empty seats at that point) ...but hitchwiki says "The road between Aktobe and Aralsk is terrible, with little asphalt. Vehicles get stuck in the mud all the time and crossing the country this way can take days." Does anyone know anything about any of the towns on this route, and would private accommodation be available

I never though this "train being fully booked" would be such a huge deal, if I had known I would have gone months ago

-willthewanderer Asked by: 13:05, 6 June 2018 (UTC) Italic text

willthewanderer, to my knowledge, the road between Aktobe and Turkestan has been completed. It has been "road of death" some 10 years ago, but should have decent asphalt cover on most if not all parts now. Here is a travel report from 2015. It shows some bad parts, but the text says they are short, and the guys could do 1100 km (Kyzylorda-Aktobe) within one day without any difficulty.
Regarding your other questions, the region you are interested in is the most desolate part of the country, which is arguably one of the most desolate countries in the world. I myself have been as far as Kyzylorda and have little idea on happens west of it. I can only say that even the landscape between Turkestan and Kyzylorda was not exactly exciting. It's a very dry steppe, nearly a desert. It was quite hot there already in late March and should be really terrible in summer.
There are some old ruins around Turkestan, which you can reach by minibus or taxi. Baykonur is off limits unless you have a permission. Aralsk itself seems to be most unremarkable, and getting to the remains of the Aral Sea is not easy unless you find someone with a 4x4 car (here the guy describes his bus+hitchhike experience, but I am not sure his route is worth following).
I would personally recommend to do the Aktobe-Turkestan part by any train and spend more time around Almaty, where landscapes are much more pleasant, especially in summer. The remains of the Aral Sea are better reached from the Uzbekistan side (Muynak, etc.) --Alexander (talk) 16:20, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Can I travel by bike on a ferry from England to mainland Europe?[edit]

I was just wandering whether it is possible to cycle to an English port and get on a ferry across the channel or sea to head out to mainland Europe. If anyone knows if this is possible and how much would it cost with the cheapest option let me know. Asked by: Laserek2 (talk) 18:27, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

Yes you can take a bicycle on the ferry. I assume you lock it up on the car deck while you are on-board. I have only travelled with car or motorbike but on the web booking page there is an option to travel with bicycle. Cost depends on time you want to travel and how flexible you want to be when booking ahead. Start at about £25 but can go up to £60 or more. See Ferry routes to Great Britain for list of ferry companies and routes. --Traveler100 (talk) 18:45, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
Side note, how onerous are the conditions for getting a bike onto Eurostar? Hobbitschuster (talk) 23:46, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
Here is what the Eurostar people have to say about it.
Note that Eurostar is only the through passenger trains that start or finish in London. The Eurotunnel shuttle trains, which ferry cars and trucks just through the length of the Channel Tunnel, also carry a limited number of bicycles and have separate procedures for them, i.e. you have to be collected at a pickup point separate from where motor vehicles go. Here is what they have to say about that. -- 23:09, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

How to contact page authors[edit]

How do I find out who wrote a particular location page. I was very impressed with their contributions and I would like to offer them a job.

Asked by: 02:52, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Click on “View history” at the top of the page in question. — AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:36, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
Generally most pages are a collaborative effort, including work by people who - for whatever reason - aren't active here any more. But the best way to contact any given individual author is their talk page. Hobbitschuster (talk) 15:25, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
The history always shows which account or which IP address made each change & usually it will indicate which section of the page was changed. It will also let you compare any two versions of the page, so with some mucking about you can get a good idea of which user contributed which text. Pashley (talk) 00:54, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Alternately, just ask on the talk page for the article in question. At the top of the article page, click on the "discussion" tab to reach the talk page. At the top of that page, click on "add topic" for the easiest way to ask your question. Pashley (talk) 01:05, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Visa procedures[edit]

how to get the visa entering Greenland Asked by: 05:55, 18 June 2018 (UTC)asoka ekanayake 17/06/2018

Hello. We cover this at Greenland#Passports and visas. Click the link and have a look, but the short version is that if you don't need a visa to go to Denmark, you don't need a visa to go to Greenland, though you may need a transit visa for Iceland or Canada if you are traveling through either of those countries. However, if you do need a visa to visit Denmark, you will need a separate visa for Greenland, which you can get at any Danish diplomatic office. You can find out whether you need a visa to visit Denmark by looking at Denmark#Visas and possibly Travelling around the Schengen Area, but of course checking with a Danish embassy or consulate would be most authoritative. And if you go to Greenland, please update Wikivoyage articles with any useful information you find out that could help the next traveler. Thanks! Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:39, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Hiking in Uludag in summer[edit]

I would like to know how to organize a trip with an instructor to the mountains in Uludag in the summer with an overnight stay for 2 days. Are there any such tourist centers in Uludag and how to contact them. Is it possible to rent a tent, backpacks, mats, sleeping bags. Is it possible to climb the mountains on a cable car in summer from hotels in Uludag —The preceding comment was added by Wwwolgawww2727 (talkcontribs)

Unfortunately I have never had the chance to walk up the mountain, and I can only answer the last part of your question: no, there isn't any cable car going up from the Oteller area (and I doubt the cable car going up from Bursa even goes as far as the Oteller); there are some lifts going only as far as the upper ends of the skiing tracks (and I'm not sure if they operate in summer). I presume you intend to hike to the summit and/or the glacier lakes below it; it's reportedly a not-too-demanding walk up there from the Oteller along an unmarked but a clearly obvious and easy to follow trail—as long as a heavy fog, which the mountain is (in)famous for, doesn't set in—passing by the Volfram (the abandoned mine pit) and Keşiştepe (the second highest summit of the mountain with the supposed "hermit's hut" on its top). But a return trip on this route within the same day may be a little bit longer than the average walk in the park, and a night of camping somewhere up there may be warranted.
Have a nice trip and please contribute to our Uludağ article on your findings there when you are back. Vidimian (talk) 21:44, 18 June 2018 (UTC)