FAQ's for the OzBus London to New York trip.
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A. We have to use a variety of different
transport for this trip, from the traditional OzBus bus to trains
and cruise liners. Please see the FAQ's below for more
A. There is a variety of accommodation used on
this trip as befits the different travelling conditions. In Europe
we predominantly use hostels. These are often shared rooms for 4,
6, 8 or sometimes 10 and usually single sex. (It may be possible to
upgrade, please contact us). We use the Trans Siberian Railway
where we have second class cabins, we stay in a home stay on Olkhon
Island, Lake Baikal and in a Ger in Terelj National Park, Mongolia.
We use hotels in China and four person cabins on the Diamond
Princess Cruise ship. In the America's we use hostels, sleeper bus
and camping. Please see below for more details.
A. The second class cabins sleep 4 people.
Sheets are provided, the carriages and toilets are cleaned several
A. Normally yes. Please contact us for more details.
A. Food can be bought in the buffet car and
from people on the platforms at each stop. We do however recommend
you take your own supply of food as well. Each carriage has a
constant supply of boiling water, suitable for making noodles, cups
of tea and coffee etc.
A. On the island we stay in a home stays with
local families. This is an excellent way to really experience the
area and to meet the people, plus it helps to put some money back
into the local economy. In Treiji National park in Mongolia we stay
in a traditional Ger, which is a Mongolian Yurt, the traditional
home of the nomadic herders of the region.
A. The cabins will be inside and based on four
sharing. Let us know if you wish to upgrade and we will see if it
is possible and let you know how much it will cost.
A. Normally yes. Please contact us for more
A. All accommodation and three meals a day are
included. The meals are at specific restaurants on board. If you
wish to splash out and eat at some of the special restaurants this
will be an additional cost and certain nights there will be a dress
The ship operates a cashless system where by you settle your
account for anything you spend on board, extras and staff gratuity
before disembarking in Anchorage. The staff gratuity is
automatically added to your bill unless to visit the purser to have
it reduced or removed as is your choice. All of these are extra
costs and not included in the OzBus trip price.
A. Alcoholic beverages, any additional
purchases, staff gratuity, shore excursions.
A. The cruise company have tried to make it
easier by adding US$10 per person per day tip to your shipboard
account. This is by no means mandatory - you may visit the purser
and have it removed, increased or decreased as you wish. It just
makes it easier for your budgeting throughout the cruise. This tip
covers the service you receive in the restaurants and that of your
steward. Please note that drinks' bills will have a 15% automatic
gratuity charge added. For guides and/or drivers on shore
excursions, we suggest $1 per person for a half-day trip and $2.50
per person for a full day, paid direct at the end of the
A. There is no fixed schedule which allows you
ample time to do what you wish, when you wish.
A. There is an onboard Internet café. Rates are
reasonable and charged to your shipboard account by the hour
(minimum charge applies). You can send postcards and letters home
using the post box located at the purser's desk. Stamps are
available for purchase here.
A. The ship operates a 'cashless' system-all
your onboard purchases, from the shops, drinks, gifts, shore
excursions etc are all charged to your room. You can pay in cash,
traveller's cheques or credit card at the end of your cruise.
A. In general you will need to be a bit smarter
on the cruise than during the rest of the trip. The cruise comopany
ask that you plan to dress as if going to a 'nice restaurant' at
home. Inappropriate dinner wear such as pool or beach attire,
shorts, casual jeans (with fraying and/or holes) are not permitted
in the dining rooms and shoes must be worn.
A. The specially converted sleeper coaches are
custom designed, hand-made and comfortable. They have personal
reading lights and volume controls for the sound system are located
throughout the bus. The coach has the capacity for 36 passengers to
sleep lying down, although we will not have that many people on the
A. No sometimes we stay in hostels and
sometimes we camp. As we may drive through the night, because of
the vast mileage covered on this trip the bus can be converted into
sleeping areas for everyone on board to sleep. You must be prepared
to sleep in close proximity to your fellow travellers. On camping
nights some people may sleep on the bus and others will camp
sharing 6 man tents with three fellow travellers.
A. Yes. Sleeping space is not assigned and you
should expect to share close quarters with limited privacy.
A. Camping experience is not necessary. The
only equipment that is required is a sleeping bag and if you don't
take one on the trip you can hire one for this sector. The
campsites we visit range from remote and rustic to full service
A. Yes, when it's time to cook meals or clean
up the campsite, everyone is expected to pitch in and do their fair
share to help out. This makes it easier on everyone and is usually
A. Showers will be available, but may not
always daily. There is no shower on the bus. We'll take no-soap
baths (we don't want to pollute the water source with soap!),
wherever possible in waterfalls, rivers or lakes when developed
camp grounds aren't available.
A. Not necessarily. You will be able to hire a
sleeping bag for the American section if you don't want to take one
with you but it maybe useful on other sections of the trip. We
recommend one that will keep you warm down to 0C to -5C, as some
nights might be cool to cold in Alaska.
A. No. the packing list will be sent with the
Information Pack for general advice but a sleeping bag is all you
need to think about as special equipment. (see 'Do I
need a sleeping bag?')
A. You will need a visa for the following
countries: Russia, China, Mongolia, USA. We send more information
on how to get your visas with the Information Pack sent three
months before departure.
A. Apart from the trip cost, and visas you will
need to budget for meals not provided, Optional excursions and
general spending money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc.
For meals we recommend £15 per day averaged over the trip.
On the Diamond Princess there are land excursions that are not
included and you may wish to do these.