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Catching the train into Azerbaijan

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We were so tired by the time we got to Derbent train station and saw that a night train to Baku was leaving in 3 hours time that we made a quick change of plan and abandoned our idea of staying a night in Derbent.

Buying a ticket was interesting, though.

They clearly don't get many foreigners in Derbent train station. On seeing our passports and flicking through them the ticket clerk seemed worried that we didn't have the right papers. She seemed to confuse the photo visas for Iran and for USA with actual nationality and thought first we were Iranian (!) and then American. Did we have another passport, she asked. No, we said. Where are we from, she asked (confused by the blurb you get on the UK passport front, to do with Greaat Britain, Northern Ireland and difficult words like citizen or is it still subject?

Anyway, she eventually sold us tickets for a 2 person sleeping compartment, we had time for dinner at a restaurant nearby (Dubai restaurant very good) and then sat in the magnificent waiting room for an hour.

The night train left on time but then pulled over for about 3 hours of formalities with customs, passport control etc on both sides. Most interest from the Russians about why we'd been in Ossetia and Dagestan, but our stories held up well and we were ushered through. Also very thorough search of every nook and cranny in the compartment by Russian Army guy.

Other than that all went smoothly and we arrived in Baku at dawn

Posted by UnwindRoad 22:07 Archived in Russia Tagged night train railways passport control derbent

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