Circum-Baikal Express excursion

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday you can take a 1-day trip along the beautiful shore of Baikal Lake on a modern superior rail bus. The rout goes from Irkutsk to the Southern shore of the lake on an old railway built at the end of the 20th century.  It was a time when the Circum-Baikal railway was a part of the Great Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Due the construction of a new local energy plant, the road was partly submerged and eastward bound trains were directed to a back-up branch line. There is no other railroad in the world which has such a large number of man-made objects like this part of the Circum-Baikal railway. Tunnels, drainage systems, bridges, and retaining walls built a century ago have preserved over 85 km of the rail. All this against the backdrop of cliffs and headlands, rocks exposed during the construction of the road, and scenic river valleys.

The program of the excursion:

Winter schedule

Saturday

• 8.00 a.m from Irkutsk-Passenger station. On the way stops at Kaya and Goncharovo.

• 10.30 a.m - arrival to Slyudyanka. 

• From 10.50 a.m - Circum-Baikal Express. On the way stops at the interesting places, walking, getting travel information, rest.

• 18.20 p.m - arrival at Port Baikal. Water crossing to Listvyanka.  Return to Irkutsk by bus

• About 10.00 p.m - arrival at the train station

Sunday

• 8:00 a.m / 9:00 a.m from the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre (Irkutsk, Karl Marks str., 14).

• Bus to Listvyanka.

• 9.00 a.m / 10.00 a.m crossing by boat to Port Baikal, landing the train.

• From 10.50 a.m Circum-Baikal Express - stops on the way, walking, travel information, rest. Return to the railway station

• About 10.20 p.m,  - arrival at the train station in Irkutsk

Spring schedule

Wednesday, Saturday

• 8.00 a.m from Irkutsk-Passenger station. On the way stops at Kaya and Goncharovo. 

• 10.30 a.m - arrival to Slyudyanka. 

• From 10.50 a.m - Circum-Baikal Express. On the way stops at the interesting places, walking, getting travel information, rest.

• 18.20 p.m - arrival at Port Baikal. Water crossing to Listvyanka.  Return to Irkutsk by bus

• About 10.00 p.m, - arrival at the train station

Thursday, Sunday

• 8:00 a.m / 9:00 a.m from the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre (Irkutsk, Karl Marks str., 14).

• Bus to Listvyanka.

• 9.00 a.m / 10.00 a.m crossing by boat to Port Baikal, landing the train.

• From 10.50 a.m Circum-Baikal Express - stops on the way, walking, travel information, rest. Return to the railway station

• About 10.20 p.m,  - arrival at the train station in Irkutsk

Please ask manager about the details of the schedule. In winter time excursions are carried out on weekends, and the excursion can be cancelled if the required number of people for each trip is not met.

Price:

Meals   Without meals With meals
Price per person For residents 78$ 128$
non-residents 100$ 150$

Comment: In winter time excursions are carried out on weekends, and the excursion can be cancelled if the required number of people for each trip is not met.

The price includes:

• transfers

• excursion

Should be paid extra:

• meals (if you buy the excursion without meals)

• interpreter service

Testimonials about this excursion:

As many tourists who come to lake Baikal I’ve heard a lot about the Circum - Baikal Train. Of course when I came to the lake I’ve booked this excursion. I was really impressed by this railway and the beauty of the lake! Thank you.

Ana, Poland

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Price: from 94$

Route:Irkutsk – Port Baikal – Circum-Baikal railway – Sludyanka – Irkutsk

Schedule of excursions:year-round

Number of people in group:unlimited

Don't forget:
  • Voucher
  • Money
  • Lunch (if you don’t buy ticket with meals)
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Comfortable shoes

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