| So, you want to get to this fabulous railway. You have heard, read and
watched a lot and now you want to see it with your own eyes... Well, we understand and
support your wish. Really, it's worth seeing, and the more so that your travel along
Circum-Baikal railway may impress you very much.
If you are able to do it with the least cost fo searching of important ways and kinds of
your travel, we will consider that we have done necessary work. Than you can find our
commentary about the main ways of getting to Circum-Baikal railway.
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railway please contact us! We may to help to organize your in
|The starting point for all ways - Irkutsk Railway Station.
First of all you have to get to Irkutsk Railway Station; (on the
left photo). It will be our basic starting point for all the ways of
getting to Circum-Baikal railway. Here you need to decide for yoursekf - what way
do you want to get there, from the east (Slyudanka), or from the west (Baikal station)?
And the second thing - how much time do you want to spend for getting acquainted with
Circum-Baikal railway and how well do you want to get acquainted with it? Here you have 3
1) You can walk along it, a part of it or from the start to the end. This is the most
radical method to see all the peculiarites of the nature, Baikal an the most legendary
railway of Russia. You are to - be able to walk at least 8-10 kilometres without getting
mortal tired (at the minimum) or to have minimal tourist skills for three- or four-days
trip and needed equipment (at the maximum).
2) You can take "matanya". It is the name of ragged local train, which goes five
times a week from Slyudanka to Baikal and back. It will take 5-6 hours. This way gives you
an opportuinity of watching the locality and to get the first piece of impressions about
Circum-Baikal railway and the people who live there. But in winter you will be able to see
only ice out of the muddy windows.
3) If you are a rich person and have a lot of money in your pocket, than you may use one
of the surprises which Russian commercial firms can offer: retro-trains, railway-track bus
or tourist hostels decorated in imitation of old times. Also you may get a ship (in summer
or in autumn) and go along the shore, watching nature and railway. But be ready to pay
much for these ways of watching of the railway.
Way 1. If you want to walk from west to east (from Baikal station
a) First - from the railway station to bus station (scheme 1
- tram 1 to "Zentral'ny Rynok" stop, then to walk about 15 minutes or to take
tram 4 and cover 2 stops; scheme 2 - tram 2 to "Muzei
dekabristov" stop, then to walk about 5 minutes or to take a tram 4 and cover 1 stop;
scheme 3 - bus 20 to "Zentral'ny Rynok" stop, then
to walk about 10 minutes or to walk about 5 minutes and take a tram 4 and cover 1 stop).
Then you are to take bus from bus station to Listvyanka (about 4 times a day). From
Listvyanka to Baikal port all year round you can get "Babushkin" motor-vessel or
its substitute, the railway station is about 100 steps from the pier.
b) Another variant is to get to Listvyanka by high-speed motor-vessel "Voskhod"
or "Barguzin". For this purpose you are to take a bus 16 or a route taxi with
the same number and get to the pier "Raketa", and then take a ship and it will
take you about 1.5 hours to get to Listvyanka, there "Babushkin" motor-vessel
will bring you to Baikal port.
Way 2. If you want to walk from east to west (from
Slyudanka-2 station) and walk all the distance.
Take an electric train, which is going to Slyudanka. You are to get out of the carriage at
Slyudanka-2 (it will take about 2 hours and 45 minutes). The road-fork of dead-end and
passing railway is located right there.
Way 3. If you want to walk from east to west (to Baikal
station) and to walk a part of the distance but to see the main sights.
It is possible to reduce sections of different length and the versions below are given
by increasing of coming ways. So, take an electric train, which is going to Slyudanka and
a) At Pereezd halt (electric train 2 hours + to walk 3 hours). Descent is along a
very picturesque valley of Bol'shaya Krutaya Guba river. An exit to Circum-Baikal railway
is at 141st km.
b) At Andrianovskaya halt (electric train 2 hours 10 min + to walk 2.5 hours).
Descent is along Levaya Angasolka river. An exit to Circum-Baikal railway is at 149th km.
This variant is not recommended fro beginners because of bad path, variant c) is more
c) At Tyomnaya Pad' halt (electric train 2 hours 25 min + to walk 50 minutes).
Descent is along Pravaya Angasolka river. An exit to Circum-Baikal railway is at 149th km.
d) At Zemlyanichny halt (electric train 2.5 hours + to walk 15 minutes). From this
point you can walk along very steep path to Kultuk station.
Way 4. From Slyudanka station on the local train -
You go to the last staion - Slyudyanka-1 - on Slyudanka electric train. Then you spend a
lot of time at the railway station and, at last, having eaten plenty of smoked omul, you
take a ragged local train number 951, which is called "matanya" and has muddy
windows, and go to the last point of your trip.
You can recognize "matanya" very easily. It is lead by a shunting diesel
locomotive TEM-2, and the outward of the carriages differs from Irkutsk local electric
trains. Also "matanya" has a very great difference from all the local trains in
Russia - it makes stops where you want like a taxi. So you may leave the train at any time
and walk. Or, in the other way round, you may stop "matanya" and get to Baikal
The leaving time of the train from Slyudanka station varies some times a year from 13 to
20 o'clock (local time) and the trip takes about 6-7 hours.
|TAKING ELECTRIC TRAIN OF
Way 5. From Irkutsk to
Baikal port by electric train.
From 2003 you can reach Baikal port from Irkutsk by an electric train of high convenience.
It runs to Slyudyanka itself and later it's led by diesel locomotive. The electric train
consists of 3 different classes carriages, and there are guides in carriages. The electric
train plys in summer, on Wednesday and Saturday it departs from Irkutsk and on Thursday
and Sunday it departs from Baikal. The trip takes about 12-13 hours including stops.
Ways 6,7 and 8. By the retro-train "Orient",
railway-track bus or by a ship along the shore.
You are not to worry how to get to the starting point of the trip - you will be brought
and taken away. You have to contact the firm, which organize such trips and pay. That is
all you are to worry about. (More detailed information will be added a bit later).