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Circum-Baikal Railway tour

Circum-Baikal Railway tour angasolka bridge Duration: 1 day
Group: 1-30
Season: All the year round
Language: English, Chinese
Tour type: Rail Tour, Nature and Wildlife
Tour price: from 6200 rub per person
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Comfortable train moves along Lake Baikal shore by the Old railroad through 39 tunnels and numerous bridges built during the Tsarist Russia in 1902-1904.
The train stops at the most significant architectural sites and scenic viewpoints where you could take memorable photos.
On the Circum-Baikal Railway tour, you will discover old Baikal settlements, various tunnels, stone galleries, supporting walls, bridges and viaducts.
The train stops along the way 3-5 times (depending on its schedule). Off-the-train excursion take from 15 min to 1 hour. During the stop at Polovinnaya railway station (at 110km) you will be able to swim in the Baikal.

Two types of trains run along the Circum-Baikal Railway: Electric Train and Steam Locomotive Train.

Going on the tour bear in mind, that
– there are no shops or cafes along the way
– not all carriages in the train have lavatories (there are only 4 bio toilets in 7 carriages).
– you cannot charge your cell phone in the carriages
– Internet and mobile connection may not work because of rocks (in some places there is no connection at all)

Please note! The trains’ timetable is subject to change. If you purchased the ticket, please contact us 12 hours before the tour to find out the exact departure time.

 

The Circum-Baikal Railway tour by Electric Train

During the summer 2017, the electric trains go daily except Tuesdays

September 2017: trains run on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday.
October 2017: trains run on Wednesday, Thursday and October 1st and 2nd.

The trains have carriages of 1st, 1st economy and 2nd class.

 

Schedule of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by electric train:

The itinerary depends on the day of the week.

Option #1: Monday, Thursday, Saturday
1. Transfer to Port Baikal: bus journey by the picturesque Baikal highway from the stop next to the Drama Theatre of Irkutsk (14, Karl Marx str.) to Listvyanka. Then ferry crossing to Port Baikal. It is possible to start the trip in Listvyanka. Thus, the ticket will be 200 rub cheaper.
2. A seven-hour journey by the Circum-Baikal Railway with stops and excursions.
3. Arrival to Slyudyanka village, a 20-minute stop.
4. Transfer to Irkutsk railway station.

Option #2: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
1. Transfer from Irkutsk railway station to Slyudyanka village by train, a 30-minute stop. Slydanka is located 166 kilometers away from Irkutsk. The station’s building is constructed from white and pink marble and is a true piece of art.
2. A seven-hour journey by the Circum-Baikal Railway with stops and excursions.
3. Arrival to Port Baikal.
4. Transfer to Irkutsk: ferry crossing to Listvyanka and bus journey by the picturesque Baikal highway to the stop next to the Drama Theater of Irkutsk (14, Karl Marx str.). It is possible to end the trip in Listvyanka. Thus, the ticket will be 200 rub cheaper.

You have to arrive at Irkutsk railway station or bus stop next the Drama theatre 20 minutes before the boarding and wait for the train/bus to arrive. For convenience, print out “Кругобайкальский Экспресс” sign, the staff will tell you the directions or look for the staff with the same sign.

The train’s average speed is 20-30 km/h, so you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the lake to the fullest. The stops in the most interesting places (up to 1 hour) will give you a possibility to take a walk.

 
Departure and arrival points:

Monday: Departure at 08:30, 09:20, 10:10 from the Drama theatre*. The departure time is picked up automatically, when purchasing a ticket. Arrival at Irkutsk train station at 22:27.
Wednesday: Departure at 06:37 from Irkutsk train station. Arrival at Kirov Square in Irkutsk.
Thursday: Departure at 08:30, 09:20, 10:10 from the Drama theatre*. The departure time is picked up automatically, when purchasing a ticket. Arrival at Irkutsk train station at 22:27.
Friday: at 07:57 from the railway station. Arrival at Kirov Square in Irkutsk.
Saturday: Departure at 06:50, 07:40, 08:30 from the Drama* theatre. The departure time is picked up automatically, when purchasing a ticket. Arrival at Irkutsk train station at 20:34.
Sunday: at 07:57 from the railway station. Arrival at Kirov Square in Irkutsk.

* – 14 Karl Marx str., Irkutsk (Rus: ул. Карла Маркса, 14)

 
Train description:

All carriages are fitted with screens showing a video about Baikal in three languages: Russian, English and Chinese.
The train consists of carriages of three comfort classes:
The 1st class: soft armchairs are arranged in pairs in front of each other around the table with a panoramic view of natural landscape and Lake Baikal.
The 1st class economy: sofa-like seats arranged in front of each other with a table between them.
The 2nd class: soft armchairs are arranged in pairs and by three seats one after another (as in an aircraft) with tip-up tables.

 

Price of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by electric train:

15th May – 15th July and September 1st – October 26th, 2017
1st class: 7400 6500 rub per person
1st economy class: 7200 6350 rub per person
2nd class: 7000 6200 rub per person

16th July – 30th August, 2017:
1st class: 7800 6900 rub per person
1st economy class: 7600 6800 rub per person
2nd class: 7400 6600 rub per person

Payment method is PayPal + PayPal charges (5%).

The price includes:
– Transfer (ferry, bus)
– Train ride
– Excursions during the train stops (Russian language)

The price does not include:
– Transfer from your hotel to a departure point. Price 1000 rub
– English-speaking guide. Guide services for the whole tour day cost about 6000 rub.
– Excess baggage fees (for over 30x40x50): 400 rub.
– Meals:
1. Breakfast (2 sandwiches and tea): 250 rub
2. Lunch or Dinner (baked potato either with meat, or with chicken, or with fish and tea): 650 rub.
3. Lunch-box (eithe mashed potato or rice with chicken, vegetable salad, tea and cake): 450 rub.
Vegetarian dishes are available upon request.

 

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Circum-Baikal Railway tour train inside

Circum-Baikal Railway tour small tunnel

Circum-Baikal Railway tour folk group

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Circum-Baikal Railway tour by Steam Locomotive Train

During May-October 2017, the Steam Locomotive Trains go daily except Fridays

The carriages of the Steam Locomotive Train have no classes.

 

Schedule of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by Steam Locomotive Train:

The itinerary depends on the day of the week.

Option #1: Thursday, Sunday
1. Start at 08:00 or 08:30. Bus journey from the stop next to the Drama Theatre of Irkutsk (14, Karl Marx str.) to Listvyanka. It is possible to start the trip in Listvyanka. Thus, the ticket will be 200 rub cheaper.
2. At 09:00 or 09:30 ferry crossing from Listvyanka to Port Baikal.
3. At 10:40 an eight-hour journey by the Circum-Baikal Railway starts. The train makes several stops along the way.
4. At 21:00 arrival to Irkutsk.

Option #2: Wednesday, Saturday
1. At 08:00 the train departs from Irkutsk railway station to Slyudyanka village.
2. An eight-hour journey by the Circum-Baikal Railway with stops and excursions.
3. Arrival to Port Baikal at 19:30. A visit to the Baikal railway museum.
4. Ferry crossing to Listvyanka. At 21:00-22:00 bus journey to Irkutsk. It is possible to end the trip in Listvyanka. Thus, the ticket will be 200 rub cheaper.

 

Price of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by Steam Locomotive Train: 7200 6500 rub. Payment method is PayPal + PayPal charges (5%).

The price includes:
– Transfer (ferry, bus)
– Train ride
– Excursions during the train stops (Russian language)

The price does not include:
– Transfer from your hotel to a departure point. Price 1000 rub
– English-speaking guide. Guide services for the whole tour day cost about 6000 rub.
– Excess baggage fees (for over 30x40x50): 250 rub.
– Surcharge for a seat with a lakeside view – 500 rub.
– Meals:
1. Breakfast: 350 rub
2. Lunch: 800 rub
3. Dinner: 700 rub.
Vegetarian dishes are available upon request.

 

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Want to see the Circum-Baikal Railway in winter but afraid of riding over the frozen lake? Take a the tour by hovercraft and enjoy winter views of the Circum-Baikal Railway from its warm and comfortable cabin.

On the Baikal Helicopter tour, you will see the unforgettable Baikal landscapes and the Circum-Baikal railway from a bird’s-eye view.

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3 thoughts on “Circum-Baikal Railway tour

  1. Yan Li

    Hello, I would like to book a one-day tour of the circum-Baikal railway for 2, on May 27, Saturday. Please let me know what I need to do to get it booked.

    Thanks

    Yan Li

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Please indicate, what class of carriage do you want to book (1st, 2nd or 3rd) and would you like us to arrange for you meals in the train (lunch and/or dinner).

      In order to book the tickets, we need your and your companion’s full name, passport data, and date of birth.

      Reply
  2. Ann

    Recommend Russia E-guide(especially Oksana)’s service!

    We are a group of 5 Taiwanese tourists, who searched for English website to buy tickets of Circum-Baikal Railway. We found Russia E-guide’s website bringing a lot of excursion information and the price is reasonable (It seems Russia E-guide works with local tour agency, the price isn’t the cheapest. I have to say, it turns out they really do good job in arranging things so the price worth paying).
    I wrote an email in English to Russia E-guide. They quickly reply me. Russia E-guide helped us to book the lake-side seats, answered our questions about transportation and kindly reminded us a few tips. I got total 31 emails for this communication sessions with Russia E-guide. Wow! They did make sure that everything is alright. Our trip went very well.
    Thanks for Russia E-guide and Oksana.

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