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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 Steam Locomotive Train

Schedule 2018:

Route 1: Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Port Baikal – Slyudyanka – Irkutsk
January: 25, 28
February: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25
March: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18
April: 29
May: 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
June: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September: 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

Route 2: Irkutsk – Slyudyanka – Port Baikal – Listvyanka – Irkutsk
January: 24, 27, 31
February: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17
April: 28
May: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
June: 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
July: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
October: 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
November-December: No tours

Schedule 2019:
January: 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13
February: 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28
March: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17
April: No tours
May: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
June: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
July: Daily except Friday
August: Daily except Friday
September: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
October: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
November-December: No tours

The carriages of the Steam Locomotive Train have no classes.

 

Timetable 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 7:30. 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. 09:00 ferry crossing from Listvyanka to Port Baikal. It is possible to start the trip in Port Baikal. Thus, the ticket will be 700 rub cheaper.
3. 10:00 an eight-hour journey by the Circum-Baikal Railway starts. The train makes several stops along the way.
4. At 20:30 arrival to Irkutsk.

Option #2: Wednesday, Saturday
1. At 07:57 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 18:30. It is possible to end the trip in Port Baikal. Then the ticket will be 700 rub cheaper.
4. Ferry crossing to Listvyanka. At 21:00 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: 7100 6600 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 1500 rub (English-speaking attendant, taxi)
– 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 (yogurt, snack, fruit, tea/coffee)
2. Lunch: 800 rub (soup, salad, meat/chicken/fish, dessert, tea/coffee).
  Vegetarian lunch: 800 rub (pickles, bell pepper stuffed with lentils, dessert, tea/coffee).
3. Dinner: 700 rub (salad, meat/chicken/fish, dessert, tea/coffee)

 

Circum-Baikal Railway tour  tunnel

Circum-Baikal Railway tour train inside

Circum-Baikal Railway tour small tunnel

Circum-Baikal Railway tour folk group

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Circum-Baikal Railway tour by Electric Train

Schedule 2018

February: 3, 4, 24, 25
March: 10, 11, 24, 25
April: no trains
May: 20, 21, 27, 28
June: 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29
July, August: Daily except Saturday
September: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday
October: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12

On Mon, Wed, and Fri the train operates the route Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Port Baikal – Slyudyanka – Irkutsk
On Tue, Thu, and Sun the train operates the route Irkutsk – Slyudyanka – Port Baikal – Listvyanka – Irkutsk

The trains have carriages of 1st 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, Wednesday, Friday
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 journey by the Circum-Baikal Railway with stops and excursions.
3. Arrival to Slyudyanka village, a 20-minute stop.
4. Departure for Irkutsk railway station.

Option #2: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
1. Departure from Irkutsk railway station for 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 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, Wednesday, Friday: Departure at 06:10, 07:10, 07:40, 08:00 from the Drama theatre*. The departure time is picked up automatically, when purchasing a ticket. Arrival at Irkutsk train station at 20:16.
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday: at 07:46 from the railway station. Arrival at Kirov Square in Irkutsk.

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

 
Train description:

All carriages have screens showing a video about Baikal in three languages: Russian, English and Chinese.
The train consists of carriages of two 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 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:

3rd February – 6th May, 2018
The tour is carried out by heated train that comprises 1st class carriages only. The price is 9400 Rub per person.

20th May – 14th July and September 1st – October 12th, 2018
1st class: 7400 6500 rub per person
2nd class: 7000 6200 rub per person

15th July – 31st August, 2018:
1st class: 7800 6900 rub per person
2nd class: 7500 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:
  * Breakfast (2 sandwiches + tea): 250 rub
  * Lunch box (Baked potato with meat/chicken/fish, bread, tea): 650 rub
  * Homemade lunch (Mashed potatoes with Chicken cutlet or pilaf with chicken, vegetable salad or pickles, Bread Tea): 450 rub.
  * Complex lunch: 650. Four options available:
    ~ Vinaigrette + borsch + pork with potatoes
    ~ Salad with corn and cabbage + Soup Rassolnik + pink salmon with potatoes
    ~ Vegetables + Soup Solyanka + chicken with potatoes
    ~ Cabbage salad + vegetable soup + potatoes with mushrooms + baked vegetables

 

The Circum-Baikal Railway tour by boat !NEW!

An unforgettable boat trip on Baikal Lake along the Circum-Baikal Railway with a 1-hour stop and a tour of a tunnel.

Schedule 2018

October: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
November: Saturday and Sunday

Tour description:

8:30 Departure by bus from the stop next to the Drama Theatre of Irkutsk (14, Karl Marx str.)
09:45-10:00 Boarding a ship in Listvyanka
10:00-14:00 Boat trip along the coast and the Circum-Baikal Railway.
The ship goes to Cape Tolsty, and then it follows in the opposite direction. A 1-hour stop and a short walk to the tunnel.
14:00 Arrival in Listvyanka. Boarding a bus. A visit to a fish market along the way to Irkutsk.
16:00-17:00 Arrival in Irkutsk.

Price of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by boat: 6700 rub. Payment method is PayPal + PayPal charges (5%).

The price includes:
– Transfer by bus from Irkutsk to Listvyanka (round trip)
– Boat trip
– Excursion during the train stop (Russian language)

The price does not include:
– Transfer from your hotel to a departure point. Price 1500 rub (English-speaking attendant, taxi)
– English-speaking guide. Guide services for the whole tour day cost about 6000 rub.
– Meals

 

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Other Baikal tours:

 

Book the Dogsled Tour along the Circum-Baikal Railway and enjoy working with powerful Baikal huskies, the beauty of the Baikal’s winter nature and the architecture monuments of the Circum-Baikal Railway.

Whatever rout of the Full-day snowmobile tour you choose, either through taiga or over frozen surface of the lake, make sure you’ve got your camera with you because the views are breathtaking!

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.

One-day Fishing trip on Lake Baikal give you a chance to spend a day enjoing the stunning beauty of the Baikal’s nature and experience the excitement of fishing.

Looking for an itinerary for a One-day tour to Olkhon island? It is impossible to see all of Olkhon in one day, but a daytrip can be fun and rewarding.

A Real Icy Banya! Such an exotic place actually exists and is located on the shore of Lake Baikal.

Winter tour to Maloye Morye and Olkhon Island. During the trip you will see landmarks which are not available in any seasons except winter.

On the Baikal Caves tour you will explore several caves and admire their spacious halls and narrow passages, stalactites and stalagmites, crystals of ice and corallits. Most of Baikal caves are even older than the lake!

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“Around the Baikal” tour. During this boat tour you will travel by variety of water vehicles watching slowly changing landscapes or getting adrenaline rafting the fast mountain rivers.


 

 

 

21 thoughts on “Circum-Baikal Railway tour

  1. Leonard Cheung

    You can use this email as well. I hope to confirm everything before I start my journey on 17 Sep. Where available, I would like to take 1st class tickets.

    Reply
  2. Leonard Cheung

    Re your reply today, I still haven’t received your email. You may use my new email. Many thanks.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Done!
      If you still don’t have my email, please check the spam folder.

      Reply
  3. Leonard Cheung

    Re my request on 7 Sep and your response dated 8 Sep, I haven’t received any email from yoir manager Irina. Please note that my email address starts with letter “L” but NOT “i”. I didn’t receive the email as you quoted on 5 Sep in response to my questions dated 3 September.

    Reply
  4. Leonard Cheung

    I have booked a hotel in Listvyanka settlement for 23 Sep. I have submitted my booking (2 persons) via your website for the tour on 24 Sep. My pick up point should be at Listvyanka. Please advise me the booking status.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Our manager Irina sent you the email with questions. Based on your answers we will bw able to estimate the total price. Please check you inbox and answer the questions.

      Reply
  5. Leonard Cheung

    We would like to seek your advice.

    We (a couple) are very interest to join the The Circum-Baikal Railway tour by Electric Train on 23 Sep. The train we booked would arrive Irkutsk at 7:35am on 23 Sep. From your information, the tour would start from Irkutsk train station by train at 7:46am.

    Please advise us the following:

    1. If our train arrive on time, could we still join the tour and catch up the train the tour would take?

    2. If our train is delayed, would the train of the tour would adjust the departure accordingly?

    We have booked a hotel in Listvyanka settlement for 23 Sep. We understand that if we could join the tour, the ticket would be 200 rub cheaper.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  6. Dave

    Hello

    I want to confirm that in early July 2018 there are electric train excursions on Tuesdays. Your schedule indicates that they are every day in July except Saturdays but it doesn’t indicate whether Tuesday tours start at the drama theatre (like Monday and Thursday tours) or from the train station like (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday tours).

    Please let me know.

    Thanks

    Dave

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dave!

      We have updated the webpage. Now it shows the actual timetable.
      On Tuesday the train operates the route Irkutsk – Slyudyanka – Port Baikal – Listvyanka – Irkutsk and departs from the railway station.

      Reply
  7. Vikas Gadre

    We are planning to take the circum train on Monday 23 rd April or Tuesday 24th April. What are your suggestions. We will travel by first class.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hello!

      There are no tours by the electric train in April. The retro train will run 2 times, on April 28 and 29.
      Unfortunately, there no more tours by the Circum-Baikal Railway in April.

      Reply
  8. 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.

    Reply
  9. 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
      1. Leonard Cheung

        You can use this email as well. I hope to confirm everything before I start my journey on 17 Sep. Where available, I would like to take 1st class tickets.

        Reply

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