One of the most popular ways to travel to Irkutsk from Moscow is a Transiberian train journey. On your way from Irkutsk, you can reach almost any large Russian city. There are two deluxe trains operate the route: Imperial Russia and Golden Eagle. The uniqueness of their route lies in the fact that it passes through almost the entire territory of the Russian Federation. You can also reach Eastern destinations, such as Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, etc.
In order to reach Ulan-Ude from Irkutsk, take a train #362И “Irkutsk-Naushky”, departs daily. Its last station, Naushky, lies on the Mongolian border. Besides, Ulan-Ude is reachable by bus. See the schedule on https://avtovokzal-on-line.ru
If you travel from Moscow to Irkutsk, you can choose a car option. Going along the “Volga” road M7 you will pass several cities, including Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny. Once you reach Ufa, you have to turn to “Ural” road M5 to Chelyabinsk. Then take “Irtysh” road R254(M51) and head to Kurgan. Turn to Ishim from Makushino, and drive to Novosibirsk, passing Omsk. From Novosibirsk take the road “Siberia” R255 (M53) to Irkutsk, passing Krasnoyarsk, Kansk, and Nizhneudinsk. If the highways are overloaded with trucks, use secondary roads.
The fastest way to reach Lake Baikal from Irkutsk is to take a bus from Irkutsk bus terminal to Listvyanka which is about 1-1.5 hours bus ride away. This option suits those who don’t have much time and want to do a one day trip to the Baikal. Another convinient, but more expensive way to get from Irkutsk to Listvyanka is to take a boat down the river.
The International Airport Irkutsk is located 8 km away from the city center. Two terminals (for international and domestic flights) with VIP-zones, cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, tourist agencies, ATMs, snack-machines, massage armchairs, and a pharmacy offer the maximum possible comfort. Both terminals are within walking distance of each other.
Religious people can visit a chapel. The Baby Room offers babysitting services and a playground for the youngest guests. Besides, you can spend time exploring the history of the airport in the museum.
Address: 13, Shiryamova str. (Rus: ул. Ширямова, 13)
How to get to Irkutsk Airport by public transport:
Buses: 80, 90, 406, 480, 42, 43
Trolley buses: 6, 4
Shuttle minbuses: 99, 20, 45, 61
Irkutsk Railway Station
The Railway Station Irkutsk welcomed its first passengers in 1898. Later, in 1907, it was expanded and then reconstructed several times due to increased passenger traffic. Irkutsk’s railway station offers all standard services, including cafes, shops, ATMs, free Wi-Fi connection, several waiting halls, recreation rooms, rooms with swaddling tables, and showers.
The passengers can use the inquiry and porter services and lockers for carry-on and luggage. The luggage storage is open 24/7.
Address: 1, Chelnokova str. (Rus: ул. Челнокова, 1)
How to get to Irkutsk Railway Station by public transport:
– from/to the Airport (Rus: Аэропорт): take a minibus N99, N20 and go to the “Airport” bus stop.
– from/to the Bus Station (Rus: Автовокзал): take a minibus (N64, 6, 20, 64, 120), a tram N4a or bus N80.
Website: http://irkutskvokzal.ru (Rus)
Irkutsk Bus Terminal
The bus terminal is located in the very heart of Irkutsk, in walking proximity to the central market. Several routes connect it to the railway station and the airport.
Address: 11, Octyabrskoy Revolyutsii (Rus: Октябрьской Революции ул., 11)
Opening hours: daily from 5.30 to 22.00, ticket offices from 07:30 to 20:00.
Irkutsk River Terminal “Raketa”
Pier “Raketa” (Rus: Ракета) is not only the starting point of all water routes on the Angara River and Lake Baikal, but also one of the favorite recreation places of townspeople.
June to September, hydrofoils serve Olkhon island, Taltsy, Listvyanka and Bolshie Koty. For boat schedules, check out the website of VSRP Irkutsk river transport company.
Address: 98Б, Marshala Zhukova av. (Rus: просп. Маршала Жукова, 98Б)