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Steam Locomotive at Circumbaikal Railway


travel to Circumbaikal railway  Circumbaikal railway is the old part of the Transsiberian railroad. It starts in Kultuk village / Station Kultuk (157 km) and ends in Port Baikal (73 km). Kultuk village is situated 8 km before Sludyanka and 98 km away from Irkutsk by road. The main railway building however is in Sludyanka.

travel to Circumbaikal railway  Within the section of 84 km from Kultuk to Port Baikal there are 424 engineering constructions and 39 tunnels, the total length of which is 8994 metres. The biggest tunnels are Katorzhny (538 m), Khabartuy (548 m), Poloviny (807 m). There are about 200 bridges and 14 km of walls that supports the railway. All these constructions were build more than 100 years ago!

Circumbaikal railway tunnel

Travel by Circumbaikal railroad: Circumbaikal railway map
travel to Circumbaikal railway  the distance between Irkutsk and Listvyanka: 70 km / 44 ml
tours to Circumbaikal railway  the distance between Irkutsk and Sludyanka: 106 km / 66 ml
Circumbaikal railway tours  the distance between Sludyanka and Port Baikal: 84 km / 52 ml
Circumbaikal train tours  the distance between Port Baikal and Listvyanka: 2 km / 1.2 ml

The railroad was named "the Golden Buckle of the Great Siberian Trail". The "Buckle" - as it connected the Trans Siberian railway divided by Baikal lake; the "Golden" - because the total value of building operations exceeded the cost of all railroads in Russia at those time. At the end of 70's the railway was recognized as the historic and architectural monument and now it is under government protection.

The Circumbaikal railway tour starts in Irkutsk everyday except Tuesday. The tour ends in Irkutsk in the evening. Price does not include meals during the tour. In summer light snacks can be bought on the train at the restaurant carriage. It is recommended to take your own food before the train trip. The thermos with hot boiled water is always available in every carriage.



Circumbaikal train tours

circumbaikal tours  The Circumbaikal railway trip can be done by ELECTRIC TRAIN, STEAM LOCOMOTIVE TRAIN or DIESEL-POWERED RAIL BUS.

- Electric Train goes everyday except Tuesday. It has carriages with 1st, 2nd and 3rd class.
- Steam Locomotive Train goes everyday except Monday and Tuesday. Carriages have no classes.
- Diesel-powered train carriage goes in winter on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Carriages have no classes.




Circumbaikal Railway tour: February - May, 2017:

The trip is done by Diesel-powered train carriage: comfortable carriages are equipped with special heating system and have bar. Soft arm-chairs are located infront of each other and have cosy tables in between. Every carriage has 4 LCD monitors which show DVD about the railway and camera view from the front of the train. Everything is to meet the 1st class standards.

The trip will be running in February and March (2017) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The dates are:
February: 15, 16, 22, 23
March: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
April: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 26, 27
May: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31

Price: 9800R
Price includes:
- Circumbaikal train ticket.
- Air-cushion boat / Hovercraft or Ferry-boat between Port Baikal and Listvyanka
- Bus transfer between Listvyanka and Irkutsk 70km
- Meals are not included




Steam Locomotive Circumbaikal tour: June - October, 2017:

Circumbaikal Steam Train



circumbaikal tours  Tour option 1:

Departure days: every Wednesday and Saturday at 08:00
Tour duration: 1 day (08:00 - 22:00)
Irkutsk - Sludyanka - Circumbaikal railway - Port Baikal - Ferry to Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Distance: 262 km / 162 ml

08:00 Trans-Siberian train departure for Sludyanka and 2,5 hours non-stop (100 km) journey. Stop in Sludyanka for 20 minutes and further travel by Circumbaikal railway along lake Baikal to Port Baikal (92 km). Special stops (from 20 min to 1,5 hours) enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: Staraya Angasolka, Shabartuysky bridge, Polovinaya river, "Italian" Wall, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls. Arrive Port Baikal at 19:30 and cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Listvyanka. Drive by bus 70 km / 1 hour to Irkutsk. The trip is finished with the bus arrival to Irkutsk train station at 22:00

Price: 7000R
Price includes:
- Circumbaikal train tickets: Irkutsk - Sludyanka - Port Baikal
- Ferry-boat Port Baikal to Listvyanka
- Bus transfer Listvyanka to Irkutsk 70km
- Meals are not included


circumbaikal tours  Tour option 2:

Departure days: every Thursday and Sunday at 08:30
Tour duration: 1 day (08:00 / 08:30 - 21:00)
Irkutsk - Listvyanka - Ferry to Port Baikal - Circumbaikal railway - Sludyanka - Irkutsk
Distance: 262 km / 162 ml

At 08:00 or 08:30 Bus departure from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal / Listvyanka (70 km and 1 hour). At 09:45 cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Port Baikal. At 10:40 start the Circumbaikal railway excursion by train along lake Baikal to Sludyanka (92 km). Special stops (from 20 min to 1,5 hours) enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: "Italian" Wall, Polovinaya river, Shabartuysky bridge, Staraya Angasolka, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls. Arrive Sludyanka at 18:00 and further ride by modern Trans-Siberian railway (100 km) to Irkutsk. The trip is finished with the train arrival at Irkutsk train station at 21:00

Price: 7000R
Price includes:
- Bus transfer Irkutsk to Listvyanka 70km
- Ferry-boat Listvyanka to Port Baikal
- Circumbaikal train tickets: Port Baikal - Sludyanka - Irkutsk
- Meals are not included


circumbaikal tours  Possible extra expenses:
- Pick up at your place in Irkutsk and transfer to the starting point: 1000R
- Extra fee for baggage size bigger than 30x40x50 is 400R
- Breakfast 350R
- Lunch 800R (or lunch-box 600R)
- Dinner 600R




Electric Train Circumbaikal tour: June - October, 2017

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circumbaikal tours  Mondays:

07:00 or 08:00 - Bus departure from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal / Listvyanka (70 km and 1 hour). Cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Port Baikal.
10:40 - Start the Circumbaikal railway excursion by train along lake Baikal to Sludyanka (92 km). Special stops (from 20 min to 1,5 hours) enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: "Italian" Wall, Polovinaya river, Shabartuysky bridge, Staraya Angasolka, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls.
17:40 - Arrive Sludyanka. Stop for 20 minutes and ride by Trans-Siberian railway (100 km) to Irkutsk.
20:40 - Arrive to Irkutsk train station.

circumbaikal tours  Wednesdays:

06:50 - Trans-Siberian train departure for Sludyanka and 2,5 hours non-stop (100 km) journey.
09:00 - Stop in Sludyanka for 30 minutes and further travel by Circumbaikal railway along lake Baikal to Port Baikal (92 km). Special stops enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: Staraya Angasolka, Shabartuysky bridge, Polovinaya river, "Italian" Wall, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls.
15:45 - Arrive Port Baikal.
16:00 or 17:00 - Cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Listvyanka.
16:30 or 17:30 - Drive by bus 70 km to Irkutsk.
17:30 or 18:30 - Arrive to Irkutsk train station.

circumbaikal tours  Thursdays:

09:30 or 10:30 - Bus departure from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal / Listvyanka (70 km and 1 hour). Cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Port Baikal.
13:00 - Start the Circumbaikal railway excursion by train along lake Baikal to Sludyanka (92 km). Special stops (from 20 min to 1,5 hours) enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: "Italian" Wall, Polovinaya river, Shabartuysky bridge, Staraya Angasolka, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls.
19:40 - Arrive Sludyanka. Stop for 20 minutes and ride by Trans-Siberian railway (100 km) to Irkutsk.
22:50 - Arrive to Irkutsk train station.

circumbaikal tours  Fridays:

08:00 - Trans-Siberian train departure for Sludyanka and 2,5 hours non-stop (100 km) journey.
10:30 - Stop in Sludyanka for 30 minutes and further travel by Circumbaikal railway along lake Baikal to Port Baikal (92 km). Special stops enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: Staraya Angasolka, Shabartuysky bridge, Polovinaya river, "Italian" Wall, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls.
17:00 - Arrive Port Baikal.
17:10 or 18:10 - Cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Listvyanka.
17:40 or 18:30 - Drive by bus 70 km to Irkutsk.
19:20 or 20:20 - Arrive to Irkutsk train station.

circumbaikal tours  Saturdays:

09:00 or 10:00 - Bus departure from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal / Listvyanka (70 km and 1 hour). Cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Port Baikal.
12:30 - Start the Circumbaikal railway excursion by train along lake Baikal to Sludyanka (92 km). Special stops (from 20 min to 1,5 hours) enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: "Italian" Wall, Polovinaya river, Shabartuysky bridge, Staraya Angasolka, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls.
19:40 - Arrive Sludyanka. Stop for 20 minutes and ride by Trans-Siberian railway (100 km) to Irkutsk.
22:50 - Arrive to Irkutsk train station.

circumbaikal tours  Sundays:

08:00 - Trans-Siberian train departure for Sludyanka and 2,5 hours non-stop (100 km) journey.
10:30 - Stop in Sludyanka for 30 minutes and further travel by Circumbaikal railway along lake Baikal to Port Baikal (92 km). Special stops enroute are done for tourists at the historical sites of the railway: Staraya Angasolka, Shabartuysky bridge, Polovinaya river, "Italian" Wall, longest tunnels, viaducts and supporting walls.
18:00 - Arrive Port Baikal.
18:20 or 19:20 - Cross the Angara river (2 km) by ferry-boat to Listvyanka.
18:50 or 19:50 - Drive by bus 70 km to Irkutsk.
20:30 or 21:30 - Arrive to Irkutsk train station.


Tour price with 1st class train tickets: 7500 Rubles
Tour price with 2nd class train tickets: 7200 Rubles
Tour price with 3rd class train tickets: 7350 Rubles

tour circumbaikal railway  16th July - 30th of August, 2017:

Tour price with 1st class train tickets: 8000 Rubles
Tour price with 2nd class train tickets: 7700 Rubles
Tour price with 3rd class train tickets: 7900 Rubles

Price includes: Circumbaikal train tickets, Ferry-boat, Bus transfer
Meals are not included


circumbaikal tours  Possible extra expenses:
- Pick up at your place in Irkutsk and transfer to the starting point: 1000R
- Extra fee for baggage size bigger than 30x40x50 is 400R
- Breakfast 250R (two sandwiches and tea)
- Lunch 650R (steamed potato with meat, chicken or fish and tea)
- Lunch-box 450R (mashed potato with chicken or rice with chicken, vegetable salad, tea with cake)


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You can use the form below to make a booking or ask a question. To book the tour we need your contact mobile phone number and the address in Irkutsk where to deliver the tour vaucher. To issue train tickets for every group member please email your scanned passports. We will be able to reserve the tour and buy train tickets right after payment.



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OTHER POSSIBLE OPTIONS:

1) Tour duration: 2 days / 1 night
Irkutsk - Listvyanka - Ferry to Port Baikal - Circumbaikal ralway - Sludyanka - Irkutsk

The Circumbaikal railway tour (option 2) can be combined with the trip to Listvyanka on the previous day. The duration of the tour is 2 days / 1 night. If you are already in Listvyanka, you can start the one day Circumbaikal trip (option 2) on every Thursdays and Sundays at 11:00


2) Tour duration: 2 days / 1 night
Irkutsk - Kultuk - Arshan - Sludyanka - Circumbaikal railway - Port Baikal - Ferry to Listvyanka - Irkutsk

The Circumbaikal railway tour (option 1) can be combined with the trip to Arshan or Tunka valley on the previous day. The duration of the tour is 2 days / 1 night. Otherwise you can also start the tour from Sludyanka on every Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00.

3) The Circumbaikal railway can be visited by boat from Listvyanka.
The Yaroslavets boat rent is 3000 - 5000 rubles per hour. Boats can take aboard up to 20 people. From Listvyanka it requires 1.5 - 2 hours to get to the most spectacular places of the Circumbaikal railway. Please note that the boat rent price includes the cruise back to Listvyanka, plus the time the boat is spending at the Circumbaikal railway.




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October - May:

Diesel-powered train carriage: comfortable carriages are equipped with special heating system and have bar. Soft arm-chairs are located infront of each other and have cosy tables in between. Every carriage has 4 LCD monitors which show DVD about the railway and camera view from the front of the train. Everything is to meet the 1st class standards.

Circumbaikal diesel-powered train operates from October till May
View inside of the train - 1st class carriages         Circumbaikal train view from inside - 1st class carriages
June - September:

Electric train has 4 types of carriages: 1st and business class carriages have a pair of arm-chairs located infront of each other and a table. 2nd class carriages have 2 and 3 chairs in a row and no tables. The train has a restaurant car. Cars have hot boiled water supply for every table. Every car has LCD monitors which show DVD about the railway and lake Baikal.

Circumbaikal electric train operates from June till September
1st class train sits        2nd class train carriage


You are welcome to spend more than 1 day at the circumbaikal railway and explore the area by foot. 1-2 days trekking trips are possible along the Baikal shore and the railway line, through the tunnels. Accommodation is available at the following guesthouses and tourist bases:


Circumbaikal railway guesthouse Staruy Mayak

Circumbaikal railway guesthouse Fort Baikal

Circumbaikal railway B&B Port Baikal

Circumbaikal railway guesthouse Yahont

Circumbaikal railway tourist base Khvoinaya

Circumbaikal railway tourist base Shumiha

All the accommodations above has big outside yards, view to the lake, saunas/banya, places for picnics equipped for barbecues, dinning rooms with chimneys, cable TV, offer excursions.


Read more information about Circumbaikal railway.
Read more information about Trans Siberian railway.

Tour options are endless. You are welcome to ask questions or reserve the trip at request form page.








Dear Guests: here you can read some comments of travellers who travelled to Olkhon island using one of the packages above:




circumbaikal tour  Thanks to a vert kind tour guide, I had a pleasant trip. Tour program was awesome and tour guide was very friendly. Thanks to the kindness, i really enjoyed my trip. If tour guide to explain in english about Baikal and Russian railway it would be great to understand of history. I recommend the baikalex to all of Korean!

Thank you for your kind.
Yujin, South Korea
(09 October, 2016)



circumbaikal tour  Thank you very much for your services. We had a nice surprise on the day, as we had 2 Steam Locomotives pulling us! This made it a very special day-out. Infact we did see a few Nerpas, but you were correct, they were just black dots in the water far away!
However the butterflies and wild flowers were nice and close by us at the stops, which were many. The whole day was a highlight experience of our Trans-Siberian journey. Thank-you again for organising the tickets.

Bolshoi spasibo!
Shena Maskell and friends
(28 June, 2015)



baikal circumbaikal  We are now home after our wonderful trip to Russia. We would just like to thank you for your efficiency in organising the Circumbaikal Railway journey which we very much enjoyed (in superb weather!) I have passed your contact details on to our travel agent with a recommendation of your good service so I hope it brings you further business. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Australia, contact us and we would be delighted to show you around the beautiful Blue Mountains where we live.

Warm regards,
Adrienne (John and Wally)
(05 September, 2012)



circumbaikal railway trip  Just a quick message to say thank you so much! Alena met me at the station and everything worked out as planned.

The Circumbaikal excursion was one of the highlights of my 4- week Trans-Siberian journey. The guide who accompanied us on the trip was excellent, I loved the home cooked meal at the place where we stopped for lunch and Baikal simply took my breath away!

Thanks again!
Madeleine Opthof, Switzerland
(09-10 June, 2010)



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