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Circumbaikal Railway

Kultuk (Sluydyanka) and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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A must see in Irkutsk, esp in fall

The road is beautiful, train trip along the shoreline is great. My advice- best time to go is end... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2013
A bit of the history...

We were not lucky with the weather, but we still liked it. The route was interesting with nice... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2012
Tallinn, Estonia
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Kultuk (Sluydyanka) and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

The road is beautiful, train trip along the shoreline is great. My advice- best time to go is end of summer or early fall, nature here is beautiful this time

1  Thank Irina_Leo
Reviewed 21 October 2012

We were not lucky with the weather, but we still liked it. The route was interesting with nice views, the guide was very good, there was enough stops... The guide was talking only in Russian and there was really a lot of information the gave...More

4  Thank ullake
Reviewed 7 October 2012

Of particular interest to rail enthuisiasts, this line is now a branch and is only a tourist railway with one return journey daily leaving Irkutsk around 0800 and taking all day with various stops along the way, including a 2 hour one for lunch which...More

9  Thank Englischer
Reviewed 2 October 2012

We enjoyed aspects of the circumbaikal, the scenery was stunning and the line itself is a marvel of engineering, what we found EXTREMELY unpleasent however was that most of the local were so drunk that they couldn't even stand a few of them even had...More

5  Thank Shaun M
Reviewed 24 August 2012

the service was very good, it was also possible to go for a short part on the locomotive. this train stopps very often and you have the chance to explore around.

6  Thank sabine_trails
Reviewed 2 August 2012

We traveled on the Circumbaikal Railway, a twelve hour trip on the rails that took four years to build in 1900. I had read about the lake and the Circumbaikal Railway. I grew up at the tip of Lake Superior, a beautiful lake, and had...More

8  Thank Wima
Reviewed 3 April 2012

Each meter of Circumbaikal Railaway is a brathtaking view of Baikal impossible to forget. I travelled by the local train from Sludyanka in June 2009. One way trip takes about 4 hours 30 minutes so it makes sense to stay for at least 1 night...More

7  Thank natic
Reviewed 30 March 2012

travelled along the road by boat - the best way to see its beauty. Take a private boat and you will get unique experience and photos

1  Thank Lildangel
Reviewed 28 February 2012

We booked this railway tour with the local agent who arranged our lodgings and everything for our TranSiberian trip. The train moves slowly around the lake, bringing you various views of the lakes and the surroundings. There are stops to venture the villages and other...More

8  Thank sweet_mermaid
Reviewed 21 November 2011

Travelling on the original Circumbaikal line was a spectacular experience. We were travelling on the "Zarengold" and found the journey, at very slow speed to be one of the 'journeys of a lifetime'. We readily took advantage of paying a few Euros to ride on...More

6  Thank Sionnw
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We are planning to travel to IRKUTSK and take Circumbaikal Railway tour on 25/June? Any idea from which reliable Travel agency we can book in advance at best price.. Krishna
28 May 2016|
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Response from Alta_Jhb | Reviewed this property |
Hi - used RealRussia (based in London) who used a local guide and company based in Irkutsk. Great service and great guiding. It was well worth it - there were mostly Russian families on the train (public holiday) and it... More
I am having a hard time finding prices for a one-day trip on the Circum Baikal, starting in Irkutsk. We will be there in June. Any recommendations and information will be appreciated. I take it given all the transfers it is best if you go through a tour agency? Thank you in advance.
29 March 2016|
Response from Rodrigo J |
Hello. I am in Irkustsk and I had the same problem. This tour is nor sold in any common tourism agency. I only found it in the following address: Gagarin boulevard, 68. It is the street alongside the Angara river. If you... More
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