I know there are overnight trains that do the journey, but I'm wondering if anyone has information on if there are buses / minibuses / etc that leave Irkutsk fairly late in the day... as I've heard this is quicker and also cheaper.
Ideally I'd like a few hours in Ulan Ude before hopping on the train to Vladivostok and I think a bus would help me maximise my short stay in the city.
One other question... I'm going to be doing a fair amount of overnight travel on trains. Will these generally be equipped with shower facilities & will they be open to people in 2nd / 3rd class? (I'd be very happy to pay for the facilities if necessary).
Thanks a lot!