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Circumbaikal Railway

Kultuk and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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Nice for 4-5 hours

Yes, the scenery was wonderful, and that is what you go there for. But the whole trip was 10 hours... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Los Angeles, California
Great day out but could be better.

I had an overcast day but still had great views and a great day with my guide, Sophia. The train is... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
Michael C
via mobile
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“steam engine” (2 reviews)
“lake baikal” (3 reviews)
“ferry ride” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Kultuk and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Yes, the scenery was wonderful, and that is what you go there for. But the whole trip was 10 hours, and it felt a bit much. It would have helped if we had a quiet, friendly ride. Unfortunately, the train was full of tourist groups...More

1  Thank VPGallagher
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

I had an overcast day but still had great views and a great day with my guide, Sophia. The train is pulled by a diesel train and only one of the scheduled stops made any attempt to cater for tourists (there were a few stalls...More

1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Travelled the Circumbaikal railway as part of our Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Rail tour. At Slyuddianka our normal diesel engine was moved to the back of the train (as a "pusher") and a Soviet era Steam driven locomotive was connected to the front. Then proceeded...More

2  Thank MartinBaxter58
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Our experience of this railway was started by our English speaking guide collecting us from our hotel in Listvyanka at 11.00. Just that morning our ferry time had been changed from 10.30AM to 11.30AM and even then she wasn't sure whether that would be the...More

2  Thank Adrianne K
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Trip is some 10 hours long. It looked like bit too much for the distance traveled. But then we understood. Train had several stops - some of them on nice views, other on memorial places or, surprisingly, also near the lake beach. Lunch is served...More

Thank smallhausen1
Reviewed 6 January 2016

I booked this day trip through Real Russia. My English speaking Russian tour guide collected my at my hotel in Irkutsk for a transfer by ferry on the river Angara. At Port Baikal we transferred to the train for the trip. We were seated in...More

Thank Alta_Jhb
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Be sure you get seats on the lake side of the train. Tell the agent you won’t go if you can’t get lakeside seats. We were on the hill side and could only see the lake when the train stopped and we got off to...More

5  Thank ruby98103
Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

Hint take your swimmers or in the buff go a little away from others. 2 hr stop for lunch, swim, sightsee of railway relics, tunnels, bridges etc. water breathtakingly cold but worth it.

Thank maxwelllynnem
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Steam hauled for nearly 8 hours - two 2-10-0 locos: views of Lake Baikal and wildlife and plenty of stops for rest and refreshment. Non-touristy. Highly recommended!

Thank rimsky12
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Originally a double tracked railway and part of the main line, it is now a single track and used only for tourist trains. This meant plenty of stops along the way to photograph the views and wander through disused tunnels. There is a long stop...More

5  Thank djpend
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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
30 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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