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Circumbaikal Railway

Kultuk (Sluydyanka) and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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Quite Possibly the highlight of our Trans Siberian train trip

Travelled the Circumbaikal railway as part of our Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Rail tour. At... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Very long day

Our experience of this railway was started by our English speaking guide collecting us from our... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Adrianne K
Melbourne, Australia
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16 Oct 2016
“Quite Possibly the highlight of our Trans Siberian train trip”
15 Jul 2016
“Trip for all senses”
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Kultuk (Sluydyanka) and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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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

1  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

1  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
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Easy hiking waits for you if you choose to travel this part of railway. On the one hand you'll have beautiful and clean Baikal lake, on the other hand you'll have some rocky walls to climb or just admire. Many places to install a camp...More

1  Thank Drey T
Reviewed 11 April 2013

Need to bring your own food and drink. There isn't any entertainment in the cars, as the goal is to enjoy the view. There are stops for history lessons and a chance to explore. Unfortunately it rained when I went, but the fall colors were...More

3  Thank Karla F
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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.
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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