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Circumbaikal Railway

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Address: Kultuk (Sluydyanka) to Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka, 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 Slyuddianka our normal diesel engine was moved to the back of the train (as a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 to travel the Circumbaikal Railway to Port Baikal railway station at the confluence of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 departure time - although she had kept asking she kept getting varied answers. The ferry... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 on board and dinner you can get on station Slyudyanka. As I mentioned, good for... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a car with mostly Russian families who took advantage of the great weather to do... More 

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Seattle
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 walk around. The folks on the lake side were always at their window taking pictures... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Battle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 for lunch. Our tour had pre-booked a meal at a local Babushka's house but there... More 

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Irkutsk, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 and spend few days here. It's windy and sunny here at summer, usually. And in... More 

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Irkutsk
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 still beautiful.

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