Getting to / from Irkutsk, and Irkutsk Public Transport:

Author: marumu (on 19 May 2015)
Irkutsk is a major stop on the Trans-Siberian, all trains stop there. 
 
Train
 
The train station in Irkutsk is the major hub on the Trans-Siberian railway mainly used to access Baikal lake. It’s located 15 minutes from the center of the city and there are many buses and taxis departing from it. There are many trains passing through Irkutsk, the tickets from Moscow cost around €170 for a 3rd class “platzcart” ticket and about €300 for a 2nd class “coupe”. The whole journey takes about 4 days.
 
Train Station in Irkutsk
 
Airport
 
Flights to Irkutsk from Moscow cost about the same. There is a very basic airport very close to the city and it’s great in that you can really see how the whole flying operation works, as everything, even your luggage, is done right on the airfield.
 
Bus
 
There is also the main bus terminal in the center of the city where you can catch a bus to Olkhon island or Listvyanka. Buses to those both destinations depart around 4 times a day, first one at 7.00 and the last one around 18.00. The address of the bus station (avtovokzal) is Oktyabrsky Revolutsii street, #11 and their phone number is +7 3952 20 91 15 (for information).
 
City transport 
 

As usual there are buses, trolleybuses, and trams in the city. They cover most of the city center, but I personally prefer trams. The best thing to do is to ask the driver for your destination, before you get inside. If he/she nods, then it's ok. People are very helpful in Irkutsk, so you'll be able to find your way around.

 
 
Sexy Tram driver fixing the rails - youtu.be/fFss84s_Xi4

River Terminal

There is also a river terminal where you can take a boat to Olkhon every Monday from July to end August and sometimes on Wednesday in the last week of July and the first week of August. There are also 3 boats daily to Listvyanka from there. 
 

The departures to Listvyanka are from Raketa Rechnoy Vokzal terminal Prospekt Marshala Zhukova 98B in Solnechny district – it’s better to arrive there at least an hour before departure. You can buy the tickets directly at the terminal (daily from 10.00 to 18.00) and online (in English).

A small ferry in Irkutsk photo by Ryan Albrey - flickr.com/photos/47511315@N05/

The ferries to Olkhon continue to the Eastern side of Baikal lake, making it a great option to sail through the whole lake for only €100 (which is cheap for such a long trip). If you’re camping you cannot bring cooking gas, so unless you have a burner that uses petrol you’ll have to either get rid of your cooker or travel by car instead.

For up-to-date ferry schedules between Irkutsk, Okhon and Ust-Barguzin, check out the website of VSRP Irkutsk river transport company

Taxis are also quite popular in Irkutsk, it costs about €1-€2 to ride in the city center, and from €15-€20 one way to Listvyanka, which is 60 km away.
 
 


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