Circum-Baikal Railway

It is when Baikal nature’s beauty and unique architecture of the 19th century split together!

Circum-Baikal Railway

Circum-Baikal Railway is one of the oldest tourist routes on Baikal. Construction of the railroad began in the 19th century in Imperial Russia. This route is unique — here, tourists can enjoy the beautiful Baikal nature and see numerous tunnels made of hewn stone, viaducts, and giant retaining walls.
The route starts in Kultuk and finishes in a small village Port Baikal. The distance from Kultuk to Port Baikal is 84 km. On the way, you will go through 39 tunnels and 16 retaining (or protective) walls; their total length is almost 9000 meters!

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The Circum-Baikal Railway facts

  • On March 17, 1891, Emperor Alexander the Third issued a decree to construct a railway in Siberia.
  • The Circum-Baikal Railway was built in two years and three months
  • Route length – 84 km
  • The construction of the railway was attended by stone laying specialists from Italy
  • The Circum-Baikal Railway is one of the most complex and most beautiful railways in the world
  • Walking along Baikal shore
Кругобайкальская железная дорога

A protecting construction

Circum-Baikal Railway

The first tunnel we met going from Port Baikal to Kultuk

Travel to the Circum-Baikal Railway

So, there are three ways to visit Circum-Baikal Railway (CBRW):

  1. Walk all the railroad by foot
  2. Take a tourist train
  3. Make a short ferry trip to the CBRW

Let’s look at all options closer.

Walk the Circum-Baikal Railway

Honestly, it is not easy to walk over the railroad for the whole day. Meanwhile, there is a narrow path going along the railroad. But for the first, there are many small, sharp stones from the railroad on the track. And for the second, sometimes the path disappears! So, you have to walk through the railway again.
However, this is where the difficulties end. There are no descents or ascents on the route, and comfortable places for rest are quite common.

Circum-Baikal Railway

There are four small camping hotels on the Railway

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

In the other one camping hotel

An average tourist can cover 84 kilometers from Kultuk village to Port Baikal village for two or three days. The route won’t seem difficult for experienced travelers. Need to be noticed, there are two options to cross the Circum-Baikal Railway by foot:

  1. Start your trip in Kultuk village and finish it in the town of Port Baikal
  2. Vice versa, choose Port Baikal as a starting point and Kultuk as finish one

There is no significant difference between these two options. But in the first variant, when you come to Port Baikal, you will need a ferry transport to reach Listvyanka village and then go to Irkutsk. There is a regular ferry route from Port Baikal to Listvyanka and back. Also, you can ask local ferry owners for service. Their price is 500 rubles. It will be much more difficult to find any transportation in the village in the evening time.

We recommend learning bus or train schedules from Kultuk to Irkutsk in the second variant.

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

There are many different bridges on the way

Circum-Baikal Railway attractions

Here is an incomplete list of attractions that you will see:
1st km – Kultuk Village
17th km – Here is one of the most beautiful viaducts
23rd km – Nesting site of a silver gull on a 300-meter rock
36th km – Marituy Station
47th km – Polovinniy tunnel (807 meters). Here is an appropriate place to spend the night in a tent.
51st km – Marble place (a place where marble come to a surface)
54th km – Picturesque gallery with a protective wall of carved stone.
56th km – Berezovsky bypass tunnel
57th km – Birch Bay
65th km – Cape Tolstiy
66th km – Katorzhanka Fall
76th km – Larch Fall
84th km – Port Baikal

Through the Circum-Baikal Railway on the tourist train

It is the most comfortable and the fastest way to make a journey across the Circum-Baikal Railway. And get unforgettable emotions! There are two kinds of trains available: an old-style steam train and a modern one. Trains go from Kultuk to Port Baikal and Port Baikal to Kultuk, making stops in the most picturesque places.

Circum-Baikal Railway

The Circum-Baikal Railway lays along the Baikal shore

Circum-Baikal Railway

Some of the tunnels are very short

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

Beautiful views are everywhere

On the ferry along Circum-Baikal Railway

Private ferry owners provide tours along the Circum-Baikal Railway all summer long. Their small ships are based in the middle of Listvyanka. The price is about 700 rubles for one person. A ferry takes off when all passengers (about 12 people) are boarded. A tour goes for one hour. The ferry makes a short stop on the Circum-Baikal Railway during the trip. After a short walk on the shore, the ferry returns to Listvyanka.
It is essential to note that you will see one tunnel only using this service, and your trip will be very short.

Circum-Baikal Railway

A view from the Railway

Circum-Baikal Railway

A view from the Railway

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

A view from the Railway

Each variant is suitable in its way. But, no matter which one will you choose, we’re sure you’ll get memorable impressions! Such monumental and unique old buildings in combination with the nature of Baikal will not leave anyone indifferent!

Weather on the CBRW

It is always warm in the summertime. Sometimes the weather can be more than 30 degrees Celsius. Don’t worry; in the dark and long tunnels, you will find calm wind and protection from the sunshine. Don’t forget a jacket, in case of rain.

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How to get to the Circum-Baikal Railway

It’s easy to get to the Circum-Baikal Railway, especially using public transport. The road to Slyudyanka or Kultuk takes about 2 hours by car or minibus.

The 99 km of distance between Irkutsk and Kultuk takes about two hours. Road to Listvyanka takes one hour.
A taxi will take you to Kultuk for 1850 roubles. A trip to Listvyanka costs 1400 roubles.
Buses depart daily from the Irkutsk bus station. The ticket price is 260 roubles; the travel time is about two hours. Choose the routes Irkutsk – Kultuk or Irkutsk – Slyudyanka. The bus following the route Irkutsk – Slyudyanka makes a stop in Kultuk.
It is much easier to reach Listvyanka. Take a seat in a route bus on the Central market or purchase a ticket on the Irkutsk bus station. The both options have equal price — 150 roubles.
Trains leave for the Kultuk village almost every day. The trip will cost 250 roubles and takes three hours.
There is no train traffic between Irkutsk and Listvyanka.
There is no regular ferry service to Slyudyanka, Kultuk or Listvyanka.
You can use the services of ship owners in Listvyanka to visit the Circum-Baikal Railway or contact us to organize your trip.

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Circum-Baikal Railway

It is when Baikal nature’s beauty
and unique architecture of the 19th century split together!

Circum-Baikal Railway

Circum-Baikal Railway is one of the oldest tourist routes on Baikal. Construction of the railroad began in the 19th century in Imperial Russia. This route is unique — here, tourists can enjoy the beautiful Baikal nature and see numerous tunnels made of hewn stone, viaducts, and giant retaining walls.
The route starts in Kultuk and finishes in a small village Port Baikal. The distance from Kultuk to Port Baikal is 84 km. On the way, you will go through 39 tunnels and 16 retaining (or protective) walls; their total length is almost 9000 meters!

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The Circum-Baikal Railway facts

  • On March 17, 1891, Emperor Alexander the Third issued a decree to construct a railway in Siberia.
  • The Circum-Baikal Railway was built in two years and three months
  • Route length – 84 km
  • The construction of the railway was attended by stone laying specialists from Italy
  • The Circum-Baikal Railway is one of the most complex and most beautiful railways in the world
  • Walking along Baikal shore
Кругобайкальская железная дорога

A protecting construction

Circum-Baikal Railway

The first tunnel we met going from Port Baikal to Kultuk

Travel to Circum-Baikal Railway

So, there are three ways to visit Circum-Baikal Railway (CBRW):

  1. Walk all the railroad by foot
  2. Take a tourist train
  3. Make a short ferry trip to the CBRW

Let’s look at all options closer.

Walk the Circum-Baikal Railway

Honestly, it is not easy to walk over the railroad for the whole day. Meanwhile, there is a narrow path going along the railroad. But for the first, there are many small, sharp stones from the railroad on the track. And for the second, sometimes the path disappears! So, you have to walk through the railway again.
However, this is where the difficulties end. There are no descents or ascents on the route, and comfortable places for rest are quite common.

Circum-Baikal Railway

There are four small camping hotels on the Railway

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

In the other one camping hotel

An average tourist can cover 84 kilometers from Kultuk village to Port Baikal village for two or three days. The route won’t seem difficult for experienced travelers. Need to be noticed, there are two options to cross the Circum-Baikal Railway by foot:

  1. Start your trip in Kultuk village and finish it in the town of Port Baikal
  2. Vice versa, choose Port Baikal as a starting point and Kultuk as finish one

There is no significant difference between these two options. But in the first variant, when you come to Port Baikal, you will need a ferry transport to reach Listvyanka village and then go to Irkutsk. There is a regular ferry route from Port Baikal to Listvyanka and back. Also, you can ask local ferry owners for service. Their price is 500 rubles. It will be much more difficult to find any transportation in the village in the evening time.

We recommend learning bus or train schedules from Kultuk to Irkutsk in the second variant.

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

There are many different bridges on the way

Circum-Baikal Railway attractions

Here is an incomplete list of attractions that you will see during the walk:

1st km – Kultuk Village
17th km – Here is one of the most beautiful viaducts
23rd km – Nesting site of a silver gull on a 300-meter rock
36th km – Marituy Station
47th km – Polovinniy tunnel (807 meters). Here is an appropriate place to spend the night in a tent.
51st km – Marble place (a place where marble come to a surface)
54th km – Picturesque protective wall of carved stone.
56th km – Berezovsky bypass tunnel
57th km – Berezovsky bay
65th km – Cape Tolstiy
66th km – Katorzhanka Fall
76th km – Listvennichnaya Fall
84th km – Port Baikal

Circum-Baikal Railway

The Circum-Baikal Railway lays along the Baikal shore

Through the Circum-Baikal Railway on the tourist train

It is the most comfortable and the fastest way to make a journey across the Circum-Baikal Railway. And get unforgettable emotions! There are two kinds of trains available: an old-style steam train and a modern one. Trains go from Kultuk to Port Baikal and Port Baikal to Kultuk, making stops in the most picturesque places.

Circum-Baikal Railway

Some of the tunnels are very short

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

Beautiful views are everywhere

On the ferry along Circum-Baikal Railway

Private ferry owners provide tours along the Circum-Baikal Railway all summer long. Their small ships are based in the middle of Listvyanka. The price is about 700 rubles for one person. A ferry takes off when all passengers (about 12 people) are boarded. A tour goes for one hour. The ferry makes a short stop on the Circum-Baikal Railway during the trip. After a short walk on the shore, the ferry returns to Listvyanka.
It is essential to note that you will see one tunnel only using this service, and your trip will be very short.

Circum-Baikal Railway

A view from the Railway

Circum-Baikal Railway

A view from the Railway

Кругобайкальская железная дорога

A view from the Railway

Each variant is suitable in its way. But, no matter which one will you choose, we’re sure you’ll get memorable impressions! Such monumental and unique old buildings in combination with the nature of Baikal will not leave anyone indifferent!

Weather on the CBRW

It is always warm in the summertime. Sometimes the weather can be more than 30 degrees Celsius. Don’t worry; in the dark and long tunnels, you will find cool wind and protection from the sunshine. Don’t forget a jacket, in case of rain.

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How to get to the Circum-Baikal Railway

It’s easy to get to the Circum-Baikal Railway, especially using public transport. The road to Slyudyanka or Kultuk takes about 2 hours by car or minibus.

The 99 km of distance between Irkutsk and Kultuk takes about two hours. Road to Listvyanka takes one hour.
A taxi will take you to Kultuk for 1850 roubles. A trip to Listvyanka costs 1400 roubles.
Buses depart daily from the Irkutsk bus station. The ticket price is 260 roubles; the travel time is about two hours. Choose the routes Irkutsk – Kultuk or Irkutsk – Slyudyanka. The bus following the route Irkutsk – Slyudyanka makes a stop in Kultuk.
It is much easier to reach Listvyanka. Take a seat in a route bus on the Central market or purchase a ticket on the Irkutsk bus station. The both options have equal price — 150 roubles.
Trains leave for the Kultuk village almost every day. The trip will cost 250 roubles and takes three hours.
There is no train traffic between Irkutsk and Listvyanka.
There is no regular ferry service to Slyudyanka, Kultuk or Listvyanka.
You can use the services of ship owners in Listvyanka to visit the Circum-Baikal Railway or contact us to organize your trip.