You will be surprised by the high quality of the road from Irkutsk to the ferry crossing. In general, there are good roads almost in the whole Irkutsk region. However, on the Olkhon, the streets are not quite the same.
Be cautious in using your car; there can be big queues at the ferry crossing. In the worst-case scenario, you have to spend several hours waiting. But route buses and minibusses use the ferry without queuing. Moreover, there is only one gas station on the Island. Local people prefer not to buy gas there because of its low quality. Therefore, we recommend you buy gas in Irkutsk in advance.
A taxi service will cost you much more than a minibus trip – about 5,000 roubles one way.
It is the most widespread and the cheapest option. To go by minibus, tourists can always buy a ticket at the Bus Station and wait for their take-off.
The other way to use public transport is to take a minibus on the Central Market. We marked this place on Irkutsk Map. The price to go from Irkutsk to Khuzhir is 450 roubles. Just find a minibus with the inscription «Olkhon» or «Ольхон» (in the Russian language) and take a seat. Pay directly to the driver when you have arrived at Khuzhir.
The cost is similar for both options.
It is an island!
It is possible to visit Olkhon by ship. This option isn’t cheap, but it’s possible to organize a ferry trip to Olkhon Island.