Circum-Baikal Railway 2020-01-21T10:01:32+00:00

Project Description

Circum-Baikal Railway

Back to the 19th Century

Maybe the oldest route on Baikal. Construction of the railway began in the 19th century in Imperial Russia! On this route you can see beautiful Baikal nature and the specific architecture of tunnels for trains and special “galleries” (a “gallery” is a kind of tunnel) to protect railway tracks from the destruction of rocks. The route starts in Slyudyanka or Kultuk. The distance from Kultuk to Port Baikal (it is a small village) is 87 km. On the way you will go through  38 tunnels and 16 galleries, their total length is about 9300 meters! There are a lot of places to camp overnight. Port Baikal is the finish point of this route. There you can go to Listvyanka by a ferry. In touristic season ferries can be overcrowded. So, we recommend you to buy tickets in advance.

Circum-Baikal Railway

Steam Train of 19th Century

Circum-Baikal Railway

On the Railway

Circum-Baikal Railway

Gallery through the Rock

Circum-Baikal Railway

Baikal on one side and Rocks on other

Circum-Baikal Railway

A View from the Railway

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A Protecting Gallery

Circum Baikal Railway map


  1. erable at - Reply

    What number of bus should I take to get the starting point?

    • Mishka at - Reply

      Bus number 548 takes off to Kultuk every day excepting Sunday from Irkutsk Bus Station. You should buy a ticket in the Bus Station

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