Circum-Baikal Railway 2020-03-17T03:45:46+00:00

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Walking along Baikal shore

Architecture of train tunnels built in 19th century

A short ferry trip at the end of the route

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  • Walking along Baikal shore

  • Architecture of train tunnels built in 19th century

  • A short ferry trip at the end of the route

Circum-Baikal Railway

Back to the 19th Century

Circum-Baikal Railway

Back to the 19th Century

The oldest touristic route on Baikal. Construction of the railway began in the 19th century in Imperial Russia! In addition to the beautiful Baikal nature, tourists will see here well-preserved arches of numerous tunnels made of hewn stone, viaducts, retaining walls, wooden buildings in the Art Nouveau style of the beginning of the century. The constructions were built for purpose to protect railway tracks from the destruction of rocks.
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 walls, their total length is 8994 meters!

Circum-Baikal Railway

A Protecting Gallery

  • On March 17, 1891, Emperor Alexander the Third issued a decree on the beginning of the construction of 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
Circum-Baikal Railway

Steam Train of 19th Century

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

Circum-Baikal Railway

Gallery through the Rock

There are many places to camp overnight. When you have come to Port Baikal you will have to go to Listvyanka by a ferry. In touristic season, ferries can be overcrowded. Therefore, we recommend you to buy tickets in advance.

On the other hand, you can begin to explore the Circum-Baikal Railway from the Port Baikal and finish it in Kultuk. To do this, you need to cross to Port Baikal from Listvyanka by a ferry.
It is available to go from Kultuk to Port Baikal by train. There are two of them: modern train and an old-fashioned steam train.

Circum-Baikal Railway

On the Railway

Circum-Baikal Railway

Baikal on one side and Rocks on other

Circum-Baikal Railway

A View from the Railway

How to get to the Circum-Baikal Railway

It’s very 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.

On a good road, a distance of 99 kilometres between Irkutsk and Kultuk is overcome in about one hour.

A taxi will take you to the village for 1850 roubles.

Buses depart daily from the Irkutsk bus station. Ticket price is 260 roubles. 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.

Owners of private ships and ferries will transport you from Listvyanka to Port Baikal for 500 roubles (approximately).

Trains leave for the Kultuk village almost every day. The trip will cost 250 roubles and takes three hours of time.

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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