Plan your trip to Irkutsk and Baikal
How do I get there?
You can get to Irkutsk by airplane or by train on the Trans-Siberian railway. There
about 10 daily flights from many destinations: Moscow, Frankfurt (over Moscow),
Japan, China and Mongolia.
By Trans-Siberian you can come from Moscow (4 days), Ekaterinburg (2,5 days),
Vladivostok (3 days), Peking (2 days), Ulan-Baator (1 night). See further information
below. The village of Listvyanka on the Baikal shore is an hour by car from
the city of Irkutsk. From Listvyanka you can reach remote areas of the lake
by hydrofoils or by private rental boats.
When is the best time to come?
Most tourists come in summer, when the temperature rises to as high as 35-40 degrees
Celsius. Spring is a very nice and green time, when the endemic Baikal flowers
are blooming and the Taiga smells so fresh. And you may want to consider coming
in the magnificant Siberian winter with its ice patterns, bright sun, and vast
blue skies. All public and private buildings have very good central heating, as
do the trains on Trans-Siberian. Go fishing, wear furs and enjoy Russian winter!
There are comfortable trains through Irkutsk on the Trans-Siberian
Anhorage - Khabarovsk - Irkutsk
Seattle - Khabarovsk - Irkutsk
Highly recommended flights are Frankfurt - Moscow - Irkutsk (about USD
800 roundtrip, USD 600 for students) with Transaero
air company. Good service and reliabilty.
Irkutsk - Moscow Moscow - Irkutsk
Check www.itn.net or CAVS
for schedule, prices and reservations
Russian Visum for Germans
We recommend this quick and reliable Visum service (no invitation required) by:
53584 Bad Honnef
Phone: (02224) 5061