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The train ride along the shore of Lake Baikal

If you are going to visit Lake Baikal in the Irkutsk region, you should definitely take part in the following trip – a train ride along the shore of Baikal on the historical part of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The Circum-Baikal Railway was the most complex and expensive part of the Trans-Siberian Railway of the Russian Empire. Today, it has become a place for a unique guided tour. Photos by: Alexander Belenkiy.

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There is a special company that sells tickets, rents buses and a train. About three hundred people can take part in a daily trip.

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The bus ride from the center of Irkutsk to Baikal takes about one hour.

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But that’s not all, to get to the train will have to take a ferry.

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The trip takes the whole day, from 10:00 in the morning until 08:00 in the evening. The train goes very slowly, about twenty kilometers per hour.

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Slyudyanka – the last station.

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  • Jean · November 7, 2016 at 11:43 am

    We did the train ride around part of Lake Baikal. Stunning scenery. I remember how cold it was in the tunnel we walked through and how warm it was back in Irkutsk when the train returned there. On the train we shared seats/table with some very friendly girls who shared their mandarines with us. The train ride was one of our highlights of Russia.

    You can read about it here if you like: http://www.railway-train-travel.com.au/train-trip-trans-siberian/22a.circum-baikal-railway.php

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