Autumn picture of a railway along the shore of Lake Baikal

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Since Lake Baikal is one of the largest lakes in the world, there are a few destinations you can choose for your trip. Here you will find an overview of the means of transport, and get an answer to the question: how to get to Lake Baikal by plane, Trans-Siberian railway and how to access Lake Baikal by bus or car from Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude.

  • Region in Russia: Lake Baikal, Siberia
  • Topic: Nature Reserves, Multiday trips, Trans-Siberian, Camping, Hiking
  • Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
  • Family & Kids: Yes

How to get to Lake Baikal

If you decided to travel to Lake Baikal, it means that you are about to embark on a beautiful journey through Lake Baikal pristine nature and on an interesting adventure of Lake Baikal activities. Whether your trip to Lake Baikal is for getting closer to nature or your travel to Lake Baikal has a goal of camping, fishing, hiking, here you will definitely find what you search for.

When planning a trip to Lake Baikal, it is important to choose a destination which suits your travel purposes and to choose a means of transport that matches your preferences, time constraints and simply accessibility of this or that destination. Since Lake Baikal is so large with a significant part of its shore being not accessible by land, choose your destination and means of transport carefully. Because once you get there, in most cases you won’t be able to travel long distances to other remote parts of the lake.

In this article you will get a general overview on the possible ways of traveling to Lake Baikal’s main destination, and find an answer to the question – how to get to Lake Baikal by plane, Trans-Siberian railway and how to access Lake Baikal by bus or car from Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude.

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Traveling to Lake Baikal by Plane

Flying over South Siberia

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How to get to Lake Baikal by plane?

Lake Baikal is located on the territory of two Russian provinces – Irkutskaya Oblast on the North-West and Buryatia Republic on South-East. The planes fly to the main cities of both provinces – Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude – these are the only two cities close to Baikal which are accessible by plane. Traveling to Lake Baikal by plane is, of course, the fastest way to get there. There are regular flights from major Russian cities to Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude.

Itkutsk: the flight Moscow-Irkutsk takes about 6 hours. All planes arrive at the main Irkutsk airport which is located not far from the city center: about 20 min by taxi or 40 min by bus. Irkutsk is 65 km away from Lake Baikal, and it takes about 2 hours by bus to get to Lake Baikal from the city.

Ulan-Ude: the flight Moscow – Ulan-Ude takes about 7 hours. All planes arrive at the main Ulad-Ude airport which is located 15 km away from the city center: about 15 min by taxi or 20-25 min by bus (buses № 28, 55 or 77 go to the city center with the central bus stop called “Ploschad Sovetov”). Ulan-Ude is located 150 km away from Lake Baikal, it takes about 3 hours by car to get to Lake Baikal from the city.

Traveling to Lake Baikal by Train

Of course, the most interesting way to get to Lake Baikal is by Trans-Siberian Railway, having on your route many other sites of great-great Russia and very often having Lake Baikal is the main highlight of Trans-Siberian journey. The Trans-Siberian train stops at three places near Lake Baikal: Irkutsk, Slyudyanka and Ulan-Ude.

Irkutsk: the train journey Moscow-Irkutsk takes about 3 days. The train from Beijing will take 2 days. The train from Vladivostok will take 2.5 days. Trains arrive at the main Irkutsk railway station located in close proximity to city center. To get to Lake Baikal, you need to go the main bus station (it takes 10 min by public transport to get there from railway station).

Slyudyanka: located right on the shore of Lake Baikal, Slyudyanka makes your trip easier as you don’t need to get any other means of transport. 4 days from Moscow by Trans-Siberian railway, and you are right on the shore of Lake Baikal – ready, steady, go on discovery! Slyudyanka is also a good spot for exploring the Circum-Baikal railway.

Ulan-Ude: the train journey Moscow – Ulan-Ude takes about 4 days. The train from Beijing will take a little less than 2 days. Train arrives to main railway station located in a 7-10 min walk from the city center. To get to Lake Baikal, you need to go the main bus station (15 min by public transport, 30 min by foot).

Traveling to Lake Baikal by Bus or Car from Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude

There are two main roads that lead to Lake Baikal:

  • M55L (also called Baikal Highway) from Irkutsk to Listvyanka
  • R-438 from Ulan-Ude to Gremyachinsk and then along shore up to Ust-Barguzin

Irkutsk: on the Irkutsk side of Lake Baikal only Listvyanka (65 km from Irkutsk) and Olkhon island (250 km) are accessible by land. The regular buses from Irkutsk to Listvyanka go around 9 times a day in summer and 4 times a day in winther – the trip takes 1,5 hours. The buses from Irkutsk to Olkhon island go once a day and take about 6 hours. The buses depart from the main bus station located on Oktyabrskoy Revolutsii str. 11.

To get to the main bus station from Airport take bus № 42, № 43 or mini bus №20 and go till “Muzey Dekabristov” stop; from there 5 min walk along Timiryazeva str. and you are at the main bus station. The trip takes around 25 min.

To get to the main bus station from Irkutsk Railway Station take tram № 4a and go till “Avtovokzal” (“Bus Station”). The trip takes around 25 min.

Unfortunately, you cannot find the timetable online.

For those who travel by car there are petrol stations in Irkutsk and in just before Listvyanka.

Ulan-Ude: the eastern shore of Lake Baikal is accessible overland up to Ust-Barguzin. The regular buses go from Ulan-Ude to Goryachinsk (180 km) and take about 3.5 hours. For those who travel by car there are petrol station in Ulan-Ude and along the Baikal shore between Gremyachinsk and Goryachinsk.

Autumn picture of a railway along the shore of Lake Baikal

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Summer in Sludyanka settlement on Lake Baikal

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View on Lake Baikal from Olkhon Island

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Lake Baikal- Location Map & Contact Information

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 Location Address:

Lake Baikal, Russia

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