Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.


Irkutsk is a large city in the Siberian region of Russia. The city lies on the Angara River, north of Lake Baikal. The Trans-Siberian Railway links Irkutsk with other Russian cities, as well as destinations further afield in Mongolia and China.

How to get to Irkutsk from
Route 1:

Often considered to be the most interesting of the Trans-Siberian rail journeys, the Trans-Mongolian route is made onboard Train 4, and takes six days to travel between the cities, across Mongolia via Ulan-Bator and the Gobi Desert.

Places to Stop:

There are plenty of good places to stop en route, in order to break the long journey up a bit. The best spots include:

  • Yekaterinburg
  • Yunguang Caves
  • Ulan Bator; and
  • Lake Baikal

Of course, you get to see plenty from the window of your train too, including the Gobi Desert and Lake Baikal.

For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Hotels in Moscow for more information.

What to Bring:

There are a few items that you would be well-advised to take with you on your Trans-Mongolian trip, including:

  • Pocket knife (useful for cooking/food);
  • Phrase book;
  • Cutlery (saves using your hands!!);
  • Travel towel (space saver, and not provided);
  • and Baby-wipes (for on-the-move washing).
Route 2:

One of the longest rail journeys in the world (although not quite the longest) is made between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

You have the choice to travel on the more expensive and faster Rossiya service, or alternatively it is possible to book tickets for slower, less expensive and less comfortable alternatives (Route 904). Most travellers will want to take the faster Rossiya service however, so this page is dedicated to this specific journey.

The seven-day journey is made every other day, in either direction. It is considered to be one of the best Russian train services, due to punctuality, staff service and level of upkeep. Two class options are available:

  • 1st Class - 2 berth compartments - Spalny Wagon (SV)
  • 2nd Class - 4 berth compartments - Kupé

Traveller's shouldn't feel like they have to do the journey in one go. Why not take the chance to visit a few of the destinations en route. You may be particularly interested in Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude.


The benefit of the Moscow - Vladivostok route, as opposed to the other Trans-Siberian routes such as the Trans-Mongolian, is that you only need one visa (Russia). Make sure you allow plenty of time before your journey to ensure that you have the appropriate visa for your route. If you are booking your journey through an agent (like Real Russia), they may be able to sort out your visa for you. This is likely to occur a commission fee, but could be much less stressful in the long-run. Make sure you hold on to any customs forms you are given along the way to avoid problems later down the line.

Flightless Holidays in Irkutsk

The Trans-Siberian Express in Winter

Join Great Rail Journeys for this epic rail holiday on-board the Trans-Siberian Express.