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Circumbaikal Railway

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Address: Kultuk (Sluydyanka) and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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Quite Possibly the highlight of our Trans Siberian train trip

Travelled the Circumbaikal railway as part of our Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Rail tour. At Slyuddianka our normal diesel engine was moved to the back of the train (as a... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 16, 2016

Travelled the Circumbaikal railway as part of our Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Rail tour. At Slyuddianka our normal diesel engine was moved to the back of the train (as a "pusher") and a Soviet era Steam driven locomotive was connected to the front. Then proceeded to travel the Circumbaikal Railway to Port Baikal railway station at the confluence of the... More 

Thank MartinBaxter58
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016

Our experience of this railway was started by our English speaking guide collecting us from our hotel in Listvyanka at 11.00. Just that morning our ferry time had been changed from 10.30AM to 11.30AM and even then she wasn't sure whether that would be the departure time - although she had kept asking she kept getting varied answers. The ferry... More 

Thank Adrianne K
Manama, Bahrain
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Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Trip is some 10 hours long. It looked like bit too much for the distance traveled. But then we understood. Train had several stops - some of them on nice views, other on memorial places or, surprisingly, also near the lake beach. Lunch is served on board and dinner you can get on station Slyudyanka. As I mentioned, good for... More 

Thank smallhausen1
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2016

I booked this day trip through Real Russia. My English speaking Russian tour guide collected my at my hotel in Irkutsk for a transfer by ferry on the river Angara. At Port Baikal we transferred to the train for the trip. We were seated in a car with mostly Russian families who took advantage of the great weather to do... More 

Thank Alta_Jhb
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Reviewed October 11, 2015

Be sure you get seats on the lake side of the train. Tell the agent you won’t go if you can’t get lakeside seats. We were on the hill side and could only see the lake when the train stopped and we got off to walk around. The folks on the lake side were always at their window taking pictures... More 

5 Thank ruby98103
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Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

Hint take your swimmers or in the buff go a little away from others. 2 hr stop for lunch, swim, sightsee of railway relics, tunnels, bridges etc. water breathtakingly cold but worth it.

Thank maxwelllynnem
Battle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 23, 2015

Steam hauled for nearly 8 hours - two 2-10-0 locos: views of Lake Baikal and wildlife and plenty of stops for rest and refreshment. Non-touristy. Highly recommended!

Thank rimsky12
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Originally a double tracked railway and part of the main line, it is now a single track and used only for tourist trains. This meant plenty of stops along the way to photograph the views and wander through disused tunnels. There is a long stop for lunch. Our tour had pre-booked a meal at a local Babushka's house but there... More 

5 Thank djpend
Irkutsk, Russia
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Easy hiking waits for you if you choose to travel this part of railway. On the one hand you'll have beautiful and clean Baikal lake, on the other hand you'll have some rocky walls to climb or just admire. Many places to install a camp and spend few days here. It's windy and sunny here at summer, usually. And in... More 

1 Thank Drey T
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Need to bring your own food and drink. There isn't any entertainment in the cars, as the goal is to enjoy the view. There are stops for history lessons and a chance to explore. Unfortunately it rained when I went, but the fall colors were still beautiful.

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