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Irkutsk Travel Guide

Getting Around Irkutsk

Irkutsk is home to a remarkable number of historic churches, among them Ascension Church, Epiphany Cathedral, Lady of Kazan Church and Saviour Church. There are also a few historical museums in the houses of Decembrist exiles.

Irkutsk is famous for its buildings of wood, most of they are left or still used as private residences, though these buildings only can be visited with the permission of their owners.

Irkutsk is a city in which it is possible to walk and go around especially for the persons who want to save the time; there are many routes of bus between the small suburban cities and the city of Irkutsk. The principal routes are to Angarsk and the Lake Baikal.

You can reach any small railway station near Irkutsk via the "elektrichka" or suburban trains. There are a number of hydrofoil routes down the river Angara to Lake Baikal. They run only in the summer time.


The public transit system is good. Buses, trolley buses and trams operate on an honour system. Tickets (called "taloni") are the same for all three and can be purchased in a 10-pack from the driver, at kiosks situated near bus stops, and at some other kiosks. To validate your ticket, slide it into the top of one of the devices mounted on the walls, and punch it.

During the day, especially in the city centre, these forms of transportation can get extremely crowded. If you travel without a ticket and an inspector catches you, you will be fined 20,000 roubles.

Bus and minibus fare is usually 10 roubles, or 20 roubles if travelling as far as the airport; local etiquette is to pay the driver when exiting the bus. Trams work on a slightly different system.

Tram numbers are posted on small signs hanging on wires above the street. Trams stop in the middle of the street, but you can wait on the sidewalk. When a tram approaches, cars are obliged to stop and wait for passengers getting on and off the tram.

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