Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar Train Route
The Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) trains make 7 stops on their way to Mongolia’s capital. The trains cover 1113 km in 22.5 hours (all the trains on the route travel at the same speed!).
There are 3 trains on the Irkutsk to Ulan Bator route, which run 3-4 times a week. The same trains operate on the Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk route.
The Moscow to Beijing train 003/004 departs from Yaroslavsky train station in Moscow and arrives 5 days later at Beijing Central station.
The train is operated by both Russian and Chinese staff. When the train crosses the border between Mongolia and China, the wheels of the train are changed to a smaller gauge - the whole process takes six hours.
The train has 1st and 2nd class carriages and a nice restaurant car.
NOTE: As the train crosses Mongolia on its route you may need to obtain a Mongolian transit visa to travel to China, please check the website of your local Mongolian Consulate.
The train 005/006 is an international train operating between Moscow and Ulan-Bator along the Trans-Mongolian rail route.
The train runs once a week during the high season and once every 2 weeks during the low season (winter). The train has 1st and 2nd class compartments and a restaurant car.
The train runs along Lake Baikal during the daytime giving its passengers an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers
No, the Irkutsk - Ulan Bator train does not have a restaurant car. You can buy snacks, tea and coffee from the conductor or bring your own food on board.
Border crossing procedures are carried out on board, it takes 3-4 hours, the passengers are not allowed to leave their cabins during this period of time. Please make sure your Russian and Mongolian visas are issued for the correct dates as the train crosses the Russian Mongolian border overnight.
It depends on the agreements between your country and Mongolia. Please note that it is impossible to get a visa on board the Irkutsk to Ulan Bator train.
When you travel from Irkutsk to Ulan Bator by train, Roubles are accepted when the train runs through Russia, MNT is accepted once the train enters Mongolia.
Yes, the Irkutsk to Ulan Bator trains run along Lake Baikal, but most of the trip will take place at night.
No, the train staff on Russian and Mongolian trains usually do not speak English.
To travel from Irkutsk to Ulan Bator by train, you can book 1st or 2nd class tickets. A 1st class cabin is for two passengers, there are 2 sleeping berths. 2nd class cabins are for 4 passengers, there are 2 lower and 2 upper sleeping berths.
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