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.

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Is there a restaurant car on board the Irkutsk to Ulan Bator train?

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.

Where does passport control take place when you travel from Russia to Mongolia by train?

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.

Do I need a visa to travel to Mongolia by train?

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.

Which currency should I use on board of 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.

Will I see Lake Baikal when I travel from Irkutsk to Ulan Bator by train?

Yes, the Irkutsk to Ulan Bator trains run along Lake Baikal, but most of the trip will take place at night. 

Do the train staff speak English?

No, the train staff on Russian and Mongolian trains usually do not speak English.

What ticket types are available on the Irkutsk to Ulan Bator train?

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.


Once you have your tickets, look forward to a wonderful, smooth
and enjoyable journey through the Russian countryside.

Buy your ticket safely and securely and then sit back
and enjoy the ride!

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