Moscow to Irkutsk Train Route

There are two train routes connecting Moscow to Irkutsk. The length of the shorter one is 5043 km and it goes through Kazan. The longer one is 5194 km long and it passes through Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, and Perm. Novgorod. Most Trans-Siberian trains follow the second route.

Depending on the season and the day of the week, there are 2 to 4 trains travelling between Moscow and Irkutsk daily. Most trains continue on to Russia's Far East. The trip takes about 3.5 days. The same trains run on the Irkutsk to Moscow route.

5043-5194 km

Up to 6 trains
per day

36-69 stops
on the way

Fastest train
3 days 3 hours

Slowest train
3 days 16 hours

Price from
91 USD

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Can I bring my own food on board the Trans Siberian train?

Yes, you may bring as much food and soft drinks as you’d like on board. Please note that it’s illegal to drink alcohol in your cabin. You can do it only in the restaurant car.

Is there Wifi on board the Trans Siberian train?

No, there’s no WiFi on board Trans Siberian trains. Also, for most of the train trip, a mobile connection will not be available.

How long does it take to travel from Moscow to Irkutsk by train?

The trip from Moscow to Irkutsk by train takes approximately 4 days. The travel time depends on which train you choose.

What are the departure and arrival train stations for the Moscow to Irkutsk train?

The Trans Siberian trains from Moscow to Irkutsk depart from the Yaroslavsky train station, address Komsomolskaya Ploshad, 5, metro Komsomolskaya.

Can I travel from Irkutsk to Moscow with a bicycle?

Bicycles may be transported if they are packed into a luggage-sized casing (60x100x40 cm). Bikes may have to be disassembled to fit within these dimensions.

How do I charge my phone/laptop when I travel from Moscow to Irkutsk?

Some (but not all) Trans-Siberian trains have 220V AC sockets next to each passenger’s seat within each cabin. It depends on the train type (firmenny or regular) and the ticket type that you choose. If you travel by train without AC sockets, you may kindly ask the train conductor to charge your phone in their cabin.

Can I take shower on board the Trans Siberian train?

Some (though not all) Moscow to Irkutsk trains have showers on board. You can use them for a small fee, approx $5. Please ask the conductor if a shower is available. 

Should I book Trans Siberian train tickets in advance or is it possible to buy them at the train station?

We highly recommend that you buy Moscow to Irkutsk tickets well in advance, as soon as they are available for purchase, usually 90 days before the trip. The tickets sell out very quickly and the later you buy tickets, the more expensive they become due to the dynamic pricing policy of the Russian Railroad.

I’d like to stop on the way. Are there hop-on hop-off tickets?

No, there are no hop-on hop-off tickets on Russian trains. According to the railroad office’s policy, if you would like to make stops during your trip you must purchase tickets to each city that you’d like to visit.  The Russian railroad does not offer any flexible tickets with stopovers. 


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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