Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk Train Route

The Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk trains make 9 stops on their way to Irkutsk. They cover 1113 km in 24 hours (all the trains on the route travel at the same speed!)

There are 3 trains running between Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) and Irkutsk, which operate 3-4 times a week. The same trains run on the Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar route.

1113 km

3-4 trains
per week

9 stops
on the way

Fastest train
24 hours

Slowest train
24 hours

Price from
160 USD

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

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

No, the Ulan Bator to Irkutsk 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 Mongolia to Russia 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 Mongolian and Russian visas are issued for the correct dates as the train crosses the Mongolian Russian border overnight.

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

It depends on the agreements between your country and Russia. Please note that it is impossible to get a visa on board the Ulan Bator to Irkutsk train.

Which currency should I use on board of the Ulan Bator to Irkutsk train?

When you travel from Ulan Bator to Irkutsk by train, NMT is accepted when the train runs through Mongolia, Roubles are accepted once the train enters Russia.

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

Yes, the Ulan Bator to Irkutsk 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 Ulan Bator to Irkutsk train?

To travel from Ulan Bator to Irkutsk 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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