Baikal Irkutsk Trans Siberian

Daily Train 362/263 from Irkutsk to Ulan-Bator 

Timetable is below on this page 

Many Trans-Siberian travelers choose to stop off along the way for sightseeing in important Russian cities, e.g Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and then Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude at Lake Baikal. For the further trip from Baikal to Mongolia one may choose Trans-Mongolian trains 3/4 and 5/6 that run three times a week or use our local train 362/263 which is the daily service from Irkutsk to Ulan-Bator (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) and back.

Train 362 departs Irkutsk railway station daily at 17:15 (Moscow time) for the trip to Ulan-Bator. In fact, this is not a whole train, but only 1 or 2 coaches that are pulled from Irkutsk to Naushki station at the Russia-Mongolian border by Russian internal train. Then, after border crossing another train pulls it further to Ulan-Bator. Irkutsk to Ulan-Bator international coaches arrive to the final destination as a part of Mongolian train 264 at 6:10 am local time after spending 33 hours (2 nights) on the way.

For the reverse route, direct Ulan-Bator-Irkutsk coaches leave Ulan-Bator with Mongolian train 263 at 21:10 local time, then reach the Russia-Mongolian border where they are attached to Russian train 361. The train finally arrives to Irkutsk at 3:29 Moscow time (+2 nights). In summer peak season, Irkutsk to Ulan-Bator direct service includes two 2-nd class carriages with 4-berth compartments. One carriage is operated by Russian Railways (RZD), while another one is Mongolian run with slightly less expensive train ticket fares.

There is no dining car in this train. We strongly advise passengers to plan a visit to a supermarket before the departure and bring their own food supply. Most Russians take snacks, chocolates and backed goods, sandwiches, smoked chicken, etc. Hot boiled water is provided from the samovar heated by burning wood in a small stove. However, cold drinking is not availabe unless you cool off water from the heater which may take time. We suggest our clients to have, specifically, bottled water to brush teeth and to drink (it may get rather hot in the summer when the train spends about 6-7 hours at the border).

Please, email us your request to get a quote of the train ticket for particular date. 

Train Route and Timetable

Train 263 ~ 361 Ulan-Bator - Irkutsk

Train Station* Arrival Time** Departure Time** Hours ahead of Moscow Running days
Ulan-Bator ... 21:10 +4 Day 1. Daily
Naushki*** xx:xx 11:50 +5 Day 2
Ulan-Ude 18:02 18:47 +5 Day 2
Slyudyanka 00:29 00:50 +5 Day 3
Irkutsk 03:29 ... +5 Day 3

Train 362 ~ 264 Irkutsk - Ulan-Bator 

Train Station* Arrival Time** Departure Time** Hours ahead of Moscow Running days
Irkutsk ... 17:15 +5 Day 1. Daily
Slyudyanka 19:27 19:42 +5 Day 1
Ulan-Ude 01:21 02:04 +5 Day 2
Naushki*** 08:43 13:50 +5 Day 2
Sukhe-Bator 18:36 21:05 +4 Day 2
Ulan-Bator 06:10 ... +4 Day 3

Last update:  October 12, 2011

* There are only major train stops listed that may be of an interest for the Trans-Siberian travelers.
** Moscow time is indicated for all train stations within Russia, while local time is for Mongolian cities Sukhe-Bator and Ulan-Bator. 
*** Russia-Mongolia border crossing.

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