Public Bus Transportation
Even though we offer our guest private transfers we are always ready to provide information about city and inter-city bus routes to individual travelers who book accommodation services with us.
There is an extensive network of public buses in Irkutsk and smaller cities around Lake Baikal. In Irkutsk many of bus routes are also doubled by trolleys and trams. Private transport companies operate many routes within the city and out to Lake Baikal. Most of those do not sell tickets in advance, one pays after boarding the bus.
The Irkutsk railway station is located on the left back of the Angara River, just across the city historical center. Irkutsk international airport is very close to the residential suburbs of the city and situated only a few kilometers away from the city center. A taxi will take about 15-20 minutes from both the railway and the airport to virtually any hotel in Irkutsk. (May find a better deal if walking away from the airport and railway main entries). A public bus ride can take about 30-40 minutes and 12 Rub (less then USD0.5).
From Irkutsk to Listvyanka
Public bus departs to Listvyanka Settlement 5 times a day from Irkutsk bus station located at Oktyabrskoi Revolyutsii street, building 11. Tickets can be purchased at the cashier’s desk inside the bus station building. Alternatively, you can take one of minibuses operated by private transport companies that also stop here and depart to Listvyanka every 15-20 minutes.
From Irkutsk to Olkhon Island
One can take a public bus to Olkhon Island from Irkutsk bus station. The trip takes about 7-8 hours. Tickets are usually sold out in advance at the cashier’s desk of the bus station. The bus departs daily at 8:00 am and costs 350 Rub (USD 12) one way.
There is also a private transport company operating scheduled bus service to Olkhon Island. The coach departs daily at 9:00 am from the front of Angara hotel in Irkutsk. Then, it drops off each passenger right at the front of a lodge or a hotel in Khuzhir Settlement where the passenger booked a room at.
On the way back to Irkutsk the coach picks up travelers from their accommodations around Khuzhir Settlement on Olkhon Island which is very comfortable since there is no other means of transport in Khuzhir. One way fare is USD 28 per person. Please, contact us to book these tickets.