Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk Train

Genghis Khan Statue, Ulaanbaatar
Currently, there are 3 pairs of trains between Ulaanbaatar and Irkutsk, and they all have a stopover in Ulan Ude. 

Basic Facts of Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk Train 

Available trains: 305/306, 5/6, K3/K4 
Duration: around 22.5 hours 
Running Distance: 1113 kilometers (692 miles) 
Route: The trains will go through Mongolia and Russia, each trains will change its wheel at Naushki to meet the standard of the two countries. 
Stations along the way: Ulaanbaatar(Ulan Bator), Suha Bator, Naushki, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk  

Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk Train Schedule 

(Last Update on May 20, 2020)
Train No.
Departure
Arrival
Duration
Operation Days
305
15:22
09:52 +1
22h 15m
Sun, Tue, Sat
5 15:22
09:52 +1
22h 15m
Thu, Fri
K3 15:22
09:37 +1
22h 10m
Thu
Note: All times are local time.

Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar Train Schedule

(Last Update on May 20, 2020)
Train No.
Departure
Arrival
Duration
Operation Days
306 03:20
06:50 +1
22h 30m
Mon, Tue, Fri
6 03:20
06:50 +1
22h 30m
Thu, Fri
K4 03:08
06:45 +1
22h 30m
Thu
Note: All times are local time. 
The train schedules and the departure date is for reference only. The information may be adjusted. 

Price of Train Ticket on Ulaanbaatar to Ulan Ude

Train No.
First Class
Second Class
305/306
USD90
USD65
5/6
USD125
USD80
K3/ K4
USD125
USD80


Ticket Price of Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk Train

Train No.
First Class
Second Class
305/306
USD120
USD80
5/6
USD168
USD115
K3/K4
USD168
USD115
Note: 1st class is soft sleeper, 2 sharing basis with a door can be locked. 
2nd class is the hard sleeper cabin, 2 lower and 2 upper berths in both sides but without door. 

Train 305/306 has 4-berth sleepers on all departures, the 2-berth sleeper cabins are only available on trains from Irkutsk departing on Monday and Friday, from Ulaanbaatar departing on Tuesday and Saturday. 

Best Time to Visit

The trains are operated all year round, but the best season is from May to September, when the sceneries along the road are the most beautiful and day time lasts very long, passengers are travelling through the endless blue sky, the white clouds, grasslands and forests. 
The snow scene is also an illusion, but all passengers needs to prepare warm clothes. 

Some passengers prefer to visit Russia from Ulan-Ude station, then it’s better to purchase the tickets in sections, for example, from Ulaanbaatar to Ulan-Ude and then another section from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk and then to Moscow. For passengers who only have a stopover in Ulan-Ude, they can get off here to buy some snacks or supply here. The train station is a building with blue appearance with a small shop inside, please double check with the conductor how long the train will stay here to make sure you can get on train in time.  

What to expect in two cities in Russian?

Ulan Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryat in the Russian Federation, and it is the third largest city in East Siberia built in 1666, from a small village to city. Travelers can experience the combination of building style of China, Mongoloa and Russian.  

For the Trans-Siberia train route, one of the most famous scenic sports is Baikal. Irkutsk is located in the south end of Baikal, it is the nearest city to Baikal Lake. For those who would like to take a close view to this beautiful lake, they can get off here. 

How to Get to Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) from Irkutsk Train Station?

Listvyanka is a small town near Lake Baikal, most passengers get to this town firstly to take a boat or dog sled. 
1. Taxies or personal cars are available, of course you need to talk about the price and make a bargain in advance. 
2. Take the No. 1 tram at the outside of train station and get off at Market, where there are many minibuses there. Or, you can move on for about 1000km to find the bus station, the regular buses can also take you to Listvyanka.