January 01, 2011

Baikal Facts

Lake Baikal is located in Siberia’s Irkutsk region. Irkutsk lies 5000 kilometers and four time zones east of Moscow. The city has a population of some 700,000. Historic neighborhoods are worth visiting to see old wooden buildings which are notable but unfortunately poorly maintained. Baikal is east of Irkutsk and Olkhon Island is in the middle of the lake.

From Irkutsk, it takes about 90 minutes to drive to the edge of the lake, and six to eight hours to reach Olkhon.

You can get to Irkutsk by air (approximately six hours from Moscow) or train, via the TransSiberian railway (about five days, but time varies depending on the train).

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