Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar Trains


1113 km

3-4 trains
per week

7 stops
on the way

Fastest train
22h 30m

Slowest train
22h 30m

Price from
130 USD

The 3 trains on the Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) route run 3-4 times a week, making 7 stops on the 1113 km journey to Mongolia’s capital, while companion trains operate on the return Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk route. The journey takes about 22.5 hours to complete.

Irkutsk to Ulan Bator Trains

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

Does the Irkutsk - Ulan Bator train have a dining car?

It does not, however snacks and beverages may be purchased from the conductor. And bringing your own food is always an option.

How is passport control handled when taking the train from Russia to Mongolia?

Passport control is handled on the train. There will be a 3–4-hour period during which passengers will be restricted to their cabins while the border crossing is processed Since the train crosses the Russian-Mongolian border overnight, make sure your visas have the correct issue dates.

Does traveling to Mongolia by train require a visa?

A visa will likely be required, depending on your country’s relationship with Mongolia. If you do need one, get it before boarding, as you cannot get a visa onboard the Irkutsk - Ulan Bator train.

What money is accepted on the Irkutsk - Ulan Bator train?

When the train is in Russia, rubles are accepted. Mongolian tughrik are accepted once it crosses into Mongolia.

Can I see Lake Baikal from the Irkutsk - Ulan Bator train?

The train will pass Lake Baikal, but most of its run is at night.

Will there be someone on the train staff who speaks English?

No, staff on Russian and Mongolian trains generally will not speak English.

What ticket class options are there on the Irkutsk - Ulan Bator route?

The Irkutsk - Ulan Bator train offers 2nd class cabins for 4 passengers (2 lower berths, 2 upper) and 1st class cabins for 2 passengers.


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