Traveller Information

The weather in Irkutsk and at Lake Baikal is capricious throughout the year. You’ll need several sets of clothes, depending on the season.

Какую одежду взять летом на Байкал
The summer in our region is hot during the day and chilly at night. Bring some clothes that you can layer up, such as t-shirts and warm hoodies. Don’t forget about hats and sunglasses, too, as you risk getting a sunstroke or eye problems without them.

Какую одежду взять на Байкал для походов
If your plans include taking long walks, put some comfortable open shoes in your suitcase. Paved roads are a rarity at Lake Baikal, so you better pack up a pair of trainers. Waterproof trekking shoes are perfect, as they will prove particularly useful during rainy weather. Pack up a raincoat and an umbrella, too.

Какую одежду взять зимой на Байкал
A fall or spring must-have clothes for Lake Baikal are waterproof trousers, a jacket and shoes that will keep you warm and dry even in the muddiest roads. A hat and a pair of gloves will prove useful, too. Heating gets switched off in the region from 15 of May to 15 of September, so keep this little fact in mind when you prepare for your trip. Pack up a warm set of home clothes and a pair of woolen socks, as they will keep you warm if your rooms have no extra heaters.

Какую одежду взять осенью и весной на Байкал
The winter in Irkutsk and at Lake Baikal is always cold. You’ll need a down jacket and a pair of decent fur boots with thick soles. Don’t forget to take some sweaters, woolen socks, mittens and a warm winter hat. If you plan on spending 2–3 hours outdoors at a time, make sure to bring thermal underwear with you. The heating in the rooms will be working at its full capacity, though, so bring some t-shirts, light trousers or shorts as well.

If you don’t like traveling with a full suitcase, buy some of the things at Irkutsk shopping malls or markets.

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We know that navigating through a new city can be tough, so we prepared a short guide for you. With its help, you’ll easily adopt to Irkutsk public transport and get to the airport, railway and bus stations, river docks, main points of interest and decent hotels or hostels.

… to the airport

Several bus, minibus and trolley routes will take you to the Irkutsk International Airport on Shiryamov Street. Keep in mind the working hours of public transportation are 6 AM to 11 PM. Always reserve a few hours for the ride in case of an unexpected traffic jam.

For 15 rubles, these routes will take you to the airport:

buses

Buses
trolley

Trolleys
minibuses

Minibuses
80, 90, 406, 480, 42, 43 6, 4 99, 20, 45, 61

If your flight departs in the middle of the night, don’t take an evening bus just to torture yourself with an airport wait. Take a taxi. A taxi ride will cost you 250-400 rubles, depending on your distance from the airport.

… to the city center

The center of Irkutsk is beautiful, interesting and comfortable. The center is also the best starting point for your exploration of the city and its historical buildings, churches, museums, theatres, streets and highly groomed city parks. A number of cafes, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, malls and grocery stores are all within a walking distance from the hostels and hotels of Irkutsk city center.

These routes will take you from the airport to the city center:

buses

Buses
trolley

Trolleys
minibuses

Minibuses
80, 480, 42 4 20, 61

These routes will take you from the railway station:

buses

Buses
minibuses

Minibuses
16, 80, 77 116, 20

These routes will take you from the station to the city center:

buses

Buses
minibuses

Minibuses
66 120

These routes will take you from the Left Bank to the city center:

buses

Buses
minibuses

Minibuses
80, 77 99, 3, 40

… to the railway station

If your train departs from the Irkutsk-Passazhirsky station from 7 AM to midnight, get to the station by using public transportation. Take a bus, a minibus or a tram.

buses

Buses
minibuses

Minibuses
16, 80, 77, 6 20 (от аэропорта), 64, 116, 6, 40

Minibus routes number 99 and 3 will take you to the Mayakovski (Raisovet) bus stop, which is 728 meters away from the railway station.

tram

Trams
1, 2, 4а

The ride from the city center will take one hour at most even during heavy traffic time. Take a taxi if your train departs at night — the ride will cost approximately 200–300 rubles.

… to the bus station

The standard tourist routes to the neighboring cities and to Lake Baikal start at the Irkutsk bus station. Buses and minibuses to Listvyanka, Bolshoe Goloustnoe and Khuzhir depart from here. A bus or a minibus will take you to the Irkutsk bus station the fastest, but if you’re not in a hurry, take a tram from the Central Market.

buses

Buses
tram

Trams
minibuses

Minibuses
129, 4с, 66, 122 4, 4а 64, 4к, 120

… to the “Raketa” pier

During the sailing period, ships to Listvyanka, Bolshie Koty, Peschanaya Bay, Ust’-Barguzin and Severobaikalsk depart from the pier at Solnechni microdistrict. Angara icebreaker ship museum that stands near the pier is also worth seeing.

Bus route number 16 and trolley route number 5 are the most convenient ways of getting here.

… to the river station

The second Irkutsk pier is on Cesovsky quay. Get to this pier if you want to take a 30- or 60-minute long boat ride on the Angara River. This river station is easy to find. Take a tram to Chkalov bus stop or a bus/minibus to Bytovaya bus stop and walk 750 meters towards the Old Angara Bridge.

These routes will take you to the Chkalov (Bytovaya) bus stop:

buses

Buses
tram

Trams
minibuses

Minibuses
16, 77, 80, 7, 90, 480, 6, 67, 8, 11 1, 2, 4а 116, 99, 20, 6, 64, 40, 23, 3, 425, 60, 61, 120

 

Staying hungry in Irkutsk is almost impossible. Grocery stores are at every corner of the city. Any of the mini-pavilions or supermarkets will provide you with ordinary food, but if you want something special, follow our advice. It will be delicious!

Central Market

The Central Market is a colorful place filled with multilingual crowd and cheerful bustle. If this kind of atmosphere is not something you enjoy, come here early in the morning. At the Central Market, 8:00–9:00 AM is the perfect time for quiet shopping for healthy dairy straight from the local cows and goats, natural sour cream and homemade cottage cheese. Fresh meat, Baikal omul and caviar, fruits, vegetables and pastry are also safe to buy from here.

To avoid overpaying, check the weight of your purchase. The control scales are between the grocery and meat departments of the market.

You can pay for your purchases in cash only. In the evening, the stores offer discounts for locally produced meat and dairy.

Address

Working hours

22, Chekhov Street 8.00–20.00

Delicatessens

Only two stores in Irkutsk specialize on selling delicacies.

If you enjoy cooking, come to “Shtab Pyatoy Armii” for lamb and marbled beef, tilapia and white salmon, seafood, organic grains, sauces and spices.

If you prefer ready-made delicacies, visit “Moncasa Gourmet”. You’ll find jamon and smoked bacon, rare cheeses, dried tomatoes, marinated peppers and eggplants.

Address

Working hours

“Shtab Pyatoy Armii”
71, 5 Armii Street
+7 (39-52) 64-52-48
shtab5army.ru
10.00–20.00
“Moncasa Gourmet”
1, Kievskaya Street
+7 (914) 496-43-88
10.00–21.00

Supermarkets

Irkutsk has several major supermarket chains: Slata, SPAR, O’KEY, Cezar’, Bagira, Bereg and Udacha. These stores are just like other supermarkets in other countries. They offer both locally produced fresh food and expensive exotic food, though they don’t offer that many options for delicacies.

However, if you don’t have time to visit the Central Market of a delicatessen, local supermarkets are the most convenient choice for you. Your hotel or hostel will definitely have at least one good supermarket nearby, and you won’t even need to know any Russian. Pay for your purchases in cash or by card.

These places sell food 24/7:

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Public transportation in Irkutsk is diverse and well-developed. Irkutsk has no subways, however, and traffic jams are as common as in other large cities. Excluding the possibility of these unfortunate delays, an average time for getting from one point to another in Irkutsk is 10-20 minutes. To make your trips faster and easier, we prepared a cheat sheet for each kind of transportation for you. Read this article and choose the travel option that suits you best.

Using the bus

To be completely honest, the buses on some of the routes are not that comfortable. Their interior is dirty and smelly, and those buses are long overdue for retirement. However, the new buses are fast and roomy.

In any case, follow these simple rules. Don’t leave your mobiles or documents in your pockets, prepare to exit the bus in advance and, if you’re standing, grip the handrails tight.

Popular routes

 

№ 80

Piskunova — Airport
Easy to get to: hotels, malls, cafes and restaurants in the city center

 

№ 90

Airport — Angara resort — Akademgorodok — HPP plant — Airport
Easy to get to: to the city center from the airport

 

№ 16

Railway station — Solnechny district
Easy to get to: to the city center and Raketa pier from the railway station

 

Trams

Trams are the oldest kind of public transportation in Irkutsk among those working today. Every day, 7 routes work the lines.

The trams always announce which stop is coming next, easing up your navigation process. During the winter, the trams are somewhat warmer than buses or minibuses.

Popular routes

 

№ 1

Volzhskaya — Studgorodok
Easy to get to: railway station, Decembrists museum, Europa house and city center landmarks.

 

№ 2

Railway station — Tram Park
Easy to get to: central market, hotels, main landmarks and cafes in the city center.

 

№ 4а

Railway station — Bratskaya Street in the Rabocheye district
Easy to get to: car station, Decembrist museums and Irkutsk datsan

 

Trolleys

Taking a trolley is much more comfortable than riding a bus:

  • The interior is always clean
  • The windows are larger and you can see more
  • Each stop is loudly announced
  • The steps are lower, so getting inside is easier. Bus steps are steep and might get slippery in winter

Some of the trolleys also provide free Wi-Fi.

Popular routes

 

№ 3

Marata Avenue — Kirov Square (Sverdlov Street) — Solnechny district (Lodochnaya Street)
Easy to get to: main landmarks and malls of Irkutsk

 

№ 4

Airport — Kirov Square
Easy to get to: from the airport to your hotel and main landmarks of the city center

 

Minibuses

The so-called minibuses are small and fast vans that transport 14 passengers at a time at their maximum capacity. The distinctive feature of public transportation minibuses is a plate with a route number on a windshield.

If you value speed, get on a minibus. They’re fast even in tight traffic spots. Tell the driver the stop where you want to get out loudly, clearly and in advance. If you’re not sure when your stop is, ask the driver or another passenger for help.

Popular routes

 

№ 20

Airport — Railway station
Easy to get to: from the airport to the city center and the railway station

 

№ 64

Universitetsky district — Bratskaya street
Easy to get to: car station and Irkutsk datsan

 

№ 99

Airport — Airport
Easy to get to: the majority of landmarks, such as Sukatchev estate, Puppet Theatre, Art Museum, Musical Theater

 

Taxi

Taxi is the most comfortable and also the most expensive means of transportation in Irkutsk. The lowest price is 120 rubles for no more than 6 kilometers. The cost of the rest of the ride depends on the mileage. Ask the taxi service manager for the details.

For your convenience, we picked 4 of the most popular taxi services in Irkutsk, choosing both budget options and luxury options.

Name

Contacts

Minimum
rates

The app

Taxi «Maxim» 500-600
taximaxim.ru
120 rubles   
Yellow Taxi 500-700
500-700.ru
150 rubles
(4 km + 10 minutes)
Taxi «Belka» 600-500
taxibelka.com
120 rubles

Taxi with luxury options

VIPTaxi38 606-919
viptaxi38.ru
from 800 rubles/hour

About other specificity of public transport in Irkutsk read here.

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Public transport in Irkutsk is usually available from 6:30 AM to 11 PM.

These five types of transportation in Irkutsk will help you in your travels:

  • buses;
  • minibuses;
  • trolleys;
  • trams;
  • taxi.

 

One trip on a bus, a trolley or a tram costs 15 rubles if you’re traveling in a city. Going to Angarsk, Shelekhov or to Lake Baikal will cost more.
Waiting for a bus won’t take longer than 15–20 minutes, but if you’re going to a remote area of the city, you might have to wait longer.
Always keep some change with you. The largest note you can use is 100 rubles. The driver will probably refuse to give you change if you hand him or her a 500, 1 000 or 5 000 ruble note.
The usual rush hours are 8:30–10:00 AM and 5:00–7:00 PM. During these hours, the city center will have a lot of traffic, and your trip might take twice as long as you planned. Count in the rush hours when planning your trip around the city.

 

Most foreign citizens need a visa to enter the territory of the Russian Federation. However, citizens of some countries with a visa-free regime don’t have to get it. Here is a list of these countries:

Azerbaijan Must not stay longer than 90 days
Argentina Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Armenia Must not stay longer than 90 days
Belarus Unlimited period
Bosnia and Herzegovina Tourists must not stay longer than 30 days per every 60 days. Must not stay longer than 90 days when traveling for other purposes,
Brazil Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Venezuela Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Guatemala Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Israel Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Kazakhstan Must not stay longer than 90 days. Entering under an internal passport is allowed.
Kyrgyzstan Must not stay longer than 90 days. Entering under an internal passport is allowed.
Columbia Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Cuba Must not stay longer than 30 days
Macedonia Must not stay longer than 90 days
Moldova Must not stay longer than 90 days
Mongolia Must not stay longer than 30 days
Nicaragua Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Peru Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Serbia Must not stay longer than 30 days, owners of biometric passports given after April 8, 2008 only.
Tajikistan Must not stay longer than 90 days. Entering under an internal passport is allowed.
Thailand Must not stay longer than 30 days.
Uzbekistan Must not stay longer than 90 days.
Ukraine Must not stay longer than 90 days. Entering under an internal passport is allowed.
Uruguay Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Fiji Must not stay longer than 90 days
Montenegro Must not stay longer than 30 days
Chile Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
Ecuador Must not stay longer than 90 days per every 180 days, non-commercial purposes only
South Korea Must not stay longer than 60 days per visit and no more than 90 days per every 180 days

Types of Russian visas and required paperwork

If you still need a visa, you need to know what type of visa you should get. Each type requires different paperwork. Let’s take a look at visa types and the ways to get them.

Tourist visa

A tourist visa is the most affordable option. Ideal for a short visit, the tourist visa is issued for no longer than 30 days and can only be double-entry at best.

To obtain this visa, you’ll need the following:

  1. A passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip. The passport must have at least one blank page.
  2. Two copies of a completed application form with the personal signature of the applicant.
  3. A matte 3.5×4.5 cm photo, signed on the reverse side. Sometimes, two photos are required.
  4. An invitation, which is a tourist voucher with a confirmation. Tour operators can issue them, or they may be attached to the confirmation of your hotel reservation.

Each type of Russian visa requires its own invitation.

The invitation must include the following information about the tourist: Name (as in passport), date of birth, sex, citizenship / nationality, passport number, period of stay, type of visa and invitation, the multiplicity, the purpose of travel, the full path of movement within the Russian Federation. The invitation must also contain the code and reference number of the receiving side and the invitation number. A stamp and a signature of the person in charge are also required.

Business visa

Suitable for members of the various delegations and for contract workers, this visa can be valid from 3 to 12 months. It may be single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry.

Required documents:

  1. As for any other visa, a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip is required. The passport must have at least one blank page.
  2. Two copies of a completed application form with the personal signature of the applicant.
  3. A matte 3.5 * 4.5 cm photo, signed on the reverse side. Sometimes, two photos are required.
  4. A certificate of HIV-infection test negative results.
  5. An invitation from a company. The company must have a license for hiring or receiving foreign citizens.

Private visa

If your friend or relative from Russia wants to invite you for a visit, he or she must arrange for a special invitation for a private visit. Visa processing time can take from 45 days to 4 months. The period of visa validity will be from 1 to 90 days.

You will need the following documents:

  1. A passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip. The passport must have at least one blank page.
  2. Two copies of a completed application form with the personal signature of the applicant.
  3. A notification received from the Territorial Department of a Visa Office.
  4. A certificate of HIV-infection test negative results.
  5. A cover letter must be provided as well. The letter must indicate the purpose of the trip, contain the description of the route within the Russian Federation and include the contact information that the tourist will have in Russia.

Transit visa

This visa is necessary if the way to your final destination point runs through the territory of the Russian Federation. Usually issued for a period up to 72 hours (or, rarely, up to 10 days), this visa requires almost no time or money to be spent.

To get a transit visa, you will need the following documents:

  1. A passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip. The passport must have at least one blank page.
  2. Two copies of a completed application form with the personal signature of the applicant.
  3. Copies of plane or train tickets.
  4. A visa to the country of final destination.

Student visa

This visa is necessary if you plan to study in Russia in an academic or a language course.

To get a student visa, you will need the following documents:

  1. A passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip. The passport must have at least one blank page.
  2. Two copies of a completed application form with the personal signature of the applicant.
  3. An invitation letter from a Russian educational institution. The visa department of the Ministry of the Interior issues the letter.
  4. Certificate of HIV-infection test negative results.
  5. A copy of a certificate on education.
  6. A proof of payment from a Russian educational institution.

Visa fee

Making any type of visa requires paying a visa fee. The cost varies depending on the citizenship of the applicant. You’ll also pay for the services of a visa center that helps you get your visa.

The visa fee for EU citizens is between 35 and 70 euros, depending on visa type and urgency. The service charge is between 25 and 30 euros.

The visa fee for the citizens of the Great Britain is from 50 to 300 pounds. The service charge is between 30 and 40 pounds.

For US citizens, a visa will cost 130–1500 dollars.

Please note that the visa fee is not refundable.

Visa registration upon arrival in Russia

Once you arrive to Russia, you must register your visa within 7 days upon arrival. The procedure is carried out by the host country.

If you come with a private visa, the person who issued the invitation must register you. If you have a business visa, then the company that invited you will handle the process. If you are an independent tourist, your hotel or hostel will register your visa. If you’re renting a flat for the period of your stay in Russia, please contact a travel agency. The agency will register your visa for 25-35 euros.

Attention!

Do not confuse visa registration with the process of filling out the migration card on the plane. These are two fundamentally different processes.

Do not ignore visa registration. On the way back, you may be required to show the ticket. If the ticket isn’t there, you will be fined and your passport will get a note of visa violation. In the future, this note may bring extra difficulties into the process of getting a Russian visa again.

People come here to learn about the city’s attractions and tour routes, to stock up on maps and guides, to leave luggage in temporary storage or just to rest for a while before going on with their business. All services are free of charge.

Over the years, the tourist information office (TIO) of Irkutsk has proved to be useful to the visitors from all around the globe. Last year, 6700 tourists visited the office, and 74% or visitors were foreigners.

TIO helps travelers to see the city from its best angles. It helps to fall in love with the quiet beauty of Irkutsk and infects the visitors with a desire to come back again and again. The most important projects of TIO are the tourist route “The Green Line” and street navigation facilities that help navigate the city as it were your home.

The office is located at 77B, Dekabrski Sobitiy Street, on the territory of the Europa House. The working hours are from 9 AM to 6 PM, and 9 AM to 8 PM during the summer. TIO works seven days a week.

If you have any questions about traveling around Irkutsk or Lake Baikal, call + 7 (39-52) 20-50-18 or send an e-mail to irkvisit@hotmail.com. TIO staff speaks Russian, English, German and French. The website of the service also provides a Chinese translation.

«The Green Line» is a pedestrian route. The tourist information office and the city administration worked together on this project.

The route allows you to see 30 points of interest in 2–3 hours of a quiet walk.

You’ll see churches, historical monuments, the houses of famous merchants and patrons of arts, museums, theaters, plazas and squares.

The route is 5 kilometers long, beginning at the Alexander the Third monument on the Gagarin Boulevard and ending at the Krestovozdvijenskaya church on Sedov Street. This order is not mandatory, though. The route is circuited, and you can choose any of its points to begin your walk through the old Irkutsk.

You’ll easily handle The Green Line without a guide or a navigation service

Each point of interest has an information stand with a scheme of the route and some historical information. An audio guide at 8 (3952) 65-80-00 will provide you with the same information in Russian or English. The green stripe on the pavement will lead you back to the place you need even if you got lost or deviated from the route.

In the meantime, take a virtual walk on The Green Line. The website provides the tour in Russian and English.

Связь в Иркутске

The first mobile phones got to Irkutsk in 1995, but people started using them on a regular basis only in the early 2000s. Only two companies offered their services, and so, mobile communications cost a lot, and connection quality wasn’t that good.

Over the years, everything changed. You could use your mobiles in the remote regions of Irkutsk Oblast, and even in some places around Lake Baikal. The bigger towns have 3G and 4G, and GPRS is everywhere now.

To always stay connected, turn on roaming services or buy a local SIM card as soon as you get to Irkutsk.

Before you buy a SIM card, make sure that your phone supports the local communication standard. Most commonly it’s GSM 900/1800 (European standard), or, rarely, CDMA (American standard). The same phone cannot be used for both communication standards. One and the same telephone can not be used for both standards. It’s better to use GSM because, unlike CDMA, GSM is supported everywhere in Russia.

Mobile network operator and their tariffs

Today, Irkutsk has four major mobile operator companies. Those are state-wide providers MTS, Beeline and MegaFon, and a local company BWC.

These companies charge similar amounts of money for their services. For your convenience we’re providing this comparative table of their minimum rates.

Company

Tariff name

Charging

More information

MTS Smart mini 150 rubles/month 1 GB Internet
1000 minutes/month
Beeline All for 100 Promo 100 rubles/month 500 MB Internet
100 minutes/day within the network
0,7 rubles/minute outside the network
MegaFon All included XS 99 rubles/month 1 GB Internet, 3G+
minutes a month within the network
0,3 rubles/minute outside the network
Tele2 Black 95 rubles/month 1,5 GB Internet
free-of-charge calls to Tele2 numbers in Irkutsk Oblast

Buy a new SIM card here:

  • MTS: 36/2, Dzerzhinsky St.
  • Beeline: 6, Deputatskaya St.
  • MegaFon: 2, Uritski St.
  • BWC: 25, Lenin St.

Additionally, Irkutsk has several mobile connection shops like Svyaznoy, Evroset’ and Govorun. You’ll find them in a mall near the Central Market, on 17, Litvinova St.

Wi-Fi in Irkutsk

The city has around 80 Wi-Fi spots, and you can use 50 of them free of charge. Many cafes and hotels have a network name and its password in the menu or at a bar counter. If you have a problem connecting to Wi-Fi, ask the staff and they’ll make sure everything works properly.

Here’s a list of some Wi-Fi spots in local cafes and hotels.

City center:

  • Promsvyaz’bank, 12, Proletarskaya St.;
  • House Mafia, 107A, Dekabrski’ Sobitiy St.;
  • Courtyard Mariott Hotel, 15/2, Chkalov St.;
  • Dostoevsky Anticafé, 12, Stepan Razin St.;
  • Traveller’s Coffee, 7, Kievskaya St.;
  • Razguloff Coffee Shop, 34, Karl Marx St.;
  • Tower Restaurant, 29, Karl Marx St.;
  • Harat’s pub, 1, Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya St.;
  • Sushi Studio, 18, Karl Marx St.;
  • Bier Haus, 1, Gryaznov St.;
  • Papa John’s pizza house, 48, Marat St.;
  • The London Club, 7, Sukhe-Bator St..

The East Bank:

  • Lermontov Mall, 90/1, Lermontov St.;
  • Safari pizza house, 15, Mayakovski St.;
  • Harat’s pub, 30, Akademicheskaya St.;
  • Harat’s pub, 26, Universitetski Md.;
  • Harat’s pub, 81, Lermontov St.;
  • Park-hotel Burduguz, Burduguz village, 1, Lesnaya St..

To see the closest free Wi-Fi spot available, download the WI-FI Free app on your iPhone or the Free Zone app on your Android phone.

Whether you’re on a journey or a business trip, you should be prepared for anything. This article will tell you where you should go if you’re seeking medical help in Irkutsk.

Places to go when you need medical attention

If you’re injured, call an ambulance at 103 (mobile) or 03 (stationary). If you can still move, Irkutsk has emergency rooms at these addresses:

  • 118A, Baykal’skaya St.;
  • 2, Dzhambul St.;
  • 31, Timiryazev St.

Take your passport with you when you go to an emergency room.

In case of a toothache

If you seek treatment for a toothache, contact the doctors in a dental clinic on 36, Lenin St.The phone number of this clinic is 8 (39-52) 20-02-22.The clinic is fee-for-service.

If you’re feeling sick

If you have symptoms of a food poisoning, high temperature or sharp pain, don’t wait for it to magically get better. Call an ambulance at 103 (mobile) or 03 (stationary). If it doesn’t seem like an emergency, get a doctors’ appointment at the clinic. Municipal clinics are the cheapest version – that is, if you don’t mind waiting in a queue.

  • 1, Volzhskaya St.;
  • 33, Timiryazev St.;
  • 8, Chelnokov St.;
  • 5, Bezbokov St.

If you have some money on you, get a doctor’s appointment in a commercial clinic.
For example, you can go to Irkutsk Diagnostic Center – a modern clinic located at Baikalskaya St., 109, phone number 8 (39-52) 211-240.

Another modern commercial medical center, Molecular Diagnostics Center, has several clinics around the city. You can choose the one closest to you:

  • 36, Sverdlov St.;
  • 29/1, Rabochego Shtaba St.;
  • 267/2, Lermontov St.;
  • 13/4, Marshal Zhukov Avenue.

Call the center to reserve an appointment at 8 (39-52) 48-01-99.

In case of a tick bite

During the warm seasons, you can get a tick bite anywhere in Irkutsk region, Lake Baikal being one of the most dangerous areas. A tick can infect you with tick-borne encephalitis or Lime disease. Both diseases are dangerous and potentially fatal if left untreated. If you find a tick bite on you, seek help immediately. Contact the Center of tick-borne disease prevention and treatment on 3, Karl Marx St., phone number 8 (39-52) 24-03-51 or 8 (39-52) 33-34-45.

The climate in Irkutsk region is not called harsh for nothing. Travel guidebooks describe it as sharply continental. Let us explain what that really means and how you should prepare to face it in your travels.

Winter in Irkutsk

If you want to experience true Siberia winter, if you dream of walking on hard clear ice of Lake Baikal, come to Irkutsk Oblast in winter.

Иркутск зимой

Each year’s winter is different. Sometimes, it gets as cold as −35 °C (−31 °F). Sometimes, the winters are warm and the daytime temperature is just −2 °C to −10 °C (from 28.4 °F to 14 °F).

The average daily temperature in winter is −14 °C (6,8°F) to −21 °C (−5,8°F), though. Irkutsk winter is always snowy and the blizzards are frequent.

This time of year, you’ll need warm clothes and boots. Be sure to pack up a down jacket, some sweaters, fur boots and a winter hat.

When you come to Irkutsk, buy some woolen socks and mittens – they’ll become your trusty companions in battling the cold. They also make fine souvenirs. You’ll find them near the Central Market on 22, Chekhov St..

Spring

Иркутск весной

If you want to see Irkutsk spring, come to the city some time from early April to late May. There will still be some snow, but the air will be warm and fresh. By the end of May, the trees will start growing their first leaves and the forests around Lake Baikal will be pink with blooming rhododendrons.

The daytime temperature in spring is 0 °C to +12 °C (32 °F to 53.6 °F), though at night, the weather might remain winter cold.

If you’re traveling in spring, you should take trekking shoes and a warm jacket. A sweater and a winter hat will also prove themselves useful.

Summer

Irkutsk summer

The summer sun in Irkutsk will be burning hot most of the time, sometimes hiding away behind the clouds to let the rain and even an occasional hailstorm through. This kind of weather is normal in July and June. August usually gets colder as the temperature decreases and the rain keep falling for days.

Average summer temperatures range from +20 °C to +25 °C (68 °F to 77 °F). On hot days, the temperature might rise up to +30 °C (86 °F).

If you’re traveling in summer, take light cotton clothes, some hats and comfortable summer shoes or sandals. The nights might get cold, so don’t forget warm pants and a sweatshirt. Pack waterproof shoes and a raincoat or an umbrella for rainy weather, too.

Fall

Байкал осенью

The best time to enjoy the perfection of Siberian fall is from the beginning of September until the middle of October. This is the time when the days are still warm, and the nights keep getting colder and colder. In October, you can already get caught up in a rain and snow shower.

The average daytime temperature in the fall is between +2 °C to +10 °C (from 35.6 °F to 50 °F).

In the warmest days, the thermometer might shoot up to +18 °C (64.4 °F). At the same time, the temperature can drop to −2 °C (28.4 °F) at night.

Contacting emergency services

Emergency services in Irkutsk
The first step in case of a difficult situation is determining how bad it is.

Tell the staff of your hotel or hostel if you’re late for an important meeting, or if lost your wallet, credit card or a room key. The staff will also help you get a taxi or make the phone call you need.

If you lost your documents or personal belongings, contact the nearest police department immediately. Their working hours are 24/7. Here’s the list of the departments:

  • 32, Deputatskaya St.;
  • 23A, Dekabr’skikh Sobytiy,;
  • 25A, Rzhanov St.;
  • 12, Shevtsov St.;
  • 2A, Brodsky St.;
  • 102A, Lermontov St.

Please beware that the workers of all emergency services only speak Russian. You can ask the police to contact an interpreter for you, but if you do this, be prepared to wait for some time.

In case of any emergency, call 112 from your mobile.

Each emergency service also has a separate specific number you can call:

 

01

Fire department

02

Police

03

Ambulance

04

Gas service

 

If you’re using your mobile to contact a specific service, press «1» before entering the number. For example, if you’re contacting the fire department from your mobile, call 101.

Ministry of Emergency Situations Registration

We recommend every hiker, trekker or mountaineer group to register with the local department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. Those who travel alone or in pairs should also think about their safety.

Just inform the department about your route at these numbers:
8 (39-52) 783-700 — Nikola village base of the Ministry of Emergency situations
8 (39-558) 54-006 — Sakhayurtinsk base
8 (39-544) 51-911 — Slyudyanka base
8 (30-131) 91-911 — Ust’-Barguzin base

If the duty officers don’t get a call from you at the appointed time, a rescue team will be sent down your route.

This is especially important if you travel in remote or wild areas, cut off from the civilization and communication. The registration process is simple and doesn’t take much time. Learn more at 8 (39-52) 39-99-99 or in the office of the main emergency department of the Irkutsk region at the Krasnoarmeyskaya Street, 15.
We recommend every hiker, trekker or mountaineer group to register with the local department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

Overcoming the language barrier

Most of the workers in Russian emergency services speak Russian.

Download English-to-Russian and Russian-to-English translation app on your phone before the trip.

Write down this standard set of phrases. You might need them if the emergency occurs:

Help! – Pomogite! Spasite!
Call the police! – Pozovite politsiju!
Fire! – Pozhar!
I need a doctor! – Mne nuzhen vrach!
I lost my documents. – Ya poteryal dokumenty.
I was robbed. – Menya ograbili.