Whenever you ride Trans-Siberian railway and the train moves slightly south to curve the Baikal, it stops and the passengers pitched by the fish-sellers always get out to buy some smoked Omul then you have arrived in Slyudyanka station. When fish is bought and carriage is oozing with the smell, give a look to the station building. White plates are the same as the gravel under the rails. It's marble. The name Slyudyanka stands for another mineral found here - the mica.
Except the train, you can take marshrutka #543 from Irkutsk railway station. There are elektrichkas on working days and more on weekends but you should check the timetable.
There are local marshrutka minibuses, but since the town is small there is little use for them. The walk from Rudo district in the SW of the town to the centre took us about 20 mins. Anyway you can see the bus stops on map at yandex.ru.
Hike: Slyudyanka may serve as a base and starting point for walks into nearby mountains.
A shop in Russian is "магазин", so look for this sign.
Omul, the local delicacy, is a salmonid fish endemic to Lake Baikal. It is usually salt-cured whole, and exudes a strong and not exactly fresh smell.