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Slyudyanka (Russian: Слюд'янка, slyu-DYAN-kah) is a town in Irkutsk Oblast 110km away from Irkutsk with population of 19,000 people.


Slyudyanka railway station

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.

Get in[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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

See[edit][add listing]

There is a museum of minerals [1] on 36, Slyudyanaya st., a wooden church in town and a small expostion inside the station building. The Circum-Baikal Railway makes Slyudyanka the starting point.

Do[edit][add listing]

Hike: Slyudyanka may serve as a base and starting point for walks into nearby mountains.

Buy[edit][add listing]

A shop in Russian is "магазин", so look for this sign.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hostel Slyudyanka [2]. Address: Shcholnaya street 10, Apartment 7; located about 25 min walk SW from the town center. Offers a bed in a room for 5-6 people for 500-600 RUB. Breakfast included. Hosts speak fairly good English and are helpful.
  • The Museum of Minerals seems to offer accomodation as well.[3]


Get out[edit]

  • The Circum-Baikal Railway starts (or ends) in Slyudyanka. Train 6201 Matanya departs Slyudyanka 4 times a week (Mon, Thu, Fri, Sun) at around 13:20 local time, arriving in Port Baikal 5-6 hours later.
  • Arshan: There is one marshrutka mini-bus daily going to this foothill spa town, leaving at 09:30, price is around 250-300 RUB. In high season try to book early.

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