The most famous way to get into Ulan Ude is to use the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] — a four day journey to [[Moscow]].*Ulan Ude is the first major Russian city past the Mongolian border. It takes around 20 hours by train from [[ Ulaanbaatar]].
*Minibuses operate a service to the Mongolian border town of Kyakhta. The buses depart
once they are full and the three hour journey costs 250R.*There is a bus service operating to [[Irkutsk]] and [[Chita]], but the frequency depends on the season. *Travel agents sell tickets for the daily bus service to [[Ulaanbaatar]] for 950R. This is a much cheaper and faster alternative to the train.
[[Image:Lenin Head in Ulan-Ude.jpg|thumb|150px|Ulan-Ude's Lenin Head is surely the largest in the world]]
The center of Ulan Ude is relatively compact, and very walkable. Taxis roam the streets for the lazy, but don't expect any of the drivers to speak English. If you don't want to walk, shuttle buses (10-12 seat minbuses) run frequently to all parts of the city for a flat cost of
14 RUB (from 2011), each route is numbered (on the windscreen) so get help to identify the route you want, flag the bus down to get on, pay the driver and indicate when you want to get off. There are also a limited number of tram routes. Main tram line is a circle around the whole city, quite slow soviet era wagons will give you the taste of the place from locals' eyes.
Since 2011 feb there are 2 major local bus stations "Severniy" or North Direction and "Yuzhniy" or South Direction. To get to lake Baikal eastern shore (Barguzin, Ust-Barguzin, Maksimikha, Turka, Gremyachinsk) you need "Severniy" (better to ask a local what's available as time schedule is changed often, phone +7-3012-559927). Take either bus no.30 or no.29 and go to stop called "Baza" (ask a driver). You'll see a sign ABTOBOK3AJI on one of the buildings. "Yuzhniy" is in the center of the city, it's on Sovetskaya str. closer to the river Selenga.
*The '''World's Largest Lenin Head''', main city square.
*The '''merchant's mansions'''. Historical relics of the town's prosperity as a trading center. The mansions are located along the banks of the Uda River.
===Datsans and Churches===
*'''Odigitrievsky Cathedral'''. Founded in 1741.*'''Rimpoche bagsha, buddhist center''' Streletskaya st.,1.
Beautiful view of the city.
*'''Ethnographic Museum''', Verhnaya Beriozovka. Old homesteads and Buryat wooden yurts have been relocated to the site, and along with reconstructed streets representing traditional Buryati homes, this outdoor exhibition consists of seven large
*'''History museum'''. Profsoyuznaya st., 29. The rachest musem of the city. 400 years of buryat history.
*'''Fine arts museum'''. Kuibisheva st.,29. Buryat painting, buddhist tankas, horse hair tapistry
*'''Modern nomads''' Ranjurova st., 1; mongolian cuisine
*'''"Museum"''' cafe, Lenina str, 46; on a way from Lenin's head to Arbat street (11.30-19.00). 150 r/meal *'''"Shenekhen"''' cafe, Smolina str, 81; on a way to train station, near the monument of a boy with a bird (09.00-21.00) 150 r/meal*'''"Baatar orgoo" YURT GER''' cafe, Verhnaya Beryozovka, Dokuchaeva str.11. Only minibus 37 goes there. You can take it from Baikal Plaza hotel bus stop, tell a driver to stop at "KAFE YURTA". Takes about 20-30 minutes drive. Only traditional food and very nice atmosphere. 300 r/meal
*'''"Buuza"''' cafe/bar, Communist str. 41a; on tram tracks, near hotel Siberia, 3 mins from Lenin's head
*'''"Buuza"''' (again?) cafe, Yerbanova str. 20; 1 min from Lenin's head, left to Baikal Plaza hotel
*'''"Tenghis"''' restaurant , Yerbanova str. 12; Inside Baikal Plaza hotel
*'''"Student snacks"''' cafe/bar, Razhurova str. 1; just behind Opera house
*'''"Buuza"''' (again?!) cafe, Communist str. 44; opposite Siberia hotel
Taken from [[http://uuhostel.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20:where-to-eat&catid=9:uu&Itemid=17 uuhostel.com]]
*'''Hotel Geser''' (see 'sleep' section)
*'''Marusia''' Lenina st., 46; russian cuisine
*'''Serp i molot''' Erbanova st., 7a; soviet style cafe
* <eat name="Ulger Restaurant & Cafe" alt="" address="Kirova str., 8" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-21-09" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="7$ for full dinner;">A restaurant with traditional Russian and Buryatian food. A nice terrace outside..</eat>
* <eat name="Zolotoy Drakon" alt="" address="Lenina St., 46" directions="" phone="+7 2012 21-80-66" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11.00 to 22.00" price="5-10$;">Chinese restraunt</eat>
*'''Ulan Ude Travelers House'''
[http://uuhostel.com], 600 RUB including breakfast
. ''Address: Lenin str 63, app 18.'' The most central located hostel is just on the Soviet square with the famous giant Lenin's head monument. Clean and cozy
, it's a good choice for a traveler
. 10 minutes walk from train station, less than a minute to main sights of the city. Look for a 4 storey yellow building with a big sign 'S7 airlines' on the top, it should be between a building with 670000 sign on the top (post office) and a grey building with pillars (president residence). Right entrance, a black door
and a beauty saloon
. Press 18 and B on terminal and wait for
me or my friend
We're on the second
floor, right door.
Book it''' via phone/SMS
6180 or email '''[email protected] '''.
/?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=ulan-ude-hostel#directions Directions on our website
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*'''Hotel Odon''', Gagarin str., 43 (a 5 minute walk from the railway station). Tel:''+7 3012'' 443-480. Popular with Chinese businessman, rooms and hygiene standards reflect the low price. Single rooms from 400R, doubles from 600R. Cheaper rooms don't have a shower, and there aren't shared facilities on site. Consider getting a better room or hitting up the banya.
RUB including breakfast. Tel. +7 9025 648278, [email protected]
450-1650 RUB including breakfast
12A Flotskaya Street
+7 9021 616322
12R. On average,
bus takes 25-35 minutes including wait
Wait is much longer at night with bus service stopping altogether by 11pm. At that point
must negotiate for a taxi, typically 150R
*'''Central Post office internet cafe''', right on the central Soviet square in front of Lenin's head
*'''Train station''', Ulan Ude train station, 1st floor, VIP hall.
*'''[[Lake Baikal]]''' — the deepest and oldest lake in the world and, by volume of water, also the planet's largest freshwater body of water. It contains 20% of the world's liquid fresh water and is just over one mile deep. A daily bus service runs from the train station, leaving about 7:30AM, returning about 3:00PM, cost 300RUB each way.
*'''Ivolginsky Datsan Buddhist Monastery''' [http://www.baikal.eastsib.ru/places/ivolginsky.html] — 23 km from the city. Buses leave
the central bus station 10AM, 12 noon and 5:40PM for the forty minute journey (taking the later bus will mean having to spend the night in at the monastery guesthouse or returning by taxi). Alternatively take a minibus to the last stop and transfer to shared taxis that run the route all day: Just say "Datsan, datsan, " when getting on the bus. Expect to pay around 30R each way.
*The next noteworthy stops on the [[Trans-Siberian Railway]] are [[Irkutsk]] to the west and [[Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky]] to the east. There is also a branch line from Ulan-Ude to [[Ulaanbaatar]], [[Mongolia]].
*'''Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia''' Take TransMongolian from Ulan-Ude towards capital of Mongolia. 3 options - a train, an airplane and a bus. Trains are popular, it takes about 24+ hours (long border stops), kupe carriages are only available, so it makes more expensive; buses are cheaper (
~1000+ roubles) and it's about 10-12 hours (depends on traffic); airlines is EZNIS.
*S7 Airlines [http://www.s7.ru], 63 Ploshad Sovetov.