Frequently asked questions

How do I get visa for Russia

In order to make visa for Russia you need a passport valid at least 6 months at the moment of entering Russia and two blank pages inside.

From January 2021 you can apply online for e-visa yourself or ask us to make it for you.

The cost depends on the type of the visa. Contact us for more informations.

Apply for e-visa here

Where to book train tickets in Russia

Train tickets for Russia are nowadays fortunately available online. There was and still is a big deal to buy them on the train station – the lines are long and the staff very unfriendly. Having an foreign passports makes the process even more complicated…but that’s another story.

Simply go to the www.tutu.ru and book your ticket.

There is also an official website of Russian Railways, but the booking process is a bit more complicated. www.rzd.ru

Rememberer that you can buy the ticket max. 45 days in advance.

Once you have the ticket, all you need is just to go to your train and show your passport to the conductor, he/she then will check if you are on the list of the passengers, then you enter to the train and that’s it

Another good thing to know about the train ticket booking in Russia is, that you almost always have to possibility of refund, date change or even name change, without huge extra charge

Where to change money in Russia

In Russia you can change your money in many different places, but rarely you find the official exchange rate.
In order to get minimal lost is to:

avoid exchange in airports.
check which bank offers the best exchange rate

Here you can check which bank offers the best rate at the moment:
https://www.sravni.ru/valjuty/irkutsk/

Bus to Buguldeyka

Once you are in Irkutsk it is easy to get lost around the amount of Cyrillic posters and advertisements. There will be probably no one who speaks english german or french, so your only solution is to gesticulate and follow this info:

If you are on the train station and you immediately want to go to the Lake Baikal, you can search on the parking in front of the station for minivans. Even if they seem to be private, they work for public transport and most of them are going or Ulan Ude (УЛАН УДЭ), or Khuzir (ХУЖИР). Both of that directions are going to the Lake Baikal.
If you prefer first to spend a bit of time in Irkutsk you can go on foot to the centre or take the tram (tickets inside). You also can take kind of UBER Taxi, which Russian alternative name is YANDEX TAXI in Russia and it is really cheap there. All you need is to order yandex taxi via app (download it here for IOS and here for ANDROID). The cost from the station/airport to the centre of the city is about 150RUB.
The Bus (marshrutka) Irkutsk – Buguldeyka departs from the bus station at 16:00, the tickets are available online 30 days before departure and cost 800 RUB.
Here is the link to the website:
https://en.avtovokzal-on-line.ru
Here is the address to the bus station in Irkutsk city: Ulitsa Oktyabr’skoy Revolyutsii, 11, Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, 664007
https://g.page/AvtovokzalIrkutsk?share

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