Tourist train Baikal Skazka makes first run
On 23 July 2021, the new tourist train No. 928/927 Baikal Skazka [Baikal Fairy Story] departed from the Kazansky railway station in Moscow on its first journey on the route between Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Yekaterinburg – Slavgorod – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk.
This unique route now offered by the Russian Railways’ Holding will enable tourists to visit conveniently and comfortably several distinctive Russia regions and travel along the famous Trans-Siberian Railway.
The Baikal Skazka tourist train’s departure on its first run was attended by Yelena Lysenkova, Deputy Head of Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism, Dmitry Pegov, Deputy Managine General of Russian Railways, and Vladimir Pyastolov, Managing Director of the Federal Passenger Company.
"Integrated travel products based on comfortable transport logistics and popular travel programmes are becoming more and more popular today. In close cooperation with Rosturizm, regional administrations and travel operators, we are developing unique travel offers in the train-hotel format. We offer tourists new destinations, services, comfortable trains and connections with other types of transport," said Dmitry Pegov.
Travellers will cover more than 5,000 kilometres by rail, using the train as a hotel on wheels, get to know the sights of Russian cities, take a trip along the Circum-Baikal Railway, see with their own eyes one of the most amazing lakes in our country – Baikal – and visit Olkhon Island, the heart of the Baikal.
During their journey, they will use four types of transport, train, bus, ship and plane, which are conveniently coordinated with each other so that the journey is as rich, informative and comfortable as possible.
The Baikal Skazka tourist train consists of new double-decker carriages. The compartments on the second floor have been enlarged. The air temperature can be regulated in each compartment, each passenger has an individual safe, and one of the three toilet units in each carriage has a shower.
For passengers with limited mobility, a wheelchair lifting device, a specially equipped compartment and a sanitary unit in one of the train carriages have been provided.
To date, the Baikal Skazka has made two runs. The second sightseeing tour is scheduled for 30 July 2021.
Travellers will arrive in Irkutsk from Moscow by plane, get acquainted with the main attractions in Irkutsk, visit Baikal, and then continue their journey on the Baikal Skazka with stops in Krasnoyarsk, Slavgorod, Yekaterinburg and Kazan.
The ready-made package is available for tourists to purchase and includes a multimodal route and an excursion programme with a guide, transfers and meals.
Detailed information about the current travel offers of the Russian Railways’ Holding can be found on the Russian Railways’ website in the section "Travel with Russian Railways."