Irkutsk Tourism

Quaint and hauntingly beautiful, Irkutsk in Russia was founded in the year 1661 as a fort to colonize Siberia. Historically significant, for centuries, Russian emperors and later, communists, exiled political prisoners to Irkutsk. With so many brainy Russians spending their years in exile over here, it is believed that the average IQ level of inhabitants was affected! Bet your Irkutsk travel guide did not tell you this!

Irkutsk is a significant business centre in Eastern Siberia and is considered to be an important Trans-Siberian Railway junction. This city has been blessed by nature and is situated on the banks of the Angara River. It is also a starting point for all the expeditions and tours to Baikal Lake which is situated just a few kilometres away from the city.

To see a 19th century Russian town, head over to the city’s centre. It is full of wooden houses with typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames. Such kind of buildings, such beautiful architecture was destroyed in Moscow and other big cities of Russia during the industrialization of the 20th century. However, Irkutsk managed to hold on to the charm. It’s a rare opportunity to see what a Russian city would look like if it had stayed the way it was back in the days. 

If you are planning a visit to this abode, here is all the information you will need to chalk out a perfect Irkutsk travel itinerary.

Essential travel information and Irkutsk tips for your visit

Essential Information:

Time Zone- UTC+09:00

Currency- Russian Rouble

Electricity and Internet- 220 Volt and 50 Hz AC current supplies are used. Sockets are standard European-size for double round-pin plugs. Most of the hotels provide free wi-fi and there are internet cafes available in main market areas that provide fast speed internet.

Languages- Russian


  • Single emergency number: 112
  • Fire Department: 101
  • Police: 102
  • Ambulance: 103
  • Irkutskaya oblastnaya klinicheskaya bolnitsa (Irkutsk Regional Clinical Hospital): +7 3952 407892
  • 24 hour Avitsenna Pharmacy: +7 3952 343419

If you have nowhere to stay for the night, you can go to Irkutsk railway station where there is a decent and secure waiting area.

Tipping- 5 to 15% is the accepted rate of tipping in restaurants. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Irkutsk

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  • Know the pollution level of Irkutsk before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 68.75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 68.75 (High)
  • How safe is Irkutsk for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Irkutsk.

    • Burglary and Theft 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 66.67 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 91.67 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 75 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 81.25 (Very High)
    • Attacks 64.58 (High)
    • Drug offense 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 60.42 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 68.75 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 70.83 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Irkutsk is 96.99 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 32.72 (Low)
    • Climate Index 4.64 (Low)
    • Pollution Index 51.72 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.29 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 35.11 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 53.24 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.93 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 40.89 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Irkutsk

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.47 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 82.95 USD

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