Slyudyanka

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

Understand

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

By bus

You can take marshrutka #543 from Irkutsk railway station (158 RUB, 2 hours).

By train

There are elektrichkas (105 RUB, 3hr 30min) on working days and more on weekends but you should check the timetable on irkutsk.tutu.ru.

Get around

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 takes about 20 mins. Anyway you can see the bus stops on map on [http:\www.yandex.ru this website].

See

Do

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

Buy

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

Sleep

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