The most convenient way to get to Irkutsk is to buy a flight ticket to Irkutsk. The best money-saving option is to purchase a round-trip ticket. Flights arrive at Irkutsk International Airport (flight duration: about 6 hours). Please note that the best airfares to Irkutsk usually sell out quickly, so we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance.
Irkutsk is the pearl of Siberia. If not the only, it is certainly the most ancient gateway to Asia (970 kilometres to Manchuria): a fort (ostrog) at the confluence of the Irkut and Angara rivers was founded back in the 17th century. Why is the city worth visiting? Get acquainted with its rich history, explore interesting museums, and see Baikal, which is only 70 kilometres from Irkutsk.
You should not be frightened of Siberia’s notoriously low temperatures: due to the dry cold air, it is easier to bear. In fact, most of the winter days in Irkutsk are sunny. The warm season usually starts in May and lasts until September. The daily high temperatures in July — the warmest month of the year — hold stable above zero, sometimes reaching up to +20°C.