Hostels in Irkutsk, Russia

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Get to know Irkutsk (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Irkutsk. To help you make friends with Irkutsk before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

One of the largest cities in Siberia, Irkutsk is a popular stop for tourists on the Trans-Siberian Express. Located less than two hours away from Russia’s famed Lake Baikal, Irkutsk offers an interesting look into the heart of Siberia. The city is known as the "Paris of the East" and is a nice size for travelers looking to spend a couple of days on stationary land before continuing on their rail journey.

As Irkutsk is a popular stop for travelers, it is home to a number of youth hostels. Travelers should try and find a Irkutsk hostel in the downtown core, near to Karl Marx and Lenin streets (ulitsa Karla Marksa/ulitsa Lenina), as all amenities from restaurants to shops are found in this area. Irkutsk is quite walkable, although there is a fairly decent bus and marshrutka (shared taxi) system. Hostels near Gagarin Boulevard (Boulvar Gagarina) will be within walking distance to the banks of the Angara River, which is quite a safe and lively place to take a stroll. Many Irkutsk hostels should be able to help visitors arrange day trips to Lake Baikal and Listvyanka, a lakeshore village that is popular with tourists, as well as longer trips to Olkhon Island.

While in Irkutsk, travelers interested in history should make a stop at either the Trubetsky or the Volkhonsky houses, both of which belonged to exiled St. Petersburg residents who took part in the failed Decembrist coup of 1825. Tourists should also look into visiting a nerpinarian while in Irkutsk or Listvyanka -- these "seal aquariums" are home to the nerpa seal, the only freshwater seal in the world and an inhabitant of Baikal.

FAQ about Irkutsk Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Irkutsk. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Irkutsk. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Your Packing List for Irkutsk

Your Packing List for Irkutsk

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Irkutsk Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Irkutsk, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$11 Average dorm price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Irkutsk
Good Cat Hostel is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Irkutsk
Nerpa Backpackers is the best rated
Most Irkutsk hostels are located in
Irkutskaja Oblast
3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Listvyanka (63 Km / 39 mi.)
Slyudyanka (82 Km / 51 mi.)
Utulik (85 Km / 53 mi.)
Baykalsk (87 Km / 54 mi.)

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