Travel information

Climate & Clothing

Base on the historical climate in during the August 4-9, the weather in 2019 is probable to be:

  • Comfortable Temperatures, 11-22 ℃
  • Mostly sunny, pleasant and comfortable
  • Perfect condition for outdoor activities

Here is the weather in 2018:


Credit and debit cards accepted. ATMs plentiful. Euros or US dollars best currencies for exchange.


Access electricity (220V, 50Hz AC) with a European plug with two round pins. A few places still have the old 127V system. Some trains and hotel bathrooms have 110V and 220V shaver plugs.


It is important to obtain travel health insurance before leaving home, since it is possible your regular health insurance does not include coverage outside your country of residence.
There are 2 other kinds of phone numbers to call emergencies. The difference is from what telephone you call - cellular or land line.
In emergency, please, contact the nearest Consular Office or the Embassy of your country or Russian authorities.
Free from all land line phones:

  • In case of dire need a Firemen - call "01" - "Podzarnyie"
  • Police - call "02" - "Polizia"
  • Ambulance - call "03" - "Skorayha Pomosch"
  • In case of Gassing - call "04" - "Sludzba Gaza"

From the last year, all emergency calls might be addressed to "01". "01" became similar to "911". Exception - Moscow. There is real "911" emergency phone number here. Made special for foreigners.
From cellulars to call emergency is free too.
Numbers are the same, but in other cellular companies may differ. For example: "02" -> "020" or "02" -> "002". Check it, ask your friends, when arrive here.
Universal emergency number (from cellulars) - "112".


Russian is the common language, though dozens of other languages are spoken by ethnic minorities. It’s relatively easy to find English speakers in the big cities, but not so easy in smaller towns and the countryside. Learning Cyrillic and a few key phrases will help you enormously in being able to decode street signs, menus and timetables.


The food in Irkutsk has a wide variety of tastes. Restaurants in Irkutsk