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Getting there & around

Handy overnight trains run to Abakan (train 696, R266 platskart, 10 hours) and Novosibirsk (train 605, R312 platskart, eight hours). The ski-train to Tashtagol (train 679, seven hours) leaves at 6.20am in season.

Slow, bumpy buses run across lonely, undulating agricultural landscapes to Biysk (R200, six to seven hours) departing at 9.30am, 11.25am, 1.27pm and 1.45pm. Infuriatingly, ticket sales normally start only one hour before departure.

Taxis (390 111) charge around R200 per hour for city tours.