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Olkhon Island

Getting there & away

From June to August there are at least two and usually three daily buses between Khuzhir and Irkutsk (R370, seven hours), with an additional minibus leaving from Nikita's daily at 8.30am (R300). Frequency drops off drastically outside peak summer season. With a little warning, agencies or hostels can usually find you a ride in a private car to Irkutsk (5½ hours), R700 per seat, R2500 for the whole car. Prices include the short ferry ride to MRS - mid-January to March an ice road replaces that ferry. When ice is partly formed or partly melted, the island is completely cut off for a few weeks.

In summer a hydrofoil service operates three times weekly from Irkutsk to Olkhon (R1100, seven hours), dropping passengers near the ferry terminal, from where it's possible to hitch a lift into Khuzhir.