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Getting around

Distances are great but travel is remarkably painless if you break journeys into overnight train hops. An ideal routing is Yekaterinburg-Tobolsk-Omsk-Tomsk-Krasnoyarsk-Irkutsk-Ulan-Ude. For the Altai Mountains and Tuva, use Tomsk-Biysk or Krasnoyarsk-Abakan trains respectively then hop on buses or shared taxis. Handy Kyzyl-Irkutsk flights (Saturday) let you continue east from Tuva without backtracking via Abakan.