Travelling by Train in Ukraine
Travelling by train in Kyiv and Ukraine.
Ukraine has the 13th largest rail network in the world. There are more than 13,456 miles (21,655km) of track and the preferred method of travel between cities for most people. Ukraine and Kiev have good connections to neighbouring countries such as Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Krakow, Belgrade, Zagreb, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia and many other cities.
Travelling between major Ukrainian cities by train has many advantages when compared to either travelling by car or air. Although new roads are being built, the infrastructure and condition of the roads are far from satisfactory. Air travel may be quicker, but it is much more expensive.
In comparison, train travel is inexpensive, well operated and usually punctual. Rail travel is often quicker than travelling by road, and Ukrainian trains are an especially reliable means of transport during the winter months.
There are three types of trains in Ukraine. The electric suburban trains (Elektrichki), diesel- powered overnight and long-distance trains and new High speed trains. Electric trains usually depart from a separate station and are designed for short distances such as travelling between villages. They are quite basic, very cheap and the seating is usually made of padded seats or wooden benches. Elektrichki trains can be very crowded with commuters during the working week. Diesel trains and high speed trains are comparatively cheap and a good way to travel between city's. Sleeper carriages make it possible to sleep at night in relative comfort.
If you are travel on a sleeper train, we recommend you book First Class. It is relatively cheap by Western standards and much more comfortable. All tickets and timetables will be in Ukrainian so take a phrase book with you and clearly write down the name of the destination you are travelling to.
It can be difficult to book train tickets in the summer. Book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Kiev Central Railway Station
The main station in Kiev (Kyiv) is Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi In Ukrainian this translates to "Київ-Пасажирський". Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi is a complex comprising of 2 stations connected by a bridge. You will be able to purchase tickets at the terminal and on line but make sure if booking on line you would choose Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi. If your travelling by metro you will need to go to Vokzhalna Metro Station on the red line.