Train travel in Ukraine is very popular and trains leave Kiev for basically every corner of Ukraine on a daily basis. We will very happily advise on train timetables plus book your Ukraine train tickets for you in advance. We also offer transfers to Kiev's main railway station from either the airport or from your place of accommodation.
Trains from Kiev can be caught to all major citys around Ukraine including to -
Chernivitsy, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkov, Lugansk, Lviv, Mariupol, Nikolaev, Odessa, Poltava, Simferopol, Sumy, Zaphorizhia.
Trains can be caught from city to city including smaller citys and towns around Ukraine
Prior to Euro 12 the Ukrainian
Government purchased a number of Hyundai High Speed Trains which are now in operation on a few routes. These have 1st and 2nd class carriages on them and have seats on them and not beds. There are sections in each carriage where luggage can be stored and each carriage has a toilet.
Express / Overnight Trains
These are the best trains, usually going overnight between big regional centers of the country. Those trains make quite a few stopovers en-route, have carriages of good quality and service.
Some of those trains include 1st class carriages for peak seasons, and exclude them for the rest of the year. These trains usually have 1st, 2nd and 3rd class carriages. There should be food buffet cars on the trains but we suggest taking extra food with you if required, plus taking a roll of toilet paper in addition as those can run out.
Quite slow trains, making numerous stopovers. Traveling might take up to 30 hours for long-distance routs. The quality of a train depends on a route and may vary from good to barely acceptable. As a rule, these trains have 2nd, 3rd and 4th class carriages. Passenger train numbers vary from route 171 to 699
Carriages' classification in Ukraine differs from European standards.
There are 5 types of carriages on the trains in Ukraine: SW (sleeping wagon), coupe, platzcart, common wagon (with numbered reserved seats), sit up (on suburban trains)
For convenience we have put classification - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class
1st Class Sleeper
This is the best type of carriages in Ukraine. Every carriage has 9 cabins, 2 berths in each cabin. Beneath the lower berth(s) there is a box for luggage, which holds 1-2 medium bags. Additional storage for luggage is in the niche above the door. There is a small unfolding table by the window. Every cabin has a door lock and can be locked from the inside.
There are two models of 1st class cabins:
* 2 berths (two beds on the same level)
* 2 berth (one bed is above the other, those cabins usually have a wash-stand under unfolding table lid)
Each carriage has WCs with wash-stands. 1st class cabins are air-conditioned during the summer time. Air-conditioning functions whilst the train is moving. Therefore it might be rather hot in the first hour or so of the trip and when the train is making stopovers. One or two stewards serve every carriage. In winter there is adequate heating.
2nd Class Sleeper
1st Class Compartment
2nd Class Compartment
4 bunk beds
2nd class is usually quite acceptable type of carriages. The quality depends on each train.
Each carriage has 9 cabins, each cabin has 4 berths - 2 lower and 2 upper ones. There are boxes for luggage below the lower berths. Additional storage for luggage is in the niche above the door. There is a small unfolding table by the window. Every cabin has a door lock and can be locked from the inside. 2nd class cabins in Express trains are usually air-conditioned but not always. Each carriage has WCs with washing-stands, 2 per each carriage. One or two stewards serve every carriage.
3rd Class Sleeper
Not the best choice. Each carriage has 54 berths, among which 36 berths of normal type (in cabins) and 18 side located (along the passageway). Berths are in two levels. Cabins have no doors and cannot be closed. There are boxes for luggage below lower level berths in cabins, and small luggage niches below side located ones. Under the upper level berths there are small berths for storing the luggage. Each carriage has WCs with washing-stands, 2 per each carriage. One or two stewards serve every carriage. In spite of very low quality of 3rd class carriages they are popular in Ukraine, the reason is their very low tickets price.
There are two sorts of these trains: electric and diesel. The trains go within a region limits or between two regions close to each other. Quality of the trains is very low and the trains are extremely slow, usually overcrowded, especially in summer, have no sleeping berths. Short distance travel might take up to 6 hours, while going by car would cut the time in half.