Kiev to odessa or crimea by train
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 4:12 PM Last Post By: OdessaExpert
Mar 9, 2012 3:36 AM
Kiev to odessa or crimea by trainI would like to know if trains for kiev to odessa and from kiev to crimea (yalta, sebastopol) are good, and also:
-how many hours would it take fromkiev to those cities by train.
Or, would you recommend hiring a car?
we only have 8 days and want to visit kiev, crimea, odessa. Eventually chernobil and are open to other suggestions.
Mar 9, 2012 4:06 AM
1Trains are mostly overnight, depends if you have a fast or slow train how long it will take,
Kiev - Odessa takes about 10 hours few trains per day
Kiev - Simferopol (crimea)14 -15 hours few trains per day
Odessa - Simferopol 12 hours (only one train per day)
Price depends on first, second or third class, but second class, which most tourists use, in a 4 berth cabin is cheaper then staying overnight in a hotel
Mar 9, 2012 4:08 AM
Mar 9, 2012 4:25 AM
3To add just a little 'PS' to the 2 excellent posts already put up by 1 & 2 *TheDevil....
Rent-a-car is OK in UA, but not the cheapest in Europe - by a long way.
As posted above, many roads are choking with bad drivers and apart from police road-blocks ahead where people slow down, there just doesn't to be too much respect for driving law and order - overall.
Eyes wide open, straight ahead - oh, rear view and wing mirrors also ! !
Mar 9, 2012 4:55 AM
4To add one more thing, if you're thinking to go to Odessa and Crimea in summer or during a Ukrainian public holiday (of which they have many), by train, book as much in advance as possible. trains will all be fully booked as soon as they are available to book on line, especially those during and around the weekends
Mar 10, 2012 9:27 AM
Mar 13, 2012 1:02 AM
6Excellent direct sleeper trains link Kiev with Odessa, and Kiev with Sebastopol and Simferopol. Spalnvy vagon 2-berth, kupé 4-berth and platskartny dormitory cars. Most westerners use kupe, the well-heeled ones use spalny vagon.
Change at Simferopol for the regular trolleybus to Yalta, a scenic ride over the mountain, and the world's longest trolleybus service. It takes a 2 hours 40 minutes and runs every 20 minutes all day as I recall. The fare is peanuts.
Mar 21, 2012 7:20 AM
7Hi there I took an overnight train 2nd class sleeper from Kiev to Odessa, I spent the whole day in Odessa and then took another night train back to kiev. Frankly it was a pretty comfortable journey and was not overtired from the experience at all. I booked using an agent and paid just under $100 for the return, but bear in mind I didnt have to pay for a hotel. Chernobil if you mean the nuclear power station is one of the most interesting day trips I even took. You will go to Pripyat which was the nearby city which housed nearly all the workers from the plant. It was completely vacated after the disaster and apart from some vandaslim and wear and tear has remained empty ever since. There is very little chance you will have any ill affects from the day and if you get a chance to do this tour I would highly recommend it. The tours were cancelled for a while and if you look up chernobyl tours you should get loads of info. I just booked one when I arrived in Kiev. Another great thing I would recommend is to check out what is playing at the kiev opera house. I saw a ukrainian folk lore show for about $12 and it was breathtaking and at that price well worth looking into. Just go there and see whats one.
have a great trip
Edited by: ethelfleda
Mar 21, 2012 1:00 PM
Apr 18, 2012 12:23 AM
9You can book and buy tickets foe any train by internet. I just did it yesterday as I go to Ukraine in May.
You can start with www.uz.gov.ua by choosing a train than you will be conected with other page like: www.e-kvytok.ua. They charge around 15uah for booking.
Trains are the best option to travel around Ukraine.
Apr 18, 2012 11:40 PM
10Trains in Ukraine are fine as long as you do not expect some luxury. The comfort depends on the train type, usually trains with two digits are superior in quality compared to those with three digits. E.g. trains #91 or #97 from Kiev to Lviv will be very good, just like any other European overnight train, but the #162 train will most likely be worse in terms of traveler's comfort. In summer, when a lot of people drive to the South, additional trains and extra carriages are added, where the comfort is usually inferior. And yes, for traveling from Kiev to Odessa in the summer time make sure to book in advance in either online (I haven't used the system yet) or in a railway ticket office in Kiev (one is situated in the railway station, the other one being in the "Express" hotel not far from the station).
Apr 19, 2012 11:06 AM
11I recently took an overnight train from Kiev to Simferopol - however, I bought the ticket (At Kiev station) only one day before travelling, and despite this being early April, standard class (Kupe) was full. In the event, I paid for the first class, which came out at about 80 euros. The ride was comfortable (very few stops) and the stations at either end have left luggage facilities. My Ukrainian travel companion insisted on plying me with his cognac....
Nov 22, 2012 4:12 PM
12Just to add:
There are 2 trains from Odessa to Simferopol (Crimea). One is Odessa to Simferopol which changes its timetable in summer. Now starts at 11.59 pm and arrives at 11.35 am. The other one is Odessa-Khmelnitsky. Starts in Odessa at about 10 pm and arrives to Crimea at about 9 am.
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