Changes to Ukraine-Poland/Romania trains?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Feb 9, 2013 7:54 AM Last Post By: MaxT
Feb 8, 2013 4:01 PM
Changes to Ukraine-Poland/Romania trains?I notice that there on DB Bahn site that are no more day trains linking Lviv to Krakow, just an overnight one. There used to be a couple of non-night trains a day it seemed for many years. Did these get axed?
Also, there doesn't seem to be a Chernovcy-Suceava train anymore. According to the DB site you can only do that route via Moldova at a staggering 44 hours. Is this correct? If so, are there any daily buses or Marshrutkas that run this route anymore?
Feb 8, 2013 7:28 PM
1I just did this route in Oct/2012. I can't speak much for the trains, however this was my route.
I took the train in the late morning Krakow/ Przemysl. Spent the afternoon and night in Przemysl.Then took a direct bus Przemysl/Lviv in the late morning. The bus stopped for both the Polish exit stamp and the Ukrainian entry stamp. The journey was just over 100km, but the bus still took almost 4 hours.
From Lviv took the train to Chernivtsi(Chernovcy?). My understanding was that there was only one train/day.
The train left early evening and arrived just before 11:00pm.
For Chernivtsi/Suceava I took a direct bus. It left Chernitsi at 7:00am. From what I understood, also the only direct bus that day. The bus stopped for the Ukraine exit stamp and the Romanian entry stamp. About 100km but still a 4 hour trip.
Feb 8, 2013 7:48 PM
Feb 9, 2013 6:17 AM
Actually it still runs (leaves Chernivtsi at ~10.34, arrives in Suceava 15.30-16.00).
Feb 9, 2013 7:54 AM
Yes, the remnants of this train (in last season - on transborder section it consisted only of 2 coaches Wroclaw - Kyiv) was completly canceled since middle of Dec 2012.
But anyway it was useless for most travelers, who ride from one interesting city to closest next one.
For travel between Poland and Lviv it was too slow and too expensive (additinaly to not a cheap international fare - there was mandatory payment for sleeping coach, on such small distance it increased price almost twice, also this forced to ride in a sleeping coach looked like the especialy perverse mockery because section between Poland and Lviv was covered in daytime).
Yes, it's just kind of incomplete information on DB. Train still in operation.
But the issue for usage for such travel is the same as previous case - there are no seating coaches in the train, with same consequences - you must use sleeping car for daytime ride, overpaying for it additinally to not a cheap international fare.
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