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Europe by train: prices and trends

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Almost all tickets for the international routes of “Ukrzaliznytsia” will have to buy in cash. Recently buy a travel document via the Internet is possible only in Przemysl. Yeah and cheaper only cost a trip to Poland.

Reporters learned that in some European countries Ukrainians can visit the railway.

Where to go on the train

Ukraine has direct railway communication with Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania. The ticket price is approximate, since the rate depends on the exchange rate.

In Poland every day I go five trains. Ticket on the route Kiev-Przemysl in the first class is 818 hryvnia, the second – 577 UAH, and the road will take 6 hours and 25 minutes. The composition of stops in Korosten and Zhytomyr.

At the same time from Lviv trip will cost 336-242 hryvnia. On this route you can save, reaching the city on the reserved seat for 140 hryvnias from the Kiev, and then transfer to a intercity in Poland.

The road from Kiev to Warsaw by train will take 16 hours. The train stops in Ukraine and Poland, passes the Hill and Lublin. The ticket costs 2400 UAH.

From Lvov train to wrocław. He stops in Krakow and Przemysl. To the terminal station to go for 13 hours. The price is 1900 UAH.

Also from Zdolbuniv ride the train to Hill. The ticket will cost 400 UAH, Kovel – 240 UAH.

Road to Budapest (Hungary), from Kiev will cost 2300 UAH. The train runs daily through Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Lviv, Chop and hajdúszoboszló. From the Ukrainian capital road will take 23 hours and 20 minutes.

In Bucharest (Romania) from Kiev you can go for 2900 USD and 27 hours. He goes on Fridays and runs through Vinnitsa, Chernivtsi and Suceava.

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In Bratislava (Slovakia) you can go on non-stop trailer car. From Kiev ticket will cost 2700 USD. The train goes through Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Lviv and košice. The road from Kiev will take 30 hours. The train goes five days a week, except for Thursday and Friday, and it is not sent on 30 August, 13 September and 15 November.

The ticket price from Kiev to Prague (Czech Republic) – 3500 UAH. The train runs daily via Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Lviv, Chop and Kosice. The entire journey takes 32 hours and 25 minutes.

Cheaper than the train or airplane

Sometimes travel to neighboring countries by train is not beneficial to either price or time. For example, a ticket Lviv-Wroclaw on low-cost Wizz Air is 889 hryvnias, and the flight only takes 1 hour and 10 minutes. The ticket from Kiev to Budapest will cost 1770 UAH 530 hryvnia cheaper than the train. And the flight is 1 hour 40 minutes.

If you compare with UIA flight Kiev-Prague will cost 3570 UAH (ticket price three weeks before departure) – is 70 USD more expensive than the train, but will save 20 hours on the road. However, the ticket on the train Kiev-Przemysl cheaper than a bus trip or hop a plane in any Polish city.

The possibilities of the Ukrainian railway are limited to the difference in railway gauges in the EU and the former Soviet Union. In Slovakia only two cut syrokomla: between košice and Uzhhorod, Cierna nad Tisou and Chop. In Poland, syrokomlya connects with Ukraine, the Hill of Przemysl. A train arrived from Kiev to Warsaw or Prague, the composition changing wheelsets.

“Duration of carriage in international traffic is bound to the formalities when crossing borders. Can be an hour to fly to Warsaw and then another two hours to stand at passport control and baggage reclaim. And the train, like it or not, standing two hours at the border while passing control, and then another, waiting for replacement trucks in the transition to the European track” – says the expert in the field of transport Sergey Khizhnyak.

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But the train has its advantages. One train can carry 500 to 700 passengers with a single ticket price. The airline ticket prices are formed dynamically, and each passenger pays a different ticket in the same row or class. Cheap tickets airline can put about 10, the rest can be more expensive than the train. Also, the train is a big baggage allowance. On the plane he will have to pay.

Should I wait for reduction of prices on international routes of “Ukrzaliznytsia”

The Ministry of infrastructure has approved the rates for international routes in 2012. They are tied to the Euro and expect lower prices are not worth it. Compared to last year, the train trips abroad went up by 20-35%.

Last year the former head of “Ukrzaliznytsya” Wojciech Balczun promised to expand the network of available international routes to neighboring European countries. However, Balcone fired. When it appeared the routes in Poland – Przemysl Hill. In “Ukrzaliznytsia” has not disclosed plans for adding new routes.

“Ukrzaliznytsya” for the extension of the network must calculate all the risks, says Sergey Khizhnyak. And because international routes should not be subsidized, and to reduce the cost of tickets is not necessary.

“If Ukrzaliznytsia sees that it is competitive compared to other modes of transport: low-cost airlines or bus — then you can go to the routes, if not – then this market should not concentrate”, – says Sergey Khizhnyak.

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