Warning: There are about 50 pictures in this thread.
It has always been my dream to take the Transsiberian Rail. Unfortunately, the costs are quite high – not necessarily just the ticket, but to get to Russia, one needs a rather expensive visa and transportation there is not the cheapest either. So, I decided to get my first flavor of the former Soviet Union train rides in Ukraine.
I planned a 5 day trip to Ukraine with a friend from Poland. As I am from Lublin, a city 50 miles away from the Ukrainian border, and I spend most of my summers here, it was easy enough to get to the nearest big city, Lviv, which used to be Polish until 1945. So, we took a bus which cost 20 USD round trip and made a 100 mile, 6 hour trip to Lviv. There, we spent a few days and also took a one day trip to Odessa, a Black Sea resort. Here is the report from this train trip.
We bought tickets online. Tickets go on sale 45 days before departure for all trains in most of the former USSR. Because of the war in the east of Ukraine, the local currency, hryvna, went down tremendously. Becuase of that, the tickets were ridicuolously cheap. For a 550 mile, 12 hour trip in 2nd class (kupe, 4 berth shared sleeper) we paid 11 USD. The return trip was in the lowest, 3rd class (plackartniy, open car sleepers) we paid only 7.30 USD! This also included a serving of tea...
So here we go
First, here’s the map of the trip and the route with stations:
And here’s our return ticket:
I mentioned that we bought the tickets online. The way the system works is that for some trains, you can do electronic tickets, but on others, you must go to the train station anywhere in Ukraine and get it printed out. It’s already paid for, but it has to be printed out on a regular ticket paper. So our trip to Odessa was on an eTicket, but return was like this.
Here’s a roundabout with a road which leads to the train station. This is the view towards city center, particularly old town.
Edited by Barciur, 24 July 2015 - 02:34 AM.