Close-up of sleeping-car from Prague to Lviv & Kiev

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This page explains how to travel by train from Kiev or Lviv to other European cities and how to buy tickets the cheapest way.  It may help to know that Lviv is also spelt Lvov, and Kiev can also be spelt Kyiv.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another cityTrain times current for 2021, subject to confirmation.

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Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

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An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to Interrail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Train travel within Ukraine

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Kiev or Lviv to London...

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Kiev or Lviv to Paris...

Option 1, using the Przemysl-Berlin sleeper - the fastest option...

Option 2, using the Kiev-Warsaw sleeper...

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Kiev or Lviv to Brussels...

Option 1, using the Przemysl-Berlin sleeper - the fastest option...

Option 2, using the Kiev-Warsaw sleeper...

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Kiev or Lviv to Amsterdam...

Option 1, via Berlin...

Option 2, via Vienna...

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Kiev or Lviv to Luxembourg...

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Kiev or Lviv to Zurich & Switzerland...

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Kiev or Lviv to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome & Italy...
The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

A Comfortline sleeping-car on a Nightjet train at Vienna Hbf.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Brussels-Vienna sleeper

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Brussels-Vienna Nightjet...

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Kiev or Lviv to Barcelona & Spain...
Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou

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Kiev to Berlin...

Option 1, by air-conditioned intercity train to Przemysl then overnight sleeper to Berlin...

2nd class seats on Przemysl-Kiev train   The Przemysl to Lviv & Kiev train

Step 1, Kiev or Lviv to Przemysl by Intercity train.  2nd class seats are arranged 3+2 across the car width, 1st class seats are 2+2.  This is an Intercity train at Przemysl.  Photos courtesy of Nicholas Brooke.

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Step 2, Przemysl to Berlin by sleeper train...  This is a modern Polish sleeping-car of the type normally used on the Przemysl-Berlin train.  These cars also have two deluxe compartments with toilet & shower, but all compartments are sold as standard with washbasin on this train as PKP cannot guarantee that this type will always be available.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by sleeper train to Warsaw then EuroCity train to Berlin...

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Kiev or Lviv to Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg & Germany...

Option 1, via Berlin...

Option 2, via Vienna...

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Kiev or Lviv to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Scandinavia...

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Kiev or Lviv to Budapest & Vienna...

Option 1, Kiev or Lviv to Budapest by sleeper train.  See Ukrainian news report showing the new Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car service.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Kiev-Vienna sleeping-car about to leave Kiev Pass.  Photos courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car has its wheels changed at Chop

The sleeper is jacked up to have its bogies changed at Chop on the Ukrainian border.  Photo Helmut Uttenthaler.

Sleeper to Kiev about to leave Vienna   Ukrainian sleeper corridor   1, 2 or 3 bed Ukrainian sleeper compartment

The Vienna-Kiev sleeper at Vienna Hbf... Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment.

Option 2, Lviv to Budapest by daytime train.

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Kiev or Lviv to Prague & Bratislava...

Option 1, by Kiev-Kosice sleeping-car...

The Prague to Kiev train

The direct sleeping-car from Kiev to Prague, seen at Prague Hlavni.  This sleeper ceased being direct in December 2017, it now runs Kiev-Kosice with connecting train to Prague.

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin   Close-up of sleeping-car from Prague to Lviv & Kiev

A sleeper compartment with washbasin.  Courtesy of Alessandro

Option 2, via Krakow...

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Kiev or Lviv to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade...

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Kiev or Lviv to Brasov, Bucharest & Romania...

Option 1, via Budapest - a long way round, but the simplest option...

Option 2, via Odessa & Moldova - more direct, but slower...

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Kiev & Lviv to Warsaw...

Option 1, Kiev to Warsaw by Kiev Express sleeper train...

The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

Boarding the Kiev Express in Warsaw...

 

1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper...

 

...with washbasin.

Option 2, Kiev or Lviv to Warsaw by daytime trains with overnight stop in Krakow...

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Kiev & Lviv to Krakow...

Option 1, Kiev or Lviv to Krakow by sleeper train...

Option 2, Kiev or Lviv to Krakow by daytime trains...

2nd class seats on Przemysl-Kiev train   The Przemysl to Lviv & Kiev train

The new express train from Przemysl to Lviv & Kiev, seen boarding at Przemysl.  Photos courtesy of Nicholas Brooke.

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Kiev to Moscow...
Night train from Kiev to Moscow, about to leave Kiev   2-bed sleeper on night train from Kiev to Moscow.   TV screen in 2-bed sleeper on Kiev-Moscow train

Train 6 from Kiev to Moscow, boarding at Kiev station.

 

The 2-berth spalny vagon on train 6 even have an LCD TV.  Photos courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com


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