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This page explains how to travel by train from Kyiv - Kyiv in Ukrainian, Kyiv in English or Russian - or Lviv to other European cities and how to buy tickets the cheapest way.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another cityInformation current for 2022.

Trains are running as shown below, although for obvious reasons travel to Ukraine is now inadvisable, www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ukraine.

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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.

bullet pointEuropean train travel FAQ...

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

Trains between Kyiv & Lviv...

06:50 Intercity train from Kiev to Lviv   1st class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv

The 06:50 IC+ train from Kyiv to Lviv.

 

1st class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

2nd class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv   Cafe countrer on the 06:50 Intercity train Kiev to Lviv

2nd class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

 

Cafe counter. Larger photo. Courtesy DiscoverByRail.com.

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Kyiv or Lviv to London...

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Kyiv or Lviv to Paris...

These routes are still running in spite of the war.

Option 1, Kyiv or Lviv to Paris using the Kyiv-Vienna & Vienna-Paris sleepers...

Option 2, Kyiv to Paris using the Kyiv-Warsaw sleeper...

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Kyiv or Lviv to Brussels...

These routes are still running in spite of the war.

Option 1, Kyiv or Lviv to Brussels using the Kyiv-Vienna & Vienna-Brussels sleepers...

Option 2, Kyiv to Brussels using the Kyiv-Warsaw sleeper...

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Kyiv or Lviv to Amsterdam...

These routes are still running in spite of the war.

Option 1, Kyiv or Lviv to Amsterdam using the Kyiv-Vienna & Vienna-Amsterdam sleepers...

Option 2, Kyiv to Amsterdam using the Kyiv-Warsaw sleeper...

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Kyiv or Lviv to Luxembourg...

These routes are still running in spite of the war.

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Kyiv or Lviv to Zurich & Switzerland...

This route is still running in spite of the war.

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Kyiv or Lviv to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome & Italy...

This route is still running in spite of the war.

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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Kyiv 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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Kyiv to Berlin...

By Kyiv-Warsaw sleeper train then EuroCity train to Berlin - still running in spite of the war.

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

Via Vienna - still running in spite of the war.

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

Option 1, Kyiv to Kyiv to Copenhagen & Scandinavia using the Kyiv-Warsaw sleeper - still running in spite of the war...

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Kyiv or Lviv to Budapest & Vienna...

Option 1, Kyiv or Lviv to Budapest by sleeper train- still running in spite of the war.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Kyiv-Vienna sleeping-car about to leave Kyiv 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-Kyiv sleeper at Vienna Hbf... Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment.

Option 2, Kyiv or Lviv to Budapest via Mukachevo.

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Kyiv or Lviv to Prague & Bratislava...

Option 1, Kyiv & Lviv to Prague by Regiojet sleeper train - running in spite of the war, comfortable, cheap, easily booked online...

Regiojet overnight train   Regiojet couchette compartment

Option 2, Kyiv or Lviv to Prague using the Kyiv-Vienna & Vienna-Brussels sleepers - running in spite of the war...

Option 3, Kyiv or Lviv to Prague via Krakow...

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

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

Option 1, Kyiv or Lviv to Romania via Budapest - a long way round, but a simple option...

Option 2, Kyiv to Romania via Moldova - more direct, with a day free in Moldova between trains...

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Kyiv & Lviv to Warsaw...

Option 1, Kyiv to Warsaw by Kyiv Express sleeper train - still running in spite of the war...

The Warsaw to Kiev train at Warsaw Centralna

A Ukrainian sleeping-car on the Kyiv Express at Warsaw CentralnaCourtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

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

1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper...

 

Washbasin...

 

Kyiv Express...

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

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Kyiv & Lviv to Krakow...

Option 1, Kyiv & Lviv to Krakow by Regiojet train...

Option 2, Kyiv or Lviv to Krakow by daytime trains - still running in spite of the war...

06:50 Intercity train from Kiev to Lviv   1st class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv

Intercity train, Przemysl-Lviv-Kyiv.

 

1st class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

2nd class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv   Cafe countrer on the 06:50 Intercity train Kiev to Lviv

2nd class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.

 

Cafe counter. Larger photo. Courtesy DiscoverByRail.

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Kyiv to Chişinău...

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Kyiv 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 Kyiv to Moscow, boarding at Kyiv station.

 

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


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