Ukraine by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Ukraine.

Here you will find information for Ukraine about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.


Useful Information

Population: 42.22 million

Currency: Ukrainian Hryvnja

Language: Ukrainian

Capital: Kiev

Country Code: +380

Time Zone: Eastern European Time

Travel Warning for Ukraine

Because of the war, we do not recommend traveling to Ukraine. Please inform yourself in advance about possible entry restrictions. Stay healthy and safe travels.

Railwayhero does not take responsibility for any rail company or country’s decision to limit or refuse travel.

Train Companies

The rail network in Ukraine is operated by the state-owned railway company Ukrsalisnyzja (YB) also known as Ukrainian Railways.

Ukraine Rail Map


Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for Ukraine online on the Ukrainian Railways (YB) official homepage.

Buy your cheap train & bus tickets for Ukraine online at INFOBUS.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Ukraine.


The major rail network in Ukraine is composed of the following trains:

Regional Trains in Ukraine

Suburban and Regular Trains link small rural villages and to the next largest city.

  • 3rd Class only, a high capacity carriage with benches
  • No reservations required, nor possible

Intercity links large cities to one another.

  • 1st Class: Rows of comfortable seats or compartments
  • 2nd Class: Rows of seats
  • 3rd Class: Benches

Most of the international trains in Ukraine are sleeper trains. They connect Ukraine with Poland, Russia, Germany, and many other European countries.

Night trains in Ukraine


    • Kiev – Bucharest, Romania
    • Kiev – Košice, Slovenia
    • Kiev – Budapest – Vienna, Austria
    • Kiev – Warsaw, Poland (also known as the Kiev Express)
  • Reservations required.
  • Sleeping Carriage:
    • Spalny wagon (1st Class) has two-berth compartments, often with a washbasin and snacks included or can be bought from the carriage attendant. Bedding may be included in your ticket price or if not, an attendant sells it at a low price.
    • Kupeiny/ Kupe (2nd Class) has four-berth compartments, and snacks included or can be bought from the carriage attendant. Bedding may be included in your ticket price or if not, an attendant sells it at a low price.
  • Couchette car
    • Platskartny (3rd Class) is an open plan couchette car, with 4 berths located in an unclosed section of the carriage, and 2 berths located sideways
  • Seating:
    • Obshchi/ Zahalny vahon (4th Class) has 81 seats, no seat reservation, for short distance journeys along these routes


Frequently Travelled Routes In Ukraine


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Kiev to Charkiv 4:50 Direct IC
Kiev to Donezk 14:11 2 Bus & Train
Kiev to Lviv 5:50 Direct IC
Kiev to Odesa 7:22 Direct IC


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Kiev to Moscow, Russia 13:30 Direct Train
Kiev to Minsk, Belarus 9:25 Direct Train
Kiev to Warsaw, Poland 15:52 Direct Train
Lviv to Krakow, Poland 6:37 1 Train
Donetsk to Volgograd, Russia 16:00 Direct Bus


Ukraine travel routes

Ukraine Round Trip

Ukraine Round Trip

Main Train Stations

  • Kiev Passenger Railway Station: Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi (Київ-Пасажирський)
  • Lviv-Holovnyi Railway Station: (Льві́в-Головни́й)
  • Odesa-Holovna Railway Station (Одеса-Головна)

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Ukraine

We recommend traveling to Ukraine anytime from late April to September because of the warm temperatures and opportunities to explore more of the country. The Black Sea in the south is characterized by its Mediterranean climate and in the north, you will find a more continental climate, with cooler temperatures in the heat of summer, especially in the Carpathians.

Whether you’re interested in visiting the Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle, hiking the Carpathians, exploring the remnants of Chernobyl, or maybe eating some borscht and salo. Ukraine has plenty for you to experience from the moment you arrive.

  • High Season: June – August
  • Low Season: October – March


Accommodation In Ukraine


The best place to find cheap hotels for is to book by www.booking.com. There you will find a large selection of cheap hotels, hostels, and apartments. > BOOK HERE



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