Train in Ukraine: Stolychnyi ekspres (столичний експрес)

In Ukraine there are also trains which are more similar to our intercities than to a standard elektrichas. These trains are called Stolychnyi ekspres (столичний експрес) and they connect Kyiv with Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

They are composed by wagon of first and second class with only sitting places divided in compartment of 6 places (we tried only the first class).

Stolychnyi ekspres Kyiv – Kharkiv

Locomotiv Siemens. Train Kyiv - KharkivLocomotiv Siemens. Train Kyiv – Kharkiv

Locomotiv stolychnyi ekspresLocomotiv stolychnyi ekspres

Train Kyiv - KharkivTrain Kyiv – Kharkiv

Stolychnyi ekspres, waiting at the Kyiv's stationStolychnyi ekspres, waiting at the Kyiv’s station

Wagon of the train Kyiv - KharkivWagon of the train Kyiv – Kharkiv

Stolychnyi ekspres Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Train Kiev - DnipropetrovskTrain Kiev – Dnipropetrovsk

Stolichniy-express to DnipropetrovskStolichniy-express to Dnipropetrovsk

Inside wagons

First class wagons are quite clean and offer a good comfort.

Corridor train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskCorridor train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Corridor first class wagon, stolychnyi ekspresCorridor first class wagon, stolychnyi ekspres

The are equipped with very nice reclining seats and in the middle of the compartment there is also a small table.

Compartment of the train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskCompartment of the train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

As in the “renewed” wagons, there is a control panel (lights, radio, wc status and AC plug).

The control panel inside the compartmentThe control panel inside the compartment

In each compartment there are 2 monitors where is possible to watch movies in Russian language.

One of the monitors, train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskOne of the monitors, train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Toilets of the train

There are 2 WC for each wagon and, at least in the first class, they look even better that the ones available on the renewed sleeping cars. They look very clean and have also a dispenser of hygienic paper covering for WC.

Toilet of the train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskToilet of the train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

WC of the train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskWC of the train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Price of the tickets

First class tickets are quite expensive if compared with the elekrickas’ ones. Anyway it is possible to feel the difference.
The first class during our trip was almost empty.

One way ticket for the route Kyiv – Kharkiv
1 class: 176.17 UAH
2 class: 104.43 UAH

Videos of Ukrainian trains

Train “Zakarpattia” departing from Kiev:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k7Z4mN5Clg

Freight train in Donetsk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhPAFR4myPk

Other kind of Ukrainian trains

Elektrichka (Электричка) or Elektropoezd
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/elektricka

Overnight trains
http://www.ukrlandia.com.ua/treni-ucraini

Train timetable

http://www.uz.gov.ua (site in Russian and Ukrainian)

Trains in Ukraine, Elektrichka (Электричка)

The Elektrichka (Электричка)is the typical Ukrainian local train. Called also elektropoezd (электропоезд) is popular on the short routes where it is possible to arrive at destination in few hours.

They are multiple unit trains and they don’t have sleeping cars but normal passengers cars of first and second class.

As always a significant difference is the age of the train. There are new Elektrichka called “comfort” and old ones that of comfortable have really very few…

Usually the newest Elektrichka are operative on the main lines as Dnipropetrovsk – Donetsk, and the other ones are more popular on less important routes.

Here are several photos of different Elektrichka (modern ones).

Elektrichka Dnipropetrovsk – Donetsk

An elektrichka at the Dnipropetrovsk's railway stationAn elektrichka at the Dnipropetrovsk’s railway station

Elektrichka's wagonsElektrichka’s wagons

Elektrichka Dnepropetrovsk - DonetskElektrichka Dnepropetrovsk – Donetsk

Elektrichka Kiev – Khmnelnitskiy

Elektrichka Kiev - KhmnelnitskiyElektrichka Kiev – Khmnelnitskiy

The elektrichka waiting in KievThe elektrichka waiting in Kiev

Elektrichka alla stazione di Kiev (Vydubichi) local service

Elektrichka at Vydubichi (Kiev)Elektrichka at Vydubichi (Kiev)

Elektrichka at Vydubichi (Kiev)Elektrichka at Vydubichi (Kiev)

Inside the wagons

The quality of wagons ad of the seats depend not only on the class but also on the kind of Elektrichka. You can find carriages with comfortable seats + small table and tv (if it works) and other ones with simple wooden seats.

Elektrichka Kiev – Khmnelnitskiy (inside the first class)

First class elektrichka Kiev - KhmnelnitskiyFirst class elektrichka Kiev – Khmnelnitskiy

Elektrichka, first class (notice TV)Elektrichka, first class (notice TV)

Elektrichka Dnepropetrovsk – Donetsk (First class)

Elektrichka's wagonElektrichka’s wagon

Elektrichka's seats. Dnepropetrovsk - DonetskElektrichka’s seats. Dnepropetrovsk – Donetsk

Having traveled on all these trains, we can say the elektrichka Kiev – Khmnelnitskiy was more comfortable than the one between Dnipropetrovsk – Donetsk even if from outside the second one looks better.

Toilets

The toilets of the Elektichka are not better than the ones of the overnight trains.
They only offer a simple faucet and a turkish WC and they are not even available on all carriages.

The WC of an elektrichkaThe WC of an elektrichka

Price of the tickets

They are quite cheap even if you chose the first class.
For the route Dnipropetrovsk – Donetsk we paid just 29 Hryvnia head (less than 2 euro).

At least for in the first class, you can’t sit where you want. Your place is booked when you buy the ticket.

Train timetable

http://www.uz.gov.ua (site in Russian and Ukrainian)

Ukrainian cities

List of the main Ukrainian cities with their names written in Russian and in Ukrainian.

Russian names

Ukrainian names

Kiev (Киев) Kyiv (Київ)
Sevastopol’ (Севастополь) Sevastopol’ (Севастополь)
Borispol’ (Борисполь) Boryspil’ (Бориспіль)
Cherkassy (Черкассы) Cherkasy (Черкаси)
Chernovtsy (Черновцы) Chernivtsi (Чернівці)
Chernigov (Чернигов) Chernigiv (Чернігів)
Dnepropetrovsk (Днепропетровск) Dnipropetrovsk (Дніпропетровск)
Donetsk (Донецк) Donets’k (Донецьк)
Ivano-Frankovsk
(Ивано-Франковск)
Ivano-Frankivsk
(Ивано-Франківск)
Khar’kov (Харьков) Kharkiv (Харків)
Kherson (Херсон) Kherson (Херсон)
Khmnel’nitskiy (Хмнельницкий) Khmnel’nyts’kyi (Хмнельницький)
Kirovograd (Кировоград) Kirovograd (Кіровоград)
Lugansk (Луганск) Lugans’k (Луганськ)
Lutsk (Луцк) Luts’k (Луцьк)
L’vov (Львов) L’viv (Львів)
Nikolayev (Николаев) Mykolaiv (Миколаїв)
Odessa (Одесса) Odesa (Одеса)
Poltava (Полтава) Poltava (Полтава)
Rovno (Ровно) Rivne (Рівне)
Simferopol’ (Симферополь) Simferopol’ (Сімферополь)
Sumy (Сумы) Sumy (Суми)
Ternopol’ (Тернополь) Ternopil’ (Тернопіль)
Uzhgorod (Ужгород) Uzhgorod (Ужгород)
Vinnitsa (Винница) Vinnytsa (Вінница)
Zaporozh’e (Запорожье) Zaporizhzhia (Запоріжжя)
Zhitomir (Житомир) Zhytomyr (Житомир)

Rent a flat in Ukraine

List of web sites where it is possible to rent a flat.

Web sites which offer flats in different cities
(Kiev, Donetks, Lviv, Lugansk, Sevastopol, Simferopol etc..)

http://apartmentscrimea.com (Yalta, Sevastopol, Evpatorya, Alupka, Alushta, Gaspra, Livadia, Koreiz, Kerch)
from 20 usd

http://come2ukraine.com (Kharkiv, Kiev, Lviv, Odessa,  Sevastopol, Simferopol, Yalta)
from 27 usd

http://www.kievrent.net
from 16 usd

http://www.odessaapts.com (Odessa, Nikolaev)
from 44 usd

http://www.odessarental.com (Odesa, Kyiv, Kharkiv)
from 40 usd

http://www.sevastopolapartments.com (Sevastopol, Alushta, Yalta)
from 35 usd

http://www.travel2sevastopol.com
from 40 usd

http://www.ukraine-accommodation.com
from 40 usd

http://ukraineapartments.com
from 20 usd

http://www.ukraine-apartment.com (Kharkiv, Odessa)
from 25 usd

http://www.ukrainefare.com
from 40 usd

http://www.uaapartments.com (Kyiv, Odessa, Lvov, Kharkiv, Vinnitsa)
from 29 usd

Sites which offer apartments in specific cities

Kyiv, Kiev

http://www.accommodation.kiev.ua
from 300 hrn 60 usd

http://www.alserent.kiev.ua
from 60 euro

http://apartments.com.ua
from 55 usd

http://www.bestkievapartment.com
from 70 usd

http://bestkievrent.com
from 40 usd

http://www.citybaseapartments.com
from 54 euro

http://www.flatlux.net
from 47 euro

http://izbushka.kiev.ua/?lang=en Kyiv
from 53 usd

http://www.kievaccommodation.com

from 71 usd

http://www.kievaccommodation.net
from 50 usd

http://www.kievapts.com
from 77 usd

http://kievapartmentsrent.net
from 70 usd

http://www.kiar.biz
from 75 usd

http://www.kiev-tour.kiev.ua
from 70 usd

http://www.rentkiev.net
from 80 usd

http://www.rentapartments.com.ua
from 60 usd (no pre payment)

http://www.senator-apartments.kiev.ua

from 145 usd

http://www.uarent.com
from 55 euro

http://www.ukr-apartments.kiev.ua
from 36 euro

Odesa, Odessa

http://fromukraine2u.com
from 40

http://www.gotoodessa.com
from 40 usd

http://www.odessapartments.com
from 60 usd

http://odessaapartmentsrent.com
from 55 usd

http://www.odessabestapartments.com
from 50 usd

http://www.odessaexecutivesuites.com
from 80 usd

http://www.odessarentaflat.com
from 55 usd

Dnipropetrovsk, Dnepropetrovsk

http://www.apartmentsrent.com.ua
from 55 usd

http://www.dnepropetrovsk-apartment.com
from 45 usd

http://www.mystay.org
from 40 usd

http://rentaflat.dp.ua
from 40 euro

Lviv, Lvov

http://www.inlviv.info
from 50 usd

http://www.lviv-rent.com
from 45 usd

http://www.rent-lviv.com
from 350 uah about 70 usd

http://www.rent.lviv.ua
from 150 uah

Mykolayiv, Nikolaiev

http://www.gotonikolaev.com
from 35 usd

http://nikolaevapartmentsrent.com
from 45 usd

http://www.nikolaevapartments.net
from 39 usd

Donetsk

http://www.intours.donetsk.ua
60 usd

Kharkiv, Kahrkov

http://www.kharkov-apartment.com
from 40 usd

Kherson

http://www.khersonrent.com
from 45 usd

Poltava

http://welcome-to-poltava.com.ua
from 20 usd

Prices can vary from month to month. (low and high season)

All sites are in English.

There are many other sites on the net where it is possible to book a flat, if you want to add some new site you can post it as comment, we will check it and after if it is fine we will add it to the list.

Ukrainian metro: Dnipropetrovsk

The Dnipropetrovsk metro is the smallest metro system in Ukraine (the others two are in Kyiv and Kharkiv).
Some new segments are already in construction nowadays and there are also several new plans for a future enlargement.

Lines (only one line)

1….. Tsentralno-Zavodska (6 Stations)

Metro map

Dnipropetrovsk metro map

Tickets

One-way ticket: 60 kopiykas (0.60 Hryvnia)
The price might increase in the short term.

Tickets have the shape of plastic tokens used for turnstiles.

Further information

Dnipropetrovsk metro official web site:
http://gorod.dp.ua/metro/eng/

Dnipropetrovsk metro on wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dnipropetrovsk_Metro