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
Stolychnyi ekspres Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk
First class wagons are quite clean and offer a good comfort.
The are equipped with very nice reclining seats and in the middle of the compartment there is also a small table.
As in the “renewed” wagons, there is a control panel (lights, radio, wc status and AC plug).
In each compartment there are 2 monitors where is possible to watch movies in Russian language.
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.
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:
Freight train in Donetsk:
Other kind of Ukrainian trains
Elektrichka (Электричка) or Elektropoezd
http://www.uz.gov.ua (site in Russian and Ukrainian)