Ukrainian Trains

In a large country as Ukraine, trains are most of all composed by sleeping cars. They usually travel during the night taking in average about 10 hours to reach the final destination.

The train depart usually in the late afternoon ad arrive at destination the next morning. This happen on routes as Kiev – Donetsk, Kiev – Ivano – Frankovsk. On other routes as Donetsk – Lvov, the trip last even more than 1 day.

The locomotives

Some are electrical and other are Diesel. We are not expert so we just public some photos of them.

Electrical Ukrainian locomotiveElectrical Ukrainian locomotive

Ukrainian locomotiveUkrainian locomotive

Old Ukrainian locomotiveOld Ukrainian locomotive

The sleeping cars

The carriages are characterized by their typical light blue color with yellow stripe. There anyway wagons with different colors as the one of the train Uzgorod – Kiev.

Several trains also have a specific name ex. Donbass  for the Donetsk – Kiev, Dnipro for the Dnepropetrovsk – Kiev etc…

Sleeping car "Donbass" Donetsk - KievSleeping car  “Donbass” Donetsk – Kiev

Train "Azov", Mariupol - KievTrain “Azov”, Mariupol – Kiev

Train "Zakarpattia", Uzgorod - KievTrain “Zakarpattia”, Uzgorod – Kiev

The name and the destination are written on a plate on both sides of the wagon.

"Donbass", Donetsk-Kiev“Donbass”, Donetsk-Kiev

Prikarpattia, Ivano-Frankisvsk - Kyiv“Prikarpattia”, Ivano-Frankisvsk – Kyiv

Apart from the “traditional” wagons, there are also renewed carriages which especially inside are much better than the previous ones.

Renewed wagon, train "Donbass"Renewed wagon, train “Donbass”

Renewed wagon of the train Lviv - KyivRenewed wagon of the train Lviv – Kyiv

A part of the normal sleeping cars exist also a restaurant wagon.

Restaurant wagon, train "Donbass"Restaurant wagon, train “Donbass”

Interior of the sleeping cars

Mainly the wagons are possible to be divided in these 3 typologies:

First class: Lyuks (Люкс) compartments with only 2 beds  (and extra comforts)

Second class: Kupe (Купе) compartment with 4 beds, 2 up and 2 down

Third class: Platskart (Плацкарт) there is not division in compartments. You have more than 3 neighbors…

In some trains exist also a forth class Zahal’nyi (Загальний), where there are only sits and not beds.

A big difference consist in the age of the carriage and if the wagon was renewed or not.

Kupe class “traditional” wagons

These wagons can be quite good (even if not renewed) as the ones of the “Donbass” (see photo) or to be rather old as the ones of the Donetsk – Sevastopol or the ones of  the “Prikarpattia”.

In general, the standard comfort are:

–  “Clean” bed linen (at least they are given in a sealed package)

– Radio and lights for the whole compartment

– A personal light next to every bed.

– Clotheshorses

– Boxes where to put the luggage (over the door and under the two down beds)

– Power plugs, usually only inside and next to the toilet (often they don’t work)

– Heating system and conditioned air (not always working property and sometimes not even available)

There are 2 toilets for every wagon.

Entrance wagon Kupe, "Prikarpattia"Entrance wagon Kupe, “Prikarpattia”

Train Donbass, Donetsk – Kiev

Entrance of the corridor, train "Donbass"Entrance of the corridor, train “Donbass”

Corridoio vagone Donetsk - KievCorridor wagon Donetsk – Kiev

Compartment Kupe, train Donetsk - KievCompartment Kupe, train Donetsk – Kiev

Stair to the upper bed, train Donetsk - KievStair to the upper bed, train Donetsk – Kiev

Upper bed with mattressUpper bed with mattress

Control panel, train "Donbass"Control panel, train “Donbass”

Train Lviv – Donetsk

Corridor of the wagon, train Lviv - DonetskCorridor of the wagon, train Lviv – Donetsk

Upper bed with bed linenUpper bed with bed linen

Train Donestk – Sevastopol

Small table, train Donetsk - SevastopolSmall table, train Donetsk – Sevastopol

Upper bed with light, train Donetsk - SevastopolUpper bed with light, train Donetsk – Sevastopol

Between all these trains the most comfortable was the “Donbass”. The worst was the Sevastopol also because when we tried it was winter and the radiators were extremely hot and the air inside the compartment was very heavy.

Renewed wagons

These carriages are completely renewed. They look clean and modern. In general they don’t have anything to envy to the western ones.

Inside the compartments there is a special control panel which also tell if the WC are busy or not. On it there is also a power plug every useful for to reach PC or mobile phones.

The toilets are much, much better than the previous ones.

Train Donbass, Donetsk – Kiev

Entrance train "Donbass", renewed wagonEntrance train “Donbass”, renewed wagon

Corridor renewed wagon, train "Donbass"Corridor renewed wagon, train “Donbass”

Compartment, train Donetsk - KievCompartment, train Donetsk – Kiev

Upper bed, train "Donbass"Upper bed, train “Donbass”

Kupe, "Donbass" Donetsk - KievKupe, “Donbass” Donetsk – Kiev

Luggage boxLuggage box

Control panel of the compartmentControl panel of the compartment

Train “Lviv”, Lviv – Kyiv

Renewed wagon train "Lviv"Renewed wagon train “Lviv”

Compartment train "Lviv"Compartment train “Lviv”

Bed and mattress, train  Lviv - KyivBed and mattress, train  Lviv – Kyiv

The toilets

They are usually not hygienic and essential. Especially before the arrival (so after the night) they are dirty and the floor is often wet.

Much better are the ones of the renewed wagons.

“Normal” wagons

Toilet, train "Donbass"Toilet, train “Donbass”

Sink, Ukrainian trainSink, Ukrainian train

WC train Lviv - DonetskWC train Lviv – Donetsk

Renewed wagons

Sink, train "Donbass"Sink, train “Donbass”

WC, train Donetsk - KievWC, train Donetsk – Kiev

Tickets:

The prices of the tickets change according to the distance, the class and the kind of the wagon. The renewed wagons cost a bit more (but the difference of price is truly worthy).

Example:

Kyiv-Lviv

First class: about 500 uah (100 usd)

Second class: about 125 uah (25 usd)

Third class: about 80 uah (16 usd)

The best one is the Kupe (quality/price).

The first class can costs even more than to take the plane.

Remember to book as soon as you can or you risk to don’t find any ticket left.

Keep your ticket in a place where you can easily reach it. The woman of the carriage will ask it two times:
1 before you to come inside her wagon
2 when the train depart and in this occasion she will not give it back (when you are close to your destination, you can ask her to give it back to you).

Notes:

-As rule, the down beds are considered to be the best, since you can also sit there and not only to lie down… and for this reason are also the first that are sold out.
Grannies and grandpa will aspect you to give them such place even if you own a ticket for such place.

-Before to lay down on your bed, you need to “make the bed”
you will find there a kind of mattress, a pillow, several “clean” shits and an heavy blanket.
Prior to your arrival, you have to put everything as it was before and give all those “clean” shits to the woman of the train.

For to know how to read Ukrainian tickets:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/train-tickets-ukraine

Videos of Ukrainian trains

Train “Zakarpattia” departing from Kiev:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k7Z4mN5Clg

Other types of Ukrainian trains

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

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

Ukrainian train timetable

http://www.uz.gov.ua (only 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)

Wedding in Ukraine: legalization and translation wedding certificate

The wedding certificate given by the ZAGS during the wedding day, has to be legalized and translated for to be transcripted also in your native country.

Here we will talk about the procedure required for the Italian citizens. For other countries can be different.

This procedure is also required for to get the visa from the embassy.

1 You must bring the wedding certificate to the RAGZ of your city.

RAGZ DonetskDonetsk RAGZ (close to the ZUM)

At the RAGZ you will be asked to fill out some document and then to pay (through bank which is not inside the RAGZ, you can find one at the ZUM)

Once you have done all this they will put a stamp on your wedding certificate.

Required time: few hours.

When to come: in the morning.

Price: about 50 Hryvnia

2

Now go to Kiev and bring the certificate to the Consular Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs for to the legalization.

The department is different from the one where you brought the Nulla osta.
This time it is located in Рыльский пер. Ryl’skiy per., next to the Cathedral of Saint Sofia.

Legalization wedding certificate, KievEntrance of the department.

In this office you need once again to fill out different documents and to pay in the same way as before. There is a bank next to the department.

In general there are many people, but not all them are there for the same thing. Ask before to make the queue.

This office work expecially for Italy and some other countries ask for to know to which office to go.

Required time: you have your certificate back the same day in the afternoon.

Timetable: bring the certificate from 9 to 12 and get it back from 16 to 17.

Prezzo: about 50 Hryvnia

3 Once your certificate is ready, you can bring it for the translation. This operation has to be done by a translator accreditated by the Italian Embassy. Ask the list of them directly at the embassy (you can send an email).

Required time: Depend on the translator, in general about 1 day.

Price: 50 Hryvnia

In the next post we will talk about the transcription of the wedding in Italy and how to get the visa from the Italian embassy.

Wedding procedures

1 For the list of documents given by the Italian Embassy in Kiev (in Italian) visit:
http://www.ukrlandia.com.ua/matrimonio-in-ucraina

2 How to get the Nulla osta from the embassy:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/get-nulla-osta-wedding

3 What to do once you have gotten your nulla osta:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/after-nulla-osta-ukraine

4 For to know which documents bring to the ZAGS:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/wedding-documents-zags

5 Fill out the wedding request form at the ZAGS (translated in English):
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/wedding-applicance-ukraine

6 The wedding day
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/wedding-day

Fill out the wedding request form at the ZAGS

In this post we publish and translate the wedding request form given by the ZAGS which must be filled out by both future husband and wife.

Modulo matrimonio Ucrainaside A

Modulo richiesta matrimonioside B

Side A

This module is composed by a singular paper printed on both sides.
(We wrote side A and B just for to make easier the translation)

Upper part of the page:

On the right you have to write: name, patronymic and surname.

Under it on the left, there is written:
The appointment for the registration is (day, month, year)
The wedding was registered (day, month, year) Act number.

(Here you don’t have to write anything, this part is for the ZAGS)

Body of the page:

Request of wedding registration

The area called ВІН is for the man and ВОНА for the bride.

1 Surname
2 Nome
3 Patronymic
4 Birthday and age
5 Place of birth (city, village, rayon, oblast’, country)
6 Citizenship

7 Military conscription
In this part you are requested to write if you did the military conscription or not.
(probable it is important only for Ukrainian citizenship)

8 Family status (Single, Widow, Divorced)
If divorced, write the name of the document that prove it.
Number and date of the document which prove your wife/husband died.

9 Place of residence
(Full address with zip code)
———-
Zip code
City
Rayon
Oblast’
Country
street
building and flat number
———-

10 Identity document
———-
Series and number
Released by and when
———-

At the bottom of the page:

There are not obstacles for the wedding celebration. We want to get marry and
we ask to register our wedding according to the law.

After the wedding we want the following surnames:
(Here you are requested to write your surname after wedding. Man on the right and woman on the left)

The last few lines are to be filled out by the ZAGS.

Side B

We know about the consequences of the wedding.
We take the responsibility to inform each other about our medical conditions.
We know our right and duties as future husband and wife and parents.

We are aware about the consequences that false information can bring.

We ask to register our wedding with ceremony/without ceremony.
(write the date)

We agree/don’t agree to exchange medical documents about our health conditions.

Signature, before the man and then the woman.
Date.

At the bottom of the page:
Write you phone numbers.

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At the ZAGS you will find also some filled out sample of this form. From it you can take the answer you need.

Attention!

This form is the one given in Donetsk. It should be the same for every city but we can’t be sure about this.

Wedding procedures:

1 For the list of documents given by the Italian Embassy in Kiev visit: (in Italian)
http://www.ukrlandia.com.ua/matrimonio-in-ucraina

2 How to get the Nulla osta from the embassy:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/get-nulla-osta-wedding

3 What to do once you have gotten your nulla osta:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/after-nulla-osta-ukraine

4 For to know which documents bring to the ZAGS:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/wedding-documents-zags

5 The wedding day
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/wedding-day

6 Legalization and translation of the wedding certificate:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/legalization-wedding-certificate