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How to Travel From Kiev to Odessa by Train
Traveling by train in the Ukraine is common use of transportation. With Kiev Boryspil being the only large international airport at the moment, it actually makes sense flying to the capital and move through Ukraine by railroad.
In this blog post I will discuss the best way to get from Kiev to Odessa by train and how you can travel from Kiev International Airport (Boryspil) to Kiev Central Station.
Kiev Boryspil Airport to Kiev Central Station
Getting from Kiev Boryspil Airport to Kiev Central Station is easy. Once you arrive at the airport there is a shuttle bus service that departs every 20 minutes. The price is 80 UAH and you can only pay in cash to the driver.
You can recognize this bus service by its large purple buses and they only drive directly to the central station. The drive takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the traffic.
You can find them on the far right side when you exit the airport. It says on the side of the bus “Vokzal” , but also the english words “Kiev Train Station”
I would not recommend taking a taxi as it takes you 45 minutes and will cost you at least double.
Booking your ticket
Booking a train ticket for your travels through Ukraine is actually very easy. You can visit the official website Booking.UA and buy your ticket online. First, change the language settings to English and select the route you wish to travel.
Selecting a route
Keep in mind that when you are filling in the city names, these should be written according to the Ukrainian English version.
Therefore, Kiev is Kyiv and so on. This might be confusing a bit, but if your city name does not show up just Google it.
You will see the alternative names at almost every Wikipedia page. Include a date, time and if you wish the trip to be a round trip.
Selecting the train and seating
Once you have determined your route you can see which trains are available for you. Don’t worry if Kiev is not the first name on the route. This only means that Kiev is a stop between another city and Odessa. I recommend you choose the Intercity as they are much faster, have a catering service on board and free internet WiFi.
Select your seat in either first class or second class and you are good to go. Some of the long distance trains also over sleep cabins, so if you have a night train you might want to consider this option.
Paying and printing
Once you have selected your seat you add this seat to your shopping card. The next step is to checkout and make the payment with your credit card. It is a simple as that! You will receive your tickets in your mailbox.
Print it out, make sure your first and last name are correct and you are good to go, but bring your passport with you as you will need to identify yourself when they are checking your ticket.
Relax, sit back and enjoy your amazing travel by train in the Ukraine!