8 Responses

  1. David
    David at |

    I assume you’ve visited http://seat61.com/Ukraine.htm, but if not Seat 61 is an amazing resource for train travel. It proved essential in booking my Trans-Mongolian trip and train travel through India.

    Enjoy it – train is truly the best way to travel. Make sure to grab a bottle of Russian Standard, some tomatoes, and cucumbers before departing, and you’ll make friends in no time.

    1. Seth
      Seth at |

      I use Seat61 all the time, David. It is my go-to resource for train-related information around the world. I was quite disappointed in this case that the information provided was out of date and none of the contact avenues I saw online were working so I couldn’t provide corrections to him. 🙁

      And I will definitely be packing a bottle of booze to help smooth the ride. 😀

  2. john
    john at |

    Seth,

    Just finished a trip to Ukraine where we also purchased train tickets prior to. Couple of things to note: the email ticket is NOT your final ticket as you need to present it to a “pilot” office where they will print a real ticket for you. We went first class from Kiev to Simferopol and, although a nice throwback to yesteryear, was glad I got flights for just a little more on the return trip. Great country- enjoy.

  3. EgorK
    EgorK at |

    Well, screenshot where you enter payment details is actually in Russian, not Ukranian. Also it seems you selected 2 upper beds for your 2nd class ticket while lower beds were available. Finally I wouldvrecomend to avoid 3rd class for night trains as there is no rooms – you basically sleep in the same room with 51 more passengers

    1. Seth
      Seth at |

      The pair of upper beds there was just to grab the screen-shot; we have better seats for our actual booked trip. And we’re only doing 3rd class on the short trip from Simferopol to Bakhchisaray. Enough time to see what the cabin is like but during the day where we don’t have to worry about sleeping.

      Thanks, john, for the note about getting the tickets exchanged at the station. I probably would’ve skipped that.

  4. Al
    Al at |

    Seth,

    If I’m not mistaken, the train from Simferopol to Bakchisaray is a commuter train or “elektrichka,” which has only one class of service. It is a car with rows or wooden benches, very different from the third class ‘platzkart’ on long distance sleeper trains.

    1. Seth
      Seth at |

      There are some through trains from Kyiv, too, which is what I’m looking at booking on. I was having trouble buying those tickets the other day when I was posting about this so maybe it isn’t meant to be and we’ll be on the commuter ride instead, but both seem to be options.

  5. Al
    Al at |

    Also, Bakchisaray is amazing. One of the coolest places I’ve visited. Hope you enjoy it.