More train services to run between Ukraine and Poland
Ukrainian Railways is increasing the number of trains to and from Poland. From September 3, another train will start running on the route Kyiv – Chelm, the third train service that will run daily to the popular Polish hub on the way to Warsaw. However, some infrastructure works in Poland will temporarily cancel some other train services during September between the two countries.
With the additional train Kyiv – Chelm, the total number of seats in the Polish direction will increase by around 100, 5 days a week. The journey from Kyiv to Chelm is not a short one: the added train will leave Kyiv at 06:28 and arrive in Chelm at 17:27. Passengers heading further to the Polish capital Warsaw can transfer to the Polish train IC 21100 which departures from Chelm at 18:12, arriving at Warsaw Vschodnya station at 21:02. The return departure leaves Chelm at 10:23 and arrives in Kyiv at 22:45.
The planned increase in services between Ukraine and Poland coincides with infrastructure works on the tracks on the Polish side, meaning the real increase in seats will happen afterwards. Starting September 8, works near Przemyśl will commence and continue for a month. Ukrainian and Polish railways have introduced several temporary changes in the timetable of trains to minimise the impact of repair works.
During the repairs in Poland, several train services of Ukrainian Railways will be cancelled between Przemyśl and Ukrainian cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa on Fridays and Saturdays, on 6 weekend days in September in total. Only two Intercity+ trains will continue to run on Fridays and Saturdays during the month of repairs in Poland: the existing train 705/706 Kyiv – Przemyśl and the new train 707/708 Kyiv – Przemyśl. In addition, from September 7 to October 6, train services 89/90 on the route Kyiv – Przemyśl and trains 73/74 on the route Kharkiv – Przemyśl departing from Kyiv and Kharkiv will be cancelled.
When the infrastructure works are done and if the additional train service to Chelm is successful and its further operation is agreed upon, the total number of seats on Polish trains will in total increase by 10 per cent in October.