Ukrainian Railways launches new part-night train service to Budapest and Vienna

A sleeping compartment of Ukrainian Railways Ukrainian Railways

Ukrainian Railways (UZ) is launching a new part-night train service to Budapest and Vienna from December 10. As of December 10, a new direct train No. 143/146 Vienna-Chop-Vienna will start running, the schedule of which will connect at the Chop station for a transfer to sleeping cars to Kyiv via Lviv.

“In general, during the war, we built a wide network of international routes. In terms of volume, they practically compensated for the traffic of regular air flights. We will also continue to develop the hub model of transportation for both domestic and international flights”, says the chairman of the board of Ukrainian Railways, Yevhen Lyashchenko about the new train schedule for 2024.

In addition to the trains to Vienna and Budapest, the company is also launching a connection from Chop to Prague in the Czech Republic (Czechia). The trains to Chop connect immediately with a number of trains across Ukraine, making it a hub for international and domestic trains. As of 11 December last year, Ukrainian Railways had 11 connections with Hungary, also going via Chop, which is located near the border with Hungary and Slovakia.

A sleeping compartment of Ukrainian Railways

Passengers will spend the night part of the trip between Kyiv, Rivne, Lutsk, Lviv and Chop in sleeping cars of Ukrzaliznytsia, and the daytime segment from Chop to Budapest and Vienna in seating cars of Hungarian Railways. Between 27 October and 17 November 2023, reconstruction of the Budapest-Győr- Vienna (Wien) railway line took place, during which replacement buses were set up.

The train schedule

Train departure from Kyiv will be every day at 16:38, arriving in Lviv between 23:31 and 00:23 and in Chop at 06:20 . At the Chop station, passengers go through border and customs operations and transfer to train 146 from Chop to Vienna via Budapest, which will depart from Chop daily at 08:23, Budapest-Keleti between 14:20 and 14:40, and arriving at the main train station of Vienna at 17:20.

On the return journey, train 143 Vienna – Chop departs from the capital of Austria at 10:42, Budapest-Keleti 13:19 – 13:40, and arrives in Chop at 20:59. After arriving at the Chop station, passengers go through border and customs operations and transfer to train 367, which will depart from Chop every day at 23:24 with arrival in Kyiv at 13:12. The transfer in Chop is coordinated, meaning the train will wait for all passengers, also in case of delays.
Tickets for the segment within Ukraine are already available for purchase in the Ukrzaliznytsia application, on the website and at station ticket offices. Tickets for the Vienna–Chop segment can be purchased at all international ticket offices of Ukrzaliznytsia or Austria. The sale of online tickets to Hungary and Austria will start in the coming weeks.

In October, UZ announced the launch of a new railway connection between Lviv and Warsaw through the Rawa-Ruska station, using rolling stock of the Polish railway carrier SKPL.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Former Editor RailTech.com

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