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Hungary launches new train service to Ukraine

Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) has launched a new train service to Ukraine. In seven hours, it delivers passengers from Budapest to the Ukrainian city of Mukachevo. The train runs daily via a dual gauge railway and does not require a bogie exchange.

The Budapest – Mukachevo train made its first trip on 9 December. The departing time from Budapest-Nyugati station is 07:23, from Mukachevo it departs at 12:30. The train makes twelve stops on its way, including stations as Debrecen, Nyíregyháza, Záhony and Chop. A one-way ticket costs 23 Euros. The train consists of one second-class car, however, MÁV may increase this numbers to three units.

Railway links between two countries

There are two other railway links between Hungary and Ukraine. MÁV operates six daily cross-border train services running between Záhony and Chop. These also consist of one wagon that connects two border stations.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Railway serves a daily sleeping direct wagon on the Vienna – Budapest – Kyiv route. This train is slower than the Budapest – Mukachevo service. It departs from Budapest-Keleti station at 19:40 and travels to Mukachevo in almost ten hours. The direct wagon runs from Budapest to Kyiv in around 21 hours.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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