29 Nov 2023 11:19

Ukrainian Railways announces launch of new Vienna-Chop-Vienna train from Dec 10

MOSCOW. Nov 29 (Interfax) - Hungarian Railways is due to launch a new Vienna-Chop-Vienna daytime direct rail service from December 10, a route that will offer convenient connections to Ukrainian night trains heading to Kiev and Lutsk via Lvov and Rovno, Ukrainian media outlets said, citing information circulated by JSC Ukrainian Railways on social media.

A ticket from Kiev to Vienna (2nd class coach car + compartment) will cost around 2,500 hryvni, which is 1,000 hryvni less than the cost of a ticket for a direct Kiev-Vienna train (ritz class cars), the company said.

Tickets for the Ukrainian section of the new route can be purchased via the Ukrainian Railways application, chatbots and at railway stations' websites and ticket offices, while tickets for the entire Vienna-Chop-Vienna route are available at Ukrainian Railways' international ticket offices or can be bought in Austria, it said.

Ukrainian Railways also announced plans to start selling online tickets to Hungary and Austria within the next few weeks. All border and customs procedures will be performed at the Chop station, and the connection time will be 2-2.5 hours.

"Passengers do not have to worry about their connection in Chop because of possible delays, as the transfer has been agreed: the train will be waiting for all passengers," Ukrainian Railways said.

The Chop-Vienna train will depart at 8:23 a.m. daily, arriving in Budapest-Kelethe at 2:20 p.m., and reaching Vienna at 5:20 p.m., it said.

On its way back, the Vienna-Chop train will depart from the Austrian capital at 10:42 a.m., and Budapest-Kelethe at 1:40 p.m., arriving in Chop at 8:59 p.m.

As reported, Ukrainian Railways on October 4 announced the launch of a new train route between Lvov and Warsaw via the Rava-Ruska station using the rolling stock of Polish rail carrier SKPL.