“Ukrzalinytsia” launched the first trip of the “train of four capitals” that joins Kyiv, Minsk, Vilnius and Riga as the press service of the company reported.
As Ukrainian Railways noted, this train is the first in the history of independent Ukraine that joins four capitals. Also, it became the 19th train that aims to the EU countries. It has 10 coaches, including 9 couchette cars and one lux. The sixth coach is divided for the men and women couchette. The occupancy rate of the first train became 55%.
According to the acting Head of “Ukrzalinytsia” Yevhen Kravtsov, Ukraine holds negotiations on the extension of the route to Tallinn.
A train will make trips once a week. The customs control will take place at Kyiv Railway Central Station at 13:42, the train will start the movement at 14:07 and come to the destination point at 9:06, the next day.
Back to Kyiv, the train will start to move at 11:10 and arrive in Ukraine’s capital at 6:42. The prices of the way to Riga at couchette car is $80, lux is $159; to Vilnius at couchette car is $59, lux is $117, to Minsk at couchette car is $66, lux is $128.
It is interesting that the price depends on the Swiss franc exchange rate. It is possible to buy the tickets online and at the cash departments.
Earlier Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure has announced that the international train connecting Kyiv and Riga via Minsk and Vilnius will begin operating on 28 September of the current year.
As reported earlier, the tariff panel assembled by the infrastructure ministry decided to change tariffs on international passenger and freight transportation via railroads, which allow the launch of the Kyiv-Riga train.