"The best way around Ukraine" Ukraine Transportation Tip by Lensa
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Ukraine has a very good railway system. It is probably the best way to get around the country. Cheap and comfortable.
The cheapest compartment is "General"-"Obshchiy vagon". Not recommended. Just sitting places, a lot of people, in winter it could be cold there.
Next is so called "Platskart". Not bad for money. Major of local people travel in platskart carriage. You'll get a bed to sleep, but no doors in your compartment. So it'll be like a big hostel room. Only 2 bathrooms for about 56 people. Some of my foreign friends were brave enough to go in platskart, just out of curiosity, and found it not so scary as some ukrainians can describe it for you. (of course it's better to travel not alone :-))
Third is "Koopey". More comfortable carriage. You will get only 4 people in your compartment, beds are softer than in "platskart". A little more expensive than the "platskart" and it's worth the money:-)
You'll have to pay extra money to get sheets for your bed. Will be a little more than $1...
And finally, forth, and the best is a LUX carriage. 2 people at the compartment. Usually business people are traveling at such carriages.... but there are sometimes more chances to loose your belongings at such places if you are traveling alone.
Nearly all trains have a restaurant/bar carriage where you can have a snack and a drink.
They also offer you tea/coffee at "platskart"/"koopey"/lux carriages.
There are also new express trains from /to Kiev - Donetsk - Kharkiv - Dniepropetrovsk. Very fast, comfortable, with TVs, special carriage for traveling with kids, also a carriage for cars.
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