This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
I’m pleased to report that I was able to secure a nonstop train ticket from Warsaw to Kyiv just hours before departure. What a relief…I was bracing myself for a long and uncomfortable bus ride.
Booking A Train Ticket From Warsaw To Kyiv
I took an Uber from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Warszawa Centralna, where I hoped to find some way to Kyiv. There is a daily evening departure that goes from Warsaw to Kyiv with sleeper cars and requires no change of trains. Polrail sells tickets online for this journey, but for days it has shown sold out.
I journeyed to the train station thinking it was likely futile, but worth a shot: maybe there would be a last-minute cancellation?
At the main station, I found a line at the ticket counter, but it moved quickly.
When I reached the front, an older woman just stared at me and nodded. I greeted her in Polish and asked if she spoke English or German. She shook her head.
I then said, “Kyiv.”
Her eyes opened wide.
She said something to me in Polish…no idea what…but I responded, “Teraz. Dzisiaj.” No idea if I said it correctly, but I tried to convey “now, today.”
She began furiously typing on her computer and about a minute later, pointed toward the credit card reader sitting outside the booth.
What had she found? Was there nonstop space or would I have to make multiple connections? I asked her how much and she just pointed again to the credit card reader.
Oh well, fine.
I tapped my card and this time it worked.
She printed my tickets (both a train ticket and seat reservation) and handed it to me.
She told me something and I was able to catch Warszawa Zachodnia, which is the Warsaw West station. I knew some trains departed from that station, so I pointed west and said, “Inna stacja?” (other station?). She nodded.
It appeared I was booked into a sleeper car with three beds. Fine by me. The ticket cost 215zł (which hit my card as 48USD exactly).
I stopped for a flat white at Ministry of Coffee before proceeding to the station.
Next stop: Warszawa Zachodnia