The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) plans to launch a direct train on the Kyiv-Vienna route by the end of this year.
This was announced by Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Wojciech Balczun, the CFTS reports.
"The second pair of Hyundai Rotem trains between Kyiv and Przemysl, the route of which will pass through Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, and Ternopil, should begin operating soon. We are currently working to launch a direct Kyiv-Vienna train in December this year,” Balczun said, speaking about Ukrzaliznytsia’s plans in connection with the introduction of visa-free travel between Ukraine and the European Union and the increase in the volume of passenger traffic to the West.
Balczun also said that Ukrzaliznytsia transported 48,400 passengers to the European Union in the fist four months of this year. According to him, this is double number of passengers that was transported in the entire 2015 (23,800 passengers) or six times more than the number in the corresponding period of 2016 (8,600 passengers).
As reported, a Kovel-Chelm (Poland) passenger train was scheduled to launch on June 12. The train will depart from Kovel at 11:53 and arrive in Chelm at 13:41, local time (one hour ahead of Ukrainian time). The travel time will be almost three hours.