Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Eastern Europe

By Edward | Coronavirus

May 21
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Coronavirus Train Disruptions - Eastern Europe

Dayum. Last time I updated this post I had no idea I'd be updating this post with the following:

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine there are no services between the two countries. 

Most Russian train services are running normally.

Ukrainian railway services are somewhat disrupted in the north and the east. Additional services are being laid on to evacuate people towards Przemyśl and Chop border stations.

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Russia - coronavirus train disruptions

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Face masks seem to be urged, but not compulsory on Russian trains. Social distancing distance is not defined, but a maximum distance is encouraged.

Russia border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • Belarus
Closed
  • Ukraine
  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Georgia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mongolia
  • China
  • North Korea


International Services

Services to Belarus have resumed.

Trains to Kaliningrad pass through Lithuania and Belarus without stopping. Trains that cross Kazakhstan via Petropavlovsk also pass through without stopping.

National Services

Most national mainline services are running as normal.

Russia Social Distancing

How seats are allocated on Russian trains under social distancing

Here is the link to RZD's covid page.  The Russian version is more up to date than the English version. Many daily trains now run every other day. Some trains have been utterly cancelled. It seems Russia is trying to get the infections down before the New Year holidays. 

Refund policies

Tickets for cancelled trains can be returned and fully reimbursed. On cancelled domestic passengers are offered an alternate train/date or full reimbursement. 

Updated: 10th February. Outlook: stable

Ukraine - coronavirus train disruptions

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Face masks are compulsory in Ukrainian public transport. Social distancing distance is 1.5 m.

Ukraine border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
Closed
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Moldova
  • Belarus

International services

There are increased services running from Odessa and Kyiv to the west of Ukraine and the border stations of Przemyśl and Chop.

National Services

It seems that most trains are running.

Refund policies

All tickets are reimbursed free of charge.

Updated: 10th February. Outlook: stable

Now what?

Well, I'm going to update this page every week. Truth be told, I'm up for some distraction now.

  1. Why not have a look at my other posts and plan for better times
  2. Or look at my coronavirus page, where I have all my coronavirus-writing in one place
  3. Or join my free Rail Guide Europe club and get the password to my insider guides

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About the Author

After crisscrossing Europe for 6 years as a train conductor, I guide intrepid travellers roaming Europe by rail.

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