Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Eastern Europe

By Edward | Coronavirus

May 21
eastern europe coronavirus

Coronavirus Train Disruptions - Eastern Europe

In Eastern Europe the coronavirus train disruptions are sweeping. While Russia seemed unfazed at first, it is now the worst-hit European country and myriad trains have been cancelled. Ukraine has done a better job containing the virus, but it has also cancelled all passenger traffic since 18th March. I don't know when it is going to resume.

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

    Russia has now got a full blown epidemic on its hands and trains are severely impacted.

    International Services

    All international services have been cancelled. Trains to Kaliningrad pass through Lithuania without stopping. Trains that cross Kazakhstan via Petropavlovsk also pass through without stopping.

    National Services

    National services are suffering badly. New social distancing measures are in place - essentially no train can be filled more than 50%.

    • In platskart only three passengers are placed per section (not six)
    • In kupé at most two passengers may be placed (not four)
    • in seated cars only window seats are sold.
    Russia Social Distancing

    How seats are allocated on Russian trains under social distancing

    Here is the link to RZD's corona page.  The English version hasn't been updated since 10th April, so now I link to the Russian version. I'm not expecting you to read it. Just scroll down the page fast and you'll get the idea of how many trains are cancelled.

    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: 2nd June. Outlook: getting worse.

    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

    All international services are suspended until further notice. UZ did run special trains to bring Ukrainians back home from places like Poland and Czechia.

    National Services

    First domestic services are restarting from 1st June. Tickets are on sale. First trains to run are: 

    • №7/8 Odessa-Kharkiv
    • №20/19 Lysychans'k-Kyiv
    • №53/54 Dnipro-Odessa
    • №63/64 Kharkiv-Kyiv
    • №105/106 Кyiv-Odessa
    • №791/792 Кyiv-Кremenchuk
    • №81/82 Kharkiv-Novoaleksiivka
    • №125/126 Kyiv-Kostyantinivka
    • №10/9 Кyiv-Маriupol

    Refund policies

    All tickets are reimbursed free of charge.

    Updated: 2nd June. Outlook: improving

    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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