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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:26:28 pm »
Thanks for posting those links.

As for Iași, I was reading that the one way trip could be 3-4 hours depending on the border.  That might be a little much to go for just a few hours of wandering around.  Might try and find something more local in Moldova that's an easy bus trip (plus being in Romania in the past, I probably should see all I can in my time frame of Moldova)...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:17:23 pm »
Ok that will work out then.  I can do the mini bus to Iaşi for the day then (I assume it would be at the same location as the mini bus to Tiraspol and Odessa?).

Then will do the bus then I guess from Odessa to Kyiv which seams the easiest.  I tried looking for Kolontaevska 58 before, but Google wasn't able to locate it for me, so your Google link helped me and I can check up on the time tables and such when I get there for the Autolux buses then since I'll have a few days to orient myself.  Also will need to find the bus to get to  Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi and back as well, but I assume those would be at the main bus station if I can find it...



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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:26:11 pm »
Ok was able to get a ticket and be far enough removed from the Eurovision masses in Kyiv and I can watch it at a pub in Odessa.  So thinking now that I have my actual flights I can plan this easier using the two of your suggestions and some of my own.

  Flying into Chișinău at night on a Sunday and leaving on a Wed morning.  I figure since Chișinău didn't have that much to really do or see as you mentioned, I could take 2 day trips each day.  One going to Tiraspol on the mini buses they have (sine I guess you no longer need to report to the police station or show documentation of where you're staying if you are only staying under 10 hours in Transnistria.  The other day I was thinking if it was possible being that it's only 2 hours away going to Iaşi for the day.  Though I do remember last time I was in Romania, Moldova was still using the old Soviet train rails and taking a train between the two was long due to switching the trains, so not sure that is an issue anymore, or if a bus is more viable.  If not I could always just go see some of the underground wineries outside Chișinău  (or if there are any other day trips worth doing).

  Then taking the bus to Odessa and doing the beach (I know it won't be quite beach season, but I've been to Estonian, Croatia and Bulgarian beaches in May so I should be able to at least walk around the beach and enjoy that.  Plus it will allow me to do that day trip mentioned to Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi.

  Then off to Kyiv.  Thanks for the inputs, so I've narrowed it down to either the bus or flying (if I can get a good flight to IEV), though the Skybus should be able to take me into town from KPB easy enough if I don't book in advance I hope.  Checked the train option but seems daytime trains are around 8-10 hours and the over night train would mean me having to wait around until 11pm or so without a hotel room to go back to etc.  Figure I can take the bus early Sat and be there in the early afternoon on a Sat and then check in and enjoy pub hopping Sat night in Kyiv.  Now I looked at autolux.ua, but since I can only read limited Russian/Ukrainian, I was able to see there is a bus leaving at 6am and getting me there around 12:30pm in April (since they don't have May time tables up).  I would think these would be the same times for May.  Now with that, I probably wouldn't need to buy my tickets in advance correct?  I'm just having an issue trying to locate the bus station (Hear it's at Kolontayevskoi 58), but can't find it on a map.

  That then leaves the rest of the trip in Kyiv where I'm thinking of doing the 2 night Chernobyl trip or something and then other random stuff before using the Skybus to KBP later on that week.

  This way I get ample late night pubs nights in all 3 cities and still get to stuff without having too many hotel bookings and staying a few nights in the same hotel before moving on.

  Thanks for the help you too, and every trip I always seem to have many questions...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubliana
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:09:14 pm »
Well thanks, turns out I was able to find a great deal for the Ukraine/Moldova trip and booked that.  I will save this information for next year...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubliana
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:44:24 pm »
  Ok this was my original plan A and right now seems like the best flight options for me.  I have done a lot more research on this and could fill my time up with day trips from Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubliana.

  So my only question is the route from Belgrade to Zagreb.  I've heard it's not a very interesting trip and did notice there is a night train between the two.  Would that be better than the 6+ hour long bus ride do you think?  If I'm not really going to see much, than maybe the train would be a better option.

  If I did get the night train, are they all going to be sleeper cars?  Or will there also be just regular seats as well (since I could do that if needed).  And what about advanced booking for the sleeper cars?  Is this route in high demand that I would have to pre-purchase well in advance?  Or would a day or two in advance be ok (since I'd be in Belgrade maybe 4 nights)?

  Thanks...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: February 08, 2017, 05:24:48 pm »
Ok sounds good and yes Chernobyl is definitely on my list if I can find a good decent tour to get there as I think that's the only way I would be able to do so.  That was one of the day trips I was going to take from Kyiv.  Ok will not bother with stopping over between Kyiv and Odessa then if I can help it, unless I can't get a over night train (depending on times and such or which direction I'll be coming from), but I could manage sleeping on the bus too if it came to that as well.  I've managed 14 hour flights before to India and 6 hour bus rides through Bulgaria so I should be able to handle the bus if I had to and just sleep on that if the train wasn't an option.

  I'll also look into a few of the other suggested day trips then from both Odessa and Kyiv depending on my time scheduled.  I'll get my flights (if possible) and then I'll have a better idea how to plan the trip then.

Thanks again...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:16:53 pm »
Thanks Maxy

  Yes I was noticing the 2 airports in Kyiv and am not sure which one yet I'll be arriving at (or leaving from) when I book my trip.  If it's KBP, then I just hope there's easy access by bus or train to/from the airport and the city center.

  With the over night train, I forgot that I have been on one once decades ago in Egypt.  I forgot about that, but don't remember too much about it.  I'm an on and off sleeper so having my sleep disrupted all through the night won't be an issue with me and I'll be fine the next day (one of the reasons I never suffer from jet lag in my life) so doing that wouldn't be an issue.  I guess though I would have to try and book the train then online then as you mentioned they will probably sell out.  Though I guess worst case I could just take a bus and play it by ear like that.

  If I can get my tickets for this trip decent enough, then I can try and plot a route to maybe include some of the areas you talked about.  And yes I was looking at maybe the bus into Romania and then up to Odessa (I've been to Romania before).  So that might even be an option as Chișinău seems by you and TuT that it might not be somewhere I want to spend a great deal of time in, so I could cut that down a bit and go elsewhere like you mentioned.

  I'll get more info if I can get a good flight deal then and then figure things out from there, but this gives me a good idea what I'll be looking at...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: January 27, 2017, 05:23:50 pm »
Great thanks for both of you for the advice.

  And yes I would be going in May so not in the winter time.  How many days in advance would you need to book the Autolux from Odessa/Kyiv or visa versa?  Do you need to book in advance for the overnight train as well?  Usually I always just take day trains/buses and have always followed TuT's suggestion about getting tickets at the station the day of or the day before as I've often seen trains or buses that haven't been listed showing up with better times to my destinations in the past.

  There's also the option of just flying too from Odessa to Kyiv as it seems very cheap, if there's not a lot to do in Uman' or Vinnytsia?  But yes if I get the overnight train, I can just sleep the entire way and not worry about it.  Though I've never done an over night train before so would have to figure out the best way with the least amount of people in the berth.

  With my plans for 2 weeks then and not a lot to do in Chișinău (though I was thinking of taking a day trip to Transnistria from there), and Odessa and Kyiv, what other places then might be worth spending a night or two along the way instead of just those 3 cities then that's along the way?

  Thanks again and watch my trip end up being cheaper to go to Serbia this year, but I'll ask that if it changes in another post if I get a cheaper flight.  Haven't booked it yet, but really have my mind set on this one if I can do it...


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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: January 26, 2017, 05:50:06 pm »
  Hey, was in Korea last year so didn't get a chance to ask you any trip questions, but this year I'm planning another trip back to Europe.

  So I was thinking of going from Chișinău to Odessa to Kyiv for my 2 week trip.

I know there are buses from Chișinău via Palanca or Tudora to Odessa (http://terra.md/ro/timetable/gara_nord/default.aspx), but wasn't sure about the reverse route from Odessa to Chișinău via Palanca or Tudora.  Main reason is I want to avoid the train since it goes through Transnistria and though I have heard it's now easier to go through (no longer needed to get off the train and go to the police station), I still feel that bribery or harassment still happens at the border when going through the zone.
  Also I'm only seeing buses leaving later in the day from Chișinău, is there any options of going to Odessa earlier? 

  Next Question is from Odessa to Kyiv.  Since it's a fairly long trip, I was thinking the train, though I believe it goes out of the way via Vinnytsia while the bus goes via Uman'.  Do they have night trains from Odessa to Kyiv with sleeper cars at all or would it make sense to just take a train to Vinnytsia, stay a night or two and then go to Kyiv?  Or would the bus be better taking an early morning bus to Uman' staying the night or two and then on?

I'm trying to go from Chișinău - Odessa -Kyiv, but may end up doing it in the reverse order depending on flights so this is why I was asking about the reverse route from Odessa to Chișinău.

  Thanks, you've always been a great help on my trips...


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  Ok great, I just didn't want to miss the train ride by going on a bus if possible and had looked at spending a night in Užice as it seemed to be a good 1/2 way point between Belgrade and Podgorica. 

  At least I know that there is a possibility and good connection.  I'll be researching my flights in the up coming months and then after that will probably have more questions as usual with the finer details depending on where my final departure city will be.  But yes, as I have heard, the train over the bus on this route is amazing.  Going from Belgrade to Ljubljana (via Zagreb) would be my back up plan if flights out of Tirana, Podgorica or even Dubrovnik would be too much in comparison.  So just wanted to see what the options where before I end up buying my flight...

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  So planning my next adventure again for next May (kind of early), but was curious to know if there are any locations between Belgrade and Zagreb, or between Belgrade and Podgorica that are worth while to stop for a night or two at?

  Trip A) would be Belgrade to Zagreb to Ljubljana or
  Trip B) would be Belgrade to Podgorica with Kotor, one of the beach towns and then ending in Tirana.

   Buses seem to be about 9 hours and the train seems to be around 12-14 hours (Belgrade to Podgorica).  Now I've heard the train between those two cities has supposedly one of the nicest views so taking a night train would kind of defeat the purpose, but I don't want to sit for 14 or so hours on a train either.

  So was trying to see if there are any towns along the way I could break up the trip with at all?  Was also thinking if I did the other trip to Zagreb, if there was anything near 1/2 way between Belgrade and Zagreb that would be worthwhile to stop for a night or so?

  Just trying to get a idea on this part for now so I can then plan my flight schedule.  Thanks as always...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Split - Sarajevo
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:15:25 pm »
  Yes I will be up nice and early, so will have to check out the times and such, but figure that would be a nice way to travel and see the countryside on the train rather than 'another' bus...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Split - Sarajevo
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:14:06 pm »
  Thanks for the info.  I actually did find that Krilo website after I had posted this a day or so later, and that one has a lot more ferries to Hvar Town (forgot to mention not Stari Grad, though guess there are numerous buses from Stari Grad to Hvar Town as well).

  I have heard the train from Mostar to Sarajevo is really wonderful scenery so I may opt to do that for something fun.

  Thanks again...

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Split - Sarajevo
« on: February 11, 2015, 06:19:44 pm »
  Ok, just booked the actual flight now.  Arriving in Split and leaving from Sarajevo for Mid May.

Day 1 - Split
- Arriving in the early evening and spending the night there
(I hear there is an airport bus to take me into town)

Hvar (3 or 4 nights)
- Taking the boat (I saw one that operates mid May (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia)

Not sure if there are others or better ones with better times or not (this one shows only an afternoon departure). 
Trying to see if 4 nights or 3 nights would be best depending on day trip options

Split (2 nights)
- Again the only boat I saw was (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia)
- two nights just to road around the city and maybe take a day trip.

Mostar (2 Nights)
- What's the best option here?  I know there are a few limited buses, but which seem to be the best?

Sarajevo (4 nights or so)
 - I hear there are daily buses, not sure about trains.  What is the best option for going between Mostar to Sarajevo?

  So that's the trip.  Just needing to know if there are other boats other than the one I listed above in Mid May between Split and Hvar and back.  Also best option between Split and Mostar and Mostar and Sarajevo.

  Just need to figure out day trip options in Hvar/Split and Mostar and or Sarajevo to see how many nights I should spend in each.

  Thanks again.  At least this time I have the flight booked...


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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Croatia to Albania
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:02:09 pm »
  Great thanks again.  And will be usually booking in early Feb (as I always get the best prices).  Though may have to do some changing though and always good to get an idea of connections before hand in some of these places which you always give great advice and have helped me on my travels for years...

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