Life is full of choiches.. Good ones, easy ones, difficult ones.. and then the travel questions.
Around the beginning of april i'll be done with my work in Austria and planning a trip to Kiev.
Now what i've read about it on the internet i've got 2 options that I find interesting.
1. The train from Vienna to Kiev. but i'm a bit afraid of what could be possible on the train. Paying money, people i'll meet who aren't 'clean' etc etc..
2. Eurolines from Vienna to Kiev. more safe but maybe not as beautiful as going by train.
Both take more than 24 hours and maybe/probably i'll take a stop in Hungary for a few days..
Any recommandations? what would be the best option?
I think you could take the train to Ljublijana in Slovenia, and take a direct flight with Adria Airways, also Air Baltic has flights but they go to Riga first. But these options could cost much more than the other options.
If you want it super-cheap, go by bus. But don't use Eurolines, go with a Russian or Ukrainian company instead. Check out stores/travel agencies with cyrillic signs, they should be able to help you. I got a fare of 120 EUR return from Germany to Kiev with such a fare.
If you want comfort, use the train. In the train you can stretch out, it is much more comfortable than the bus. (Trust me on this - the higher price is worth it.) The ticket should be cheaper if you buy the ticket in Bratislava, not in Vienna.
You might want to do a search for "City-Star Ticket" - this could be very good deal to Kiev if you can get one or two people to accompany you.
Don't worry too much about safety on the train. Of course I cannot speak about the trains from Bratislava to Kiev, but the Russian trains are very safe to travel in. There is a conductor for every wagon watching out for your safety, Ukrainian trains should have similar. The worst you'll have to worry about is theft I think.
EDIT: If you plan to end up in Hungary, it might be worth it to go to Hungary first if you travel using City-Star. You would then buy the City-Star Ticket to Kiev in Budapest at the Wasteels office, possibly giving you a better deal.
You might want to contact GyuriFT from http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/b883d/ about your travel plans, he is the ultimate expert on the cheapest possible train fares to and from Hungary. This is especially true for travel from Vienna to Budapest and from/to Budapest to the former Soviet republics (including Ukraine).
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 8, 2007, at 12:23 PM by t_maia ]