How to get to Ukraine from Croatia: convenient routes by train, bus or car
Ukraine's airspace is still closed, so to make your trip comfortable and fast, you need to plan your route in advance. Find out how easy it is to get to Ukraine from Croatia and what you need to cross the Ukrainian border
After the start of the full-scale war, Ukraine became the main topic in the news. It is obvious that the constant information about the country caused the growth of popularity and interest. So Europeans come to Ukraine to see cultural and natural landmarks and feel the atmosphere of a country fighting for its freedom.
The lack of air connections, as well as constant threats from russia, do not deter foreigners, particularly citizens of Croatia, from traveling. However, tourists need to prepare for the trip: plan the route, buy tickets, book a hotel, and take out an insurance policy. Read on about this and other important components of travel preparation.
Read more about visa rules and obtaining a visa to Ukraine for Croatian citizens here.
Speed and comfort: Flight to a country neighboring Ukraine + train or bus
During the war, tourists tried various ways of traveling to Ukraine. The most comfortable and fastest option is a flight to a country bordering Ukraine.
Next, tourists need to transfer to land transport (train or bus). We analyzed flight prices, favorable months for travel, and the most popular airlines (according to data from the skyscanner.com.ua resource).
Croatia-Poland. From Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, and Dubrovnik, it is possible to fly to Warsaw, Katowice, Wroclaw, and Poznan. Ryanair offers the cheapest flights. Prices for a one-way ticket start at $17. Skyscanner finds the cheapest flights for September.
Croatia-Moldova. There are Ryanair flights from Zagreb to Chisinau starting at $166. Note that there is no direct flight, so the company offers connecting options.
Croatia-Hungary. Residents of Croatia can easily reach Budapest, as Ryanair and Wizz Air offer departures from various cities. One-way tickets are available for $17.
Croatia-Austria. There are flights to Vienna from Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, and Dubrovnik. The price for a one-way ticket is affordable – from $16.
Croatia-Slovakia. The cheapest flights to Slovakia are operated by Ryanair. The price of a one-way ticket starts from $13. The most affordable tickets you can find for October.
After arriving in a European country, you need to transfer to land transport to Ukraine. Choose between rail and bus service.
Many tourists prefer trains due to comfort. Currently, there are the following connections:
Poland. From Warsaw and Chelm, you can reach Kyiv and Kharkiv, from Przemyśl – Kyiv, Odesa, and Zaporizhzhia.
• Austria. A direct train goes from Vienna to Kyiv with a stop in Budapest.
• Moldova. A direct train goes from Chisinau to Kyiv.
• Slovakia. From Kosice, you can reach Chop and Mukachevo.
Visit the link for a detailed schedule of trains running between Ukraine and European countries.
Where to find tickets?
A considerable number of bus companies connect Europe and Ukraine. However, we recommend choosing reliable companies so that the travel experience is pleasant and positive.
Buy tickets for trains, buses, and planes via the link.
Important! When traveling to Ukraine under martial law, it is worth remembering additional risks. War risk insurance compensates for losses in the event of an accident due to war or acts of terrorism, and compensates for outpatient treatment and emergency care.
Do you need a visa to Ukraine?
Citizens of Croatia can come to Ukraine using a visa-free regime, which allows staying in the country of 90 days within 180 days. However, there are circumstances when a foreigner needs a visa, for example, for official employment or study.
Read more about how to get it and where to fill out the form via the link.
What to see in Ukraine?
Sometimes people are surprised when they meet foreigners on the streets of their own cities. However, remember that Ukraine is rich in tourist attractions and is also the center of many international companies.
So the war does not stop brave and determined foreigners from traveling. Read our article and find out what attracts tourists to Ukraine and which places are most often visited.
Legal support in Ukraine for citizens of Croatia
Foreigners may need legal advice during their stay in Ukraine. Sometimes there are difficulties with the legal aspects of entry and stay in Ukraine and the processing of documents. Be sure to contact a specialist if your rights have been violated.
We recommend purchasing it for a safe and comfortable trip to Ukraine:
Visit Ukraine Insurance - safe travel in Ukraine (insurance covering military risks);
Visit Ukraine Tickets - book bus and train tickets to/from Ukraine;
Visit Ukraine Tours - the largest online database of tours to Ukraine for every taste;
Visit Ukraine Hotels - book hotels for a comfortable stay in Ukraine;
Visit Ukraine Merch - choose patriotic clothing and accessories with worldwide delivery.
Cooperation - cooperation and advertising integrations with Visit Ukraine and Visit World projects.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
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