Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Maramures express: Ukraine launches first train to Romania after 17-year pause

Train romania Ukraine
The new Romanian-Ukrainan train enters Ukraine. Photo: Oleksandr Kamyshin
Maramures express: Ukraine launches first train to Romania after 17-year pause

The first train connecting Ukraine with Romania has been launched on 18 January after a 17-year pause, CEO of Ukraine’s state train service Ukrzaliznytsia Oleksandr Kamyshin reported. Train #810 will connect Ukraine’s Rakhiv and Dilove to Romania’s Valea Viseului and will run twice a day.

According to Mr. Kamyshin, Ukraine’s repairs of the 20 km of the track were completed amid Russia’s war against Ukraine in August 2022, after two months of work, and Romania railways completed the remaining length over six months. Ukraine also purchased brand new diesel trains for the route, made in Ukraine during the war.

romania ukraine train

The connection is important, Mr. Kamyshin says, because:

  1. It is yet another connection for cargo export, meaning more business for both countries. It is vital for Ukraine because cargo export is blood for Ukraine’s economy amid Russia’s occupation and obstruction of Black Sea ports. It is also beneficial for Romania, both railways and the Constanta seaport, as well as a great extension for #SolidarityLanes, which finds land transport options for the export of Ukrainian grain.
  2. It is another connection for Ukrainians to the EU. “You can change the train in Valea Viseului and travel to Cluj-Napoca where the international airport gives you 30 destinations per day, incl. 2 flights to London. Or you can go to Bucharest.”
  3. More than 30,000 Ukrainians live in Maramures county of Romania, which is neighboring Ukraine. “We are happy to give them a comfortable connection to visit their friends and relatives in Ukraine.”
  4. It is a great opportunity for Romanians to Visit Ukraine. Ski resorts in the winter time or hiking in the Carpathians in the summertime. “And yes, I’m sure that many Romanians are fine to travel to Ukraine even amid the war.”
  5. After a few more exercises with border control and the customs office, a direct transit route connecting Ukraine with Ukraine via Romania will be launched, which is important because of the Carpathian mountains, complicating other ways to connect inside Ukraine.

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Stay informed with Kompreno.
    • Get quality journalism from across Europe.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts