The Anonymous Widower

Between Bratislava And Kiev By Train

This article on Railway Gazette is entitled Slovakia – Ukraine passenger service to launch in June.

This is the first three paragraphs.

Slovakian national operator ZSSK and its Ukrainian counterpart UZ have agreed to launch a through passenger service on June 9 on the 146 km route between Košice and Mukachevo via the Čierna nad Tisou/Chop border crossing.

This follows a trial train which ran on April 2. Services are expected to leave Košice at 09.10 and 12.01 and Mukachevo at 13.54 and 17.20, with a journey time of around 4 h including the border formalities.

There will be connections at Košice with trains to and from Žilina, Bratislava and the Czech Republic, and at Mukachevo with trains to Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa.

This new train, will open up a new route between Bratislave and Kiev.

  • Košice is a large city, that has been European City of Culture.
  • Mukachevo looks to be a place to while away a day and according to, there are well-rated rooms in the town.
  • I should think some knowledge of Hungarian or Ukrainian would help.

I would do the trip by flying to Kiev and after visiting Chernobyl, I would come home by train via this new route to Bratislava.

I’ve already done Bratislava to London by train, as part of my Home Run From Budapest in 2013.

You can find all the posts in Flying To Budapest And Getting The Train Back.

If anybody wants to visit Chernobyl with me and come back from the Ukraine by train, hopefully, I shall be doing this trip sometime in the summer.

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Would I Go Back To Bratislava?

Yes! If only to go back to the Arcadia Hotel and to eat in the restaurant again.

But it would be a good stoping off point on a trip back from say Kiev or Belgrade.

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From Bratislava To Vienna

I left Bratislava on Wednesday morning.  Not by train, but by taking a fast boat on the Danube.

The fare was just twenty euros and it was a very pleasant trip, that took you from one city centre to the other in about seventy-five minutes. As there are three ropund trips a day, you could easily stay in one city and visit the other.

I was particularly fascinated by the fishermen’s cottages along the banks, where they use nets to get the fish.

I have tried to nake all of the bridges, but information on the web is a bit lacking.

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Exploring Bratislava

Bratislava is a charming city and I spent a pleasant few hours exploring.

It was just a pity it was still rather cold.

I first heard of Bratislava in the 1960s, when Spurs went there to play a European tie against Slovan Bratislava. I suspect the city was very different then.

I seem to remember the score as goalless, but some web sites, think Spurs lost 2-0.  The match was memorable in one way, as the attacking Spurs team, decided to park the bus in front of goal.  I was at the return leg at White Hart Lane, when Spurs progressed by 6-0. There’s a video of the match  here. This must be one of the earliest matches, where I was actually present, that has a video on the Internet.

April 14, 2013 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , | 4 Comments

A Superb Hotel And Memorable Gluten-Free Meal In Bratislava

I hadn’t booked the hotel in Bratislava, but I had sussed that one of the best in the city was the Hotel Arcadia.  So after a few minutes at the station, I took a taxi to the hotel.

My choice was vindicated, as it was one of the best hotels, I’ve stayed in since C’s death. I know she would have liked it, as the beds were comfortable, the bath was large and easily filled with the very hot water she liked and the dressing gowns and towels were luxurious.

The evening meal was absolutely memorable and I can’t tell you what I had, as I can’t get an on-line copy of the menu.  The main course was lamb and it was some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

They even had a gastronomic tasting menu of umpteen courses, where except for the cheese and sweet courses, I could eat everything.

I shall certainly make sure next time I’m in the area, I will spend a night at the hotel.


April 14, 2013 Posted by | Food, World | , , , | 1 Comment

From Budapest To Bratislava

On Tuesday, the 9th at 15:25 in the afternoon, my train left Budapest for Bratislava.

It was a very uneventful journey in an almost empty First Class carriage, which was comfortable enough, although a bit slow at fifteen minutes short of three hours. But it’s one of the fast trains.

When the Slovakian Ticket Inspector checked my ticket, I said about the palaver to get it in Budapest.  I think he agreed.

A lot of this journey was alongside the Danube.  Living in the UK, you don’t realkise how huge it is.

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