Modernized diesel train Chisinau-Odessa-Chisinau starts to operate daily
Following the joint efforts between European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, Moldovan Railways, Odesa State Regional Administration and Ukrainian Railways, a modernized diesel train “Chisinau-Odesa” starts to operate daily starting from 6 August, completing the planned sequence of actions intended to increase the attractiveness of the passenger train connection between two cities.
The replacement of the old-fashioned rolling stock with a modernised train not only brings the quality and comfort of the journey to a new level, but it also reduces its duration. Thus, the connection between Chisinau and Odesa lasts now 3 hours and 50 minutes. This means 120 minutes shorter than it used to be when EUBAM initiated this project in 2016. Moreover, the new schedule will allow more time (8 hours) to be spent in Odesa, which is a positive development, especially during summer time when Moldovan travellers can easily plan a one-day trip to Odesa.
The improved conditions of the journey between Chisinau and Odesa provide an opportunity for a convenient international connection between Moldova and Ukraine, for instance to reach Odesa and Chisinau International Airports. Thus, the touristic potential of the two countries could be more actively exploited since getting to Odesa seashore or multiple wineries in Moldova, popular concerts and other cultural events becomes easier. Moreover, the modernized train that runs via Tiraspol brings closer the two banks of the Dnister River.