Things to Know about Lviv Train Station:
Ukraine in general has a reliable railway system. The fastest train from Lviv to Kyiv takes about 6 hours. Riding a train into Ukraine across the EU border includes going through passport and customs control, and the lengthy process of bogie exchange as trains switch from the narrower EU to the wider Ukrainian track gauge. The wider train tracks follow from Lviv to Przemysl in Poland, and from Lviv to Zahon in Hungary. Taking a Ukrainian train from Lviv to Przemysl in Poland, or from Chop to Zahon in Hungary, to change for westbound trains across the border, can be a way to avoid the bogie change to save time.
In Lviv you can buy railway tickets at the Main Railway Station ticket office or in the city center at 20, Hnatiuka Street. Your ID, such as a passport, is required for buying train tickets and at boarding trains in Ukraine. Be prepared to wait in line to get served.
Tickets for International destinations can be bought from Window #1 at Hnatiuka Street, or at Window #20 at the Main Train Station in Lviv. Finding Window #20 can be a bit of a challenge. It is reached from Platform #1 away from the main concourse. Try to spot and follow the sign in Ukrainian “Зал підвищеного комфорту” where you will be charged an extra UAH 5 entrance fee.
Lviv has direct train service to Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow, Przemysl and Budapest. An online Ukrainian train ticket reservation system for domestic trains accepts credit cards and can be accessed at the website of the Ukrainian Railway Company. To plan for connecting trains in Poland, visit the Polish Rail timetables, or the German Rail website.