Getting to the

Carpathians

When considering how to get to the Carpathian Gateway of Yaremche from abroad, you have two ports of entry into Ukraine: Lviv or Kyiv (Kiev). As Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv is more modern and fast-paced, quite the contrast from the Carpathians. Lviv, on the other hand, is a more intimate atmosphere with cobblestone streets and historic architecture.

 

Regardless of which port of entry you choose, it’ll be well worth setting aside 48 to 72 hours to explore its museums, parks, and cafes. Please check the latest edition of Lonely Planet or a similar guide for great ideas to explore these wonderful cities. We’ve included bus and train timetables below from Kyiv and Lviv for planning purposes, but be sure to double check the latest train and bus timetables online in English at tickets.ua/en.

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Option 1

Lviv to Yaremche

Fly into Lviv. Flights to Lviv from Washington, Chicago, and New York include a layover in either Vienna or Warsaw. Next, take a direct bus or train to Yaremche. Travel time can range from under 4 to over 6 hours, depending on the route. Bus tickets cost $8.50. Train tickets cost $7.

Bus from Lviv to Yaremche

Trains from Lviv to Yaremche

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Option 2

Kyiv to Yaremche via 
Ivano-Frankivsk

Fly into Kyiv. Take an 80-minute domestic flight to the city of Ivano-Frankivsk.

Flights from Kyiv to Ivano-Frankivsk

Next, take either a bus or train from Ivano-Frankivsk to Yaremche. Buses leave every half hour or even more frequently between 5:10 am and 9 pm. The bus trip lasts 75 minutes and costs $2.25. Alternatively, the far less frequent train is a 2-hour ride and costs $1.25.

Trains from Ivano-Frankivsk to Yaremche

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Option 3

Kyiv to Yaremche by Train

Fly into Kyiv. Take a sleeper train to Yaremche. Depending on your route, the ride will take you from just under 11 hours to over 16 hours. Similar to trains in North America, this option isn’t the fastest method but is an excellent choice for the train enthusiast. A train ticket costs roughly $18.

Trains from Kyiv to Yaremche