For many, the question of how to get to Crimea by train remains one of the most pressing. Since December 2014, Ukrzaliznytsia has suspended cargo and passenger transportation between the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the mainland of Ukraine. Therefore, direct trains to Simferopol, Sevastopol, Feodosia and other cities have been cancelled. As of now, the situation remains the same – trains are not running to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
In order to get to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea from Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa or other Ukrainian cities, you need to buy a railway ticket to the town of Novooleksiivka (Henichesk district of Kherson region). From there, you need to drive by taxi or bus to the checkpoint "Chongar" located 25 km from Novooleksiivka, and pass through Ukrainian passport control. After passing through passport control, you will enter neutral territory (about 5 km) to the Russian checkpoint. Private transportation services are offered there. After passing through this border control, you can catch a ride to Simferopol or any other Crimean city.
Travel pattern remains roughly the same if you decide to travel to Kherson by train. From there, you need to drive about 150 km more to get to the checkpoint "Kalanchak".
Since December 27, 2014, the following trains have been running to Novooleksiivka station:
- No. 11/12 Kyiv – Novooleksiivka
- No. 282 Kyiv – Henichesk
- No. 729 Kharkiv – Henichesk
- No. 81 Kharkiv – Novooleksiivka
- No. 88 Kovel – Novooleksiivka
- No. 92 Kremenchuk – Novooleksiivka
- No. 231/86 Lviv – Novooleksiivka