All bedding is supplied, and washrooms and toilets are at the end of the corridor. A smartly-uniformed Ukrainian railways sleeper attendant travels with each car. Booked in the UK through German Railways: 93 each way in a 3-berth sleeper.There's no dining-car, so take a picnic and your own supplies of wine or beer. See Tim Richards excellent blog entry about of the Kiev Express. 123 each way in a 2-bed sleeper 185 each way in a single-bed sleeper.
The quickest most straightforward route is now via Warsaw, using a new direct Warsaw-Lviv sleeping-car introduced in December 2015.
It's also possible to go via Krakow, using the daily Krakow-Lviv sleeper train, an ideal route to stop off in Krakow and see two great cities on one trip. Indeed, it's possible to go London to Prague, sleeper train Prague to Krakow, then this sleeper train from Krakow to Lviv - three of Europe's best cities in one trip!
It's now possible to reach Kiev using comfortable air-conditioned daytime trains with an overnight hotel stop in Berlin and Krakow, using the modern air-conditioned Przemysl-Lviv-Kiev fast train introduced in December 2016.
If you prefer daytime trains and hotels to sleepers, and fancy a morning (or more) in Krakow on the way, this is ideal.
To buy train tickets in Ukraine online in UK, see or
For train times & fares in all ex-Soviet countries see It's most easily (and very cheaply - about 2) reached by taxi, but there are also buses (with a change of bus required from trolleybus to diesel bus at the out-of-town trolleybus terminal).In recent times a submarine maintenance base, it was closed to foreigners until 1996.All-Europe online train times Eurostar times & fares UK, EU, Swiss & US citizens no longer need a visa for stays of up to 90 days.This visa-free arrangement was introduced in 2005, but has been extended indefinitely. With the current situation in parts of Ukraine such as the Crimea, check Foreign Office travel advice at uk/foreign-travel-advice.For accommodation in Lviv, whether your budget is 1 star or 5 star, check out the faded grandeur of the excellent and historic George Hotel.