Border Crossings: Moldova - Ukraine

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All rail routes between this pair of countries are 1520mm gauge.

(Chernivtsi -) Mamalyha UZ - Criva CFM - Lipcani CFM - border - border - Medveja CFM - Larha UZ

[D] This route crosses the Moldova/Ukraine border four times, and is operated by Ukrainian Railways. Local and long distance passenger services run between Chernivtsi and Larha. One daily local passenger train pair continues beyond Larha to Sokyriany; since summer 2014 the long distance services have reversed direction at Larha and run via Khmel'nyts'kyi rather than passing through Moldova at Ocniţa.

Ocniţa CFM - Sokyriany UZ (- Larha)

[D] Freight only. One daily Ukrainian local passenger train pair to/from Chernivtsi continues beyond Larha to Sokyriany. Since the passenger service over this route ceased in 2014, the method of operation across the border is not known.

(Ocniţa -) Vălcineţ CFM - Mohyliv-Podil’s’kyi UZ (- Zhmerynka)

[D] UZ operates to Ocniţa, although Moldovan border formalities are performed at Vălcineţ.

(Rîbnița -) Cobasna CFM - Tymkove UZ (- Slobidka)

[D] Freight only. The method of operation is not known. Note that this line passes through Transnistria between Rîbnița and Cobasna/Tymkove.

(Tiraspol -) Novosavitskaia CFM - Kuchurhan UZ (- Rozdina)

[D] CFM operates to Kuchurhan.

Note that Tiraspol is the "capital" of Transnistria; passport checks and the police registration are carried out here at the station, and not in the train.

The CFM lines from (Chişinău -) Revaca and from (Căinari –) Căuşeni cross into Transnistria at Tighina/Bender-2 and Tighina/Bender-1 respectively. Moldova does not recognise Tighina/Bender as a border. Border checks on trains running through Transnistria from Moldova to Ukraine are carried out on the train.

Owing to disagreements between Moldova and Transnistria, local trains between Chişinău and Bender now use the new station of Bender-3, just on the Moldovan side of the de-facto border. Passengers to and from the town of Bender must travel on foot via the official road crossing.

(Căinari -) Iserlia CFM - Karabutseny (Ukraine) - 121 km (Ukraine) - Basarabeasca CFM

[D] CFM operates throughout between Căinari and Basarabeasca. Two local train pairs run daily between Basarabeasca and Zloți.

Basarabeasca CFM - Serpneve I UZ (- Berezyne - Artsyz)

[D] Closed to all traffic in 1997 and lifted in 1999. An agreement to reopen the line between Basarabeasca and Berezyne was signed in October 2015. The work was to be done in 2017 but has been postponed owing to lack of funding. This would have enabled traffic between the two countries to avoid passing through the breakaway territory of Transnistria.

(Basarabeasca - Taraclia -) 208 km CFM - border - Bolhrad (Ukraine) - border - Greceni CFM (- Etulia)

[D] Freight only. Operated by CFM.

(Basarabeasca -) Etulia CFM - Frykatsei UZ (- Reni)

[D] Two local train pairs run daily between Etulia and Reni, operated by UZ. This crossing is officially permitted only to local citizens, but normally other European nationals are tolerated.

Giurgiuleşti CFM - Reni UZ

[D] Freight only.

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