A two way ticket costs 45 euros in 2nd class and 65 euros in 1st class, plus the sleeper supplement: 3.5 euros for a bed in a 4 beds cabin or 7 euros for a bed in a 2 beds cabin.
There is one regular, daily train, which starts from Gara de Nord at 7.53 PM and reaches Chisinau the next day around 9 AM.
At this time of year there is also another train coming from Bulgaria, which leaves from Bucharest at 4.03 AM and gets to Chisinau the next day around 5.30 PM, but it doesn't run daily.
Thanks for that. How much would a one way ticket ?
Thanks for that. How much would a one way ticket cost ?
I guess a one-way ticket costs half of the prices mentioned above.
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The price for the tickets as of April 2007 are 24.50 Euros for 2nd class couchette or 38 Euros for 1st class couchette. You can reserve tickets directly with Wasteels in Bucharest in advance by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They're quick to reply and speak very good English. You can then pick up and pay for the tickets at Wasteels office near the main door to the concourse at Gare du Nord Station in Bucharest up until 5pm on the day of travel. Take your a print out of your email reservation with you, if only to persuade the security guards on the station doors that you're there to collect tickets - confusingly you're technically not allowed in the station without a ticket. Wasteels quote in Euros but prefer payment in Romanian Lei.
Gare du Nord station is where you'll be getting the train to Chisinau.
The train is a Moldovan one, bit faded and will be like a furnace if you're travelling in the summer months. It's also likely to be busy so book your tickets in advance. As with the Chisinau to Kiev train there aren't that many Westerners travelling this route so your passports will cause a brief kerfuffle early in the morning when customs board the train. There is a bureau de change at Chisinau station offering similar rates as everywhere else, and a million bureau de changes all over the city otherwise.
Hope that was of some help!
The other ways, whether Carpatair or the bus, are easier on your body. Air will be more expensive of course, but not hideously so. You get there in a few hours via Timisoara; good connections. The minibus is cheap but risks being smoky. Pick them up on Str Nicolae Iorga near Piata Romana in Bucharest.
Why not the train? Mainly because the border crossing is about 3+ hours of grinding and shaking (as they change the wheels carriages under you because of the gauge change at the border) at about 2am-5am. I guess it could be fun if you are having a little all-night party with friends, but if you're hoping to sleep, forget it.
Going back is a bit better; the wheel change takes place before midnight.
They have at least 2 classes of sleeper available. Sanitary facilities are less than lovely, but you can probably deal with it. Bring your own provisions of all kinds. Enjoy!
Do they accept bikes?
They'll probably ask you to disassemble and pack the bike, but usually it can be "arranged" ($$$) to carry it whole as well.