Getting Around Moldova

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    Through Moldova by car

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 12, 2014

    We crossed Moldova by Moskvich-408 in 1969 on our way from Chernivtsi to Odessa.
    The distance is 380 km. We drove along M14 (E583) to Chisinau 275 km. Then we continued along M14 to Tiraspol and till the border with Odesskaya oblast’ 105km.

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    Wondering how fast you can travel through Moldova?

    by Lion_Beat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    To find out the distance between cities in Moldova, and how fast you can get to your destination go to:
    http://www.iatp.md/distanta/
    Although it's in romanian I guess you'll get your answers!
    Just choose from where are you coming from 'Punctul de plecare' to where do you intend to go 'Punctul de sosire' and click on 'afla' buton.
    To see a map of Moldova check:
    http://www.iatp.md/distanta/md.asp

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  • Taxis in Chisinau

    by Lisala Written Aug 12, 2008

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    If you need a taxi in Chisinau, take one of those which have a taxi-sign on the roof AND also a number on the sign, four-digit, starting with 14 (as 1412, 1416). They are reliable.

    Beware of taking a taxi with a taxi-sign but without this number on the sign. Very likely they will cheat you.

    A reliable (and beautiful) taxi

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    the imaginary country of Predniestr

    by emmet7 Written Jul 6, 2008

    3 weeks ago I was in Transdniestr and no problems (been there several times before several years ago); Tiraspol is incredibly clean and relatively nice, just make sure you get your travel document at the artificial border post on your way in, they will request it on your way out.

    Almost everyone speaks Russian in Moldova, many do not speak Romanian.

    There are buses to Odessa that go south from Kishinev and skirt Predniestr or you can take the slowww train or bus directly there through Tiraspol. Udachi!

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  • Crossing Transnistria Border

    by travel2europe Written May 11, 2008

    Technically, it may be true that you don't need a letter of invitation by LAW to pass thru or enter Transnistria, but the customs officers on the Transnistria border are so corrupted, they'll give problems most of the time, they'll just start coming up with different stories (ranging from "you DO need an invitation letter" to we can't let you pass thru because there's no official Moldovan border with Transnistria" and other BS), anything to make you pay, usually 20 euros or so to just cross border once. I recently had a really hard time helping EU citizens, I was acompanying, just pass thru Transnistria to get to Odessa. So my recommendation is to always have someone, who is both local and knows how to deal with the boarder guys, accompany you or be prepared to be ripped off :(
    BTW after negotiations we only paid the total of 10 euros for crossing the border 4 times.

    PS Also if you need to get to Odessa, you can just take a longer route, avoiding Transnistria. You'll lose an hour or so, but save nerve and money.

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    Chisinau - Bucuresti

    by josephescu Updated Jun 2, 2007

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    From Chisinau, there is an overnight train for Bucharest departing around 5 p.m. and arriving in Bucharest the next morning.

    Bring water and food with you, as the only alternative is to ask fellow travellers.
    Smoking allowed at the side ends of each cartriage.

    Rather than stay in the cabin, get and see the views.

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    Around Chisinau & other cities

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    As if walking would be shameful, people in Chisinau (and in other cities around Moldova) usually prefer to wait 10 minutes to jump in a crowded minibus (aka rutiera) just to get off at the second stop one km far. This being said, distances in Chisinau are not that long, and a walk from the railway station to the bus station or downtown should take no longer than 30 minutes. Besides, parks and gardens are plentiful, with old trees on both sides of larger boulevards.

    mid day street in Soroca rutiera atrolling around
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    Orhei - Chisinau

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Provided you arrive at the complex early enough and you do not want to spend the night in the noisy hotel outside the archaeological complex, you can catch the last bus from Trebujeni to Orheiul Nou ( 4,30 p.m., 9 lei). From there, reaching Chisinau should not take more than 30 minutes

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    Soroca – Orhei

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    A little less than 2 hours. There are several buses a day leaving for Chisinau, and in the morning they leave from Soroca almost every hour starting 8 a.m. you can buy tickets until Orheiul Nou, where you should get off.

    As our destination was the archaeological complex of Orheiul Vechi (aka between the village of Trebujeni and Butuceni) which is about 25 km far from Orheiul Nou, we had to find some transport. The easiest and fastest way is to look for some cars & drivers waiting in the bus station in Orheiul Vechi. If you don’t manage to find any, just ask around among the vendors at their kiosks, our ride was 20 minutes and 150 lei (30 romanian lei, 10 euros), but I’m sure a little bargain wouldn’t have offended anyone..

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    Around Moldova – rent a car / public bus?

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Before leaving, we considered to rent a car, as there was little information we could gather on public transport around the Republic of Moldova, and there a number of options for rent-a-car. With Europcar and Hertz quite expensive, one might be tempted to choose other smaller local companies. We did the same, but next day after agreeing on a Dacia Logan, we were told there’s no Dacia available and we should rent a BMW 5th series, for a slightly higher price, special for us. Or we considered it too risky to drive through Moldavian countryside in such an expensive car, not to mention the large “guarantee” we ought to leave with the rent-a-car company,

    And so we decided to use public transport. And this proved a wonderful idea, not only because we got to observe and interact with people, but also because there are extremely few road signs to indicate directions. With our car we would’ve lost our way a dozen times.

    Besides, the public transport system by buses and minibuses is extensive and reliable, so that one can get very easily from one place to another just by public transport.

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    Chisinau – Soroca

    by josephescu Updated Jun 2, 2007

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    Buses to north of Chisinau, Soroca included, do not leave from the Central Bus Station any longer. They leave from another bus station outside the city centre (10 minutes walk from downtown) called “Gara de Nord” (locals will be able to show you the way, just after crossing a bridge).

    There are several small buses to Soroca every day, staring from early morning to mid afternoon. The journey takes 2h 45 minutes through a nice landscape and costs 50 lei (10 Romanian lei, 3 Euros).

    beautiful lanscape en route
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    Any information 1 leu

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    An inquiry at the information desk in bus stations (or at least in the one in Chisinau) pays 1 leu. 2 inquiries, 2 lei an so on…...However, there’re plenty of timetables clearly indicating arrivals, departures and destinations all around.

    Moreover, buses no longer depart “when full”, but as per a pre-established timetable.

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    Bucuresti – Chisinau

    by josephescu Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Night train “Prietenia” leaves Bucharest every evening a few minutes before 20 p.m. and arrives in Chisinau the next morning around 9.00 a.m.

    Return fare with sleeper 2nd class ( 4 comfortable beds) costs 170 Romanian lei, i.e. 50 EURO.
    Bring water and food with you, as the only alternative is to ask fellow travellers.

    changing the wheels at dawn
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  • Moldova by train

    by Tobias_Plieninger Written Jul 16, 2006

    There is one daily overnight train to Bucharest in Romania.

    Odessa and Kiew in Ukraine are also connected but not so frequent.

    The trains have only one class.

    The russian second class.

    At the counter the prices are flexible so check before you buy.

    Kupe - Second class
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    Getting to/from Moldova

    by ZiOOlek Updated Jun 30, 2006

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    There are direct connections to/from the main cities of the Russia (Moscow, St.-Peterburg, Saratov), Ukraine (Kiev, Odessa, Lviv,), Byelorussia (Minsk), Romania (Bucharest), Bulgaria (Sofia) and Poland (Przemysl). Connections from Chisinau with such cities as Moscow, Bucharest, Odessa and Lviv is provided daily.

    Tickets are very cheap! I payed for the trip from Chisinau to Lviv about 15$ (18 hours in the train). Yeap, trains are usually slow. I have read that a train going from Chisinau up to the North of Moldova may go even 8 hours... There is also something strange with choosing the class you want to go in. I was told that there is the second and third class but they are not together in the same train. Simply, the second class goes on 2,4,6....30 of each month and the third class goes on 1,3..31 of each month. The difference between classes is about 6$. I had to take third calss as I was coming back on the first... You may see on the picture how it was like...:)

    third class train going to Poland

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