Tiraspol Transportation

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    To/From Bender

    by maykal Written Apr 10, 2016

    For the short hop over to Bender, there are two choices; marshrutka or trolleybus. I'd never taken a trolleybus before, so hopped on the first one that passed through Suvorov Square. It was standing room only inside, and the conductor could barely reach all the passengers. I handed over a 10 ruble note and got a handful of change, being unable to count it while keeping my balance I can't tell you how much it cost exactly. What I can tell you is that trolleybuses are extremely slow. We crawled at a snail's pace through the suburbs of Tiraspol, only speeding up a little in the patch of open space between Tiraspol and Parcani, a small village just before Bender. Crossing the bridge, you get a good view of Bender Fortress, and this may be your only view of it as it lies in a military zone, the centre of town some distance away. Like most passengers, I got off when we reached the market in the centre of Bender.

    Returning, I couldn't find the stop for the trolleybus, but by chance spotted a marshrutka with Tiraspol written on the front. It was already full, but not full enough for the driver, and we didn't get going properly until a line of standing passengers stooped in the aisle. I don't know what this Transnistrian fascination for curtains is all about, but black curtains covered all the windows making it impossible for me to see anything at all. For that reason alone, the trolleybus was better, but the marshrutka did get us to Tiraspol in about half the time. Pay the driver on entry.

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    To/From Chisinau

    by maykal Written Apr 10, 2016

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    I took a marshrutka (minibus) from Chisinau to Tiraspol, and that turned out to be a very good idea. It's not a long journey, less than 2 hours, and there are buses which cost a bit less, but the main advantage of the marshrutka is that it stops at immigration when you reach the "border". Reading online forums since my trip, travellers who have taken the bus haven't been given an immigration card on entry, and have had big problems leaving, so to avoid that...take a marshrutka. The driver will help, and will also take you wherever you want to go once you get to Tiraspol.

    So, what happens at the border? Well, not a lot. I was expecting lots of questions and demands for bribes, but there was none of that. An English-speaking officer took my passport, asked how long I was going to stay (I said overnight...easily extended once you're in), and once I'd given the name of my hotel, he handed me my typed immigration card. I was told not to lose it, and that I must leave by 12:53pm the following day, exactly 24 hours later.

    Checking in at my hotel, I asked about staying longer. The receptionist said it was possible, and that she'd go to register me with the MGB (local version of the KGB). That took about an hour, cost nothing, and granted me permission to stay for up to 4 nights if I wanted.

    Leaving Transnistria, the border crossing back into Moldovan controlled territory was easy...again, not what I was expecting. An official came on board, briefly looked at my passport, took my immigration card, and that was it. The Moldovan side don't even bother to stop vehicles, as for them it isn't a border crossing.

    In Chisinau, head to the central bus station next to the main market. Listen out for touts shouting Tiraspol, or make it known to the marshrutka drivers that that is where you want to go...someone will take you to the right vehicle. Buses have set times, but marshrutkas leave whenever they are full. I can't remember the exact cost, but have a feeling it was around 50 Moldovan lei. You pay the driver directly.

    In Tiraspol, marshrutkas leave from outside the train station. Instead of paying the driver, you have to buy a ticket from a kassa inside the train station, and can pay in either rubles or lei. Don't leave it too late, as the last marshrutka leaves around 7pm. The route passes through Bender in both directions, so you could get on at the bus station there.

    Trains also pass through Tiraspol between Chisinau and Odessa but are much less frequent.

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    Getting to Tiraspol

    by lotharscheer Updated Jun 17, 2015

    From Chisinau Central Bus Station are quite frequent buses / minibuses taking about 1.5 hours and 36,50 Moldavian Lei (about 20 for 1 €), at the border you have to go as everyone to a office where you get your Transnistra permit (free for up to 24 hours) on a extra paper, don't loose it and look what departure time they stamped on it! Returning from the train / bus station (last bus about 6.30 am) it will be 40 Transnistrien Rubel (0.58 for 1 Moldavien Lei, try to spend / change back everything as you will not be able to change it outside of Transnistra) and you permit will be collected. Don't overstay the stamped on time even for 1 minute!
    There are also buses to Odessa, Kiev, Moscow.... as well as 2 trains to Chisinau, the last one leaving at 8 pm Tiraspol, also trains to Odessa, Kiev, Moscow....

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    Travel to Tiraspol by train

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Feb 11, 2015

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    The first time that I travelled to Tiraspol was by train, from Odessa. I had no problems at all, while if you travel to Tiraspol from Chisinau, there is a control at the border and the police try to get money from you. So I advise you to use the train.

    Tiraspol railway station.
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    THE BUS STATION

    by DAO Updated Jul 24, 2014

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    The Bus Station is simply the large turning circle in front of the train station. You buy your tickets inside at the counter and present the ticket to the appropriate driver. All the busses are marked (in Russian at the very least). Buses theoretically leave every 30-45 minutes for Chisinau and Transdniester’s 2nd city – Bender. Both journeys take 1 ½ hours and cost $2 US (local equivalent). The only stop is at the border after 30 minutes. Personally I found that the driver left after he made sure I really was the only person going. Then 2 other people showed up and off we went.

    If you are going to Chisinau, they will take Moldovan Lei, but don’t seem to like it. If you are staying in Transdneister – you must pay in local Rubbles only. Buses run from 05:50 – 20:50. After that you will be paying for a taxi.

    The Train Station is located on Ul. Lenina

    Website: http://wikimapia.org/3586285/Tiraspol-bus-station

    THE BUS STATION THE TIMETABLE AND MAP BUY TICKETS INSIDE THE FRONT OF THE TRAIN STATION ALL ABOARD !
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    THE TRAIN STATION

    by DAO Written Jul 22, 2014

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    How is your Russian? They sell tickets to several cities and do not speak English at all. They also sometimes charge for questions (50 us cents or $1)! The timetable is actually displayed and kept up to date.

    Destinations are:
    • Chisinau – 7 times a day – 2 ½ hours
    • Odesa – 3 times a day – 2 ½ hours
    • Moscow – 2 a day – 25 to 31 hours
    • Minsk – 23 hours
    • St Petersburg – 35 hours

    Tickets are very economical and best purchased in local Rubbles.

    The train station is on Ul. Lenina 59.

    Phone: (533) 96184

    Website: http://moldova-online.tv/stanciya-tiraspol-zheleznodorozhnyy-vokzal-v-tiraspole-raspisanie-poezdov.html

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    Border Crossing

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Crossing the Transdniester border is one of those travel horror stories you may have heard about in the past. Tales of corruption, detainment, bribes, shakedowns, entry refusal, phantom permits and general nastiness were common among travellers going to and coming from the region.
    However I can thankfully report that this seems to be all a thing of the past, for now. The word on the grapevine is that, tired of the negative press, the Transdniestrian authorities have cleaned up their act and come down hard on border officials. Apparently, groups of border officers were fired from their posts after reports of corruption and bribery from foreign visitors.
    My experience of the border crossing was of a protracted but trouble free crossing. On arrival at the border, you will be asked to go to the border control office where you present your passport and filled in entry card. You will be registered on a computer and your passport and departure card handed back with your departure time written on the top. Make sure you don’t misplace this card as to do so will inevitably lead to problems when you try to leave. Your passport will not be stamped.
    While this process takes infinitely longer than necessary, it is painfree and there was no sign of having to pay any money or bribe to cross. However, like everything in Transdniester, nothing is set in stone and while it does look like the border crossing is much easier and hassle free than before, this could change without warning in the future. My advice would be to seek out the recent experiences of other travellers in either Odessa (Ukraine) or Chisinau (Moldova) before you set off. Also if like most people you are only crossing on a day trip, only bring the amount of money you are prepared to part with...if you only bring $10 then that’s all they can get from you! Stash some back up cash in you sock!
    Whatever happens, stay calm and try not to be intimidated...even during more troublesome times, people who stood their ground and didn’t give into corruption were generally left in when the guards realised they were on to a lost cause. It’ll make a great travel story no matter what happens ;)

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    Train

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Again the train service into and out of Transdniester is something which has only recently changed making most of the informtion on the internet worthless. For now, the train service from Chisinau to Odessa via Transdniester HAS resumed and is a troublefree way to cross from Moldova to Odessa. There is an early morning train departing Chisinau at 7.00 and taking about 5-6 hours to reach Odessa passing through and stopping in Transdniester. This is a newly resumed service and may be discontinued without warning depending on political relations between Moldova and Transdniester but for now there is no problems using this service but check locally in Odessa (Ukraine) or Chisinau (Moldova) before you plan anything.

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    Bus – to/from Chisinau

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Before the resumption of the train service into and out of Transdniester, taking a bus was the only economical way of reaching Tiraspol. From Chisinau’s central bus station there are regular buses to Tiraspol via Bendery leaving every half hour from about 6.30am to 6.30pm. Buses for Tiraspol leave from the last bus bay at the back of Chisinau’s Central Station (near the central market) and you can buy your ticket before boarding the bus from a specially designated ticket office just beside the Tiraspol bus bay. The conductor will point you in the right direction and will present you with an entry form which must be filled out for presentation to border officials. From what I remember the cost of the ticket is 25 moldovan lei. The journey takes between 1½ - 2 hours depending on the border crossing.
    Returning to Chisinau from Tiraspol you can take a bus or maxitaxi from Tiraspol’s bus/train station. You can buy the ticket direct from the driver in Moldovan lei or transdniestrian roubles (25-30 lei or equivalent in roubles). Make sure you are in time for the last bus of the day (between 17.00 and 18.30) or you will be stranded in Tiraspol which will lead to problems regarding overstaying your stay and registration with authorities (see separate tip on Registration in ‘warnings’ tips)

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  • Getting Around Transnistria

    by Jetgirly Updated Oct 31, 2010

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    It is easy to get around Tiraspol on public transportation. Numerous busses and trams run inside the city, and all are clearly labeled with their destinations. As well, some of the trolleybusses run as far as Bendery, meaning you can ride public transportation almost all the way back to the border! You can pay the fare on board in Transnistrian rubles.

    Public Transportation in Tiraspol
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  • Bussing From (and Back to) Chisinau

    by Jetgirly Written Oct 31, 2010

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    It is easy to take a minibus from Chisinau to Tiraspol. Busses depart regularly from the Central Bus Station (just behind Piata Centrala) in Chisinau. The bus bays are marked and the ticket window for Tiraspol-bound busses is just a few meters away (you don't have to enter the actual station to buy your ticket). There does seem to be something of a schedule; while I don't think busses would leave before their departure time they do seem to wait beyond the scheduled time if they are not full. A one-way bus ticket cost 28 lei.

    On board the bus you will be given forms to fill out for when you reach the Transnistrian border. You are not likely to encounter another tourist on the bus. Most of the passengers on the bus will be familiar with the forms and can help you if need be. However, you should have your own pen. Fill out the papers before you arrive at the border.

    It could easily take up to an hour for your bus and its passengers to get across the border. In the summer most passengers waited on the side of the road because it was very hot on board the bus. Keep an eye on your bus as other similar-looking busses might stop at the border as well! There is a tiny convenience store at the border, where you can buy water, other drinks and snacks while you wait. I believe the store also has a bathroom facility.

    The bus will pass through Bendery and drop you off at the station in Tiraspol. From there, it's a short walk into the city center. To return, head back to the station and you'll find busses leaving regularly. Keep in mind that if you come on a one-day visa you'll need to be out of Transnistria by about 9:00 pm, and oftentimes the last minibus leaves the Tiraspol station at 7:00 pm. Don't miss it!

    Bus and Train Station in Tiraspol
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    Trolley bus

    by A-Friend-Of-Belarus Written May 24, 2010

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    It's easy to get to Tiraspol. There are many buses and trains from Ukraine and other parts of Moldova that go to this town.

    When you're already in Tiraspol, the best option is to go by trolley bus. That's best way to find out how ordinary people live.

    The best way of transport in Tiraspol Central Train Station

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    From Chisinau to Tiraspol

    by Jasen71 Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    There are the Maxitaxis, Minibus, Taxis to Tiraspol. From the Bus Station.

    If you have a proper visa then no problem, however if you are after the 10 hour visa which you get at the Border for 10 lea.

    But then none of the Minibuses or Maxitaxis will take you, because it means you'll hold up the process for the locals. I had to pay a taxi driver to take me and my friend for $30. The return was much easier as I was able to jump on a maxitaxi for 30 Moldovan Lea..

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    From Tiraspol to Chisinau

    by Jasen71 Written Apr 9, 2007

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    As you are already in Tiraspol then getting out is easier... Go to the Train Station and there will be a Maxitaxi (minibus) waiting... it costs from 20 - 30 Moldovan Lea (the driver prefers moldovan money) The Journey takes 1 hour and 30 minutes with the normal border delays...

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    Buses to Tiraspol

    by ZiOOlek Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Buses to Tiraspol depart from the Central Bus station in Chisinau. There is no timetable - they just depart when all seats are busy. Cost of the ticket is 22 lei (about 2$). The trip to Tiraspol takes about 2 hours stopping at the border after about 1 hour of journey. There are also mini-buses (called maxi-taxi or marschrutes too). Ther cost is the same but they are usually faster (1,5 hour).

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