Railway / Bus / Ferry

Norio Village

Norio village is located in Gardabani district some 50 km from Gardabani and 25 km from nations capital Tbilisi. My travels took me to Norio village at the end of February 2017, when we decided to make a lovely hiking trip to Martkopi monastery, we decided to travel here by public transport, in our case it was a marshrutka service leaving from Tbilisi (Samgori metro station). Marshrutka final stop at Norio village in Georgia Ride is marshrutka cost 1.5 GEL (as of...

Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal

There is a super cheap way to travel across the United States using intercity buses. Back in the Summer 2013 I made a long journey from New York to Houston, Texas for about USD 200 per 2 persons using MegaBus.  Last time I was in the US, we decided to go to Philadelphia from NYC using Greyhound, the ticket price was very cheap some 24 USD, again for two persons. When we traveled back to NYC, we bought even cheaper - USD 10 tickets for return way.  Either you are on the...

Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Railway station

Kyiv-Passazhyrsky, also called just as Vokzalna, is a railway station in the capital of Ukraine, Kiyv (Kiev) The Kiev Metro station Vokzalna is adjoining the complex, constituting the station's main intersection with city transport. The Kiev tram terminal Starovokzal'na  (the terminal for Kiev's High-Speed Tram line) is also adjacent via a passageway. I had a chance to spend here some 5 minutes, during our latest flight Tbilisi - Kiev -...

Oslo Bus Terminal

Oslo Bus Terminal was our second stop from our first time short trip to Norway,we arrived here from Moss Airport, Rygge, in June, 2016 and left back from the same terminal to airport in the next morning. Oslo Bus Terminal  is the main bus station serving Oslo, Norway. Owned by Vaterland AS it is located beside Oslo Central Station and serves local buses to Akershus as well as domestic and international coaches. Oslo Bus Terminal...

Port of Cadiz Bay

We used Port of Cadiz Bay (Puerto de Cadiz) twice - first for entering from El Puerto de Santa Maria, second for leaving back to, yes you re right, back to the El Puerto Santa Maria again. At Reina Victoria pier in Cadiz-City Basin, there is a metropolitan maritime station from Cádiz, that attends to the passengers between Cádiz, El Puerto de Santa María and Rota, with modern catamarans. It has it access from Sevilla square and it is five minutes walking from the center of the city....

Ferry from El Puerto de Santa Maria to Cadiz

The other day we arrived to El Puerto de Santa Maria just for one reason, we had red in some travel guide, that if approaching from Jerez to Cadiz, a nice option to have is to take a ferry leaving El Puerto and connecting with Cadiz. It took us some time to actually figure out where the terminal building is located and to find a free parking space for our rental car. Once we found both, we had some free time before ferry departing and luckily we got a chance to see a local fair, see Fair in El...

Berlin Schönefeld Flughafen station (Railway)

Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen (also named simply as Berlin Schönefeld) is a railway station in Schönefeld next to Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport just outside Berlin. The station is served by the S-Bahn lines S9 and S45 as well as the Regional Bahn. It's one of the easiest ways to reach Alexanderplatz and Berlin city center if you are traveling via Berlin Schonefeld airport. The single ride ticket price is...

Smiltynė Ferry Terminal (Klaipeda to Curonian Spit)

Klaipėda city is separated from Curonian Spitby Curonian Lagoon. For connection of two shores across the Curonian Lagoon,  Smiltynė Ferry Terminal is operating. Taking a ferry from Klaipėda to Curonian Spit is always full of joy short journey where passengers can smell the Curonian Lagoon, watch the white seagulls and terns flying closely around the ferry and indulge them with the windy fresh air. There is no doubt that Smiltynė Ferry Terminal is one of the main...

Batumi Railway Station

Batumi railway station has been recently constructed and opened for public, making travels by train from Tbilisi to Batumi a little bit easier. Prior that, train stopped at Makjinjauri station (some 7 km from Batumi city center) I took a train ride from Tbilisi to Batumi at start of March 2016, and was 100% sure that new station will be located somewhere in Batumi city - I was wrong. The new station is still located some 3 km from city, and to actually get to the city, you must take...

Kilikia Bus Station in Yerevan, Armenia

I have used Kilikia bus station to travel from Yerevan to Tbilisi using minivan (marshrutka), but seems you can get from Kilikia to Istanbul (Turkey), Tehran (Iran) or Moscow (Russia), take in note those will be very long trips (starting 40 hours) and I would rather prefer to fly instead of traveling such long distances by bus. I reserved a seat a day before by calling to firm in Yerevan - Tbilisi minivan (Read more:Tbilisi - Yerevan transfers by taxi car ). Cost for Yerevan...

Tallinn Bus Station

The Tallinn Bus Station  is the main long-distance bus station of Tallinn, Estonia. The bus station is located in the southeastern part of the city centre (Kesklinn District), in Juhkentali neighborhood.  When I was a young exchange student in Finland, I used this bus station frequently to travel back to my native Riga (Helsinki - Tallinn by ferry). Last time I was here, probably was back in 2006. We arrived here from Riga bus station using...

Lux Express - One Of The Best Options To Travel Between Riga and Tallinn

At the start of this August I traveled to Estonian capital city Tallinn from Riga (Latvia) to celebrate my birthday and I had a few options to choose on how to actually get there - like, car, coach (bus) or plane (I believe there is a rail connection as well, but I also believe it takes some 12 hours to travel a short ~ 300 km distance) The fact is as I believe it will be even cheaper or about the same to fly between those two Baltic Capital cities, rather to use a bus. But since I'm sick and...

Tbilisi Central Railway Station

Tbilisi Central Railway Station is a major transport hub in Georgia, serving many domestic and two international routes: Yerevan (Armenia) and Baku (Azerbaijan) Originally built in 1872, Tbilisi Railway station has undergone various architectural transformations, and currently serves as a combined railway station and shopping mall. The current station building looks like some grand Chinese pagoda made in concrete. Tbilisi Central Railway station Major rail lines from Tbilisi...

Riga International Coach Terminal

Riga international coach terminal or bus station is a major traffic hub in Latvia and Baltics. I last time visited this place and used Riga - Vilnius coach transfer and then departed from Vilnius to Kutaisi. This coach terminal is situated in the heart of city, close to the Old Riga and Riga Central Market. In fact I was surprsided to learn that here you can make really interesting landscapes.  Riga International Coach Terminal View to St. Peters Church in Old Riga Iron...

Skrunda Bus Station

Skrunda bus station is a regional bus station serving local Latvian cities and town. It mainly serves Riga and Liepaja route, but you can get from here to Kuldīga, Kazdanga and other local routes. If you are heading to Skrunda by bus you can either hire some local taxi here or walk to the closely located Skrunda abandoned military town (Distance ~ 6km). Speaking of this station building - for me it looks like a pretty standard Soviet time architecture built from a concrete. Skrunda bus...

Helsinki - Tallinn tunnel could cost up to €13 billion

I first heard of idea to build an undersea tunnel connecting Finish capital Helsinki with Estonian Tallinn, back in 2006. Soon it will be already 10 years, and I would probably have forget the idea of this project, but, today I red an article suggesting that estimate costs of such project could be EUR 13 billion, and it could be completed toward the end of 2030s.The submarine tunnel, connecting Tallinn with Finnish capital Helsinki, could cost 9-13 billion euros, according to a preliminary...

High Speed Rail will Boost Kenya's economy

I have never been to Africa, but have been watching economical events there more or less for last 5 years. Today I red an article about high speed rail networks infrastructure in Kenya, could boost it's economy by 1.5% .I will re-publish article from kbc.co.ke (you can read original here)The modern high speed rail system under construction will raise Kenya’s GDP by 1.5 percent once it becomes operational, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.The President said the economic benefits of the high...

Proposed New High Speed Rail Line - Moscow - Beijing could cost ~$ 230 bln

While Azerbaijan-i's are building it's super expensive project Khazar Islands with estimate costs of ~ $100 bln, Russians together with Chinese are looking to build a high speed rail connecting Moscow to Beijing in 33 hours with estimate cost of around $230 bln.Russia China high speed train (Image source: businessinsider.com)According to Business Insider - The project would cost more than $230 billion and be over 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles) long, the Beijing Times reported -- more...

Dallas-Houston first high-speed rail in United States by 2021

Back in 2013 we made an Epic journey though United States, it all started at JFK Airport (NYC) and ended in Houston, TX, though we had plans to cross the continent and reach the West Coast, it didn't happened - for two simple reasons: 1) We travelled cheap using Megabus company 2) We were sick and tired of such travels after one month. Let me explain - Megabus is a great alternative for budget travellers - we spent about $200 to reach Houston (we had a nice stops at D.C; Knoxville, TN;...

Istanbul - Konya - New High Speed Train in Turkey

I have travelled by train in Turkey just once back in 2011 from Ankara to Izmir. That route went some 15-17 hours... It's damned boring thing. Well I'm glad I took that ride of course, but I'm more glad to learn that Turkey is investing much in it's train infrastructure. And I'm sure I will use Istanbul - Konya high speed line in future.Recently (on December 17, 2014) a new high speed line Istanbul - Konya has been launched and here is the real gain:The Istanbul-Konya journey time on the high...

First High Speed Railway Launched in Poland

On this lovely 17th December afternoon I decided to add a new blog category to my blog - Railway.Railway is a transport system I have been interested ever since I can remember my self. Railways (as I like to think) is a back-bone of country's economy. Railway system is a mirror which reflects economical growth and stability. On the other hand Railway has lost it's importance it had in 19th century. Railway symbolizes industrialization (again, at least for me).Though we are living in times...

Georgian railway offers free WiFi

Update: Georgian Railway still (2016) offers free Wi-FI (at least in Tbilisi - Batumi line), but it is slow, because most of the passengers have tuned their devices (laptops and mobile phones) to online video streaming services making this a very bad internet browsing experience. Once I noticed a dude opening torrent sites and downloading movies (most probably piratical)  - while browsing YouTube meanwhile. For some serious work - Wi-FI offered by Georgian Railways (it' s...