A bar­gain jour­ney to get to Kiev?

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

In the wake of soar­ing costs for flights to and ac­com­mo­da­tion in Kiev for the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, the Lon­don In­de­pen­dent very kindly re­searched the “op­ti­mum strat­egy” for Liv­er­pool fans to get there on a bud­get. Out­stand­ing re­search it was too be­cause they came up with a mega bar­gain price of £200 for them to get there and back. The but? It’s quite a big one.

The trip would in­volve get­ting to Lu­ton Air­port from Liv­er­pool on the Thurs­day and fly­ing to De­bre­cen in north-east Hun­gary where you would have to stay overnight. The fol­low­ing morn­ing you’d get a train to Za­hony on the Ukrainian border and from there you’d walk/hitch/ taxi the one mile to the Ukrainian fron­tier city of Uzh­gorod. You’d then hop on a bus that will take 12 hours to get you to Kiev, ar­riv­ing Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

The re­turn leg is trick­ier. You have 80 min­utes af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle to get from the sta­dium to the sta­tion – if there’s ex­tra time you’re ban­jaxed. You take an overnight sleeper train to Uzh­gorod which takes 15 hours. From there you have to cross the Hun­gar­ian border and get to Za­hony to catch the train to De­bre­cen from where you will fly back to Lu­ton on Sun­day night. And all that’s left then is the three hour drive home to Liv­er­pool.

Then? You’ll sleep for six months.

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