A bargain journey to get to Kiev?
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.