a VirtualTourist member from Helsinki
How to get from Piatra Neamt area (or Bacau/Suceava) in Romania to Chernivtsi and then back again? Seems there are no car rental agencies in Romania that would allow crossing the border. What other options there are, bus, train, what? And how much time one should reserve..
There is a train once a day between Suceava and Chernivtsi (leaves Suc. 13:36, arrives Chern. 18:16 / on the way back, leaves Chern. 07:04, arrives Chern. 12:15). When I travelled from Suceava to Chernivtsi, I had missed the train, so I took a "mini-bus." There are official scheduled buses, but there are also informal mini-buses in a parking lot across the street from the bus station. Ukrainian drivers just look for however many people they can find who need to get to Ukraine, you haggle over the price (I paid5), and then head out when the van is sufficiently full. This can be confusing if you don't speak Ukrainian, Russian, or Romanian, but it's also very fast. It only a few hours, and the driver even handed us off to a friend of his with a car who then dropped us off right in front of our hotel.