Why Chișinău, Moldova?
Chișinău, Moldova. Not many people visit this part of the world and should. Its rich in history, much cheaper than most places in Europe, the people won’t smile, but say hello and they will and you’ll also see some old building and cars as well. I was fortunate to make this trip with Jay Way Travel.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Moldova Parliament
Pronounced “chisow”, Chișinău, Moldova is the capital of Moldova. Moldova is a land-locked country located between Romania and the Ukraine and has access to even lesser known Transnistria.
How To Get Here
You can take a train to Chișinău, Moldova. Start your booking to Moldova at RailEurope or Eurail. It has a very beautiful train station with some really old trains too.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Train Station -Train
Eurolines has service to Moldova from points in the rest of Europe. You are taken to the main train station in Chișinău, which is really beautiful by the way. There also service by Gara Auto.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Train Station – Eurolines
The nearest airport is Chișinău International Airport (KIV), the home of Air Moldova and FlyOne. I flew FlyOne from here to Dublin. You can find me review on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naZ-hfOSuKI&list=PLPHzFhaYG94-zH9Xk6aLJ0mHZtT5fYfnv&index=4&t=0s
The following airlines serve the Chișinău International Airport (KIV):
Aeroflot (SU), Air Moldova (9U), Austrian Airlines (OS), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), S7 Airlines (S7), Tandem Aero (TQ), Tarom (RO), Turkish Airlines (TK), Ukraine International (PS), Volotea (V7), Wizz Air (W6) and atlasglobal (KK).
Moldova Airport (KIV)
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
There are plenty of places to stay including Radisson Blu which has a pretty amazing SkyBar with great music, food and atmosphere. I stayed at the Hotel compliments of JayWay Boutique Travel whom I worked with during this trip. They will handle your hotel bookings as part of arranging other aspects of your trip.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Radisson Blu
Where To Eat
You can find a good array of places for a meal. They also have a pretty cool coffee house as well. And if you want American food, there is a McDonald’s too.
There is good beer, lots of wine and their own bubbly.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Chișinău beer
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Fish
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – McDonalds
What To Do
One of the biggest attractions in Chișinău, is the Cricova Winery. All the processing is done underground. Take a jacket when you visit.
Chișinău, Republic of Cricova Winery
Chișinău Republic of Moldova – Cricova Wines
The architecture and the churches in the city are worth seeing. Plus the train station is a must. Walk to the local market near the minibus station to get a flavor of the culture of the city.
See the wooden church. They pack it up and rebuilt in a new location from time to time. It’s quite the marvel.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – The Wooden Church
There are museums as well as huge Parks. One of the parks, Ștefan cel Mare Central Park, has wifi so you can sit and surf if you wish. Getting a guide is a good idea as the city has a lot of history.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Ștefan cel Mare Central Park
When I was there the cadets were graduating in front of the main square. It was quite the site to see. I especially love their hats.
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Cadet
And I think the name of the cell phone company is quite funny :-).
Chișinău, Republic of Moldova – Moldcell
Language: Romanian, Ukrainian and Russian
Currency: Moldovan Leu (MDL)
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