I have just one thing to say about taking a minibus from Odessa (Ukraine) to Chisinau (Moldova):
Oh, sure. It only costs $10. And it runs multiple times a day, versus the train that only goes once a day and gets you there at 10pm, a really inconvenient time to be stuck in a strange new city where you know nothing of the language and (if you’re anything like me) your debit card doesn’t work for withdrawing money.
There are full-sized buses plying this route which have got to be better than this 6-hour hayride from hell. Get someone (maybe from your hostel) to check which kind of bus it will be for you, because you really don’t want to be stuck on this bus.
This one left at 2:45 pm from Odessa. I had to take it because I missed the 10:00 bus. If you’re stuck on this bus, take Dramamine. You’ll need it.
If you think I’m exaggerating, or being a wimp, and you long for a minibus adventure on the backstreets of Moldova, look no further than this actual footage of my ride: (mute the sound)
I rest my case.