Hrebenne-Rava Ruska border crossing

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Hrebenne-Rava Ruska border crossing
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Information
Countries: Flag of Poland Poland | Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Type: Road
Motorway: E 372

The Hrebenne-Rava Ruska border crossing joins Poland near Zamość and Ukraine near Lviv on the E372 road.

Walking through this border is not allowed, however it is not that difficult to find a lift across. Before the first police checkpoint, you must ask the drivers of the waiting cars for a lift through. Every driver has get a paper with the number of persons in the car from the officer at the first checkpoint. You have to get in a car before they get their paper slip, because the won't pick you up after.

The officers on the Polish side may be helpful and find you a car, but the officers on the Ukrainian side here do not like hitchhikers and may insist that you stand and thumb further away from the checkpoint, which unfortunately may prevent you from being able to speak with passing drivers and explain that you only want to get across the border. Hitchhiking from the Ukrainian side is still definitely possible, though, and if cars are queued up, you can knock on windows and talk to the waiting drivers.

Long waits of up to 8 hours are common at this border especially if coming from Ukraine, so even once you get into a car, you must be patient. It could be worth the time to make a detour and cross for example via Shegyni-Medyka where you can walk over the border.

Hitching out

Into Poland

Many drivers proceeding through the border crossing are smugglers who go no further than the parking lot on the Polish side. However, it is easy to stop a car or truck on the road leading away from the border crossing, a bit up from the police checkpoint, just past the parking area and next to the sign reading "Welcome to the European Union".

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Waiting to enter Fortress Europe.

Into Ukraine

Usually, a driver coming from Poland is going further than just behind the border. If not, you can start hitchhiking from the border towards Lviv.