Great offers for Ukraine: Tour Operator in Ukraine
Domestic flights in Ukraine use Zhulyany Airport, which is located 12kms west of downtown Kyiv. Regular flights run between Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities such as Odessa and Lviv. But most Ukrainians prefer the train to get around the country, as it is much less expensive and more reliable in the winter than airplanes. Aerosvit is one of the main domestic carriers serving all of the main routes.
The metro in Kyiv is clean, reliable and easy to use if you can read Cyrillic. Even if you can’t, every visit to Kyiv should include a ride on the wonderful metro system. The triangular route design is a typical ex-Soviet system with three lines which all meet in the city centre at Freedom Square. The metro network is almost entirely underground, except when crossing the Dnipro River. The trains run from 06:00 until midnight on all three lines. Fares are unbelievably cheap.
Travelling between any major Ukrainian city is best done by train. They are cheap and reliable and can often provide a convenient night’s journey. Trains are also considered the most reliable form of transportation during the winter months. Aircraft often get grounded and roads can become hazardous in the snow and ice. You can get virtually anywhere in the country from the Kyiv train station, which is in front of the Vokzalna metro station.
If you have more time on your hands, you can take a bus to even the smallest town in Ukraine. The train still remains a better choice for getting between major cities, but the bus is best for shorter trips not served by rail. Autolux is the main private coach company. They have comfortable and modern buses at reasonable rates. The state-run buses, on the other hand, can be a nightmare. You can buy your tickets directly from the driver or at the kiosk in the station.
It is possible to rent a car in Ukraine and this is becoming more popular as the roads and services improve. In general, however, driving conditions in Ukraine are not the safest or easiest in Europe. Outside of any urban area, the roads are poorly lit and often damaged. An international driving license is necessary to rent a car.
Taxis are readily available all over the country and are especially popular in the bigger cities. To hail a cab, simply put out your hand and a car will stop. Sometimes the driver is not an official taxi operator, but rather an enterprising local looking for some extra cash. These private taxis are quite common and if you want to use one, they are fairly safe. Meters are rarely used in Ukraine, so always settle on the fare before getting into the taxi. It is also common to hire taxi drivers for long-distance destinations.
Sea and Lake
Cruises along the Black Sea are very popular and can be booked through any travel agent or tour operator. The most common cruise routes run between Kyiv, Odessa and Sevastapol. Boats are a great way to travel between coastal cities