Kiev Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane
Boryspil International Airport ({{IATAPhone: +380 44 281-7154Boryspil Airport has 3 terminals in operation: B, D, and F. Most international flights arrive in the terminals D or F, whereas terminal B is used for domestic flights. Terminal B is much older than F and dates back to Soviet times, but in fact they differ in small details only. Both terminal B and F are very cramped and inconvenient, while terminal D is newer and larger. Expect long queues at the immigration control, which is inevitably haphazard. Despite separate lanes for Ukraine citizens, 'non-visa', and 'visa' passengers, few booths are usually in operation so getting through immigration can take over 30 minutes. Airlines operating to/from KBP include Ukraine's two major international airlines: Ukraine International Airlines ( - Mizhnarodni Avialiniyi Ukrayiny) and Aerosvit, as well as Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Czech Airlines, Delta, Estonian Air, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, and AirBaltic . There are occasional budget charters from Italy, and in summer, Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines runs charters to destinations including Italy and Turkey. Aerosvit and Delta are the only airlines with non-stop service to North America.
Zhulyany Airport'({{IATAVul. Medova, 2Phone: +380 44 242-2308Mostly served by budget airlines, Wizzair is the major airline operating to this airport.
To Boryspil Airport

By bus

The easiest way to travel between the city centre and Boryspil is the Sky Bus, which operates service to/from the Vokzalna/Central Railway station for UAH40. Buses depart every 15 minutes during rush hour, or every 45 minutes in the middle of the night, 24/7.

The journey to the city centre takes 40 to 70 minutes and the buses stop in the front of every terminal. Buses terminate at the southern side of the railway station. To get to the metro (Vokzalna station) from the bus stop, enter the railway terminal, follow the bridge over the railway, leave the building, and turn left.

By taxi

For taxis, the minimum price to the city centre is about UAH200 when you book in advance. The official taxi service at the airport (Sky Taxi) is slightly more expensive at UAH6.50/km. Unofficial cabs may demand higher prices, so always arrange the price before you enter the cab and feel free to bargain.

To/from Zhulyany Airport

By bus
Bus 9 operates service to/from the Vokzalna/Central Railway Station, with connections to Metro Line 1.
Bus Route 78 operates service to Vasylkivska Metro Station, where connections can be made to Metro Line 2.
Trolleybus Route 22 operates service to Dorohozhychi Station, where connections can be made to Metro Line 3.
By train
Volynsky Train StationVul. Post-Volynska, (- .)There, elektrichka commuter trains operate service to the central/Vokzalna Railway Station. The intracity Urban Electric Train service also operates at Volynsky train station.
By train
Kiev PasazhyrskyiSq Vokzalnaya, 1Phone: +380 44 239-8951Kiev's central railway station. Metro station Vokzalna ( "") on the M1 line connects to the railway terminal. The terminal building straddles numerous railway tracks, and effectively comprises two separate buildings adjoined by a bridge. The building on the northern side (next to the metro station) is the main station. The building on the southern side is the south station with its own ticket office and hotel. Public transport stops on both sides of the railway. Buses and trolleybuses to the city centre depart from the main building, buses to the Boryspil and Zhulyany airports operate from the southern station. Direct day and overnight trains are available from all major cities and towns in Ukraine. Express Intercity+ trains to Poltava, Lviv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk take 2h50, 4h55, 4h30 6h40 and 5h13 respectively. Most express routes have two departures in each direction daily. Slower overnight trains to Lviv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk take 9, 8, 12 and 8 hours respectively. Connections with the Black Sea region Crimea are plentiful, most night trains depart from Simferopol (14h) but some originate in Sevastopol (16h) as well. More information about international trains.
Pivnichna suburban train stationThis station is separated from the other two buildings and has its own entrance equipped with turnstiles.
By car

The main route into Ukraine from the West is via Poland - the only 24-hour customs post on this border is in Lvivska Oblast (Region) at a place called Krakovets. The nearest significant town on the Polish side is Przemyśl, and it's straightforward to find by following route #4 (which passes through Przemyśl). When you arrive at the border, the road is fairly narrow (no motorway/autobahn), and there is always a queue of trucks and vans parked to the right of the road. Don't park behind the goods vehicles, slip up the side of them and then feed into the customs area when the guy flags you forward (for courteous Europeans, you're not jumping the queue as commercial traffic goes through a different process). If you're in an EU-registered car then find the EU-passports section. Then, proceed to Ukrainian passport control and then Ukrainian customs and you're through. It used to be a nightmare, with apocryphal tales of 5-6+ hours at the border, but the Ukrainians have made great advances in efficiency with a 1-2 hour border crossing now possible.

Once through, just follow the main road towards Lviv (Львів) on the E40 - this is the route right across Ukraine to Kiev (and thence the East). Stick to this - the main towns on the way are Lviv, Rivne (Рівне), Zhytomyr (Житомир). Care is required as the road still remains in a miserable condition, even though it is the main East/West highway and the main road route from and to the EU.

A further 24-hour entry point to Ukraine from the West is from Slovakia at Uzhgorod, where an extensive border complex has been constructed with financial support from the European Union. This is on the E50 European highway route which should eventually extend from Vienna to Kiev, via Bratislava and Košice. Eastward travel by road experiences little delay, but there are often extensive queues in the other direction. In theory pedestrians are allowed to cross this border, but in practice Slovak guards prevent them. One option for those without their own transport is to walk back down the road and hitch a lift through from a Ukrainian vehicle, which they will generally do free or for USD10/€10.

By bus
Central stationMoskovskaya sq, 3Phone: +380 44 525-5774International buses stop at the central station, which is a squalid place that is anything but central. There are frequent direct buses of variable quality from Germany, Poland and Moldova. Kiev is served by Euroclub-bus from various destinations in Germany: Bremen, Cologne, Frankfurt and Rostock and from Vienna in Austria. Inland buses by Autolux and Gunsel.
Kiev Bus StationVokzalna sq, 1
Polissia Bus StationShevchenko Tarasa sq., 2Phone: +380 44 430-3554For northern directions.
Yuzhnaia or Pivdennya StationProsp. Akademika Hlukova, (-,) 3Phone: +380 44 257-4004To/from Vinnytsa and other southbound destinations.
Dachna Bus StationProsp. Pobedy (-,) 142Phone: +380 (044)424-15-03Western directions.
Vydubychi Bus StationNaberezhno-Pecherskaya Rd, 10Phone: +380 44 524-2182To Kaniv and Cherkassy.
By boat

It is possible to organize trips down the Dnieper to the Black Sea in summer. A travel agency in Ukraine can book these trips for you.

source: Wikivoyage

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