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Getting Around in Ukraine

By Air

Domestic flights in Kiev depart from both Borispol airport (KBP) and from Zhulany airport (IEV). Aerosvit ( is one of the main domestic carriers.

Aerosvit offers some really cheap flights and proved as a good, and time-saving, alternative to the slow train service. However, for the real bargain airfares you have to book early. However, be prepared to find yourself seated in a rather historic airplane, like the AN-24 for example.

By River/Sea

Various cruises and ferry services are available at Black Sea ports and along several of Ukraine's rivers – the Dnieper River cruises are especially picturesque. Cruises between Kiev, Odessa and Sevastopol are very popular and can be booked through various tour operators.

By Rail

Trains are more reliable than air travel in winter, when aircraft are sometimes grounded. Timetables for trains in CIS states, including trains within Ukraine, are available in English from the website ( The Ukrainian Railways website (, also publishes information, but is not available in English.

Train travel within Ukraine is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around the country. First class sleeping cars are recommended. If you are travelling alone it is recommended you purchase two tickets, this way you have the compartment to yourself. It is also recommend you bring your own soap, toilet paper and towels.

Trains are quite popular in Ukraine and you have to buy the tickets well in advance. There are always 3 kinds of ticket counters: 1 group for trains that go on the same day, 1 for trains that go within 7 days and 1 for trains that go within 45 days. Buying tickets for the same day is usually not such a big problem as long as they are still available. But tickets for trains that leave not on the same day, you usually have to stand in line for a very long time.

Express trains are the best, usually going overnight between big regional centres of the country. These trains make quite a few stopovers en-rout, have carriages of good quality and service (1st, 2nd and 3rd class).

By Road

Speed limits are 60km/h (37mph) in built-up areas, 90km/h (55mph) in outside areas and 130km/h (80mph) on the motorways. Traffic drives on the right; righthand-drive cars are prohibited. Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited. You can turn right on red lights if there is a green arrow.

The limit of alcohol allowed in drivers' blood is zero. Heavy fines are imposed if traffic police smell alcohol on a driver’s breath.

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