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How to Get to Kiev

How to Get to Kiev by Air

Borispol International Airport, which is about 38 km from the city centre, is where most international flights arrive. Other than Air Ukraine and Ukraine International Airlines, a host of other international airlines operate flights to and from Kiev. All of Europe’s larger capitals are linked to Kyiv by air. Even if you’re arriving from another continent, in most cases, a single changeover will be enough to get you to Kiev.

Kiev’s other airport, Zhuliany-Kyiv, is about 7 km from the city and handles domestic flights. Both Zhuliany-Kyiv and Borispol are connected to the city by bus and taxi.

How to Get to Kiev by Rail

Kiev’s sole international train station is located virtually in the heart of town, next to the Vokzalna metro station. It’s an important hub for trains from across Europe and Asia, with daily trains arriving from Berlin, St Petersburg, Moscow, Budapest, and other capitals in East Europe. Berlin is by far the best link to West Europe.

In addition to the international trains, there are regular domestic trains from other cities within Ukraine, including Odessa and Lviv.

How to Get to Kiev by Bus

Kiev lies at the intersection of some of Ukraine’s major highways, and there are regular buses to the city from all across the country- and beyond. It is, for instance, possible to get a bus from Moscow or St Petersburg to Kiev. Remember, however, that distances are vast in this part of the world, and even a trip from Moscow to Kiev can take a day or more.

By Waterways

Kiev’s River Terminal, on the Dnieper River, is located at the Poshtova Plosha subway station. The terminal acts as a landing post for hydrofoils and motorboats which come from as far as Cherkassy and the Black Sea.

Getting Around Kiev

Kiev has a number of car rental agencies, but in most cases, it’s advisable to hire a chauffeur-driven car rather than a self-driven one. Traffic in Kiev can be hard to drive in, and for a tourist who isn’t used to the roads of the city, it’s easier to get someone else to do the hard work.

Alternatively, you could use the city’s public transport system. Kiev has an extensive network of trolleys, buses, and underground trains, which, between them, cover most of the city. The public transport system is also fairly inexpensive, and so is a good option for anybody who’s trying to economize. Long-duration passes for a week, a month or more can be purchased if you’re going to be spending a while in the city.

Kiev’s taxi service is convenient enough, though- obviously- not as cheap as public transport.

Taxis may he hailed on the street or phoned for, by dialing 058. Kiev’s car owners also often act as impromptu taxi drivers, by taking on passengers, and a ride in a car will always be cheaper than taking a cab.

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