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Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and with almost 3 million people it is also the largest. It is located in the central north of the country along the Dnjepr River. The city (and the country in general) have become more popular during the last years and it is not difficult to see why when you just walk around this impressive city. On the one hand, there are the typical wide 6 lane boulevards with massive buildings alongside and monuments for everything and everyone, on the other hand it has some beautiful Orthodox churches like the St. Sophia Cathedral. The Monastery of the Caves is another highlight places on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 'Maidan' or Independence Square and the Khreschatyk boulevard are the heart of the city where you will find good food and excellent nightlife as well. The welcome mix of new and old makes this city a place to spend a few days before exploring the rest of the country.
Kiev Day is one of the main events of the year, with concerts, fireworks, and lots of celebrations in the streets of the capital. It takes place during the last weekend of May, with drinks on Friday night, fun in the street on Saturday and fireworks on Sunday. Many areas light up, with Khreschatyk Street and the two main squares—Independence Square and European Square—quite festive for the occasion.
The Summer Music Festival in Kiev is one of many musical-oriented events in the Ukraine. It features a string of open-air concerts on weekends late May through the middle of July at the Central Park of Culture and Resort. There’s everything from classic and modern performances to jazz.
Locally known as Kraina Mriy, this popular summer event of folk music late June/early July takes a look at Ukrainian culture. The event features several stages set up in a large park to the east of downtown Kiev, with views of the Motherland Statue. Visitors enjoy a variety of tunes, as well as a kiddie section called Child’s Meadow. It’s easy to get to on the Metro from Arsenal’na station.
The Molodist International Film Festival is a long running event in Kiev the last week in October, with films from all corners of the globe being showcased. Popular in the world of moviemaking, it’s best to buy tickets online because this event does sell out.
Kiev is cold and dismal between November and April. The best time to visit is in the summer months when the weather is generally warm and sunny with temperatures averaging 25 °C during the day from June to August. Highs of 35 °C have been recorded though, as well as winternights way below -20 °C. Precipitation is fairly even throughout the year, with some more rain in summer though and snowfall in during winter.
|Avg Max||-2.6 °C||-1.1 °C||4.3 °C||13.6 °C||20.5 °C||23.5 °C||24.5 °C||24 °C||19.1 °C||12.3 °C||4.8 °C||0.1 °C|
|Avg Min||-8.2 °C||-6.8 °C||-2.1 °C||4.8 °C||10.7 °C||13.8 °C||15.1 °C||14.4 °C||10 °C||4.8 °C||0 °C||-4.6 °C|
|Rainfall||47.7 mm||46 mm||38.9 mm||48.3 mm||52.5 mm||72.5 mm||88 mm||69.2 mm||46.7 mm||35.1 mm||51.3 mm||51.7 mm|
Boryspil International Airport (KBP) near the capital is the base of Ukraine International Airlines, the national airline of Ukraine. International destinations of the airline include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Kuwait, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Tbilisi, Vienna and Zürich. Several dozen other airlines serve Kiev as well, mainly from European cities and former Soviet Union Republics.
Boryspil 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. 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.
Getting to/from the airport
The simplest way to get to the city centre from Boryspil (KBP) is the Sky Bus - Shuttle, which operates a regular bus service between the airport and Central Railway station (South terminal). Buses depart every 15 minutes during rush hour, or every 45 minutes in the middle of the night, 24 hours per day, and the cost is 40 UAH (4€). The journey to the city center takes 40 to 70 minutes. The buses stop in the front of every terminal. Buses terminate at the southern side of the railway station. To get to the subway from the bus stop, enter the railway terminal, follow the bridge over the railway, leave the building, and turn left.
For taxis, the minimum price to the city center is about 300 UAH when you book in advance. Unofficial cabs may demand higher prices, so always arrange the price before you enter the cab and feel free to bargain.
Several bus and minibus lines serve the airport, connecting it to the closest stations of the Syretsko-Pecherska Line Syretsko-Pecherska Line and the central railway station. Many intercity bus routes to or from Kiev make dedicated stopover at the airport to cater for airline passengers from other cities. E.g., a Kiev-Donetsk (southeast-bound) bus would travel from Kiev Central Bus Station through the airport, while a Kiev-Lviv (southwest-bound) bus would start in the airport and then proceed to Lviv through the Central Bus Station in Kiev. Overall, at least 35 intercity bus routes transit Boryspil Airport. All long-distance and Kiev-bound buses arrive to the airport's bus station located near the "B" terminal.
Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport (IEV) is located 4 kilometres southwest of the center city. It is mostly served by budget airlines. Some of the main destinations include Athens, Moscow, Dubai, Dortmund, Sofia, Vilnius and Valencia. From Kyiv (IEV) you can use Kiev's public transport to reach your accommodation or the train station. There are two terminals -they are around 1 kilometer away of each other. They're connected by trolleybus no. 8, that takes you further to downtown.
Kiev Central Railway station is located near the city centre. In Kiev, there are several other railway stations, but it is unlikely you will need to go there.All passenger trains in Ukraine and to other countries depart from the central railway station (subway st. Vokzalna). The central railway station is the city transport terminal which consists of suburban train station and the south terminal, which is a new part of the central terminal.
To the South Railway Station you can use the Skybus (see above).
The central bus station is located in Kiev at the Moscow sq, 3 (phone: +38(044) 527-9986, (044) 525-5774).
Schedule to the central bus station in Ukraine and international buses can be found online.
Also in the city are several bus stations:
The schedule of buses at bus stations in Ukraine can be found online.
The new bus station "Kiev" is at Railway Station Square, 1 (near Central railway Station). Departure of buses on intercity and international routes.
The metro system is extensive and co-ordinates with local minibuses. Buy plastic tokens for the metro in the entrance hall to each metro station. Metro maps and station signs are all in Cyrillic.
Central Kiev and the main sites can be reached by foot. The Caves Monastery requires using public transport (or a much longer walk) - take the metro to Arsenalna and follow the main road east/southeast.
Kiev is not a good city for cycling around.
Depending on the location of the hotel prices are variable. You can view prices for the central hostel at [http://www.hostel.kiev.ua|their website]]. The hostel is located near Khreschatyk Street and Golden Gate monument.
Five-star hotels cost US$300 a night or more.
|HI Hostel Really Central Kiev||10, Bogdana Khmelnitskogo str. Floor 2. Apt. 50||Hostel||79|
|Hi Independence Square Hostel||12, Kropyvnytskogo str. floor 5. apartment 18,||Hostel||-|
|Hostelukraine Kiev Backpackers||28 Yaroslaviv Val str., 4th floor Apt. 13||Hostel||-|
|International Youth Hostel Kiev||52-A, Artema street Korpus 2, 8th floor||Hostel||-|
|International Youth Hostel Yaroslav||10, Yaroslavska str.||Hostel||79|
|Kiev Central Apartment||3 Basseina Street 8 Yaroslaviv Val St, Kiev, Ukraine||Apartment||-|
|Kiev Lodging Hostel||5 Pushkinskaya str., 2nd floor, apt. 10||Hostel||88|
|Kiev-Art Hostel||Konstantinovskaya 20, office 29||Hostel||84|
|Lvivska Brama||10, Artema str. Apt. 15. Floor 2||Hostel||-|
|One Step Independence Square Hostel||Prorizna str. 18/1 G Floor 4. Apt. 35||Hostel||64|
|Perova Apartment||blv Perova 16-v ap.3||Apartment||89|
|TIU - Kiev Central Station||Gogolivska 25 Apt 15||Hostel||91|
|TIU Chillout Hostel Kiev||Gorkogo 22B/35||Hostel||-|
|TIU KievBackpackers||Apt 15 Krasnoarmejska st 18||Hostel||-|
|TIU Kreschatik||Apt 11 Kreschatik 8b||Hostel||92|
|KievRent Apartments||20 Malaya Zhitomirskaya str office 31 entrance code 340||Apartment||-|
|welcome 2 kiev Apartment||10 Lesi Ukrainki blv||Apartment||-|
|Lybid Hotel||1 Peremohy Square||Hotel||-|
|City Center Hostel||Sofiivska Str. Nr 2 apt. Nr 10||Hostel||65|
|Hotel Golosiyvski||avenue, 40-richcha Zhovtnya 93||Hotel||-|
|Ecotel Nivki||16-E Akademika Tupoleva street||HOTEL||83|
|Dream Party Hostel||47 Chervonoarmiis'ka St.||HOSTEL||86|
|Salve Hostel||18/1G, Prorizna Street, Floor 6, Apt. 46||HOSTEL||81|
|DiscoverKyiv||Verhniy Val, 48/28, 7||Hostel||79|
|Uavoyage||5 Mala Zhytomyrs'ka Street||Apartment||-|
|Eurohostel Kiev||apt. 31, bldg. 11, blvd. Lesi Ukrainki, Kiev,||Hostel||-|
|Why not? Kiev||Saksahanskoho Street 30A/3||HOSTEL||-|
|Art Lounge Hostel||18B(Б) Horkoho (Antonovycha) str., apt. 14||HOSTEL||-|
|St.Sophia Hostel||Heorhiivs'kyi lane 2, Apt.2, Floor 1||HOSTEL||-|
|Golden Gate Properties Kiev||Lyesnko 4||Apartment||-|
|Magic Bus Kiev||31 Saksaganskogo Str, apt.3||HOSTEL||88|
|D'Lux Kiev Hostel||10 Observatorna, 6th floor, apr. 6||HOSTEL||-|
|Main Square Hostel||Prorizna street 7..apt 72 .4th Floor||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Mir||70, 40-richya Zhovtnya Av.||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Kozatskiy on Antonova||Aviakonstruktora Antonova 2/32 block 76||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Kiev city center||Pushkinskaya str. 5||Hostel||-|
|BBQ Hostel||Krushinka Village Lesna Street building 1||HOSTEL||-|
|Dream House Hostel & Bar||2D Andriyivskyy Uzviz||HOSTEL||91|
|HOLLYWOOD VIP Hostel||Kiev Gor'kogo str, 16, ap.9||Hostel||-|
|The Hub||66B Saksaganskogo||HOSTEL||-|
|Vydubychi||4, Promyslova St.||HOSTEL||-|
|Status Apartments Mini-Hotel||Mikhailovskaya Str., 24v||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel President-Kiev||12, Hospitalna Street||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Express||38/40 Shevchenko Blv, Kiev, Ukraine, 01032||HOTEL||-|
|Park Hostel Kiev||Lane Zadorozhnyi, Building 5, Block 2||HOSTEL||-|
|Mila||Kosmichna str., bldg 6, apt. 21||HOSTEL||-|
|Ars Hostel||16, Pecheniz||HOSTEL||-|
|Smart Hostel Kiev||Predslavinskaya str. 12||HOSTEL||89|
|Green Hostel Kiev||Berdyanskaya str., 12||Hostel||-|
|ZigZag Hostel||3A Gor'kogo str., 6th floor, apt. 18||HOSTEL||86|
|Kiev Reunion Hostel||Kreshatik 29, 7th floor, apt. 48||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Delil||14b, Jaroslavov Val street, Apt. 27||HOSTEL||-|
|Red Villa||Voroshulova, 5a St||APARTMENT||-|
|hostel Brama||Artema str. 10, apt 15||Hostel||-|
|Olive Hostel Kiev||Ul. Schota Ustaveli 29B, kv. 11||HOSTEL||-|
|Mini Hostel Kiev||43, Chervonoarmiis'ka St.||HOSTEL||-|
|Apart-hostel Capital||Yaroslaviv Val Str. 26 Apt.5 (3rd floor)||HOSTEL||-|
|Panorama Hostel||Dniprovska Embankment, Building 1, Apt.39. Floor 1||HOSTEL||-|
|VMB House||Svyatoshinskaya ploscha 1, app 127||HOSTEL||-|
|Roots Kiev Hostel||Proreznaya 23 Apt. 5||HOSTEL||84|
|Rusanovka House||Rusanivska Naberegna 22||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Darwin House||Khreschatyk Str. 21 entance 5, floor 4||HOSTEL||85|
|Livoberezhna Apartment||Chelyabins'ka 19/68||APARTMENT||-|
|Kiev Apartments Euro 2012||13, Akhmatova Anna Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Korona Hostel||5, Boryspilska Str, Chubynske||HOSTEL||-|
|LabHostel on Chapayeva||ul. Chapayeva 12, kv. 8||APARTMENT||-|
|LabHostel on Levoberezhnaya||ul. Sadova 23, bud. 14||HOSTEL||-|
|LabHostel on Podol||Nizhneyurkovskaya 31a||HOSTEL||-|
|Main square hostel||Prorizna str 7 apt 72 4th Floor dial on the door 72k||Hostel||-|
|Hostival-Kiev||3 Metalistiv St||Hostel||-|
|Plus Hostel||12 Predslavinskaya str. 03150 Entrance from the street||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Looks||26/24, Mejigirska Str, Apart. 19||HOSTEL||-|
|Real Club Hostel||Kropivnickogo street 6||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Comfort||Electrical Engineering st., 18 (Troyeshchina)||HOSTEL||-|
|Gagarin Hostel||11, Pervomaiskoho Leonida Str||HOSTEL||87|
|5DOORS||6/2 Krutyi Uzviz street, door code 022,7th floor,34 app||Hostel||84|
|City Hostel Kiev||28 Sadovaya||HOSTEL||-|
|B-63 Hostel||Vyshhorods'ka St, 63||HOSTEL||-|
|Sunland hostel||Chervonoarmijs'ka str, 42, apt 9||HOSTEL||-|
|Khreshchatyk Central Hostel||1/10, Bankova Street, Kiev||HOSTEL||-|
|Honey Rest House||Kievskaya Oblast, Makarovsky region, Village Berez||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pumba Hostel||Simona Petlyury St, 18, Kiev||HOSTEL||-|
|United Hostel||Kostelnaya 9 st., ap. 5||HOSTEL||-|
|Kiev Style Hostel||Khreshatik Street 15 ap 138||HOSTEL||-|
|Ester Hostel||Bolshaya Vasilkovskaya, 111|113 str||HOSTEL||-|
|Abrikos Hostel||Ul. Abrikosovaja 8 Ul.Marshala Grechko 7||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Crown||ul. Sribnokil'skaya 1 Podezd 1, floor 15, ap. 101||HOSTEL||-|
|Kiev FAN Zone Hostel||53 Zhylianska Street||Hostel||-|
|FanZone Hostel||ul. Zhiljanskaja 53||HOSTEL||-|
|YAK Olympic Hostel||Chervonoarmiyska 72, Flat 36, floor 16||HOSTEL||-|
|Sun Home Hostel||4 Kropivnitskogo Str 3rd floor||Hostel||-|
|Olympic Stadium Hostel||Ivana Fyodorova 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Voshod||Pushkina Street 14 (Lesya Kurbasa Prospekt 19)||HOTEL||-|
|OK Hostel||28 Striletskaya Str.||HOSTEL||-|
|Kozatskiy Hotel||1/3 Myhailivska Street||HOTEL||-|
|Lybid Hotel Kiev||1, Peremohy Square||HOTEL||-|
|Obolon House||Bogatirska Street 14||APARTMENT||-|
|Rus Hotel Kiev||4, Hospitalna Str.||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Korona||Chubinskoe Borispol district||Hostel||-|
|Kyiv Hotel Kiev||26/1 Hrushevskoho St.||HOTEL||-|
|Bakkara Art Hotel||1, Venice Island, Hydropark metro station||HOTEL||-|
|Royal City Hotel||street. Demetrius 13a||HOTEL||-|
|Ukraine Hotel Kiev||4 Instytutska str.||HOTEL||-|
|Chernobyl Countryside guesthouse||1, Naberejna Street, Orane Village, Kyiv Region||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Chernobyl hostel||1, Naberejna Street, Orane Village, Kyiv Region||HOSTEL||-|
|Khreschatyk Hotel||14 Khreschatyk Str.||HOTEL||-|
|Podil 3-rooms apartment||Voloshkaya str., 20 Podol, Kiev||APARTMENT||-|
|Almateya||2 Tarasa Shevchenko Blvd||Guesthouse||-|
|Tourist Hotel||R. Okypnoy Str., 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Kapital K Service||Kyiv, 126/23 Zhilyanskaya St., R201||APARTMENT||-|
Internet develops quickly in Ukraine, and therefore, today it is no problem to get access to the world wide web - both wired and wireless. There are more access points in big cities, nevertheless there are also some in small settlements. The majority of Ukrainian hostels and hotels of different level have Wi-Fi points, which allow visitors to use high-speed Internet. Most Ukrainian restaurants and many cafes are equipped with internet access points, there are also Wi-Fi zones in terminals of the international airports. You may also access Internet from your cell phone, if your device supports GPRS or one of the 3G standards. All cellular carriers in Ukraine offer access to the mobile internet. Moreover, it's usually no problem to find Internet-cafe in Ukrainian cities. "Ukrtelecom" company offers Internet access as well. Its offices are easy to find in any town of Ukraine. The cost of one hour of Internet access usually doesn't exceed €1-2.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international phone code for Ukraine is 380. The general emergency phone number is 112 and there are special ones for fire -(101), police (102), ambulance (103) and even gas leaks (104).
Although cell phones are becoming more and more popular, a lot of people still use phonecards and this might be a good and cheaper option for travellers as well. If you are here for any length of time it is worth investing in a local sim-card for your mobile. No major international mobile operators exist in Ukraine (yet) so if you have Vodaphone or T-mobile (etc) your phone may not work here. Kyivstar and MTS are the biggest Ukrainian operators.
Ukraine Poshta is the national postal service of Ukraine (website is rather slow and not always working). Unfortunately, the postal service in Ukraine is unreliable or at least inefficient and slow. Most packages get stolen or searched for things that can be sold. Post offices exist in all cities and towns and postcards can be sent quite safely, but the service may be slow. Like many other businesses, post offices are open from around 9:00am to 6:00pm with a lunchbreak between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, though opening times may vary. Smaller ones in rural towns keep shorter hours, while the largest ones in Kiev are usually open very late, during weekends or even 24 hours! If you want to send a letter or postcard and buy stamps, just queue up at the line where you see envelops and cards. Be prepared to wait a while, also regarding the time it takes to send a postcard to Europe (a week) or the USA (two weeks), let alone places further afield. Always send letters by airmail (avia in Ukrainian). For faster (but more expensive) sendings of parcels, try companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.
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