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Lviv is a city in the (north)west of Ukraine with around 750,000 inhabitants living in the city and about 1.5 million in the total metropolitan area. The city used to be called Lemberg in German language. Capital of the historical region of Galicia, Lviv is now regarded as one of the main cultural centres of today's Ukraine.
The historic city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The historical heart of Lviv with its old buildings and cobblestone roads has survived World War II and ensuing Nazi and Soviet occupation largely unscathed.
Lviv has a continental climate with warm, sunny summers and cold winters with regular snow. Average temperatures in summer are around 20-25 °C during the day and 12-14 °C at night. Winters see highs around zero and lows around -5 °C. The absolute records though stand at 36 °C and -30 °C to give an idea about extremes. Precipitation average just about 750 mm a year with most of that concentrating in heavy showers in summer. Winters are slightly drier.
Lviv International Airport (LWO) has flights to/from Kiev, Naples, Tel Aviv, Simferopol, Tivat, Burgas, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Timisoara, Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Munich, Istanbul, Athens, Antalya, Heraklion, Sharm el-Sheikh, Zadar, Moscow, Dalaman, Dubai, Hurghada, Dortmund, Milan and Venice.
Currently several trains cross the nearby Polish–Ukrainian border (mostly via Przemysl in Poland). There are good connections to Slovakia (Kosice) and Hungary (Budapest). Many routes have overnight trains with sleeping compartments.
Check Eurolines for international bus connections.
The Lviv tramway now runs about 220 cars on 75 kilometres of track. Previously in bad shape many tracks were reconstructed in 2006 and even more are due to be reconstructed. The price of a tram/trolleybus ticket is 1.25 UAH (reduced fare ticket is 0.60 UAH, e.g. for students). The ticket may be purchased form the driver.
|Behind the Castle Guesthouse||Novoznesens'ka str., 28||Guesthouse||-|
|Central Square Hostel||5 Rynok Square||Hostel||80|
|Hostel Roxelana||Generala Chuprenke 50/4 'Генерал||Hostel||-|
|Lemberg hostel||Khorvats'ka str.3 apt.18||Hostel||82|
|Old City Park Appartment||Piskova str,17||Apartment||-|
|Old Ukrainian Home Hostel||Lepkogo str.12||Hostel||89|
|Retro Hostel Shevchenko||16, Shevchenko Ave.||Hostel||-|
|TIU LeoCity Hostel||15 Konopnitskoy str Level 3||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Sun||Prospekt Shevchenko 16.8||Hostel||84|
|Rus'ka Str. Hostel||Rus'ka street, 3/5||Hostel||-|
|Soviet Home Hostel||Drukarska 3||HOSTEL||80|
|The Georgehouse Hostel||Ustyyanovycha str., 8||Hostel||-|
|TopTravel Apartments City Centre||Dudaeva str.,6, Second F||Apartment||-|
|Mister Hostel||Bankivska 5||HOSTEL||80|
|hotel ''NTON''||154b Shevchenko Str||Hotel||-|
|Old City Hostel||3 Beryndy Str.||Hostel||85|
|Art Hostel||Rynok Square, 3 app.4||HOSTEL||-|
|Compass Hostel||4, Knyazya Roman str.||Hostel||-|
|Family House Ukraine||Karpinskoho str. 7, ap.5, Lviv Rynok Square 5||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Coffee Home Hostel||Yavorskogo 1/5||HOSTEL||-|
|Cats' House Hostel||Saksahans'koho, 20/4, 2nd floor||Hostel||68|
|Hostel Shelter||Lesya Kurbasa str. 8||Hostel||79|
|Theatrical Hostel||ul. Teatralna 10/ apt. 5, Lviv Lviv||HOSTEL||-|
|Cherry Hostel Lviv||Kostyushka str. 5.Lviv||Hostel||82|
|Market Square Apartment||Ploscha Rynok 20/6||APARTMENT||88|
|Compass Inn||Denisa Lykiyanovicha Street 12||HOSTEL||-|
|Bazikalo Hostel||13 Virmens'ka Street apt 5||HOSTEL||-|
|'Under The Roof' DeLuxe||Saksaganskogo str. 3/10||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Hostel Kurmanovich||Kurmanovich str, 9||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Under the Holy Spirit||Shevchenka Avenue, 28||HOSTEL||-|
|Modern Hostel||Lviv, st. Chemical, 4b||HOSTEL||-|
|Yellow House Lviv||109 Zelena Str., 5th floor||HOSTEL||-|
|Horse Hostel||Oleksandra Konys'kogo str, 6/7||Apartment||-|
|Hostival Lviv||Himicheskaya Street||Hostel||-|
|Apple Hostel Lviv||Gazova 32||HOSTEL||-|
|Low Cost Apartment Lviv||Novyi Svit St, 20/7||APARTMENT||-|
|Low Cost Apartment near the Opera House||Tamanska str 8, 17||APARTMENT||-|
|Rynok Square Apartment at the Very Center of Lviv||Rynok Square 25, 17||APARTMENT||-|
|Appartment at st. Andrew Church||Soborna 3b||APARTMENT||-|
|Experience Lviv of early XX century||27 Levyts'koho St||APARTMENT||-|
|Sokilnyky||Kn. Romana,7, Sokilnyky||APARTMENT||-|
|Extra Cheap Flat in Lviv||Gen. Chuprynki 134||APARTMENT||-|
|Low Price Apartment: Lviv||Zelena 115||APARTMENT||-|
|GHOSTel - Medieval Hostel||ul. Kopernika 9/10v ул. Копер||HOSTEL||77|
|Gold Lion Hostel||Ave. Svobodu, 26||HOSTEL||80|
|Ekotel||Sakharova str. 42, 5th flour||HOTEL||-|
|Edelweiss||35 Knjazja Svjatoslava Scole||Hostel||-|
|At Rynok Square||Krakivska 3||APARTMENT||-|
|Deluxe Apartment in Lviv||Str. Antonovycha 58||APARTMENT||-|
|Main Street Lviv Apartment||Svobody Ave 7, 26||APARTMENT||-|
|On the Square||13 Ploshcha Rynok Second floor||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Virmenska Street Apartment||Virmenska Street 27||APARTMENT||-|
|8 Person Apartment near Rynok Square||Lesi Ukrainky 15,19||APARTMENT||-|
|Well located flat||Levitskogo str 78||APARTMENT||-|
|Good apartment||Pid dubom street 10||APARTMENT||-|
|Lviv Euro Hostel||Kn. Romana 9 Street||HOSTEL||-|
|Stay House||Dovbusha Str., 2a/4||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel 3+2||Vyzka str 3||HOSTEL||-|
|Harp Apartment||Ohienka Str.||APARTMENT||-|
|The Kosmonaut Hostel||Tomashivskoho 4 apt 5||HOSTEL||86|
|Leotel||Lukiyanovycha 3 str.||HOTEL||76|
|Hotel Angel||Svobody Avenue (Prospect), 5,||Hotel||-|
|House with a Garden in Lviv||Кооперативна 1 вул., Львів Kooperativna street 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|City Perl Apartment||Rynok Square 20||APARTMENT||-|
|Big Penthouse in Center||Lychakivska Street 5||APARTMENT||-|
|Newly Renovated Apartment Lviv||Ivasyuka Street 5||APARTMENT||-|
|LeoCity Chornovola Hotel||28, Mohylnytskoho str.||HOTEL||-|
|Just Lviv It. Hostel||Rynok Square 15||HOSTEL||-|
|LeoCity Apartments||3, Staroyevreyskaya str. apt. 7 (last floor)||APARTMENT||-|
|LeoHostel||79012 Lukiyanovycha 3 Street, Lviv||HOSTEL||-|
|Coffee Home||10, Teatralna Str.||HOSTEL||-|
|Eurohotel Lviv||Tershakovtsiv st., 6A.||HOTEL||-|
|George Hotel||1, Мickiewicz Sq.||HOTEL||-|
|Reikartz Dvorzhets||107 Gorodotska St.||HOTEL||-|
|Chopin Hotel||7 Malaniuka Square||HOTEL||-|
|Comfortplus Hostel||Lvov, shepkina street 5 Львов, ул. Щепкина 5||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel del Pozitiff||Rynok Square 13/14||HOSTEL||-|
|Mini Hostel Lviv||Sichovyh Streltsov St., 12 Ap. 16 (4th floor)||HOSTEL||-|
|Cossacks Hostel||Львов ул.Театральная 6/1||HOTEL||78|
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
Local phones work well in Kiev, but not in Odessa - most people use phonecards. 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.
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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