Getting Around Ukraine
Domestic flights connect Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Donetsk and a few other
major cities. Be warned, though: flights in Ukraine are notoriously
unreliable and erratic. Booking a ticket on one can be a harrowing
experience, and planes are often uncomfortable. During the winter,
flights may not take off due to bad weather.
Trains are definitely the most convenient and reliable means for
long-distance travel, although degrees of comfort and punctuality
may vary from one train to the other. As in the case of air travel,
on train journeys too getting a ticket may be difficult. Book your
ticket as far in advance as possible.
If you like driving on your own, hiring a car may be an option.
Kiev has a few car rental agencies, and some hotels also give out
cars for hire. Check beforehand if they’ll let you drive long-distance;
some may not extend to beyond city limits. Hiring a chauffeur-driven
car is a better option than a self-driven car; the latter, in fact,
are less common.
For travel between cities and towns, buses are convenient, especially
if you’re trying to stay within a tight budget. Buses, however,
tend to be crowded and usually dirty, so be prepared for a not-too-comfortable
Within cities, public transport systems generally operate from
6 in the morning to 12 at night, with subway trains running till
1 in the morning.
Regular cruises operate between Kiev, Odessa and Sevastopol, and
they’re a good way of seeing the countryside. A number of
tour operators and travel agents in the three cities can get you
tickets for the cruises.
Useful sites for futher information:
- The most reliable and up-to-date CIS railway timetable covering
Ukraine, Russia and other CIS countries