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Basic information

  • Area: 839 km² (323.9 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +380 44
  • Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)
  • Population (EST): 2,819,566
  • Official language: Ukrainian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Kiev – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Passengers arriving in Kiev by air will fly to one of two airports: Boryspil Airport used by many international airlines, or Zhulyany Airport used by domestic flights and limited flights to surrounding countries. There is a large yet unregulated taxi service around Kiev to transport visitors from the airport that allow pick-up by phone. The numbers will be available at an information office.


Kiev’s public bus services are known to be unreliable and so other methods of transport around the city are encouraged to be taken. Private minibuses are a well maintained form of transport and have been proved to be more reliable and faster than larger buses. All public road transport is owned by the Kyivpastrans municipal company and is greatly subsidized by the city and has a simple tariff per person, independent of distance travelled.


The Kiev Metro system is the fastest, most convenient and most affordable means of transport around the city. It now has 3 lines through most of the city, reaching a total of 46 stations. A single ticket on the metro costs 1.70 hryvnia, to all destinations. Cash is exchanged into tokens in order to use the metro. Those planning on using the metro frequently should purchase the contact card which can be prepaid for up to 50 trips. As is custom, when using public transportation, seats should be given up to the elderly, mothers with children and the handicapped.


There is no problem getting a taxi around Kiev as they cover the city streets. However, it is common for local car drivers to pick up passengers awaiting a taxi so be sure to phone for a private taxi service. Taxis are ordered by dialling 0-58. The most common way of getting around is by private cars that act as taxis as they are a cheaper method of transport. To be safe, ensure there is no more than one person inside the car before you get in. A price should be negotiated on before moving off, although drivers rarely speak much English.

The Kiev Funicular

Kiev’s unique mode of transport that takes passengers up the steep hill, overlooking the Dnieper River, between the Upper town and lower commercial area. Opened to the public in 1905, the transportation system is reasonably priced, fast and convenient, taking approximately 3 minutes between stations.


Railways are Kiev’s main form of transport between cities. |However, the service has failed to meet passenger’s demands as it has met with problems such as the Dnieper River bridges which prevent any development of the railway system. Tickets for trains can be purchased from ticket offices within the stations.
There is another form of train known as the Elektrichkas, owned by the Ukrzaliznytsia company. These are short-range trains that offer a fast and safe service. However, they can be unreliable due to falling behind schedule. It is not advisable to take these trains during rush hour as they can get overly-crowded.