If you decided to venture off to Ukraine for your well-earned holiday, you will
most likely get a few surprised questions from whoever hears your news. The country
is definitely not on the most popular list of tourism destinations and is relatively
unknown to the mass traveler.
Nevertheless, it is precisely the fact of Ukraine being among the most unspoiled
tourist routes that will make your vacation in our country refreshing, surprising,
and most authentic.
Whether you are looking for a relaxed and calm holiday, or would like to treat yourself
to adventure and a doze of adrenaline, Ukraine is large and diverse enough to offer
plenty of options for the most demanding traveler. Despite being off-the-beaten
track, Ukrainian tourism sector is developing at a high speed, in the view of Euro
In order to help you make the most out of your holiday in Ukraine
we have put together
this page, which hosts selection of country’s top adventure activities, gives you
good insight into local Dos and Don’ts and provides you with the necessary travel
tips for a safe and comfortable stay in Ukraine.
BEFORE YOU GO...
Ukraine has a rich and vivid culture and still holds on to its ancient traditions.
While cities are more prone to be Western-like, people in the villages live pretty
much same as they did 200 years ago.
Due to its particular location Ukraine exhibits both Eastern and Western influences.
Today, the country is somewhat culturally divided with the western regions bearing
a stronger European influence and the eastern regions showing a strong Russian influence.
While Ukraine is considered a European country, culturally it is often similar to
the East and constitutes a wonderful blend of both traditions.
Read more on People, Customs and Traditions in Ukraine on our blog.
Ukrainians celebrate a range of religious and state holidays. If holiday falls on
a weekend, the following working day is added as an official day off as well.
January 1 - New Year’s Eve
January 7 - Christmas
March 8 - International Women’s Day
March/April - Easter
May/June - Holy Trinity Day (Orthodox Pentecost)
May 1 & 2 - Labor Days
May 9 - Victory Day
June 28 - Constitution Day
August 24 - Independence Day
The dominant religion in Ukraine is Eastern Orthodox Christianity; a distant second
by the number of the followers is the Eastern Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
Additionally, Roman Catholics group forms some 2.19 percent of the population and
consists mainly of ethnic Poles and Hungarians, who live predominantly in the western
regions of the country. There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Ukraine, and about
250,000 of them are Crimean Tatars.
Ethnic Ukrainians make up 77.8% of the population. Other significant ethnic groups
are Russians (17.3%), Belarusians (0.6%), Moldovans (0.5%), Crimean Tatars (0.5%),
Bulgarians (0.4%), Hungarians (0.3%), Romanians (0.3%), Poles (0.3%), Jews (0.2%),
Armenians (0.2%), Greeks (0.2%) and Tatars (0.2%).
According to the Constitution, the state language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. Russian,
which was the de facto official language of the Soviet Union, is widely spoken,
especially in eastern and southern Ukraine. According to the 2001 census, 67.5 percent
of the population declared Ukrainian as their native language and 29.6 percent declared
Russian. Most native Ukrainian speakers know Russian as a second language.
English is not widely spoken in Ukraine, however, in large cities you can always
approach young people who most likely will be able to converse with you in English.
Outside of the cities do not expect English, or even Latin alphabet signs. It is
highly advised to carry English-Ukrainian or English-Russian phrasebook.
Official weekday working hours are 9am (09:00) to 5pm (17:00) or 10am (10:00) to
6pm (18:00). Some banks close for the day at 4.30pm. Bigger shops, especially in
Kyiv, tend to stay open later, until 8pm or 9pm (Sunday closing is increasingly
GMT +2 ~ Summer time(GMT +3)
International dialing code
Population: 46 mln
Area: 603,700 sq.m
With barely unspoiled by mass tourism countryside and landscapes Ukraine is no
doubt a perfect place for travelers who wish to have a true off-beaten track experience.
Ukraine is home to tremendous natural treasures of European and even global significance.
The primeval beech forests of Ukrainian Carpathians are listed on the UNESCO
list of World Heritage, as is the Danube Delta which Ukraine shares with Romania.
Over 3.7 mln ha of protected areas which include 6 biosphere reserves and over 40
national reserves and parks host serene landscapes, untouched nature and exciting
From bird watching at Danube Delta and cave exploring at the shores of Black Sea
to mountain biking in Ukrainian Carpathians, Ukraine has an adventure experience for everyone.
Read more on wildlife and nature reserve in Ukraine on our Blog
Ukrainian Carpathians are rightfully considered the pearl of Ukraine. Their gentle peaks,
rising as high as 2061 m (Mt. Hoverla), showcase deep forests, fast rivers and highland
lakes, curative mineral sources, and unique culture of local villagers, offering
both the adventure and peaceful one-on-one with nature.
Ukrainian Carpathians are relatively unexplored by foreign tourists, thus allowing you to
hike/trek/bike for hours without seeing people. Tiny villages and shepherds huts
scattered in the valleys bring you the lost feeling of old Europe, where bread is
still baked in wooden ovens, people travel on horse carriages and berry picking
remains the traditional summer pastime. Unique folklore, traditions and handcrafts
of Carpathian villagers will captivate you with their simplicity and richness, leaving
a feeling of an old, welcoming and warm home.
The charm of Ukraine – Crimea. Long beaches, blue sea and gentle slopes of Crimean
Mountains. Ukrainian part of Black Sea shore stretches for kilometers, with almost
all northern part of Black Sea belonging to Ukraine. Climate here is drier and warmer
than in the rest of the country, with a Mediterranean feel in the southern coast
of Crimean Peninsula.
Ukrainian shore of Black Sea hosts many wonderful nature spots – UNESCO World Heritage
List Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, string of coastal lakes around Odessa, magnificent
caves, Swan Islands ornithological reserve, pristine untouched foothills of Crimean
mountains, unique volcanic nature reserve of Karadag, and shallow warm Azov Sea.
A lot of people considered Crimea their rightful and beautiful home. This exciting
mix of cultures left Crimea with numerous historical places, scattered around the
peninsula – mysterious cave cities of Chufut-Kale, palaces and mosques of Crimean
Tatars, Genoese Fortresses, ruins of ancient Greeks, and many other places worth
Our selection of top treats for you!
- Hike Crimean Mountains - the Chatyr Dag plateau for breath taking views of the Black Sea or trek around
the puzzling ruins of Chufut Kale.
- Plunge underground and enjoy the spectacular sight of stalactites and stalagmites
in one of the most beautiful caves of Eastern Europe – 'Marble Cave'.
- Go scuba diving and explore fascinating natural features, sunken ships, hidden treasures
and even the ruins of city.
- Discover numerous canyons of Crimea or check out rock climbing places, suitable
both for sport climbers and mountaineers.
- Go cycling in Crimea - enjoy a trip along Europe's longest wild beach – Arabat Spit, and visit
mud volcanoes of Kerch peninsula.
Steppe – an endless sea of grassland. Though large part of Ukraine steppe has been
used for agricultural purposes, a number of set up protected areas are still able
show you the magnificence of steppe. Natural Reserve 'Askaniya Nova' can take you
into the times of Cossacks and show the largest remaining natural steppe in Europe.
Established way back in the 19th century Askaniya Nova is the oldest protected area
in Ukraine and one of country's six UNESCO biosphere reserves.
Afterwards, go to the north, for a moment of peace and tranquility in Ukrainian
wooded North. Tucked in the vast territory bordering with Belarus, covered with
lush forests and abundant with rivers, streams, and swamps, is the Polissya Natural
Reserve. Enjoy untouched 'jungles' of trees and long serene walks in this least
populated area of Ukraine!
Our selection of top treats for you!
- Go on a safari tour in a vast plain, where Przhevalsky horses peacefully graze together
with droves of black bison, Grevy's zebras, blue antelopes and Turkmenian koulans.
Enjoy "…a parched, isolated, sprawling, yellow expanse - this is what the Ukraine
of the Cossacks looked like" (Lonely Planet).
- See the largest captive breeding program for Przewalski's horses – the only remaining
truly wild "horse" in the world and may be the closest living wild relative of the
- Go cycling along trails of Northern Ukraine, visit sparkling clean lakes, water-full
streams and endless forests, and plunge into the world of silence and calm.
Over 23,000 rivers and lakes are real landscape pearl of Ukraine. About 160 of them
are more than 100 km long. The beautiful slow flowing largest river of Ukraine –
the Dnipro, majestic canyons of Ukraine's cleanest river – the Dniester, narrow
and fast rivers of the Carpathians - all give you wonderful opportunities for boating,
canoeing, fishing, swimming, sailing, white water or flat water rafting.
Enjoy the 250 km-stretch of Dniester Canyon in the Western Ukraine. Raft along steep
rocky or wooden banks with the heights to 200 m (650 ft), unique travertine rocks
and geological exfoliation, caves and grottoes with signs of human settlement upon
them, waterfalls, picturesque islands, monuments of nature, history, architecture,
ethnography – all these can be seen miles and miles.
Visit one of the last true wetlands remaining in Europe. National park consists
of over 20 crystal clear Shatsky lakes, dense forests, hundreds of small streams
and rivers, and scattered swamps along Ukraine – Belarus borders. The jewel of the
National park is Svityaz, Ukraine's largest and deepest lake. Swim in its deep waters,
breathe in fresh air from pine forests, go berry or mushroom picking and experience
the magical power of Svityaz.
230 km of passages make up Eurasia's longest cave, and world's longest gypsum cave
- Optymistychna. It is one of the hundreds of underground labyrinths in Ukraine.
Crimea region is particularly rich in caves which do not require any special speleological
knowledge or any special training. Marmurova cave offers stunning sights of its
stalactites and stalagmites which look like fanciful creations of human hands rather
than a whimsy of nature. On another hand, Emine-Bair-Khosar cave boasts crystal-clear
underground lakes, just like Ozerna cave in the Western region of Ukraine.
Check out our stories on caving in Ukraine.
Ukraine has wide selection of quality bird, plant or wildlife sanctuary.
Currently the country hosts 17 nature reserves, 12 national parks and 4 biosphere reserves which are of global importance.
The geographical location, the climate and physiographical setting all contributed to a wide diversity of Ukraine’s flora and fauna.
You can still find bears, wolves, and wild mountain sheeps in Ukrainian Carpathians and Crimea, while Askania Nova Biosphere Reserve is homeland
to unique animal populations that once roamed vast steppes of Southern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s birdlife is plentiful, and bird lovers will be surprised by the species they can observe here.
Crimean wetlands, Danube and Dniester River deltas are birdwatcher’s paradise, with areas being an important
migration stop and nesting place for hundreds of species. Other worthwhile areas are the least inhabited forest
areas in the North of Ukraine.
Explore Dnister Delta National Park during our Kiev and Odessa Holiday in Ukraine
With over 500 cities in Ukraine founded more than 900 years ago the country is one
of the oldest and exciting places for visit in Europe. Ukraine is a combination
of traditional European lifestyle and architecture in the West, and remnants of
industrial-communist era in the East.
Learn more about People, Traditions and Customs in Ukraine with our special stories and videos on our Blog
Start with Kiev, country's mother of cities, its capital. While being a rather contemporary
and cosmopolitan city, Kyiv still boasts a number of fine older attractions, dating
back to the 11th century, the times of Kievan Rus. Go cruising on Dnipro River,
visit one of the architectural landmarks of the capital, and enjoy a classic evening
in city's National Opera. No matter what your choice will be, Kyiv has something
to offer for everyone!
Traveling to Kiev soon?
Check out our 10 Awesome Things to do in Kiev, or discover 5 Ways to Explore Kiev like a local
Read more stories about Kiev on our blog
MiniLook Kiev from threeshot on Vimeo.
POPULAR KIEV CITY TOURS
Weekend Trips and Holidays in Kiev
Then, head straight to south, for majestic Crimean Peninsula. Jewel at the sea,
Odessa, is country's largest and most famous port. City's architecture has been significantly
influenced by French and Italian styles. Add warm beaches, great weather, myriads
of well shaded streets and squares, dozens of cultural festivals and you will have
a fancy mix of entertainment, fun and relaxation.
Traveling to Odessa?
Check out our 10 Awesome Things to Do in Odessa
Read more stories about Odessa on our blog
POPULAR ODESSA CITY TOURS
Weekend Trips and Holidays in Odessa
Further into peninsula you can visit Yalta, country's most famous resort. Situated
on a shore strip between Black Sea and green slopes of Crimean Mountains, Yalta
boasts numerous historical attractions – from the famous Livadia Palace, where Roosvelt,
Churchil and Stalin supposedly planned the division of Europe after World War II,
to charming and idyllic Nikita Botanical Garden, one of the world's oldest operating
scientific botanical gardens, and finally to majestic Massandra Palace. Besides
vineyards and orchards, Yalta also has lush green areas and rugged beaches. Smaller
towns around Yalta and further into the mountains offer more secluded spots for
enjoying Crimean nature and unique cultural mix of Tatar, Russian and Ukrainian.
Traveling to Crimea soon?
Read stories about Crimea on our blog
POPULAR CRIMEA TOURS
Weekend Trips and Holidays in Crimea
One of the most inspiring cities in the West of Ukraine is the famous Lviv. The
city reminds of smaller European towns of Austria and Poland, albeit less spoiled
by mass tourism. Lviv offers you the world of ancient legends, cosy coffeeshops,
numerous cultural festivals, live music performances and art galleries, as well
as a magnetic feel of an old aristocratic town, with its own unique atmosphere.
Once a part of Austro-Hungarian empire, Lviv is no doubt a cultural capital of Ukraine,
and a must visit for travelers. Go off-the-beaten track and cycle around Lviv region,
exploring its fortresses and castles, tiny traditional villages and beautiful landscapes
of rural Ukraine.
Traveling to Lviv soon?
Discover 10 Things to Do in Lviv under 10 Euros
Read stories about Lviv on our blog
POPULAR LVIV TOURS
Day Trips in Lviv
Weekend Trips and Holidays in Lviv
Every year Ukraine boasts dozens of festivals across the country - from musical, theater or sports festivals,
to even such unlikely ones as Humor festival in Odesa and Chocolate festival in Lviv.
Below you can find the list of most popular festivals listed by month.
January is a month of New Year and Christmas celebrations. Ukrainian Christmas falls on 7th of January, and its traditions are quite
different from those in Western Europe.
Visit Lviv for most authentic Christmas experience, or go to villages in Carpathians to get the taste of this holiday.
With last weeks of April and beginning of May, when the grass is green and the weather is finally welcoming,
dozens of spring festivals are held in big cities, small towns or even villages!
Most famous ones are:
Summer is traditionally full of ethno-, folk festivals around the country, where you can learn more about Ukrainian music, dance, and crafts. Most well known are:
In case you are spending your summer vacation in Crimea you would have an opportunity to enjoy great contemporary jazz and world
music players at Koktebel International Jazz Festival
or take out your wild dancing shoes at the famous electronic music festival KaZantip Republic
Ukraine has a temperate continental climate, with temperatures differing from West
to East, as well as from North to South. Southern tip of Crimea has a Mediterranean
climate, which gives you an opportunity to enjoy sun and beach for 7 months in a
Average summer temperature ranges from +25C to up to +33C in the south and east.
Keep in mind that Ukraine has a higher level of humidity, when +25C can make it
feel like above +30C. Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea coast to rather
cold inland. You can expect -10C around Lviv and even more in Carpathians, while
Crimea always has a comfortable -1C to +3C.
Spring, April-May in particular, is an excellent time for rafting, when mountainous
rivers are at their fullest. Golden autumn is the time to visit Crimea, with fewer
tourists around and an opportunity to enjoy hiking and biking close to the seashore,
yet away from crowds.
Overall, you can visit Ukraine all year round. Nevertheless, ideal months for a
trip are mid-April through June, when days are not too hot. September and early
October also have ideal temperatures, though beware of frequent showers in late
Citizens of EU, USA, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, South Korea, Liechteinstein, Andorra,
Vatican City, Monaco, Iceland, San Marino, Mongolia, Serbia, Montenegro and the
countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (except Turkmenistan), no longer
require tourist visa, if their stay in Ukraine does not exceed 90 days. Citizens
of other countries should apply for their tourist visa in the Ukrainian Consulate.
Citizens of Turkey can obtain tourist visa upon their arrival to Odesa, either seaport
When entering the country you will be required to complete an immigration form.
You should not lose this document, as you will need to present it upon leaving the
Most of the people fly in to Borispol International Airport, next to Kyiv (www.airport-borispol.kiev.ua).
The main international hubs for these flights are Budapest, Frankfurt, Milan, Munich,
Prague, London, Rome, Vienna and Warsaw with several flights a day of Austrian AUA,
CSA Czech Airlines, LOT, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Air France, British Airways, KLM and
MALEV - Hungarian Airlines; also Ukraine International, which code-shares on these
routes with the respective carriers, and another Ukrainian carrier, AeroSvit. Lviv
and Odesa also receive some international flights. Currently a low cost airline
Wizzair flies to Ukraine from Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, United Arab Emirates,
UK and Turkey.
One can enter Ukraine by train from any land-bordering neighbor. When coming from
Western Europe there will be a wait at the border while the train's bogies are changed
in order to adapt to a different rail gauge. It's generally quicker and cheaper
to buy a ticket to the border and then change trains, rather than wait getting through
train. Generally, in Ukraine railway travel is much cheaper than flying, and is
comparable (but probably cheaper) to bus or car travel. It will take at most a whole
day to ride across the country, so unless you are in hurry, take a train. It's good
practice to take long-distance trains, which are much more comfortable.
There are inexpensive direct bus services to Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk from Poland.
They usually offer a budget level of comfort and cost about 90 to 100 hyrvnia (20
Ukraine has a quite developed public transportation system, with small buses (also
known as 'marshrutka'), trams, and trolleybuses operating in every major city. Kyiv,
Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk also have metros. Traveling around the country is easiest,
cheapest and most comfortable by trains.
It is possible to get around Ukraine by car, however, you must be aware of certain
- The signs are all in Ukrainian (Cyrillic alphabet).
- You are strongly advised to respect the signs, especially speed limits.
- There is a wide spread corruption among Ukrainian traffic police. In any case, do
not attempt to bribe officials, but ask for a written ticket for you to pay later
instead. It is advisable to write down the officers' badge numbers, rank, plate
number of the police car, and notify the nearest embassy/consulate in detail, to
help fight these corrupt practices.
- Beware that Ukrainian road state is far from that in Western Europe. Outside of
Kyiv and main highways, you are highly advised to drive slowly, paying attention
to potholes, people riding bicycles or animals crossing the road.
Ukraine is in no way a conservative country in relations to the clothing. You will
often notice that Ukrainian casual dress code is more upscale than expected in the
Ukrainian winters can be bitterly cold, with ice on the sidewalks and occasional
snowstorms. Make sure you bring warm and sturdy waterproof boots that will help
you avoid being cold, wet and miserable.
Having insurance that covers medical expenses abroad and for your Ukraine tour, is highly recommended.
Ukraine is a relatively safe country, with mainly only petty crimes to beware of.
Use your common sense, keep a low profile, avoid flaunting wealth and you should easily avoid any unpleasant surprises.
In addition, it is advised to carry your passport at all times with you, and to have an emergency number of your embassy
or consulate, in case of unexpected situations.
While Chornobyl image still haunts Ukraine, only a small area, around the former nuclear plant site, is contaminated.
In any way, the effect is insignificant, and short trips to Prypiat, the town closest to reactor, carry no health
hazards and are quite popular with tourists.
While undertaking adventure activities, keep in mind that lot of off-the-beaten track areas remain largely unexplored,
with little rescue services available. Therefore, never venture off alone or without an experienced guide. Avalanches are
highly possible in Carpathians during winter time, as well as floods are expected in mountainous regions in late February
- It is polite to bring a small gift, if you are invited to someone's house. Cake,
flowers or sweets for the children will do well. If you bring something from your
home country, it will be particularly appreciated.
- It is not common in Ukraine to wear shoes outside. Most of the houses have extra
pairs of slippers. It is traditional and polite to leave your shoes outside when
you enter the house. If you are not offered slippers, it is normal to walk barefoot.
- It is polite to share whatever treat you might bring for yourself. Typically, Ukrainians
will reject the offer three times before finally taking it.
- Traditional Ukrainian greetings usually involve a handshake between men. It is rare
and uncustomary for men to shake hands with women, unless in a business setting.
- Ukrainians have an extended sense of time and being punctual is not considered all
that necessary. Please, try to be patient when waiting for your Ukrainian friends
to show up for a group meeting.
- Keep in mind gender roles difference in Ukraine. It is seen as a highly polite gesture
to open the door, carry a heavy bag, and assist in entering/exiting public transportation
for a lady. If you use public transportation, be ready to offer your seat to older
or pregnant women and women with children.
Internet cafes are widely available in large cities, as well as most upscale hotels
and coffee shops provide wireless internet services. Outside of cities internet
penetration is low, so little to no internet services should be expected in small
towns and villages.
Ukraine has a highly developed communications infrastructure. You can buy pre-paid mobile line for as little as 5
euros. Calls within the country are quite cheap. Roaming services are available.
It is highly advised to write down your Embassy/Consulate office and emergency number.
In addition to that, call these numbers in case of:
Fire - 101
Police - 102
Ambulance - 103
There is a variety of accommodation available in Ukraine. 4-5 star hotels options
are limited and thus are usually high priced. Price range starts from 140 euros
outside of Kyiv and up to 350 euros in international hotel chains. Mid range hotels
(2-3 stars) usually charge 45 euros and above. There is a growing list of budget
hotels and hostels, all offering rooms as low as 4-5 euros and up to 30 euros per
Farmsteads in the rural areas and particularly in Carpathians differ greatly in
charge, depending on their location and time of the year. Usually a room will cost
you 5-6 euros and above.
5-star hotels are located mainly in Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa. Kyiv has five of them,
however, prices are higher than expected and they are often full, so book well in
Outside of Kyiv you can find mid-range accommodation (25-45 euros). When booking,
make sure to ask for the renovated rooms. If you are looking for basic, but clean
and cheaper option, go for the non-renovated rooms. You can save up as much as 50%!
Youth hostels are a low-cost alternative for those who are on a tight budget. Price
range is from $6 to $35 per person. The most exhaustive list of hostels and booking
service can be found at Ukraine Youth Hostels page. Highly recommended for students
or the adventurous backpackers.
Renting apartments is a good alternative, with good prices and hotel quality service.
These are mainly available for large cities, like Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa. The prices
are usually 50-60% less than hotels in the same area and quality range. Apartments
typically offer hotel services as city/airport transfers, high speed internet, breakfast
on demand, laundry services, among others.
The so called 'green farmsteads' are an excellent option for those wishing to experience
the life of ordinary Ukrainians, get off the beaten track and enjoy the atmosphere
of rural Ukraine. Farmsteads are usually located in villages or outskirts of small
towns, surrounded by idyllic nature. Here you can try home baked bread, and fresh
milk. All the food is prepared with ecologically clean vegetables, picked up from
own garden. These are not luxury apartments, but friendly, clean, and welcoming
places, with a great opportunity for a get-away.
There are few organized campsites in Ukraine. Due to limited tourist infrastructure
in Carpathians or Crimea, Ukraine is one large place for wild camping. When out
hiking or trekking, you can pretty much pitch a tent anywhere.
Summer is prone to forest fires, and though, quite contained, it is highly advised
against setting up a fire particular in southern area of Ukraine and Crimea. If
you find a good camping spot around or in a protected area, make sure to inform
the area forest ranger, if nearby.
Checklist for adventure travel in Ukraine
- Passport and copy of it.
- Travel insurance.
- Phone number and contacts to your embassy or consulate.
- Money: cash/credit card/travelers cheques.
- Your personal hygiene kit.
- First aid kit, with the medicine that you regularly need.
- Large backpack for hiking (60-80L), unless you request it to be provided by the
- Comfortable hat cover.
- Good hiking shoes.
- Waterproof jacket.
- Insect repellant.
- Change of comfortable sleeping clothes that you can use for train rides.
- Sleeping bag (you can use it in the trains, if you do not prefer train bed covers,
or when hiking), unless you request it from your travel company.
- Comfortable and waterproof winter shoes (Don't underestimate Ukrainian winters!)
and warm woolen socks.
- Winter coat with warm inner layer, hat, scarves, and mittens. DO NOT BRING COTTON
CLOTHES, as they don't keep heat very well and are pretty much useless after they
- Thermos (recommended) – a cup of hot tea can make your day.
- Wintr sleeping bags, unless you request it from your travel company.
Food is cheap, compared to prices in the Western Europe. Kyiv price range of course
is higher than country's average, but outside of large cities you can find extremely
cheap options for good, ecologically clean and healthy food. Many people prefer
shopping at farmers market, which are widely available in every town & village.
There is also a good selection of large supermarkets available in every big city.
While you can easily find McDonalds in all major cities, they are not extremely
popular with local population. Try home-grown fast food chains instead. They typically
offer buffet style meals, with good selection of choice, and are way healthier.
The best ones are Puzata Hata, Kartopliana Hata, Tri Gusia, etc.
- Full meal in a fast-food chain (local) – 4-5 euros.
- Cake and a coffee in a nice coffeshop – 4-5 euros in Kyiv and 2-3 euros outside
- Meal in a restaurants start from 10 euros and above.
- High class restaurants can charge higher than in Western Europe, offering same quality.
- Intercity buses or 'marshrutkas' – 0.2 euro.
- Compartment place (Kyiv-Lviv) in a train (higher class than non-compartment) - 9-12
- Taxi from airport to Kyiv – starting from 20 euros.
- Car rental per day – from 26 euros. On average it is cheaper to rent a car with
a local driver, than to rent a car through a car rental company.
Tipping is becoming customary in Ukraine, and can get you a better service than
Use your own good judgment when defining the amount of tip.
- Entrance fees are really cheap (from 0.2 euros up to 2 euros), and are most expensive
in Crimea (up to 4-5 euros).
- Tickets for concerts – 2-20 euros.
Exchange rates & availability of exchange
To shop you will most certainly need local currency (hryvnia). 1 Ukrainian hryvnia
equals 100 kopiyok. Money can be exchanged at banks, exchange desks at hotels, shops
or licensed exchange windows. Passport is not required for exchange operations.
VISA, MasterCard / EuroCard are accepted widely in major hotels, restaurants, casinos
and stores. Please, note, however, most shops and restaurants outside of major cities
do not offer facilities to use credit cards. Most popular in Ukraine Travelers checks
are Thomas Cook and Visa, but they are not accepted for payment. You would need
to visit a bank first and cash the check there. Checks are accepted from check owners
only. You will be asked to present a receipt of check's purchase and your passport.
Ukraine is a predominantly cash economy. The network of bank offices and ATMs (Bankomats)
has grown quickly and are now readily available in all but the smallest villages.
You can use your credit cards (mostly MasterCard & Visa) or cash traveler's cheques
easily. Credit and debit cards are accepted by the supermarkets. But avoid using
your credit/debit cards for payments at establishments in smaller towns as retailers
are not trained and controlled enough to ensure your card privacy. Instead, it is
widely acceptable to pay cash. (Wikipedia)