Public transportation is well developed in Ukraine. Ukraine is connected to European and Asian cities via an extensive network of railways and roads. You can reach just about any desired destination via train, bus, or air.
Airports in Ukraine
- There are two airports in Kyiv: Boryspil (KBP) and Zhulyany (IEV).
- Most international flights operate to and from Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv. It is located about 40 km (25 mi) southeast of the city centre.
- Most domestic flights operate to and from Zhulyany Airport in Kyiv. It is located about 5 km from the city centre.
Public Transportation in Ukraine
Ukrainian National Bus Lines serve almost every city and town in Ukraine. The older fleet of buses would suffice for short trips, although sometimes the buses can be overcrowded and dirty. So, for its price, train travel is a more comfortable option. “Deluxe” bus travel is, however, available also through private companies and is not a bad choice.
There are regular bus schedules to the Polish cities of Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, etc., with the ticket for the Warsaw route being cheaper than going by train. It is an overnight trip, however, and – as you can imagine – a somewhat uncomfortable sleeping experience.
Kyiv Central Bus Station is located at Moskovska Square. One Trolleybus or Minibus (Marshrutka) stop from the Lybidska Metro Station.
You can purchase your tickets at the Bus Station, but it’s better to do so in advance (website: www.bus.com.ua (available only in Russian)).
Buses, trams and trolley-buses (which are powered by electricity) form the backbone of Ukraine’s public transportation. There’s no better way to get to know this country and its people than to take a ride just like the locals do. It is best to purchase tickets at the bus stops at the little “kiosks”; however, you can also get your ticket from the conductor once you are on board. If there’s no conductor, just get the ticket from the driver. Be sure to “validate” or “punch” your ticket using the small box-shaped devices placed inside the bus. During rush-hour, most public transportation can be very crowded.