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Simferopol

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

It’s hard not to fall into the local habit of bussing it everywhere. It’s what the peninsula seems geared to. From the bus station near the train station there are daily services to Sudak (26uah to 29uah, 2½ hours, up to 22 daily) and Yevpatoriya (15uah, 1¾ hours, 11 daily).

From the main bus station (275 211; vul Kievskaya 4) on the other side of town there are regular services to/from Feodosiya (24uah, 2¾ hours, 16 to 20 daily), Kerch (43uah, four hours, at least eight daily) and Sevastopol (17uah to 21uah, two hours, up to 27 daily). Longer-distance services go to Odesa (75uah to 85uah, 12 hours, five daily) and Rostov-on-Don (126uah, 14 hours, twice daily) in Russia.

Locals usually catch marshrutky to Bakhchysaray (6uah, one hour) from the west bus station; they leave every 20 minutes. For newcomers, it’s easier to use the main bus station, where direct or through services leave at least hourly.

Train

Simferopol is Crimea’s main railway junction, with four trains daily to/from Kyiv (110uah to 145uah, 15 hours) including two through services to/from Sevastopol, plus services to/from Dnipropetrovsk (75uah, seven hours, five daily), Lviv (130uah, 21 hours, daily), Kharkiv (95uah, 16 to 17 hours, at least daily) and Odesa (75uah, 12 hours, twice daily). There are also services to Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don and Minsk.

Local elektrychka run regularly along the Crimean peninsula to/from Yevpatoriya (two hours, 11 a day in each direction) and Sevastopol (two hours, seven daily in each direction). The latter service stops en route in Bakhchysaray (40 minutes). Prices are all 5uah or less. Be warned that if you’re trying to leave Crimea in August, you might have to upgrade to 1st-class to get a ticket and that can cost three times as much.

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Air

Simferopol airport (295 516, 295 545; www.airport.crimea.ua) is 15km northwest of the town centre and is accessible by trolleybus 9 (50 kopecks, 30 minutes) as well as myriad marshrutky, including numbers 49, 50, 98, 113 and 115.

Aerosvit (VV), Lithuanian Airlines (OV), Turkish Airlines (TK) and Ukrainian Airlines (PS) all fly in from abroad, as do several Russian carriers. Perhaps most notably, Baltic (BT) flies from London Gatwick via Riga. The airport’s website has an up-to-date schedule.

Kiyavia (272 116; golubets@ticket.crimea.ua; vul Sevastopolskaya 22; 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat) sells both international and domestic air tickets.

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