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Getting there & away

Donbassaero (www.donbass.aero) flies to Donetsk airport (344 7322; airport.dn.ua) from Kyiv, Moscow, Athens and a host of other international destinations. Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Aerosvit also serve Donetsk.

Trains from the train station (319 0005; pl Pryvokzalno) include two overnight services to Kyiv (125uah, 12 hours) and one to Odesa (80uah) via Zaporizhzhya (45uah). A fast train to Dnipropetrovsk departs daily at 5.32pm (31uah, 4½ hours), or there are several slower trains. To Kharkiv there’s one ‘fast elektrychka’ (38uah, 5½ hours) and about six slower trains.

Catch buses to points north and west at the Putilovsky bus station (312 0509; vul Vzletnaya 1) north of the centre.

To head toward Crimea, Odesa and the Azov Sea use the more centrally located Pivdenniy Avtovokzal (665 119; South bus station; pl Kommunarov).

Handle all your ticketing needs at the central booking office (vul Universytetskaya 35; 7am-7pm), where there’s an advance train-ticket window and Donbassaero and Kiy Avia plane-ticket booths.