Getting there & away
The Lavra is a pleasant 15-minute walk south through Vichnoyi Slavy park from Arsenalna metro station. Or take trolleybus 38 or marshrutka 520 or 406 up vul Sichnevoho Povstannya from the metro station.
There are seven bus terminals, but the most useful for long-distance trips is the Central Bus Station (Tsentralny Avtovokzal; 525 5774; pl Moskovska 3), one stop from Lybidska metro station on trolleybus 4 or 11, or marshrutky 507, 726 or 444 (among others).
Long-distance express carriers Autolux (451 8628; www.autolux.com.ua) and Gunsel (525 4505; www.gunsel.com.ua) run by far the fastest and most comfortable buses in the business. They have frequent trips to most large regional centres; most go via, or continue to, Boryspil airport. You can book on their websites or buy tickets at the Central Bus Station or Boryspil airport.
Although trains are rarely the quickest option, you can get pretty much everywhere in the country from Kyiv’s modern train station (Vokzal; 005, 503 7005; pl Vokzalna 2), conveniently located near the centre at Vokzalna metro station.
Heading west, the quickest way to Lviv is on the express day train (70uah, 6½ hours, one or two daily except Mondays), or there are several overnight passenger trains (100uah, nine to 11 hours). Other popular western destinations include Uzhhorod (110uah, 17 hours, four daily), Ivano-Frankivsk (95uah, 12 hours, daily) and Chernivtsi (85uah, 15 hours, two daily). There’s both an overnight and an express train to Kamyanets-Podilsky.
Heading south, there are about five (mostly night) services to Odesa (110uah, nine to 12 hours) and two daily services to Sevastopol (120uah, 17 hours). These and two additional trains per day go to Simferopol (110uah to 145uah, 15 hours).
The handiest eastbound trains are the two daily Stolichny Express to Kharkiv (72uah, six hours) via Poltava (56uah, 3½ hours), departing at 6.33am and 5.30pm. Several overnight trains also serve Kharkiv (87uah, 8½ to 10 hours). There are two daily express trains to Dnipropetrovsk (72uah, six hours), along with a host of slower trains. Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and all other big eastern cities are also well served by train.
You can buy tickets at virtually any of the myriad ticket booths in both the Central Terminal (Tsentralny Vokzal) and the new, adjacent South Terminal (Pivdenniy Vokzal), or at the advance train ticket office (bul Tarasa Shevchenka 38/40; 7am-10pm; Universytet), a five-minute walk from the station, next to Hotel Express. You can also buy train tickets from Kiy Avia.
Kyiv is the most northerly passenger port on the Dnipro and the usual starting or finishing point of river cruises between May and mid-October. There are no longer any passenger ferries from Kyiv to points south on the Dnipro.
Most international flights (except a handful to/from Georgia) use Boryspil International Airport (KBP; 490 4777; www.airport-borispol.kiev.ua), about 35km east of the city. Many domestic flights use Zhulyany airport (242 2308; www.airport.kiev.ua in Ukrainian), about 7km southwest of the centre.
Ukraine International Airlines (234 4528; www.ukraine-international.com; vul Lysenka 4; maydan Nezalezhnosti) and Aerosvit (490 3490; www.aerosvit.com; bul Tarasa Shevchenka 58A; Universytet) are the two main national airlines.
Plane tickets are also sold at Kiy Avia (490 4902; www.kiyavia.com; pr Peremohy 2; 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm Sun). It has another branch at vul Horodetskoho 4 (490 4949).