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Getting there & around

Most services stop at Pivdenniy Vokzal, including the slow night trains to Kyiv (88uah, seven hours, two nightly), Kharkiv (7uah, three to four hours, at least 15 daily) and Odesa (85uah, 13 hours, four daily). To get to the centre from Pivdenniy Vokzal, take trolleybus 1, 2, 4, 6 or 11.

Crucially, however, the two daily KyivKharkiv express trains (Kyiv 56uah, 3½ hours; Kharkiv 42uah, two hours) stop only at Kyivska station (Stepana Kondratenka 12). Almost all the transport from this train station heads into town. Just check by asking ‘do tsentr?’

Buses go pretty much everywhere from distant Avtovokzal No 1 (Bus station No 1, vul Velikotirnovska), about 7km east of the centre. The most useful are to Kharkiv (13uah, 2½ to three hours, eight daily) and Dnipropetrovsk (15uah, three to four hours, eight daily).