go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Local transport

Local Transport

Ukrainian cities are navigable by trolleybus, tram, bus and (in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk) metro. Urban public-transport systems are usually overworked and overcrowded. There's no room for being shy or squeamish – learn to assert yourself quickly.

  • A ticket (kvytok or bilyet) for one ride by bus/tram/trolleybus costs 1uah to 3uah.
  • There are no return, transfer, timed or day tickets available anywhere.
  • It's always simplest to pay the driver or conductor.
  • Tickets have to be punched on board (or ripped by the conductor).
  • Unclipped or untorn tickets warrant an on-the-spot fine should you be caught.
  • For the metros you need a plastic token (zheton), sold at the counters inside the stations for 2uah to 3uah.
  • Metros run from around 5.30am to midnight.
  • A metro station can have several names – one for each different line that passes through it.

Getting Around

Taxis

Travelling by taxi anywhere in the ex-USSR can be a decidedly unenjoyable experience for foreigners, so if there's a bus or tram going to your destination, take it.

  • If possible, have your hostel or hotel call a cab for you – they generally use trustworthy companies with set fares.
  • Always try to call for a taxi. Some companies now send a text message to confirm the booking, exact fare, and make and colour of the car.
  • Avoid taxis that tout for business outside airports and stations as these operators are very likely to rip off foreigners (and Ukrainians).
  • Calculate the approximate fare between two towns by multiplying the distance in kilometres by two or two and a half.
  • Make sure the fare quoted by taxi drivers is the fare to the final destination and not per kilometre (a common scam).
  • Never travel in a cab that already has passengers in it.