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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


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.