All numbers now start with 0, that zero being a part of the national code. If you see a number starting with 8, this is the old intercity and mobile prefix and should be left off.
- Ukraine’s country code is +380, but the zero is always included in local codes and numbers, so you only need to add +38 when calling from outside Ukraine. For instance, to call Kyiv (code 044) from London, dial 00 38 044 and the subscriber number.
- There’s no need to dial the city code if dialling within that city, unless you’re calling from a mobile.
- To call internationally, dial 0, wait for a second tone, then dial 0 again, followed by the country code, city code and number.
Local SIM cards can be used in European and Australian phones. US and other phones aren’t compatible; consider a cheap Ukrainian mobile.
European GSM phones usually work in Ukraine; double-check with your provider before leaving. However, if you’re going to be making a few calls, it’s more economical to get a prepaid SIM card costing as little as 10uah. Top up credit using vouchers available from mobile-phone shops and news kiosks, or use the special touch screen terminals found in busy places such as bus stations, markets and shopping centres.
Mobile numbers start with 050, 067, 066 or similar three-digit prefixes.
The main pay-as-you-go mobile providers:
Kyiv Star (www.mts.com.ua)
Ukraine does plan to join the EU's roaming tariff zone at some point, meaning that, with an EU SIM card, you would pay as much as you do at home.