Naberezhno-Kreschatitskaya S, Moorage 5, Kiev, Ukraine
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I'm flyin to Ukraine this weekend; do anyone know for a budget hotel or hostel to stay at Kyev? also need some tips on how to get to the city from KBP airport. I'd appreciate any kind of help on this, and in case any travller has some extra info for sure will help.
Assuming you are flying into Borispol, the airport website has a quite detailed and very useful section (in English) about public transport (including regular buses to Pivdenny central railway station):
A not very expensive hotel is Hotel Tourist where I always stay (already a dozen of times) when in Kiev. Perfectly acceptable and economical, two steps away from the underground station and many shops and other transport close by although not in the centre of the city (just across the Dnepr river).
You can read my tips here:
A very convenient bus system from the airport to the central railway station, my tip here:
As welll as on Kiev Boryspil airport's website (the schedules):
The mini bus/small coach runs regularly from Borispol to the mainline train station.Here you could catch a cab to the centre.
This is all much cheaper than catching a taxi from the airport.
They depart when the bus is full and journey can take 45mins/1 hour depending upon the traffic
A taxi is normally 30-35 US if you can negotiate. or take bus to train station and get taxi from there. I normally stay in apartment for around 80-100 a night close to the center, there are guest suites offered for around 70 a night if you want something cheaper. I us a place called uaapartments just google them or click web site in my profile. most apartments they offer have Internet and a place to cook and they have a driver pick you up at the airport for 35 us. they prefer you book online but I have showed up at there office and booked at last minute no problem. if you get time try the free walking tour from the main square. I think the first one starts at noon.
Not really budget those 100 (what? euros?) even in USD it's quite a lot.
Hotel Tourist is 40 euros a night, breakfast included. And it's a large complex with a lot of services. Though not in the centre, the metro is nextdoor and it's a short ride, and not expensive either.
No need to take a taxi, also: too expensive. Take the bus.
its 100 us for a 1 room a studio normally 70-80 a night I will have to try the other place and see how it is. most travelers have trouble finding correct bus since they have not learned to read Russian. Even the metro can be difficult for foreigners, just buying tokens can be intimidating for people who do not speak a little Russian.
Travel Tips for Kiev
Free drinking water
It's not advised to drink tap water in Ukraine. Instead you should buy bottled one. But, if you have luck, you may find this water truck. It just stands there and anybody that comes by can fill up empty bottles for free. Just keep in mind that this water has slight chlorine taste.
Old memory about what was before
I looked at old photos of Kyiv and found one of central square that is called Independence square now. Before it was called October Revolution Square. Have a look on photo, how nice and wonderful this large fountain was. I can't tell that Independence square is worse than it was, but this fountain is missed by lots of Kyivans. I remember my childhood when I was staying close to the water, enjoying fresh feelings from drops of water. I had so strong wish to jump to the fountain and splash water around myself....
Fountain, I will keep you in my memory :-)
Over the weekend , Saturday...
Over the weekend , Saturday and Sunday, the main street Khrestshatik is closed to traffic!
This means, you can walk there all the way from Bessarabskij Rinok to Maidan! (Or go on rollerskates, skateboards, bicycles etc., that is, if you are able to maneuver among pedestrians! and other folks on wheels too...) Khrestshatik is a very broad street with very broad sidewalks too. (I'll have to see, which picture might give you the best impression...)
Throughout the weekend they have music coming from the speakers above the street. But there also are many amateurs (as well as some professionals) performing. You can find all sorts of music from young violin soloists to bigger jazz ensembles. Wherever you are, you are surrounded by some music.
Sometimes they also have big open air concerts on the Maidan (Independence Square)
When the weather is fine, don't miss to go there and enjoy.
Patron Saint of the City
the patron saint of Kiev, is represented on the city's coat-of-arms as the oldest city symbol.
So you can safely congratulate the Kievites on St.Michael's Day!
No wonder Kiev and Edinburgh are twin-cities.
Archangel St.Michael is the patron saint of Scotland, too.
You can see Archangel St.Michael's Gate with the statue of the Archangel in Independence Square. Exploring the sites of the ten diverse city districts using the underground.
The city consists of ten administrative districts. Here are their names:
- Podil District (Lower City District);
- Obolon District
- Shevchenko District
- Soloma (Straw) District
- Desna District
- Svyatoshyn District
- Pechera (Cave) District
- Darnitsa District
- Holossiy District .Caves District, Obolon District and Shevchenko District have often been pronounced the best city districts as to the organization of public services and amenities.
Hryvnia - Kopiyka
The National Currency - Hryvnia also (Hryvna or Hryvnya) (UHR) was introduced in September 1996. There are bills for 1,2,5,10,20,50 and 100 Hryvnias.
1 Hryvnia = 100 Kopiykas. There are coins for 1,2,5,10,25 and 50 kopiykas.
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