upon your arrival to the airport you will be quickly surrounded by numerous taxi drivers offering you rides to any possible destination in Crimea and beyond. they might come out with all kind of stories (no buses to the place you are going, the last one just left, the city center is far away, etc.), to lure you into the taxi/private marshrutka. so unless you are prepared to invest a significant sum of money in someone's well-being, just ignore them and look for the municipal transportation. two marshrutkas - #49 and 98 (UAH 2 per ticket paid to the driver) go from the airport to the train station/ Kurortnaya bus station. from there you can get to any part of Crimea for a very reasonable amount of money (between UAH 15 to 30 depending on the destination).
Bus is the easiest and the cheapest way to get to any place in Crimea from Simferopol. there are several bus stations in Simferopol. the "Kurortnaya" bus station (servicing Yalta, Yevpatoria and Sevastopol direcition) is conveniently located just at the corner of the central railway station. (if you arrive at the airport, take either a marshrutka or a trolleybus to the railway station).
after exiting the Simferopol railway station, turn left and walk toward the bus platform "Kurortnaya" (50 meters walk, next to the railway clock). ignore all touts, who will offer you "cheap" taxi rides, as well as those who will try to lure you to their private buses (the private bus will not leave until it is full). you will see many buses leaving in different directions. the destination is written on the sign, located in the left corner of the bus front window. (knowing Cyrillic would definitely be a plus as all bus signs are in Russian). the departure time is also stick to the front window. there is no need to look for a ticketing office, just get into the bus. the driver will come over to collect money.
time and bus fare will vary depending where you are going. a bus ride takes an avarage of 2-3. a one way ticket cost ranges between UAH 15-35 (around 1-3 euros) (prices of summer 2009)
the fastest and the cheapest option available so far - to get to Simferopol from Kyiv by WIZZAIR. it will take you 1.5 hour and could cost you as low as UAH 149 (around $20 one way; all taxes included), if you do your booking in advance. to get this lowest price, you have to make a reservation (via internet) couple weeks in advance, as the regular price might be as high as UAH 999 in high season (one way).
the flight from Kyiv-Boryspil departs at 6:00 am every day and arrives in Simferopol in 1 hour and 30 min.
the flight from Simferopol departs at 21:50 on M-Thur, and arrives in Kyiv in 1 hour and 30 min.
If you're like me and don't want to walk any great distance. The get the trolley-buses or mini buses they are really cheap about 50 kopecks to 1 hrinva 50 kopecks 20 euro cents or less to compare with. Okay it may get a bit packed (sardine style) or the odours may over power you, but it's a good and cheap ride.. The buses to and from the airport are numbers 49, 115 & 8 and cost 1 hrn...
Just outside the airport terminal is the 'taxi rank' the taxis are sometimes coloured yellow and have a removable taxi sign on the roof, and the taxis hark back to the 1980's! The cost to sevastopol is about 200 UAH or about $40 the taxis don't have meters, so you'll have to dicuss/haggle the price before getting in.. A hearty laugh and a firm price offer normal works.. if you ain't sure on the power of your haggling then watch the monty python film 'the life of brian' where you can see the art of street haggling in action. Oh also check that the taxi has a seat belt, as they sometimes don't.....
The train makes several stops on its way to Simferopol’ from Moscow. Twice train stands during 40 minutes at the passage of the frontier of Russia and Ukraine. But it's not interesting and rather dull...
The most long and interesting stop is in Kharkov. This city is the second-largest city in Ukraine. Once it even was the capital of the left-bank Ukraine. I have been to Kharkov several times, but it was long ago - in Soviet times. Therefore it was very pleasant for me to make a first step on the Ukrainian ground in Kharkov after a long break. The building of the railway-station of Kharkov is known by its remarkable paintings of the ceiling. Therefore we left the train and examined this building.
Then we went to the Railway-station's square. We were drunken a little. May be on that reason the square impressed us by its lightening. All the buildings on the square were well illuminated. In the middle of the square there was a christmas fur-tree. Around of this fur-tree the small steam locomotive with cars made circles. Hi Ukraine! We have come here after a long break! See you later, Simferopol and the Crimea!
To reach the Southern coast of the Crimea you should overcome the Angarsky pass (752 m above the sea level). It is located in 30 km from Simferopol’ and 12 km from Alushta. It's a part of the main ridge of the Crimean mountains to the east from Chatyr-Dag . The most brisk is laid through this pass. It's one of the most beautiful roads of the Crimea.
The snow (30-50 sm) is good here for winter sports and rest since January till the beginning of March.
Really passing it through we saw snow though neither in Simferopol’, nor in Yalta there wasn't any snow in January. When we came back from Yalta to Simferopol’ big snow dropped out in mountains at night. Our driver being afraid of snow drifts on pass appointed the time of departure from Yalta one hour earlier. However when we approached the Angarsky pass, there wasn't snow on the road.
There is a unique sight in the Crimea - a long-distance trolleybus line Simferopol’ - Alushta - Yalta. This trolleybus line was opened in fifty years ago in 1957. On length it covers about 80 kilometers and begins at the railway station of Simferopol’. On a way to the sea trolleybuses rise on Angarsky pass, and then, go downwards. Special trolleybuses with the strengthened brake system were ordered for this line in Czechoslovakia. One more feature of these trolley buses is the system of current manufacture. On descent the generator of a trolley bus uses inertia of the trolley bus which is going downwards for manufacture of current.
The station is located on Privokzalnaya square. It provides transport communication with the Southern Coast of Crimea (Alushta, Yalta).
Trolley buses N51, N52 go to Alushta. Time in a way - 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Trolley buses N52 go to Yalta. Time in a way - 2 hours and 30 minutes.
We arrived by train from Odessa and left our backpacks in the left luggage for a couple of hours to have a quick look around. Outside the railway station there is a McDonald's and there are also kiosk and little shops with food and drink. Opposite there is a park where you can easily picnic. Along the shops opposite the railway station there is also an internet cafe.
On the station square leave the trolleybuses to Yalta (85 km) which take at least 2 hours. Buy the ticket at the special kiosk outside the railway station. If you want to get quicker to Yalta then take a marshrutka (minibus), which you pay to the driver.
Simferopol city center is a good place to get around by foot if you only have a couple of hours. It is rather pleasant once you are in a park or pedestrian zone, otherwise on the streets there is lots of traffic.
There are several night trains Kiev-Simferopol. Also AeroSvit flies this route, best to check locally for better fares. A day train (fast, "Express") runs Dnepropetrovsk-Simferopol.
Check my Ukraine and DNK transportation pages and tips.
Info August 2005.
The mashrutkas (carpool vans) are the quickest way of getting around town other than in a taxi. They serve destinations all over the city in specified routes, but only stop when a passenger asks. The trolleybuses are also useful, but much slower.
Marshrutnye taxi, or "route taxis", are the little minivans you see speeding around town. Although you can signal for them to pick you up almost anywhere, I would suggest getting on and getting off at the major squares throughout town. Each one should have a piece of paper in the window with a route number and a list of major stopping points along its route. The fare should be 50-75 kopecks (10 or 15 cents, currently) and you pay the driver. If you're seated next to the driver, it's not uncommon for other people to hand you money to give to the driver and also the change back. When it's your time to get off, just tell the driver "ostanovka" (ah-stan-ohf-ka) and he'll pull over.
There are a lot of taxis around town, just look for them parked at major squares throughout the city. My advice is to use the regular public transportation (trolleybuses, vans) unless it is late and you want to get somewhere in a hurry. Quick runs shouldn't be more than a dollar or two. You can pretty much get anywhere in the city for less than 4 or 5 bucks.