Kiev Tourist Traps

  • Alexandra Theater, Kiev
    Alexandra Theater, Kiev
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  • Nightime TV in Independence Square, Kiev
    Nightime TV in Independence Square, Kiev
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  • Kontraktovaya Sq., Kiev, 2006
    Kontraktovaya Sq., Kiev, 2006
    by arantha

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    TAXI-READ

    by Mattr11992 Written Oct 2, 2012

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    If your a tourist in Kyiv..

    Taxis will try ripping you off and rates keep going up over the years

    Always negotiate a price beforehand. If its higher than 50Uah or anything you would consider unreasonable walk away, or ask another. they will scramble and realize they just lost

    During the day, getting anywhere in kyiv center shouldnt cost more than 50uah. Dont listen to their stupid traffic excuses.

    At night still the same they always start with 100uah at night if you leave a club, but thats way more and they know it.

    Be nice to the drivers thank them and try using the same one.

    i got a driver to take me from club-apartment-club-restaurant for 70 uah.

    Unique Suggestions: If you dont speak russian, and you have time on your hand find a driver that does speak good english, there are a lot of them, so find one.

    DONT FLASH money! they wont back down if they see you clearly have the original ammount.

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    Admission fees for tourists

    by Pomocub Written Feb 8, 2012

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    Something that you will come across when travelling in Kyiv is that the admission prices for foreigners are more expensive that admission fees for Russian/Ukrainian visitors. More often that not you will see a different queue for tourist and locals.

    Unique Suggestions: Try to brush up on your Ukrainian before travelling so you are competent in asking for admission for your group and you will get the cheaper rate.

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    What you wear is important...

    by illumina Written Aug 8, 2011

    Not sure whether this comes under tourist trap or warning, but...

    If you are female, and want to visit the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Kiev Monastery of the Caves), make sure you wear a long skirt, and take a headscarf with you. You won't be allowed in a short skirt, and unfortunately the same applies to trousers as well. You might be able to hire skirts and scarfs, but I didn't manage to, so sadly wasn't able to visit the caves at all as I was wearing trousers.

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    Expensive Disco Bars

    by hunterV Updated Apr 3, 2011

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    Modern nightclubs and disco bars are known for their high entrance fees.
    "Matrix" disco bar charges 50 or 100 UAH as an entrance fee.
    It's located in the building of 'Dnipro' hotel, but there is good music without any crowd, little dancing space.
    So even if you stay in that hotel, it's better to find other ,more spacious,dancing floors in the city and not necessarily in downtown Kiev.

    Unique Suggestions: order some drinks and meet the locals, show them your dancing art and address them in Russian (at least a few expressions and words).

    Fun Alternatives: Try Hydrozone disco bar.

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    Kiev Airport food prices and exchange rates

    by wishibroughtless Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    The exchange rates in the airport are a joke... especially when their are ATM's all over the terminal. You can withdraw Ukrainian Grivna (UAH) with any Visa/MC debit card for usually the best exchange rate. However each withdrawal is usually limited to about 1500 or 2000 Grivna by the machine's parameters and you will have to pay whatever fees your bank charges for international ATM withdrawal.

    Also the prices of food and drink are ridiculous just like in most airports. BUT, if you walk out of the international terminal and go straight down the ramp (to the right if you are looking at the parking lot, left if you are looking at the Terminal B) there is a tiny "gastronom" minimarket just like you'd find in any apartment block and they have drinks & snacks for normal street prices. LOL... just a few meters can make quite a difference.

    Here is a link to the current exchange rates so you know what to expect:
    http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi?Amount=1&From=USD&To=UAH&image.x=53&image.y=10&image=Submit

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  • Beware of husband hunters

    by brandon_2 Written Jul 14, 2009

    Please be aware of these husband or worse money hunters that abound in Ukraine. It happened to me that three months ago this red haired 20 something girl after a night together started to mazke my life difficult. She claimed she was pragnant and that the child was mine, even came to the place that i worked in asking me to marry her terrible thing but can happen in Ukraine. She gave up after I agreed to pay her holiday trip to Turkey, Well what I wany to say is beware unless you want to sponsor one of these girls

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    oriental park

    by SugarFeet Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    i even don't know nothign about this place before. Free entrance, like "Pirogovo"(oriental big national museum under the sky outside Kiev) but small, with oriental houses, at the end of the Kiev, very lovely and nice, clean, nice people.
    If u in Kiev and wanna see something oriental its a place u should visit and just 30 minutes from downtown on the bus or taxi.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't forget water, comfortable shoes.

    Fun Alternatives: Take taxi(better) or bus from metro station "Palaz Sportu".
    Location: Venue - Mamayeva Sloboda (Borshagivka area)

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    A trap for naive single male tourists

    by lotharlerch Updated Dec 4, 2006

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    Enlage the pic to read

    Many male losers plus men from areas where women are either kept like a special sort of domestic animals (that still exists even in countries where officially are no longer Harems) or where the women are as ugly as their fathers, brothers or sons come to Ukraine and other countries hoping to find an attractive woman/girl.

    Without any doubt not so few Ukrainians are looking nice, clearly better than the average in the countries of origin of the special category of tourists I am mentioning here. And in particular the Ukrainian women are able really to show that. For example they are despite of their usually low economic possibilities far better dressed than the women in many Western countries - every comparison in this respect for example of Paris and Kiev is clearly in favour of Kiev.

    No wonder that a lot of "business people" try to make money of this fact. A lot of entries concerning this can be found in the VT forum...

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    Taxi! Taxi!

    by cold_dead_bunny Updated Nov 11, 2006

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    Taxi prices to and from airport Boryspil can differ MUCH, depends how taxi driver will rate you. My friend told me, once when he was going from airport to city, driver asked fot 250 UAH ($50), all in all, they agreed on 120 UAH. Thats the ordinary price when you take tazi without preorder. If you will call and ask for a car, they will bill you on about 90 UAH.

    Unique Suggestions: Bargain bargain and bargain!

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    taxi prices

    by ketch1973 Written Nov 6, 2006

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    absolutely haggle with the taxi drivers over the price. as soon as they realise you are not a local they will bump the prices right up. i found if i needed a taxi say from my hotel i would get a price way too high but if you walk a minute down the road there were more taxis waiting by the roadside and as it was away from the hotels they were alot cheaper.

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    Padol

    by arantha Written Sep 30, 2006

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    Kontraktovaya Sq., Kiev, 2006

    Padol is an old district of Kiev, where the traditional craftsmen used to live. It's supposed to be full of interesting and unique buildings (this is what my guide book says), but except of many (modern) cafes and pubs I didn't find anything interesting there. I was walking up and down to find its hidden beauty, but it didn't impress me. I don't recommand this place as a tourist atraction. If you want to drink some beer or coffee, it's alright.

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    Taxidrivers

    by Kvamkvam Written Aug 16, 2006

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    When we first arrived Kiev with train we decided to take a taxi to the hostel. We could not find any buses (found out later that we were on the wrong side of the station). We had seen in the guidebooks that it was best to go for a taxo with a meter. So we did. We ended up paying about 250 local money. It was a 10minuts ride. It was a total rip off!! We did not take a taxi again in Ukraine after that.

    Unique Suggestions: Order a taxi over the phone. Or get your hotel to order one for you. Thay know more about companies that are honest.

    Fun Alternatives: The bus system can be hard to figure out cause everythins is in crylic. But try, it can save you a lot of money!!

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    Park

    by Elleka Written May 30, 2006

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    Alexandria Park
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    Alexandria park is 70 km from Kiev on the Odessa road. Turn right from the main road when you see the sign "Bila Tserkva".
    Botanic garden - is in Kiev. By metro - till Pecherskaya station and than by minibus to Botanic garden.

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    Andrievsky Uzviz

    by xxgirasolexx Written Jul 8, 2005

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    St. Sophia's

    This is a great place to find traditional Ukrainian souvenirs as well as "communist" souvenirs. However, be sure that the currency they give you is authentic. Otherwise you may end up with useless paper.

    Unique Suggestions: Try to take a Ukrainian VTer or friend with you, so that as you shop, someone else can pay attention.

    Fun Alternatives: There are many shops that sell traditional items as well instead of buying things from a stand on the street.

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    Please pay attention if you...

    by socrates_07 Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Please pay attention if you change money. Once I didn´t do it, at least I didn´t know anything about the rate. For about 62 USD I received 135 Hryvyna. Then we went to a Café (surely, it was a good one at Khreschatyk) but I payed for two piece of cake and two coffee about 23 USD!!! First I couldn´t believe that Kiev is so expensive but two days later I found the problem. At the weekend it´s very difficult to find a place where you can change 'exotic' currency like Austrian Schilling. We found one, and it was an official one in a shopping center and not on the street, but the rate was cool cheek.
    One Monday I changed some money again, this time in a bank. The result: For 1000 ATS (62 USD) they payed 342 UHR. Surely, ATS was not easy to find and with USD or EURO you wont have that kind of problem, even not at the weekend. Well, at least for me as Austrian I wont have this problem anymore... since we use Euro... the exotic currency Austrian Schiling is past....

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