Sevastopol' Transportation

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    Electric trolleybus

    by Dabs Updated Aug 11, 2009

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    Electric trolleybus

    When we arrived back at the Sevastopol bus station from Bakhchysaray, we wanted to go back into the center of the city but didn't know which bus to take, we were standing near a bus stop but couldn't read any signs. The cabbies all picked up on the scent of clueless tourists and were circling like vultures but we fended them off until an older couple, after we had said "centrum", guided us to a trolleybus, helped us buy a ticket and showed us where to get off. What is entirely amazing about that experience is that they didn't speak a word of English and we don't speak a word of Ukrainian but somehow we still managed to get where we were going.

    The trolleybuses that operate on the overhead electric wires are the cheapest form of transportation, it was .75 uah (about 10 cents) to ride it. You buy your ticket from a ticket lady or the bus driver, in our case it was the bus driver who was steering the bus with his knees while selling tickets! Be sure to validate your ticket if you see one of the machines on the side of the bus, sometimes they also just rip your ticket.

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    From Kiev to Sevastopol

    by Dabs Written Jun 7, 2009

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    There are several options to get from Kiev to Sevastopol, I didn't even consider the bus after reading about the condition of the roads. We briefly considered the train but at 17 hours, we decided that was a bit too much. So we flew from Kiev to Simferopol, the transport hub for the Crimea and arranged for a driver to get us from the airport.

    We originally booked Wizz Air but that flight was moved to another day so we rebooked on Aerosvit which was inexpensive and on time. Simferopol's airport seemed to be not only still stuck in Soviet time but perhaps even to the beginning of air travel. We taxied on a weed filled runaway for what seems like 15 minutes, walked from the plane to an outdoor luggage carousel where they unloaded our bags onto a rickety conveyor belt. Regrettably I had decided not to use the lavatory on the plane, the one inside the terminal had *ugh* squat toilets with doors that only came up to your waist, no toilet paper and a smell so bad that I didn't breathe the entire time I was in there.

    If you don't have a prearranged transfer, there is a gauntlet of taxi drivers that will be happy to relieve you of your hrivinas, dollars or euros, be sure to have an idea of what a taxi should cost and don't be afraid to haggle as there are more of them than there are of you. Or if on a real budget, there are buses and trains that can get you from the airport to where you are going.

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    Bus to Bakhchysaray

    by Dabs Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    From Balaclava, we took a #9 marshrutky to 5 km and then either a #17 or #20 bus/marshrutky from 5 km to get to the bus station in Sevastopol. You will see the train station first, wait until the bus loops back around and you see the bus station before getting off the bus.

    We got there just a few minutes before the next bus to Bakhchysaray left so I didn't have a chance to see how frequently they go but I assume it's fairly often, in late May we did not have to purchase tickets in advance. Unlike the bus to Yalta, this was a smaller minibus without a lot of leg room so we grabbed the single seats on the side where you can put your legs in the aisle. The journey was about an hour and cost 12.02 uah one way, less than $2USD. We bought our tickets in the bus terminal just to be sure we got on the right bus but also saw people buying them on the bus.

    If it's a direct bus to Bahkchysaray, it will turn into the bus station where everyone gets off.

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    Bus to Yalta

    by Dabs Written Jun 7, 2009

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    From Balaclava, we took a #9 marshrutky to 5 km and then either a #17 or #20 bus/marshrutky from 5 km to get to the bus station in Sevastopol. You will see the train station first, wait until the bus loops back around and you see the bus station before getting off the bus.

    Buses to Yalta run frequently, around every 1/2 hour during peak times, and at least in late May we did not have to purchase tickets in advance. The longer range buses are more comfortable that the shorter range buses, plenty of leg room and luggage storage underneath the bus.

    The scenery along this route, which runs along the Black Sea coast, was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip so try to get a seat on the sea side (right on the way to Yalta, left on the way to Sevastopol). The journey took about 1 1/2 hours and cost 21.38 uah, less than $3USD. We purchased tickets inside the bus station so we made sure to get on the next bus, they will tell you which stop to stand by and the ticket will have the time of the bus and in our case an assigned seat number.

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    From Sevastopol to Balaclava

    by Dabs Written Jun 7, 2009

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    To get back from Sevastopol to Balaclava, we did the journey in reverse, catching a #120 bus from near Pizzeria Celentano to 5 km and then a #9 marshrutky from 5 km back to Balaclava. Two items of note about the return journey, the #120 bus kept going past 5 km so ask a few people around you when to get off of you may overshoot your stop. To catch the #9, we walked back to the exact place they had dropped us off.

    5 km is a very popular stop and is spelled exactly like that on the bus/marshutky windows "5 km".

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    From Balaclava to Sevastopol

    by Dabs Written Jun 7, 2009

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    To get from our hotel in Balaclava, we had to take a #9 marshrutky (2 uah) from Balaclava to 5 km and then a #120 marshrutky (1.5 uah) to get to the center of Sevastopol. You'll know when you get to 5 km because everyone will get off the marshrutky and you will see loads of buses. Turn right at the next street and you will see a bunch of buses, most of which will be heading into the center of Sevastopol, if in doubt ask for Sevastopol centrum and eventually someone will understand you. I never timed it but I'd say it was at least 15 minutes to 5km and another 15 minutes to the panorama.

    Marshrutkys are private shared vans which range in size from minivan to a small bus, we just followed the lead of the people getting on with us but usually the fare is posted in the window of the marshrutky along with the route in cyrillic, you pay the driver when exiting the marshrutky. They will often stop en route if someone has their hand out. Don't try to get on one of the small vans with luggage, it's better to wait until the bigger bus comes for that.

    Buses are slightly cheaper and once again we followed the lead of the people getting on with us, you either get a ticket from the driver or from a ticket seller on the bus, they will either rip it or you need to punch it in the machine on the bus. Buses and marshrutkys will operate on the same route with the same number.

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    By bus, train or ship

    by yumyum Written Dec 5, 2006

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    To Sevastapol you could easily do a day trip by public transport from Yalta. The journey is a good 2 hours one way. The road takes you up and down along the coast, you get glimpses of the sea and brave tunnels. In May 2004 it cost 8.35 UAH.

    Alternatively, you can take a train from Simferopol or maybe you arrive by cruise ship.

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    Trolleybus

    by yumyum Written Dec 5, 2006

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    From the railway station or the overland bus station which are next to each other you can take trolley bus No. 7 uphill to the city center. If you don't really know where to get off, do as we did and hop off when you spot McDonald's which is a good place if you need a loo. It is the station "Zentralni Rinok" central market. In 2004 the fare was 40 kopeks.

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    Traveling around Sevastopol

    by chrisc4 Written Sep 8, 2005

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    Getting around Sevastopol is so easy you dont even need a taxi there are mini buses or trolly buses laving every couple of minuite to where ever you want to go,
    or if you want to go to one of the beaches why not take one of the boats that take you straight to the beach

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    Trolley-Bus or the Mini Buses

    by Jasen71 Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    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 or 8c in US money to compare with. The tram/bus system is top class, and is seldom seen running to this high level in most western european cities!? Okay it may get abit packed (sardine style) or the odours may over power you, but it's a good and cheap ride..

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    By ship or boat

    by Pupa Written Apr 2, 2004

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    Uchkoo'evka

    You can take a boat that in 40 minutes will bring you to a sand shore, where there is nothing but the beach, beach equipment, cafes, bars, restaurants and discos:) The place is called Uchkoo'evka:) funny name though:) The boat goes every hour, and the last boat from Uchkoo'evka goes back to Sevastopol' at 7 or 8p.m, so don't miss the last boat if you don't want to stay there for the night;)
    From Sevastopol' on board the ship you can get to Istanbul. :)

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    I took a bus, a trolley-bus,...

    by barcodex Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I took a bus, a trolley-bus, and 'routed' taxi to get around. I did not see trams. You can buy a ticket right in the bus - a conductor will ask you to do it. It is very cheap, and it can also be a pleasant experience, because often the conductor is a pretty young woman. I would also recommend you to go walking when you get to the center, it is not overcrowded by cars.

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    I do recommend to use ships,...

    by barcodex Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I do recommend to use ships, skiffs, cutters, boats of all kinds to get to any Crimean port, especially on the South coast, because the scenery is fantastic.

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