The impressive train station of Odessa offers connections to most destinations, there is an airconditioned Cervice Center hall with comfortable sofas and chairs. Some english spoken, ok service for ukrainian standards...
There are plenty of minibus and trolley connections from around the station and to all areas of interest in town.
The way to the railway station is a 15-20 min. walk from down town Odessa.
The nearest proper hotel is the Chernoe More (Black Sea hotel), just two blocks away, but it is better to search for a more central accomodation.
The Karpaty Express from Lviv to Odessa goes out in the evening and after 12h You're there.
Now Ukrainian transport hastn't got the best reputation, said to be dangerous, but if this is right then this train is exceptional...
Service very nice, prices veeery low (tea for example will cost you some... €0,1, the ticket for second class is some €5-7)
Of course don't expect luxuries, but it's really decent.
Watch out for the bedclothes. We refused to buy them (clean by the way so don't worry) and it turned out it's obligatory. We were even threatenned with loosing our "staying card" and later would have problems passing the borders, so we bought it. But if you really don't want to- DON'T TAKE IT! You may refuse- they won't do what we thought they can...
This company makes direct flights to Frankfurt/Main, St.Petersburg, Aleppo, Moscow, Kiev and Krasnodar.
Booking offices are at the Main Post Office (10 Sadovaya Street), at the main office at 17 De Ribas Street and at the airport itself (booking office # 1).
South Airlines - this is the name of Odessa airlines.
One day my American friend and I were in a hurry and took a plane to Kiev ($85).
We had to wait at the booking-office before we got a seat. The flight turned out to be very popular and the plane, Antonov-24 was full of people.
It took the plane one hour and twenty minutes to get to Boryspil International aiport.
There are also planes to Donetsk and to some other Ukrainian cities from Odessa, to say nothing of the foreign flights.
The office of South Airlines is at: 85 Kanatnaya (Rope) Street in Odessa.
There are a lot of flights to Odessa from many European cities.
Once we took a plane to Vienna by Austrian Airlines.
I also took a plane from Odessa to Kiev one day.
South Airlines is a company that flies from Odessa.
Odessa is a city over 1 million citizens so it's not easy to see everything without using some transport. But if you want to use the public transportation you'll have to pass, because it nearly doestn't exist! Few barely running trolleys go around once in a blue moon and almost noone gets inside.
That's because Odessa is dominated by private companies which have hundreds of minibuses in different condition (some really fine, but most lower than avarage). But if you consider getting anywhere you want within the city limits for a sum of approximately €0,2 than you get more than you pay for :).
Plus there are some (but few) free buses that will get you to the largest shopping centre (compared to our Polish ones- dramatically small!), but they offer nothing more than the rest...
All in all the transport is a rather exciting experience for someone from the West. But the people are open and the atmosphere is nice when you are inside.
Odessa has a very extensive public transportation system. It has busses and trams that are very cheap, about 10 cents US per trip. They run from very early morning until midnight or so, but are not 24 hours! They are very crowded, so don't expect to sit unless you travel late in the evening. To pay, one must have local currency, no tickets are issued. Only residents can get passes. One pays the 50 kopeki fare to a woman who circulates the bus or tram collecting fares, she usually has a blue vest or smock on. If you don't pay when she asks for fare, she will throw you off at the next stop! No. They won't cheat you and try to get more fare out of you after you first pay, sometimes they hand you a small receipt, sometimes they don't.
If one wants to travel in less crowded, more comfortable accomodations, one can catch a "machina". This is a minibus that holds up to 24 passengers. They are usually white, but some are green or red or blue. They run routes and have yellow route cards in the front window and sides of the bus that have route number and major streets they travel. One can hail these anywhere, like a taxi. But they only go certain routes, so try to find out if the machina goes to where you want to go. Most drivers only speak Russian, so if you don't know it, you may have trouble finding out if they are going where you want to go.
Once one gets on, pay the 1,25 Hrv. fare to the driver (about 25 cents, US) or sit and pass it up. If the machina is busy, one may spend most of the trip passing fares up and change back. If you don't want to do this, sit in the back. When one wants to get off, one alerts the driver and they will stop as soon as they can, usually at the next corner.
Machinas are comfy, have tour bus type seats, and many are air-conditioned. They may be worth the extra cents, but drivers will pack them full, so one may end up standing on these as well, but it is less likely than on a tram or bus.
Trams and buses are a very cheap way to move in Odessa. More convenient are taxis. There are two types of taxis: the normal ones and the gipsy taxies. Gipsy taxies are cheaper. They are nearly always Ladas, and thats the only sign of how to recognize them, I guess.... Just raise your hand in a frequented street and they will stop.
Never pay more than 15 Hrivnas for rides inside the city. You can also rent them for a whole day, I payed approx. € 30 (including police fees and petrol).
When you arrive there are people on the platform trying to offer you private accomodation.
If you have to buy tickets. Don't despair trying to find out which window but go straight to the Service Center. How to find it: When you see all the ticket counters to your right in the main hall, go to the end of the corridor and turn left and go to the very end and through the doors.
The counter when you come in sells tickets within Ukraine and the one in the back to other countries.
The trams (all driven by women) are held together with pop rivets and wire, I would guess the only kind of maintenace theses things see is when something breaks, never the less a fantastic site to see one of these historical modes of transport still running.
Getting to and from Odessa by sea is easy and there are regular ferries to and from Istanbul, Constantia and Haifa. A couple of companies leave weekly to Istanbul and the cost start around $50.00 USD for a seat.
The trip takes about 40 hours.
Getting around in Odesa by public transport is straightforward don`t bother to find a place where you can buy tickets , there is a conductor in every tram or bus! A ticked for one trip is only 0.50 hryvnia
A service of catières (maritime shuttles - of French " côtières " ?), existed once : Kataïev borrows them - " the small boat steam accelerated its race... " -, Trotski uses them - " I installed myself on the bridge of steam... " -, Ilf and Petrovs take them. Because of the rise of the price of fuels, it will be necessary, I fear, to satisfy you of these literary evocations. Their working became very uncertain, and the service in is disrupted. The pontoon of craft is on the left side of the maritime station, just after the ship hotel Taras Chevtchenko.
The gondola ride up the hill near the beach Lanzheron. Odessa is built upon a 30 meter (100 ft) plateau that overlooks the Black Sea, and as such, all Odessites are good climbers (except those who ride this gondola).
The best way to get to Odesa is either by a higher-class train or by an ariplane.
The best way to get around is to rent a car. I don't advise to use public transit, because it's overcrowded and has a lot of thieves in it. Especially avoid trolley-buses and streetcars (trams)