Ukraine Tourist Traps

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Ukraine Tourist Traps

  • CURRENCY

    I didn't know where to put this tip as it isn't a tourist trap per se but it can catch people out. To most countries Ukrainian hryvnias in a closed currency which means that it is virtually impossible you get your hands on hryvnias before you arrive in Ukraine. I would not recommend that you take heaps of your own currency with you as you could be...

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  • Anyone can be a taxi driver

    Once arriving in Ukraine, we searched for a taxi outside the airport to drive us to our hotel. We noticed that there were more cars than taxis outside which surprised us very much. We quickly realized that in Kiev, anyone can be a taxi driver! If you decide to drive people around and get paid for it, then you automatically become a taxi driver. We...

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  • St. Andrew's Slope & Church

    It's not so much a tourist trap, as it is many merchants competing for your business. Be very careful here, not to be pickpocketed or fast talked. Although this is a very beautiful ascent to the church with it's meandering cobblestoned street, be wary of the deal you are getting. Start at the bottom of the slope and work your way up. Some things...

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  • Taxi mafia

    In many countries the taxi mafia is active,If they see a tourist they see the dollars and try to cheat you.So don't be naiv, Get a feeling for the right price by asking other people.Always ask for the price before you get off.Always look what the driver does if he uses the taxameter.In Hungary they have sometimes a manipulated taxameter.If you...

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  • Street patrols

    While driving around Ukraine we saw quite a lot of police patrols controling the traffic. Once we were even stopped. The reason: speeding. Speed limit was 60 km/h, we supposably drove 102 km/h (so the pilceman). In truth we drove around 130 km/h (ovesaw the town sign + all the others also didn't slow down). So we guessed that the policeman didn't...

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  • West Ukraine - Castless and Fortresses

    Castles, fortresses and palaces of Ukraine (count Dracula's castle in Khust include)Carpathian mountainsKyiv, Lviv, Uzhgorod, Chernivci and other beautiful cities. I propose you "wild" trips around west Ukraine for grups more than 10 personThere are next roots:- Castles and fortresses of Ternopil, Khmelnicky and Chernivci regions- Lviv and "gold...

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  • West Ukraine - Castless and Fortresses

    Castles, fortresses and palaces of Ukraine (count Dracula's castle in Khust include)Carpathian mountainsKyiv, Lviv, Uzhgorod, Chernivci and other beautiful cities. I propose you "wild" trips around west Ukraine for grups more than 10 personThere are next roots:- Castles and fortresses of Ternopil, Khmelnicky and Chernivci regions- Lviv and "gold...

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  • Accident

    The circulation on the roads and in the streets in Ukraine is not easy because of the state of the pavement. The Ukrainian drivers look more like stunt men that to drivers. Especially the drivers of taxicabs. Supplementary reasons to remain very prudent if you rent a car, because, in addition, the police be stretch with you, if you are...

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  • Exclusive border crossing

    Be aware - only Polish and Ukrainian citizens can cross the border by the train from Zagorz to Chirov (Bieszczady Mountains). However, you can travel by that twice - a - day service as far as to Kroscienko - last station on the Polish side...

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  • Actually, this is a write-up...

    Actually, this is a write-up of one 'tourist trap' that actually had better prices than the local stores I visited! At ANDREEV SPUSK (the sloping hill by St. Andrew's Cathedral), you will see vendors selling all different kinds of things: Ukrainian embroidery, matreshki (Russian nesting dolls, which are most definitely NOT Ukrainian), T-shirts,...

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  • When you enter the country (as...

    When you enter the country (as foreigner) you have to !Buy! a health insurance, even if you have a proper one valid over the whole world. Even if you bring a letter from your own health insurance which says it's valid all over the world.you pay about 10-15 USD.

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  • In every Ukranian city there...

    In every Ukranian city there was kiosk after kiosk after kiosk..with the usual stuff. SNICKERS has to have the corner on the candy market as I found them EVERYWHERE. The drink of choice EVERYWHERE was PEPSI...it seemed to BE the ONLY choice.(Y-U-C-K I like coke!)

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  • Coming to Ukraine, you could...

    Coming to Ukraine, you could be forced to buy an insurance police, regardless of that you have bought in your home country before your journey. Ukrainians DO NOT ACCEPT any other insurance except their own, so do not spend your money twice on the same thing!Anyway, if you will come without insurance, and custom officers will not disturb you with...

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  • Before using the public...

    Before using the public transport in a particular town or city, ask locals how you must pay for that. I had a very unpleasant experience in Kyiv, where I was forced to pay a fee for the PAID trip on a bus. When you buy a ticket from the driver or conductor, it could be not enough - That time I should also stamp my ticket with a special device...

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