Ukraine, the breadbasket of Europe, is a beauty that leaves everyone awestruck. Those ancient tales that echo in the corridors of fairy-land palaces, those green wonders that nurture in the lap of nature and that interesting culture that dates back to the ancient world â all of these make Ukraine an amazing destination to explore. Take a tour of this European beauty and come across the hidden gems of the world. Ukraine tourism has in store an entire world to offer. So, visit Ukraine now to savour its charm.
Famous For: St. Sophia’s Cathedral | Pechersk Lavra Cave Monastery | European Natural Beauty | Architecture | Ancient Sites
National Symbols: Flag | National Anthem | Trident | Bandura | Nightingale
Time Zone: Ukraine (GMT +2)
Ethnicity: Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8%
Driving Side: Right
Airports in Ukraine: Boryspil International Airport | Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany)Internet/Connectivity
Ukraine has very strong connectivity barring unexplored and uninhabited places. That’s why tourists generally don’t find any difficulty in remaining connected. You can make domestic as well as international calls easily from any place in the cities and towns of Ukraine. However, the connections aren’t strong in the remotest region of the country. Hence, it is advisable to prepare yourself before visiting such places in Ukraine. Also, it is advisable to use web-based services to make a call. This way you wouldn’t have to pay anything extra for making calls.
The internet speed is quite good in urban settlements. Most of the hotels provide free Wi-Fi and payable phone services to their guests.
You can also use free internet in most of the cafes and restaurants in Ukrainian cities. But if you want to use the internet and phone services while on the go, then you must buy a local prepaid SIM card at the airport and get it recharged with a plan. It wouldn’t cost you more than $5 including the plan.
If you don’t desire to stand in a long queue, then you can purchase one in Kyiv and any other major city. You would find many shops selling local SIM cards in places like Independence Square.
You can use any one of the following mobile operators. All of these provide great services.
As per archaeological excavations, the country once housed the Stone Age humans. This was the time when the culture in and around present-day Kyiv started to flourish.
During this period, local tribes indulged in farming. In the subsequent years, trading became a big industry in the region. However, as per ancient legends, Kyiv was founded by Kyi, the leader of a Slavic tribe. So, this is from where the city got its name and identity.
Moving forward and coming to the late 10th century, Kyiv had become a Christian place after mass baptism occurred on the orders of the then Vladimir. Since then, the city has witnessed a continuous formation of churches and cathedrals. St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Golden Gate, Pechersk Lavra Monastery and St. George Church - all were built by the end of the 11th century.
Later on, Ukraine was ruled under the states of Poland as well as Russia. It was also besieged by several international forces, including Mongols and Tartars. Meanwhile, the city developed exponentially and recorded tremendous growth in terms of trade, education, culture and politics. In the year 1934, Kyiv became the capital of Ukraine. Since then, it has been a significant centre among tourists.
Today, the country stands strong as an industrial, technological and cultural centre. On account of its legendary past, people from all over the world visit it and learn about its yesteryears. Over the years, it has become a hub for historians and architecture enthusiasts.
Plan a trip now and watch history coming alive through age-old corridors. Get an insight into the not-so-popular culture of Ukraine.
Surrounded by beautiful hills and blessed with the presence of ravines, ponds and rivers, Kyiv forms a wonderful landscape. The city is located on the borders of the natural region of Polesia and that’s the reason, it has been successful in alluring nature lovers from different countries.
The Dnieper River flowing through the city bisects it into two parts. However, the original or the oldest settlement lies only on the right bank of the river. The river is also responsible for the change in the elevation of the city. Today, the city sits at a height of about 587 feet and is one of the highest cities in the country.
Spread over an area of 847.7 sq Km, Kyiv is the largest urban centre in Ukraine. It engulfs every kind of natural body. It has forests, water bodies, hills and plains within its boundaries. Being a landlocked country, Kyiv doesn’t have a coastline. However, it surely has river shores that extend to a few kilometres.
The Kyivan Slavs, who were the original inhabitant of the country several centuries ago, had their values and system and nurtured East Slavic civilization to its full glory. However, one can find the traditions of Christianity in their ethics today. It is because of the mass Christianization of Kyivan Slavs which happened in the 10th century. Since then, the culture of Ukraine has been a mix of several cultures from European and Asian countries.Art and Music
Ukraine has been a centre of traditional art for centuries. The presence of numerous art galleries and exhibition centre where you come across great masterpieces surely proves the country’s involvement in the rise of folk art. Explore the markets of Kyiv and other cities and witness surprising artworks on display.
And when it comes to music, Ukraine is popular for traditional as well as western elements. Here, you would find people performing folk music and also, events that attract the audience of pop music. On one hand, you have people playing Bandura and Spoilka, which are the two most popular traditional musical instruments in Ukraine. And on the other hand, you have youngsters lost in the melodies of Piano and Guitar, which are modern musical instruments.Food and Drink
Ukrainian Cuisine is loved across the country and beyond. The traditional dishes and beverages of Ukraine are so popular that they are savoured across different nations. Tourists come to the country from different places just to enjoy lip-smacking borscht, a locally prepared soup and the national dish of Ukraine.
Once you are out in the streets, you would be amazed to know that most of the restaurants in the cities of Ukraine serve all the major traditional dishes of Ukraine. The locals here also love savouring their favourite sweet and sour non-alcoholic Kvass and alcoholic Horlika. The drinks have become popular amongst tourists too.Must-try Delicacies
Borscht, Potato Pancakes, Vareniki, Salo, Okroshka, Syrniki, Holodets and BanushMust-try drinks
Horilka, Varenukha, Kysil, Uzvar, Kvass and SpotykachHospitality
Ukrainians are hospitable and there is no doubt about it. When you stroll in a local street, you get to witness a rare culture and learn about beautiful traditions. You are greeted with a large smile. Locals in Ukraine sincerely take care of their guests. Hence, do not wonder if you are invited to someone's house for lunch or dinner. People in the country are generous and kind. They are helpful and understanding.
Ukraine experiences hot summers and chilly winters due to its humid continental climate. Though the daily mean temperature is in the range of 15 and 20 during the summer season, the climate is comfortable. During the winter season (November â March) when the average temperature is in the range of -3.5 and 1.8, the climate is freezing and windy.
June, July and August are the hottest months and December, January and February are the coldest months in a year in Ukraine.July to September
The best time to visit Ukraine in a year is from July to September. During this period, the climatic conditions are optimum and hence, favourable. One can roam around in the country and explore its beauties comfortably. However, you would also find popular places packed with tourists during these months.October to February
This is the time when you would find tourist sites less crowded and hotel and resorts offering great off-season deals. If you do not wish to encounter a tourist crowd on your trip to Ukraine, then visit the country during this period. You would be able to explore places without any disturbance. You would also be able to get amazing discounts on your stay.
The crown of Kyiv tourism, Pechersk Lavra Cave Monastery is a beautiful complex that cannot be missed. Built-in the 11th century, this orthodox Christian monastery is touted as one of the seven wonders of Ukraine. And the influx of tourists in millions every year surely proves its popularity across the globe. It is noted for age-old history as well as incredible architecture. The golden domes and intricate patterns all over walls and ceiling are the show-stealers here. Plan a tour of this cultural attraction and unravel the mysteries that Kyiv harbours.
Best time to visit : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm (Open every day)
Entrance Fee: US$ 1 per person
St. Sophia's Cathedral is an exemplary model of old-world architecture and hence, together with Pechersk Lavra Monastery, it has been inscribed to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is the reason it has gained the attention of explorers worldwide. It is one of the oldest monuments in the city and is a must-visit for those who love digging out history. Visit the cathedral at night to watch it decorated with colourful lights.
10:00 am to 06:00 pm
10:00 am to 05:00 pm on Wednesdays
(Closed on Thursdays)
Entrance Fee :
US$ 2 for adults
US$1 for students
One of the best places to see in Kyiv, the National Art Museum deserves to be on the top of your Kyiv itinerary if art is something you are closely attached to. If you can see beyond the naked eyes, you would find this historical building a perfect retreat to spend time with incredible masterpieces. Be it the 12th-century Saint George or the Cossacks in the Steppe from the 1990s, every single work of art would take you to a completely different world.
11:00 am to 07:00 pm on Saturdays
10:00 am to 06:00 pm on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
12:00 pm to 08:00 pm on Fridays
(Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Entrance Fee :
US$ 1.6 for adults
US$ 0.5 for children
Undoubtedly, Motherland Monument is one of the most recognised structures in Kyiv. Standing at a height of about 203 feet, the gigantic statue is made of steel and is located inside World War II Museum. Take selfies in front of this man-made wonder and also, indulge in learning about the history of World War II at the museum. The place attracts every kind of traveller, from couples to families. And to your surprise, the Motherland Monument is taller than the Statue of Liberty. Well, that makes it a must-visit site in Kyiv.
10:00 am to 06:00
(10:00 am to 07:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Average Price : US$ 3 â US$ 5 per personMariyinsky Palace and Garden
Mariyinsky Palace was constructed in the late 18th century and it is a popular tourist attraction in the city. As it is the ceremonial residence of the president of Kyiv, the place remains heavily guarded. However, private tours are available that would allow you to catch a glimpse of the inside of the palace. If not, you can still enjoy its beautiful lush green park and have a great time with family and friends. It is a great getaway for picnickers.
Best time to visit: Open 24 Hours
Entrance Fee: $7 per tour
Known amongst tourists for its wondrous structural formation, St. Andrew's Church is an artistic marvel. From wonderfully decorated domes to exceptionally embellished walls, the church reflects sheer artistry. Hence, exploring it is surely one of the best things to do in Kyiv. Over years, the site has become a great getaway for history buffs and architecture lovers. However, it also attracts families, couples and every other kind of traveller for nurturing peaceful ambience and housing a beauteous environment.
Best time to visit: 09:00 am to 07:00 pm
Entrance Fee: US$ 1 â US$ 2
Nothing is better than lazing out in the open under the sun and savouring greenery in an urban centre. That's the reason Feofaniya Park must be your destination while in Kyiv. The beautiful park at the edge of the city harbours raw natural beauties and provides calmness to its visitors. Though it is mostly visited by families and kids, it is a great site for explorers too due to the presence of the beautiful St. Panteleimon's Convent. Lurking from behind tall trees, this awe-inspiring church is a centre of attraction for photographers.
Best time to visit: 08:00 am to 11:00 pm
Entrance Fee: US$ 1
Also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Independence Square has been a witness to the legendary past of Kyiv. It is the place where several protests and campaigns happened and gave birth to several revolutions in the past. Independence Square has also been a great stage for non-political events and shows. It also hosts New Year and Christmas celebrations with great zeal and zest. That's why the place is considered as a site of political, cultural and historical importance. Hence, no traveller must miss visiting it.
Best time to visit: Anytime (Visit it during the evening time, between 05:00 am to 8:00 pm to capture its liveliness at best)
Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee
The day when Nazi Germany gave up and surrendered during World War II is celebrated as Victory Day across Ukraine. It is an important holiday in Kyiv and across the country. However, the kind of enthusiasm one witnesses in the streets of Kyiv is surely awe-inspiring. The day is commemorated with great fervour as people enjoy military parades, mock battles and other events based on patriotic theme.
Date: May 9Kyiv Summer Music Festival
Kyiv Summer Music Festival is one of the most awaited festivals in Kyiv. Open-air concerts take place in the city and music-lovers relish traditional as well as modern performances. Youngsters go crazy about the day as it provides them with great opportunities to listen to Jazz and Pop music. One can also find musicians playing classical instruments like Bandura.
Date: Between May and JulyIndependence Day
Undoubtedly, a day that is close to the heart of every Ukrainian! It is the day when Ukraine was declared an independent country and got freedom from the USSR. Independence Day is celebrated with wonderful firework shows and military parades. A number of events happen across Kyiv and people participate in them with great interests. Places like Independence Square become stages for entertaining performances.
Date: August 24Kyiv Day
One of the most popular festivals in the city is Kyiv Day. It is observed across the city and is celebrated with musical nights, street performances and fireworks. Musicians and actors from across the country flock to the city for street shows. Fireworks start in the evening and last for several hours. The entire city seems lost in joy. People also go to bars and pubs and enjoy the night with their favourite drinks.
You would need a tourist visa to enter the boundaries of Ukraine. Below-given is all the information you would need to learn about the Ukraine Tourist Visa.
A Ukrainian tourist visa would allow you to stay in the country for a maximum period of 30 days.
However, if you belong to a visa-exempt country, then you can visit any place in Ukraine anytime without a visa. Below-given is the list of all the countries that can enter Ukraine without any visa and stay for an indefinite time:
Below-given is the list of all the countries that can enter Ukraine without any visa but can stay only for a maximum period of 90 days:
If you do not belong to a visa-exempt country, then you can apply for a visa on arrival. Below-given is the list of all the 53 countries that are eligible to get a Ukraine Visa upon arrival.
However, you must have the following documents to get it:
Undoubtedly, the metro is one of the most convenient means of transport in Ukraine. With 52 stations in Kyiv, it connects every popular tourist destination and hence, a perfect way of getting around in the city. The Kyiv metro runs on three lines:
Sviatoshynsko â Brovarska Line
Obolonsko â Teremkivska Line
Syretsko â Pecherska Line
And if not for commutation, you can use the Kyiv metro to visit the Arenalana Station, which is the deepest metro station in the world at a depth of about 346 feet.Taxis
You can also use taxis/cabs to commute within or between the cities of Ukraine. Uber and Uklon are the two most popular online taxi services operating in Kyiv and other major urban centres. However, you can also use offline taxis that are available at almost every tourist place in the country. Unarguably, it is the most convenient means of transport in Ukraine.Buses/Trolleybuses/Trams
Though most of the areas are covered by the underground metro, there are still certain places deep inside the city where the metro doesn't operate. In such cases, you can use bus/trolleybus services for getting around. It is cheap as well as convenient. However, be prepared for traffic if you are using these services during rush hour (08:00 am to 10:00 am and 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm).
Ukraine is served by two major international airports, namely Borispil International Airport and Zhulyany Airport (also called Kyiv International Airport). Hence, the country is greatly connected to all the major countries of the world by air.
Zhulyany Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country and is located at a distance of about 10 km from the Kyiv city centre. On the other hand, Borispil International Airport is located at a distance of about 32 km from the city centre.
Once you have reached the airport, you can either hire a direct cab or take a bus to Kyiv Station and then from there a metro to reach your hotel.Via Rail Route
Reaching Ukraine by train is quite easy and convenient when you are travelling from nearby countries, such as Russia and Poland. Kyiv Railway Station is one of the largest stations in the country and serves more than 170,000 passengers every day.
The railway station is well connected to all the major parts of Kyiv via the metro. Hence, upon reaching the railway station, you can take either a cab or a metro to reach your destination.Via Road Route
One of the most affordable ways to travel to Ukraine can be via the road route. The Central Bus Station of Kyiv and other stations in major cities of Ukraine have domestic as well as international buses running to all the nearby urban centres. Whether you live in Moscow or Warsaw, you have got buses that directly connect Ukraine.
A beautiful landlocked country located in the north of Ukraine, Belarus hosts lots of marvellous castles and palaces straight out of fairytales. It is also popular for its lush green hills, dense forests and beautiful waters. Indulge in exploring national parks. Get a taste of adventure as you kayak down the Stracha and Saryanka rivers. Savour authentic Belarusian cuisine. There are a lot of other things one can enjoy while in Belarus.Moscow
The capital city of Russia, Moscow is a world-renowned tourist destination for housing incredible masterpieces. One gets to experience the majesty of the exceptional St. Basil's Cathedral, the historic Red Square, the ancient complex of the Kremlin and the intriguing Lenin's Mausoleum. The city is also known for its great shopping complexes where one can find everything. The presence of Losiny Ostrov National Park gives a natural touch to the city.Poland
Flourishing on the shore of the Baltic Sea, Poland is a European country that spans hills, grasslands, historical sites, beaches, rivers and forests. That's the reason the country is explored by every kind of traveller. Savour the capital city of Warsaw through its ancient monuments. Relish mouth-watering Polish food. Frame the panoramas of Gdansk and Sopot.
Country Calling Code: +380
Embassy of UAE in Ukraine: Kyiv
Contact Number: +380 44 277 4444 / +380 44 359 0874
For more information, click here
General emergency number: 112
Medical emergencies: 103
Gas Service: 104
Since 1996, the Ukrainian hryvnia is the legal currency of Ukraine and is used for the exchange of goods and services. However, the city has also used Grivna during the era of the Kyivan Rus' and Karbovanets for about 14 days during September 1996 before today's hryvnia came into effect. The currency is valid across the nation except for the controversial Crimea.
1 Ukrainian hryvnia: 100 kopiyok
1 Ukrainian hryvnia UAH = 0.15 United Arab Emirates Dirham (As of 21st January 2020)
Ukrainian hryvnia notes can be found in the denomination of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500
Ukrainian hryvnia coins can be found in the denomination of 1, 2, 5, 10 kopiyok, 25 kopiyok and 50 kopiyokNotes :