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Transportation system in Ukraine

Transportation system in Ukraine
 
Transportation system in Ukraine is very developed and involves various transportation means.
First of all, it is closely associated with public city transportation which includes buses, trolley buses, and trams and is the cheapest way to travel within cities. Prices range from 10 cents to 50 cents a ticket. One can purchase a ticket at the bus stops at the little "kiosks", however it’s possible to get the one from the conductor once you board. At that, it is the best way to get acquainted with a city. Should you make up your mind to travel by these kinds of transportation, be sure not to use them during rush-hour periods.
As for the metro options, Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk feature this fastest way of transportation that is renowned also for its decorative designs and architectural solutions.
You can also take a taxi by phoning or simply by putting out your hand on the street.
Another very convenient and fast way of traveling is done by "marshrutka," or a taxi van. Marshrutkas are very popular in every town and city in Ukraine. These taxi vans not only travel within a certain town/city, but they also operate intercity routes.

Train is a very popular way to travel within Ukraine for it to reach a final destination on time or with minimum delay. One can purchase a train ticket both at the railroad stations and offices. As a rule, one can buy a ticket within 42 days term prior to the departure date. It’s recommended to buy the tickets beforehand, especially on the holiday’s eve. When traveling by train just observe some advices and your journey will be safe and pleasant. Keep your money and valuables near yourself; try not to leave your luggage with strangers; always lock the cabin door during the night time.
Ukrainian trains are equipped with the wagons of 3 types: 1st class cabins, 2nd class (coupe) and 3rd class, (platzcart) that offers the lowest ticket's price. The quality of services in such wagons depends on trains and destinations, yet the best solution is to take an express train providing good quality and services and traveling at high speed.
Moreover, Ukrainian international railway links connect Kyiv to many CIS and European countries. Thus , there are trains operating to Warsaw (Poland), Moscow (Russia), St.Petersburg (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Berlin (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), Prague (Czech), Vienna (Austria), etc.

Bus traveling is also popular in Ukraine: apart from domestic routes there are regular bus schedules to the majority of European cities.

As for Ukrainian sea connection, it is carried out via the Black sea ports of Odessa, Sevastopol and Yalta with the major part of ferries serving Turkey and Greek destinations.

One can also take advantage of traveling by air with most international flights operating to and from Boryspil International Airport in Kiev (KBP) and domestic flights in Zhulyany (IEV). The most popular Ukrainian airlines are ‘Aerosvit’, ‘International Ukrainian airlines’, ‘UMA’ and ‘WizzAir’.

All in all, traveling in Ukraine can be of a big fun, provided you think through your transportation priorities and ponder over all prons and cons of the time spell you’d like to spend en route.


 
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