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Kyiv, Ukraine @ GoKiev.info

Kiev / Kyiv..... one of the greatest cities in Europe. Honore de Balzac, the famous French novelist, wrote: "Petersburg is a young city, Moscow is an ancient city, but Kyiv is the eternal city. It is a Northern Rome."

Welcome to GoKiev.info - Transportation in Kiev (Kyiv). City Transport.

     Public transportation in Kiev includes the metro (underground / subway), buses, trolleybuses and trams. Public transportation is quite developed it Kyiv and you could easily get from one part of the city to another by just using the city transport. Kiev (Kyiv) Metro system is without a doubt the fastest, most convenient and affordable way to get around nearly all of the city. (see Kiev Subway System map) Kiev's Metro System is expanding to meet an ever increasing number of users - currently estimated at one and half million passengers per day. Read more about Kyiv Subway System here.

Metro Platform Dnipro

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Marshrootka's

    The next most popular form of transportation are the many privately owned MicroBuses (Marshrootkas). Their coverage includes smaller residential streets as well as routes and schedules that are convenient for all. You could ask the driver to stop the bus nearly everywhere and you can flag it down to stop for you nearly everywhere, as well.

Kyiv Marshrutka

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    "Marshrootkas" (Marshrutkas) are definitely faster, cleaner and more available than the bulkier public transit buses. Minibuses take fewer passengers, run faster, stop on demand and are more available. Ticket prices and itinerary of private minibuses are regulated by the city government, and the cost of one ride, while higher than on public buses, is still quite low, in the range of 1 - 1.75 hr. When you get on, you pay to the driver or to the conductor. Usually you could see the fare written somewhere on the window inside of the marshrootka. However, without knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian, riding a marshrootka could be a tough job. You will definitetly need help the first few times to understand the system.

      It could also be quite hard to get off at the right place, especially when the bus is packed. You might just shout : "Na ostanovke!" and the driver will stop at the nearest bus stop, or take a friend with you who knows the way around. :)
    Very often Marshrootkas are crowded, especially during the rush hours and when the weather is bad.The buses are small, so sometimes you would have to fight your way in and out with elbows and whatever else it takes. Sometimes you could end up without buttons on your shirt :) But despite of these disadvantages, marshrootkas are quite popular among locals.

Trams, Trolleybuses and Buses

     Public electric trolleybuses, trams and buses in many cases have aged equipment and are under-funded. But recently new trolleybuses and buses started to appear on the streets of Kyiv.

Kyiv Old Trolleybus

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Kyiv New Trolleybus

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     The backbone of Ukraine's public transportation; buses, trams and trolleybuses (electrically driven). There's no better way to get to know this country and it's people than to take a ride like the locals do. :^ ) Best to purchase tickets at the bus stops at the little "kiosks", however you can also get your ticket from the conductor once you board. If there's no conductor, just get the ticket from the driver. Be sure to "validate" or "punch" your ticket using the small boxes placed inside the bus. During Rush-Hour most public transportation can be very crowded.

Kyiv Tram

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     The Kiev public transport system uses a simple tariff system regardless of distance travelled: tickets for ground transportation must be purchased each time a vehicle is boarded. The fare is 1.5 hryvnia per ticket. You could buy it at the Ticket Kiosk at the bus stop or on the bus or tram from the conductor (Please note, not all buses have the conductor on board. In this case, you need to get your ticket from the driver). Pensioners use public transportation for free. Monthly passes are also available in all combinations of public transportation: metro, bus, trolley, tram and could be purchased at the metro.

New rates from the 1st of February 2009:

Passes available:

Metro Pass --- 95 hryvna per month; 910 hryvna per year;
Metro/Bus, Tram or Trolleybus --- 150 hryvna per month; 1 430 hryvna per year;

Metro/Bus/Tram/Trolleybus --- 230 hryvna per month; 1 990 hryvna per year;

Note: Passes do not include Marshrutkas and Minibuses.

Bus or Tram or Trolleybus --- 60 hryvna per month; 150 hryvna per three months, 275 hryvna per year;

Two types of transport (out of Bus, Tram orTrolleybus) --- 110 hryvna per month; 275 hryvna per three months, 495 hryvna per year;

Bus/Tram/Trolleybus --- 140 hryvna per month; 350 hryvna per three months, 660 hryvna per year;

Note: Passes do not include Marshrutkas and Minibuses.

Ticket Kiosk, Kyiv, Ukraine

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Traffic jam in Kyiv

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Kyiv Funicular

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     One unique mode of public transportation Kiev has is the Funicular (Foo-knee-koo'ler), which climbs up the steep right bank of the Dnipro River. It transports 10,000-15,000 passengers daily and connects the Center with the Podil District. The ticket costs 2.00 Hryvnia. The length of the rail tracks is 193 meters. It was open in May 1905 and was called "Michailivs'ky elektrychny kanatny pidyom".

     

Taxi

     Taxi's are located throughout the city and can be found very easily. Compared to other Europeon cities fares are quite cheap and are negotiated in advance, if taken in the street. If you call the taxi company they usually name the price. Most taxis don't use a meter.

Kyiv Taxi

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    The best taxi's are those with their company's phone number on the rooftop, or side, of the car. Others may be private taxi's which may be more expensive and less comfortable. Hitchhiking is common in Ukraine, but not recommended for tourists. Hitchhikers extend their arm, so that approaching cars can clearly see, pointing their first and second fingers together toward the street, motioning with their fingers up and down. They then negotiate for a few hryvna for the ride.

- City Taxi Services phone number: 058

    Sometimes, especially at night and during holidays, it's hard to get a taxi from a taxi company. They would just say that there are no cars in your area. In this case it could be faster to get a taxi from the street, but you have to be firm and negotiate the price beforehand or your Taxi fare will skyrocket.

 

Taxi Companies:

Boss
Tel.: +38 044 494 49 35/38

Twist
Tel.: +38 044 501 69 69

Kashtan
Tel.: +38 044 238 26 91

Elite
Tel.: +38 044 248 82 48 / 537 35 35

Radio Taxi
Tel.: +38 044 490 2 490

 

 

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