Public transportation in Kyiv includes the metro (underground / subway), buses, marshrutkas (public mini bus), trolleybuses and trams. The list of companies including car rentals you can find here.
Public transportation is quite developed it Kyiv (same about the other cities of Ukraine) and you could easily get from one part of the city to another by just using the city transport.
Kyiv Metro system is without a doubt the fastest, most convenient and affordable way to get around nearly all of the city. Kyiv’s Subway is expanding to meet an ever increasing number of users – currently estimated at one and half million passengers per day. Find Kyiv subway map here.
Payments: Metro Tokens (in Ukrainian – “Zheton”), Prepaid cards and Passes (in Ukrainian – “Proyiznyi”);
You can buy Metro Tokens in each Metro Station at the “Kassa” (Cashier) or from a wall mounted dispenser, usually located near the “Kassa”.
Passes are available at each Metro Station at the “Kassa”. You can purchase a monthly pass from the 22nd of each month until the 10th of the following month.
Short review and interesting facts about Kyiv Subway
Kyiv Metro was opened in the fall of 1960. Construction spanned eleven years, from 1949 to 1960. The first line was tagged the red line, namely Sviatoshyns’ko-Brovars’ka.
At present there are 3 operating lines in the Kyiv Subway System. The total length is about 58,7 km. There are 445 metro stations along with 3 points of interchange, where you can change from one line to another. There are approximately 664 metro wagons and 119 escalators.
Do you know that the deepest metro station in Europe is Kyiv metro station Arsenal’na (red line). Its depth is about 105 meters! The depth of the station influenced on its inner design. The thick pylons of the station are open for the passengers only in two sides of the platform. Almost all of the central hall is occupied by the official metro facilities, which is not very comfortable for passengers. However it allowed to shorten the length of the station.
All metro signs are in Ukrainian and English. You could find metro maps in both languages on the windows of every carriage. Each stop is announced in both Ukrainian and English language.
Working Hours: 6 a.m. (minus 25 min.) – 12 midnight (+ 25 min.)
Official Kyiv Metro website (available only in Ukrainian and Russian)
Metro Hot Line: + 380 (44) 537-55-05
Kyiv Subway Museum is open for visitors at 35, Peremogy Street, Metro Administration. Free entrance. Monday and Wednesday from 3pm till 5pm. Tuesday and Thursday from 9am till noon.
One unique mode of public transportation Kyiv 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 length of the rail tracks is 193 meters. It was open in May 1905 and was called “Michailivs’ky elektrychny kanatny pidyom”.
Taxi’s are located throughout the city and can be found very easily. Compared to other Europeon coutries 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.
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.
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.