Actually, the city has a very well developed transport infrastructure, including 2 airports, railway stations, 7 big bus stations, metro with 3 lines, funicular, all kinds of city public transport, and numerous taxi services. River port is one of the most favorite places of Kyivans as well as tourists. From here you can take an exciting boat trip along the Dniper river with an excursion group or renting the whole boat for your own.
More information about transport infrastructure you can read here.
Accommodation in Kyiv has never been a problem for tourists. Guests can choose from different hotels, located in different parts of Kiev and offering services starting form bed and breakfast to full board. Apartments for rent is another popular option for those looking for more privacy and comfortable amenities. We highly recommend you to book hotel or apartment in advance so you do not have any hard time trying to find a place to stay in Kyiv upon arrival.
If you travel around the city on your own without a guide watch out not to get lost walking around 2,300 Kyiv streets. The main street of Kyiv, Khreshchatyk, is also the widest one. Various historical buildings, offices, shopping centers, restaurants and cafes made Khreshchatyk one of the favorite streets of locals and an outstanding tourist attraction. It is worth visiting during weekends and public holidays, when the street is closed for road traffic and turns into a perfect location for a family walk, romantic date, meeting friends or sightseeing. Vladimirovskaya street is the oldest one – historians claim it is more than 1,000 years old.
Whatever street you come it is easy to notice the variety of Kyiv architecture – this is an unforgettable mixture of historical ancient buildings, some sings of USSR times and just built modern building. Despite great age and many historical event that have changed Kiev look, there are still many unique buildings with unusual decor and stone faces looking motionless at the passing by.
Throughout the century, the unusual nature of the House with Chimaeras (also known as Gorodetsky House) has given rise to a number of legends shared by people and repeated in guide-books. So called Chocolate house built in 1899 used to be one of the most luxurious building. And, of course, these are only some examples, of rich Kyiv architecture.
Walking around the city it is difficult not to come across some park or forest area, that could be like and oasis in a hot summer day. Many tourists acknowledge Kyiv as one of the city with many trees and other plants. In fact, about a half of the city is occupied by parks, forest areas and water reserves.
If enjoying the city views you happen to find yourself in an unknown street, do not hesitate to ask for direction. Majority young people in Kyiv can speak English and some other foreign languages, and those who don’t will do their best to help you. At some moment you may think they are shouting trying to help you but you shouldn’t take it personal. For some reasons Ukrainians believe the louder they speak the better they are understood, even if they speak different language.
Hundreds of Kyiv restaurants, cafes, fast food open their doors for hungry tourists and Kiavans. One may choose to try traditional Ukrainian cuisine with delicious vareniki and borsch, or opt for better known European, American or Asian cuisine. There are lots of great places to eat out in Kyiv for visitors with limited budgets and those ready to pay extra for delicacy. Do not forget about Chicken Kyiv – dish that spread awareness about the city around the world even to those ones who had never heard about Ukraine. Even though some Kyiv cafes and fast food may look not very comfy, tourists may be happy to find free WI-FI connection there.
Smokers, be ready not to be allowed to smoke in cafes and restraints – since not long ago smoking in public areas is prohibited in Ukraine.
Staying in Kyiv, try to find time for sightseeing. Like any other huge city with century history Kyiv has numerous exciting places to visit, and not even all locals are aware of each of them. Ordering a tour with a professional guide is the best way to rush into the city life and see sights but not required. It is easy to find what to do in Kyiv.
To find the best city views, see unique landscape and take picturesque photos Kievans and tourist like to climb numerous hills where some special viewpoints are organized.
Kiev can boast of historical monuments, such as the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra from 1051. The monument of Lavra has included in UNESCO’s list of world treasures thanks to its architectural merits. The caves of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra with remains of famous people – for example Kievan Rus mythical hero Ilya Muromets, The saints Anthony and Feodosia Pechersky and The chronicler Nestor is one of the must visit places for all Christiand and not only. The Golden Gate from 11th century – remains of ancient gates that met city guests centuries ago. Vladimirskaya Gorka Park – is a Ukrainian treasure of garden art. Ukrainians say “On who has not been at Vladimirskaya Gorka has not seen Kyiv”. The Andrew Spusk – is a place number one to buy Ukrianian souvenirs and folk crafts. These are only some example of historical places to go sightseeing.
But Kyiv is not only about history. Kyivans are proud of their modern art that keeps attracting more and more tourist. The most outstanding and popular things to see would be a wooden statue of a ballet dancer, Cat Ponteleimon monument and a couple of street lights in love . Some of the monuments are promised to fulfill your wishes. You only ought to through a coin and rub a tongue of a bronze toad to get some luck and happiness. Touch a huge Nose monument is supposed to protect you from cold and flu.
There are more and more things to be mentioned while talking about the city. Visiting Kyiv any season and any month you will be able to discover more unexpected sides of the Ukrainian capital. But any words can express feelings and emotion you will experience traveling to Kiev. As the saying goes – it is better to see once than to hear about it a hundred times. In this case it is better to try Kiev tours yourself.
Therefore we will offer you our support and help in planning your trip to Kyiv. You may find our itinerary of a standard tours to Kyiv in the menu section – Tours in Ukraine. Enjoy your staying in this charming city and enjoy Ukraine!