If you visit Ukraine for the first time, information about public transport system in Ukraine will be useful. Knowing the rates of fare and some specific customs will contribute to your comfortable staying in Ukraine. 

There are public and private transport systems in Ukraine.

Public transport includes tram, trolley, bus, electrical intercity trains, railroad and subway (metro).

Private transport includes airlines, taxi and mini buses or else called marshrutka which are incredibly popular means of transport in all cities and towns of Ukraine.

The fare

The fare in public tram, trolley and bus is 1 hryvnia 50 kopecks.small_bus

The cost in mini buses vary depending on the length of the route of the bus, but it ranges from 2 hryvnia to 3 hryvnia. The driver in a mini bus follows the route NOT stopping on each bus stop and stops only on demand. Therefore, you MUST tell him when you need to get off. And you need to tell him in advance for example, in advance of 300-500 meters. The local authorities have passed a law according to which a driver of a mini bus can be fined if he stops a mini bus in the place other than conventional bus stop.

To those who come to Ukraine for the first time might be interesting to know that in Kiev it is accustomed to pay when you get INTO a mini bus. Whilst in other cities of Ukraine different custom might apply and the driver will expect you to pay only when you get OFF a private bus. Below is the picture of a typical mini bus, a public transport in Ukraine. 

A subway system

A fare for the use of a subway in UkraineZoloti_vorota

In order to get on the platform you must drop a token in the check-point. The token costs 2 hryvnias or 25 cents. The price of a token is irrelevant to the distance you travel by the subway or any other factors.

You can buy a token in a sale-point located next to the check-points. You can also buy a fixed number of tokens from the dispenser machines on the wall.

For those who visit Ukraine and plans to stay in Ukraine for a long time it might be convenient to buy a month or a half-month pass-card. However, the difference is not huge.

Orientation in the subway

Unfortunately, almost all signs in the subway except, probably, for the key stations like the Independence Square and Kreshchatic are in Ukrainian. There are maps on the windows of the carriages showing metropolitan system both in Ukrainian and English languages.


And one good news for those who are going to Ukraine for the Euro Cup 2012. There are going to be launched accelerated connecting trains, circulating between Kiev and Lvov. The trains will be of Hyundai make which will guarantee comfort to travelers. In these trains the trip between Lvov and Kiev will consume only 4 and half hour instead of 8 to 10 hours in regular trains.

Subway in Kiev

Number of lines: 3

Overall length: 80 km

Number of carriages in one train: 5

The schedule capacity: 84 trains in an hour

Working hours: 6.00 to 24.00


Subway in Kharkov

Number of lines: 3

Overall length: 33 km

Number of carriages in one train: 5

Working hours: 5.30 to 00.30


Subway in Dnipropetrovs’k

Number of lines: 1

Overall length: 7.8 km

Number of carriages in one train: 3

Working hours: 5.30 to 23.00


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