Getting around Kiev
GETTING AROUND KIEV BY METRO
Photo, 2008 SameboatModern, efficient, fast and extremely economical. Moving to Kiev by subway is, for the best method is preferable, especially for the less practical tourist. Three lines are active from the morning, until about midnight, with frequencies to say the least impressive. You switch from one run every 30 seconds to peak times, to one run every 5 minutes until 20: 00. Only in the evening, the frequencies reach “normal” thresholds of 10 and 15 minutes.
Currently 3 lines are operational, identified by a different color, and a progressive number from 1 to 3. Here, below, the detail:
- Line 1 – Red. Svjatoshyns’ko-Brovars’ka.
- Line 2 – Blue. Kurenivs’ko-Červonoarmiys’ka.
- Line 3 – Green. Syrec’ko-Pečers’ka.
Getting around Kiev by public transport is extremely cheap. Any means you use.To travel by metro, instead of the “common tickets” you have to buy tokens, to be inserted in the appropriate barriers before embarking on the journey. The token to travel by metro costs just 5.00UAH, equivalent to about 0.15€. A truly ridiculous figure, compared to many other European Capitals. The price is always the same, regardless of the distance and the changes made. The only caution is to never leave the station, otherwise you will have to buy another token.
BUSBus and Trolleybus run around town. They are great for getting around Kiev, and reaching all the city districts. In general they are always particularly crowded, especially during peak times. You will have to try to make space and enter. Often, bus stops are not very visible, indicated exclusively in Cyrillic. The ticket can be purchased directly on board, or in the appropriate shops. As soon as you get on, the ticket must be inserted into the appropriate punching machines. If you do not have space to do it, a simple hand-grip with other travelers will suffice.
The buses are particularly cheap. A trip costs just 3.00UAH (about 0.10€).
MARSHRUTKYThe unpronounceable name identifies one of the most used means to move around Kiev. These are small private buses, often rickety, traveling along assigned routes, indicated (in Cyrillic) on the rear side of the vehicle. On the front, or on the side, the price of the trip is indicated, which varies from a minimum of 4.00UAH to a maximum of 6.00. In general, for the tourist it is really difficult to understand the path that the Marshrutky perform.
Even these vehicles are often particularly crowded. You pay directly to the driver, just got on. If you do not have to be able to pay yourself, with a strap you will get the payment to the driver; in the same way, any remainder will be sent to you. Obviously, it is advisable to get the exact figure.For those traveling with these “bolides”, remember that the stop is on request. Just before getting off, shout to the driver “Na a-sta-nov-ke”, the bus will stop a hundred meters later.