Flights to Kiev
The surprisingly green Kyiv is full of exciting experiences and contradictions. Similar to all developing cities, some striking contrasts can be seen on the streets of the Ukrainian capital. Old babushkas and oligarchs with their flashy SUVs, idyllic parks and jammed motorways, premium supermarkets and the market stalls of farmers… The city on the banks of the Dnieper River never lets boredom wash over you, as there are enough historical sights, food experiences and great discoveries to keep you entertained for a long time.
The oldest church in Kyiv is Saint Sophia’s Cathedral, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The cathedral has thirteen onion domes and the walls inside are covered with frescos and mosaics from the 11th century. The grave of Yaroslav the Wise is also in the Saint Sophia’s Cathedral. One of the city’s symbols that is certainly worth seeing is the Golden Gate of Kyiv, which was established in the 11th century and is the historical entrance to the city. You can learn about the harsh history of Ukraine at the Chernobyl Museum, which will give you an idea of the extent of the nuclear disaster that occurred there.
Mummified monks have been placed in the peculiar Pechersk cave monastery. The monastery consists of two parts – a museum has been opened in the part above ground, while candle-lit caves can be found underground. There is an exciting museum near the monastery with an exhibition of incredibly small works of art – a tiny rose made from a hair, a pyramid and camels in the eye of a needle, and a windmill attached to half a poppy seed.
Spotykach restaurant tries to recreate the experience of how people lived and ate in Ukraine in the 1960s. The interior is reminiscent of a home from Soviet times and it provides a nostalgia trip for those who lived through the era and a real-life history lesson for younger visitors. You will definitely find something for yourself on the menu, which offers everything from chicken Kiev to sprat sandwiches and borscht.
Kult Ra offers ecologically clean versions of traditional Ukrainian food. There are also vegetarian options on the menu.
Schekavitsa museum and restaurant offers the best examples of Ukrainian cuisine. Its chefs make dishes based on recipes from every corner of the country. The interior of the restaurant is truly original and visitors can often listen to singers singing folk and well-known songs.
The airport is situated 36 km from the city centre. The easiest way of getting from Kyiv Boryspil Airport to the city centre is to hop on a Sky Bus, which travels regularly between the airport and the central train station. Buses depart every 15 minutes during rush hour and every 45 minutes at night. Tickets costs 60 hryvnia. The bus ride to the city centre takes about an hour.
Taxi fares when booked in advance are ca 250 hryvnia. The official taxi service at the airport is Sky Taxi, which is a little more expensive (6.50 hryvnia/km). Unofficial taxes may charge more, so the best thing to do if you use their services is to agree on the fare in advance.