When planning on coming to Kiev, it’s always handy to have some important information that can help you during your stay.
Here we have compiled a list of basic things that a visitor should make themselves familiar with.
We hope you like it. Happy Travels!
The Best Kiev Survival Guide
Always drink bottled water in Kiev. The tap water contains nasty parasites and you’ll get a bad stomach.
The locals drink the water if boiled in tea and coffee and you, as a visitor to the city can too. But don’t drink water straight from the tap!
The Metro is perhaps the best way to get around in Kiev if you’re a tourist. It has 3 lines and 52 stations and is very clean and efficient(compared to London and New York!)
During rush hour the average wait between trains is just 2 minutes.
Buying tokens for the Metro is easy. When you enter the Metro station you’ll see people queueing at windows; this is where the tokens are sold.
One token for one ride on the Metro costs UAH 4.00. Some Metro Stations in central Kiev also have machines which sell
travel cards. One card usually is enough for 50 journeys. These are best to buy if you’re going to be using the Meto a lot during your stay.
Please be careful when using the Metro as pickpockets are in operation at all stations and in the Metro cars. Keep your personal belongings close to you,
remove backpacks and don’t keep money, phones or other valuables in your back pocket.
Bookshops / Bookstores
Ukrainians are avid readers. If you travel on public transport, you’ll see them with their kindles or just regular soft backs.
It’s no wonder then that there are some good bookshops in Kiev catering to all tastes and genres.
Baboon Book & Coffee Shop
39 B. Khmelnytskoho
A pleasant place with lots of books, most of them in Ukrainian and Russian but they also do have some books in English.
The coffee machine is on all day so you can order a coffee and piece of cake anytime and sit at one of the tables and browse the collection.
English newspapers, books and magazines are available here. And the staff is very friendly and They’ll locate whatever you’re looking for, and 2 staff members speak pretty good English.
Lva Tolstogo street 11
Here you’ll find 3-4 bookstores all together and the books are reasonably priced.
Metro Station Petrivka
This is the biggest outdoor book market in Ukraine-you’ll be able to find books on just about any subject in the worls, and if you hagglem you’ll be able to get the prices knocked down too.
111/113 Bolshaya Vasilkovskaya Street
Metro station: Libidska
23 Chokolovsky Blvd.
Hours: 24 hours a day
Metro station: Vokzalna
vul. Phone : 380-44-228-1187
vul., 2nd fl. Phone: 380-44-234-1693
Central Post Office
Kiev’s central post office ”The Poshtamt” is on the corner of Maidan Nezalezhnosti. It has a wide slection of post cards and is open every day. There is also an internet cafe on the 2nd floor, just in case you need to send that all important email!
Opening hours : 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
International Courier Services
9, Lugova Str
Call center: +380 44 490 2600
Ukrainian Parcel Service
14/24, Klovskiy Uzviz
Tel.: 380-44-280-00-00 or 380-44-280-10-19
Address: Kikvidze Bulevard 44, Kievskaya Oblast, Ukraine 01103
Telephone : 380 44 495 2020
Embassies in Kiev
If you are planning to stay in Kiev for an extended period of time it is advisable to register with your Embassy.
Registration in your Embassy is a quick process and can save valuable time in the event of an emergency.
Here is a list of Western Embassies in Kiev:
U.S. Embassy, Kyiv
4 Aircraft Designer Igor Sikorsky St. (formerly Tankova St.)
04112 Kyiv, Ukraine
Canadian Embassy Kiev
13A Kostelna Street
Tel: 380 (44) 590-3100
Fax: 380 (44) 590-3134
Embassy of Australia in Kiev
18 Kominterna Ulitsa Aptm 11
Tel 380-44 246.4223
British Embassy Kiev
Desyatynna Street, 9, Kyiv, Kyiv city, Ukraine, 02000
+380 44 490 3660
New Zealand Consulate, Kiev
1b Kyivska Street. Tarasivka
Telephone +380 44 537 7444
Ireland Consulate, Kiev
32 B, Khreshchatyk street.
Hours: 10:00-13:00, Monday – Thursday
Telephone: 38- 044 2793200