Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ukraine Travel Information

Ukraine,  in Eastern Europe, is one of the largest countries in that region and borders Russia in the northeast, Belarus in the north, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in the west, Romania and Moldova in the southwest, as well as Black Sea and Sea of Azov in the south. The strategic location of Ukraine between Asia and Europe has made it both a cultural and transportation hub in the region. Ukraine has a population of roughly 46.7 million and the official language is Ukrainian. The other languages spoken here are Russian, Romanian, Polish and Hungarian.

A popular tourist destination especially for travellers from Western Europe and North America, the main attraction is the nation’s rich history, with cities dating back nearly one thousand years. The architectural beauty of Ukraine, and especially its capital Kiev, is a major attraction.

Expect a warm welcome
Ukrainians are warm hearted and welcoming people. Tipping is not very common, although a service fee is usually included in fine restaurants and hotel bills.

Places to see
• St Sophia Cathedral ñ As old as nine centuries, it is one of the architectural marvels of Ukraine.
• Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (Caves Monastery) ñ These caves are as old as one millennium and dating back to 11th century.
• Great Patriotic War Museum
• Statue of the Motherland, Kiev

Getting there
The national airline of Ukraine is Ukrainian International Airlines. In collaboration with Aer Fi Group and Austrian Airline it links Kiev to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Vienna and Zurich. The regional airline, Air Ukraine, serves a less number of European cities. Lviv is also connected to New York, Warsaw and Washington. It is connected to Turkey through Simferopol and to UK through IvanoFrankivsk. The major airport is Boryspil State International Airport (KBP) which is located twenty five miles from Kiev.

The primary ports of Ukraine are Izmail and Odessa which are situated on the River Danube. The ferry services connect Ukraine with Russia and Georgia. They also connect various cities on the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Sevastopol is the port which connects Istanbul, Turkey.

Ukraine has approximately 14,000 miles of railway tracks linking most towns and cities. Kyiv and Lviv are the main stations which connect with Moscow on a daily basis. Ukraine also has direct lines to Berlin (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Warsaw (Poland) and Bucharest (Romania).

Ukraine has an extensive network of roads with approximately 107,000 mile of road network out of which nearly 18,000 mile is main or national roads.