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 Мetro

kiev metro map"Zoloti Vorota" metro station

kiev underground"Мinska" metro statin

Kiev underground breaks records in many respects – it is one of the cleanest, safest and cheapest in Europe and the deepest metro in the world. And one of the central stations, the Golden Gates, is in the list of Top - 10 most beautiful stations, according to the Guardian. But unlike many European cities, Kiev metro doesn’t work 24/7, being open only from 05:30 to 24:30. The cost of one trip is just 4 UAH. You need a token to pass which can be bought at a cash box at every station. The duration of your journey is not limited as nobody checks the time you went through a turnstile. You can also buy a card for 12 UAH and 50 rides at 3.5 UAH each or a monthly travel card which costs 150 UAH for 46 trips, 190 UAH for 62 trips and 300 UAH for unlimited number of trips.  Recently one more innovation has been introduced: at many central stations you can pass a turnstile paying via credit card with MasterCard system PayPass. Unfortunately, not all stations are equipped with such card terminals, so it is better to have some extra time to visit a cash box. Full Kiev metro map is available in the end of the article.

 

 

 City train

kiev city train

City train is a modern, fast and convenient public transport. Kiev city train includes 15 stops closed in a ring and uniting remote Kiev districts (like Kharkhivsky, Troyeshina and Sviatoshynsky districts) together. But please notice, that the train runs only from 06:00 a.m. until 9:49 a.m.in the morning and from 4:34 p.m. until 8:29 p.m. in the evening as its main aim is to solve the problem of shortage of public transport during rush hours. One trip costs just 4 UAH. At different stations you buy a ticket (in this case date and time of the trip will be printed on it when you pass a turnstile) or a token (a turnstile will give you a check with the same information).

 

Bus

Bus is one of the most common ground transports in Kiev. Most bus routes are linked to the metro stations. Altogether, there are around 400 buses in the city (which is not much) and nearly 100% of them are new comfortable yellow buses which appeared just a couple of years ago when the city was preparing to host Euro 2012.

kiev bus station

Intervals usually take 5-7 minutes during the rush hours and up to 15 minutes on weekends. Typical Kiev bus stations are equipped with blue timetables, benches and kiosks where you can buy water, cigarettes and other necessary goods. One trip costs 3 UAH. The cost of a monthly travel card is 130 UAH. Tickets are often sold by a bus conductor. If there isn’t one, you can purchase a ticket from a driver. Don’t forget to punch your ticket or it will be considered invalid in case of a checkup.

 

Тrolley

public transport kiev

As you know, trolley is an environmentally friendly kind of transport which is especially crucial in conditions of excessive air pollution in a modern city like Kiev. That’s the reason why trolley lines were paved in nearly all districts except for Kharkhivska metro station area. City authorities plan to increase the number of trolley routes in new residential districts in the suburbs.  Schedules differ  depending on the route, day of week, time of day and other important factors. Some trolley routes operate only on weekdays or at 

rush hours. Still, the most usual working hours are from 5.45 a.m. till 00:00 a.m. with intervals from 7 minutes on weekdays to 15 minutes on weekends. One trip costs 3 UAH. The cost of a monthly travel card is 130 UAH. Tickets can be bought from a bus conductor or a driver and must be punched during the drive. If you use several types of public transport in Kiev regularly enough, it is more advantageous for you to buy a combined monthly travel card, available at cash boxes at all metro stations. You can also buy a travel card for the second half of the month for the half price.

 

Тram

new tram kiev

Tram is the oldest form of public transport in Kiev. The first trams appeared in Kiev in the end of the 19th century. Today this type of transport is of secondary importance. Most of the routes passing through the city center and along bridges were canceled because of the heavy traffic. That’s the reason why right bank and left bank tram lines do not have interconnections.  Most of the Kiev trams are quite old as the new trains are purchased rather rarely, but romantic person would find this an advantage. 

And to be honest, they do have their own unique historical charm. Trams are also environmentally friendly and inexpensive. The ticket costs only 3 UAH. The tickets are usually bought directly from the driver.

 

Speed tram

speed tram kiev

In addition to ordinary trams, which can’t boast of being very fast, Kiev has also got several lines of speed tram, which performs functions of the underground in remote areas of Borshchagovka connecting them with Otradnyi area, metro station Politekhnychnyi Instytut and Vokzalnaya. Tram lines intersect with the city train forming transfer stations (see the map). City train intersects with metro lines. Altogether, this system significantly simplifies movement of passengers around the city. However, unlike transfer stations inside the metro, transfer stations between different kinds of transport are not really united by passages. You need to go outside,

walk a little and buy a new ticket. One ride in a speed tram costs 3 UAH. When you pass a turnstile, it prints date and time of your entry on your ticket. 

 

Funicular

kiev funicular

Kiev funicular unites upper part of the city centre with Podil. It is a very convenient transport which was especially important in the times when there was no metro in the city. Like tram, funicular appeared in Kiev at the beginning of the 20th century and is the oldest transport in Kiev. Since then, it was rebuilt and modernized several times. But even today the entire length of the track is only 222 meters, and the duration of the ride doesn’t exceed 2.5 - 3 minutes. There are two stations on the route: the upper, located on St. Vladimir's Hill near St. Michael's Cathedral, and the lower one located on Poshtova Ploshcha square. Today funicular has lost its primary role in transportation but remains one of the most favorite amusements for tourists. It is open from 7:00 to 22:00. One ride costs just 3 UAH. In the winter period Kiev skiers and snowboarders often use it as a cheap elevator for skiing between the upper and lower stations.

 

Мarshrutkas

 

kiev private buses

marshrutkas in kiev

 

Marshrutkas are small yellow buses which belong to private companies. They go through the same routes and stop at the same stops as urban transport, but are far ahead of it by numbers of passengers they transport per day. The prices in marshrutkas depend on the length and popularity of the route, but the usual cost of one ride is 5 UAH. Payments are made directly to the driver, usually you get no ticket back, so don’t worry, it’s a common practice, cause in such buses there are no check-ups. It is advisable to carry some change, otherwise you might need to wait a long time until you get it from driver. Asking a neighbor to pass the money is also a common practice as sometimes it is quite difficult to get to a driver through a crowded bus. You can’t say marshrutka is a very comfortable kind of transport, especially at rush hours. But it is certainly the fastest one compared to ordinary buses, trams and trolleys and it has the shortest intervals. And in many areas which are located far from metro this is the only available type of transport too. That’s why if you are visiting Kiev or planning to stay here for some time, you’d better look for apartments located in the areas with good transport connections. To search for central Kiev apartments on our website, please follow the link.

 

kiev city map

In addition, we hope you will find this Kiev public transport map helpful. It shows all metro, city train and speed tram stations, as well as transfer stations between them. To open the full version, please click on the picture on the left.