UKRAINE TRAVEL GUIDE
Ukraine might be one of the most misunderstood European destinations. Many people's impressions of the country are unfortunately driven by media coverage of the ongoing, but isolated, violent conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the East of the country. Ukraine is a big country, though, and the reality is that today the vast majority of it is perfectly safe for tourists to visit.
Tourism has in fact seen a recent uptick in Ukraine. With the recent popularity of HBO's Chernobyl, visitors are flocking back to Kyiv to visit the haunting site of one of the world's worst man-made disasters. But you'll find much more in Ukraine besides Chernobyl - from the bustling energy of Kyiv, to beach-side parties in Odessa, to cosmopolitan streets of Lviv, there's so much for travelers to see and do in Ukraine.
NEED TO KNOW
Language: Ukraine is one of those countries where you'll find that English speakers are quite scarce, so it's highly recommended to bring along a Ukrainian phrasebook to make your trip easier in terms of language barrier. Most Ukrainians can also understand Russian, which shares similar linguistic roots.
Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia ($1 = ~26.83 hryvnia).
Credit Cards & ATMs: Major establishments take debit/credit cards, but smaller-scale accommodations, tourist sites and restaurants may only take cash. ATMs widely available, except for the more rural areas.
Plugs: Type C or F, 230V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter.
Safety: You're very likely to be just fine as long as you stay away from some areas that you’re unlikely to want to go to anyway (the conflict zone in the far east). Truthfully, in most tourist parts of Ukraine you are unlikely to encounter many indications that there is an ongoing tragic conflict in the east. Still, it is always highly recommended to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination.
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WHEN TO VISIT UKRAINE
Comfortable temperatures and smaller crowds make the months between May to June as well as in September the best time to visit Ukraine. If you're not averse to a much more chilly weather, especially during nighttime, then you can opt to visit between April and May to catch the spring blossom in the Carpathians.
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Driving in Ukraine
Ukraine drives on the right hand side of the road. Most of the cars in Ukraine have an automatic transmission, but if you know how to drive a manual transmission, you'll have the advantage of renting a cheaper option. We suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.
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