Super useful and totally free travel guides to Ukraine

Aerial view of Pechersk Lavra Monastery and the Dormition Cathedral
Pechersk Lavra Monastery

Why We Love Ukraine – 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 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 still safe for tourists to visit. 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.

Best of Ukraine

🏙️ Places to Visit

The Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet and a water fountain on the foreground
Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet

Called the “bread basket of Europe,” Ukraine is a sprawling expanse of farmland broken up by cities and towns in between. Some of the top places to visit in Ukraine include:

  • Kyiv – Ukraine’s capital city is more cosmopolitan than you might imagine. Just try not to call it “Kiev,” a Russian spelling frowned upon by the locals.
  • Lviv – Home to a big student population and much smaller in size, you’ll love strolling the cobblestone streets of Lviv.
  • Odessa – A Black Sea retreat popular for its summer party atmosphere.
  • Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second largest city, famous for its large Annunciation Cathedral.

✨ Things to Do

Ukraine may surprise you with it’s breadth of activities and things to do. Some of the most popular include:

  • Chernobyl – the site of the tragic nuclear accident is now one of Ukraine’s top attractions. Visiting is an eye opening experience (and, yes, it’s safe to do).
  • St. Sophia’s Cathedral – this 11th century Orthodox Church is an iconic landmark in Kyiv.
  • Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle – an imposing Ruthenian-Lithuanian castle in Ukraine’s west.
  • Tunnel of Love – a section of railway near Klevan that’s gained viral fame for its picture-perfect green arches.
  • Odessa Catacombs – a labyrinth of subterranean tunnels in Odessa.
View of a couple in the Tunnel of Love
A couple in Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love

Ukraine Travel Advice

🗓️ Best Time to Visit

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.

⚠️ 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). Still, it is always highly recommended to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination.

🤓 Facts & Info

  • Population – 44.2 million
  • Capital – Kyiv
  • Currency – Ukrainian hryvnia ($1 = ~26.83 hryvnia)
  • Language – English and Ukrainian
  • Plugs – Type C or F, 230V / 50Hz.

💵 Budgeting & Money

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.

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