Some things to know that would have been nice for Kiev

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Kiev, Ukraine

Some things to know that would have been nice for Kiev Reviews

andrewmarshall andrewma…
23 reviews
Jul 24, 2006
Well I went to kiev last summer (2006) and spent only 3 days there. It is a fantasticly beautiful city which I definatly recommend visiting. Anyhoo, first things first, the train ride out of there is horrible. Buying tickets nobody speaks english (general rule throughout the city) and you should know how to write your name in Cyrillic (they need it for the ticket). To book an international ticket, it is at the back of the train station, walk by all the tracks and its on your right. Bring US or Euros as crist as possible because they are very picky about anything worn or ripped (even tiny nicks). ATMs are pretty shoddy there and they didnt take American cards in the train station when I was there. I stayed right downtown, Independence Square. Its about 4km from the train station. Be careful a lot of the names will change on the english map, such as I was staying on Mykaelskaya (printed on my hotel reservation), and on the map it was Mikaelskaya. Another thing when leaving the country, they take your passport to go through customs, then move the train to change the wheels (dont ask me why). I thought they were leaving without my passport and used my limited russian at that time to demand my passport back. It took about an hour but probably the most nerve-racking time of my life. Take that into consideration. Crossing into Hungary (what I did) usually you get to the border about 1am across 2.30 am and Hungarian Customs by 3am. They will search your bag so dont try to bring anything that is illegal. Other than that enjoy Kiev, it truely is a wonderful city and worth any hardships I had to deal with to see it. One last note, change all your Ukrainian Currency before you leave Kiev, nobody changes it outside Ukraine
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paraglider123 says:
I will be traveling there from June-24.
Posted on: Jun 09, 2016
paraglider123 says:
Thanks for the info, very useful.
Posted on: Jun 09, 2016
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