Preface : Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine, found in 482 A.D. It is located in the north-central part of the country along the Dnieper River. Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational, cultural center of Eastern Europe, and very underrated!
In my opinion;
Public transportation : ✪ ✪ ✪
Getting around on foot : ✪ ✪ ✪
Daytime safety : ✪ ✪ ✪
Nighttime safety : ✪ ✪
✪ = poor, ✪ ✪ = fair, ✪ ✪ ✪ = good, ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ = very good
Don’t forget to bring these; a hat or a cap and sun screen lotion for summer time
How to get to the city
There are 2 international airports in Kiev namely; Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) – IEV, and Boryspil International Airport – KBP. IEV is located in the city and really convenience, whereas KBP is located approx. 35 km. from the city center (Kiev-Pasazhyrskyi railway station). Hence, you know which airport you prefer to choose. For further information about transportation, please visit
For IEV : https://iev.aero/en/get-to-iev
For KBP : https://kbp.aero/en/transport/bus/
However, I would advise you to take a registered taxi from KBP to the city. It will cost you between 450 – 500 UAH or 15-17 Euro.
Where to stay
The best part of the city is located inside, or near this triangle; Point A: The National Circus of Ukraine, Point B: St. Andrew’s Church, and Point C: Besarabsky Market. I find, this is a good and safe area to stay, and it will save you a lot of time
How to spend your days
If you stay inside or near the above mentioned triangle area, it will be quite easy for you to reach most of major tourist attractions of Kiev, because they are located in this area. Moreover, you will be able to visit following places in 2 days.
St. Sophia’s Cathedral is one of the best known landmarks in Kiev, and named after the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. It was built in 11th century under Byzantine architecture and Ukrainian Baroque influence and decorated with many of the mosaics and frescoes for interior design.
St. Michael’s Monastery is a 5-minute walk from St. Andrew’s Church and St. Sophia’s Cathedral, located on the right bank of the Dnieper River. It is a functioning monastery in Kiev. It was built in 11th century under Byzantine architecture and Ukrainian Baroque influence.
St. Andrew’s Church is another beautiful Baroque church, designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The church is part of the National Sanctuary Sophia of Kyiv as a landmark of cultural heritage and dedicated to St. Andrew.
People’s Friendship Arch is a monument in Kiev and situated on top of the right bank of the Dnieper River overwatching the Park Bridge and the Shore Highway. It provides an unbeatable viewpoint over the city.
The Golden Gates was built as the main gate in the 11th century and with medieval construction technology. It stands tall at approximate 10 m. It is accessible both day and night and located next to Zoloti vorota Station.
You can visit the south east of the city where Kiev Pechersk Lavra and The Motherland Monument located.
Kiev Pechersk Lavra or Kiev Monastery of the Caves is an Orthodox monastery, located in Pecherskyi District. It has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. The monastery was built with Ukrainian Baroque style. It’s really worth visiting, because it’s a big and breathtakingly beautiful complex. The complex consists of various buildings and structures such as Great Lavra Belltower, Dormition Cathedral, Gate Church of the Trinity, Refectory chambers with Church of the Saints Anthony and Theodosius.
The Motherland Monument is a monumental statue and a part of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War. It located near Kiev Pechersk Lavra.