1. Best time to visit Kiev
Kyiv is hospitable and open to visitors all year round, but its most active tourist period lasts from May to September. Travelers from all over the world who visit Ukraine come to Kyiv to enjoy its historical sites and architecture, as well as to have fun in its nightclubs and inexpensive bars. So, when is the best time to visit Kyiv?
2. Weather in Kiev
Average temperatures in Kiev vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 36th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kiev, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid-July where highs are regularly around 83.7°F (28.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 62°F (16.7°C) at night.
3. What language do they speak in Ukraine?
Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine, and all official documents and signs are written in it. That being said, Ukraine is more of a melting pot of languages that I expected. In southwestern Ukraine, the dialect that emerged from the influence of Romania and Hungary sometimes stumps even other Ukrainians. Chernivtsi, a city in that region, has half a dozen spellings of its name: Cernăuți (Romania), Csernovic (Hungarian), Chernovtsy (Russian), Czerniowce (Polish), and more. Russian is also widely spoken and understood, especially in eastern Ukraine, though the politics of language here can get quite hot.
Here are some of the words that you need to know in Indonesian language.
a. Good morning - Dobroho ranku
b. Hello - Zdravstvuyte
c. Taxi- Taksi
d.Bus - avtobuse.
e. Train - Poyizd
4. Do Ukrainians speak English?
When it comes to using English in Ukraine, it is hit and miss. Ukrainian education puts a strong emphasis on English, so younger generations generally have decent (or high) English knowledge. Whenever I have a question, I look for someone in their twenties or younger to help. In most tourist hot-spots and urban restaurants and hotels, you shouldn’t have a problem.
However, if you plan on traveling beyond Kiev, Odessa, and Lviv, it will be incredibly useful to know some Ukrainian words
5. Can I use a credit card in Ukraine?
It’s pretty easy to use debit and credit cards in Ukraine – except at a surprising number of hotels and hostels. Double-check your reservation to see if your accommodation prefers cash (and maybe have at least one night’s worth on hand anyway). Other than that, in any of the major cities, you can use cards at most stores and restaurants, even for something as small as a dollar coffee
6. Is Ukrainian cuisine vegetarian/vegan-friendly?
Ukrainian cuisine is hearty, filling, and way better for omnivores. When it comes to traditional Ukrainian food, it might be tricky to eat vegetarian. Vareniki can be stuffed with non-meat fillings, but main dishes are typically carnivore-friendly. Also, animal fat is often used for frying and cooking. That being said, it is possible to eat vegetarian in Ukraine. You’ll find pretty good options at Georgian and Indian restaurants. There’s a smattering of vegetarian restaurants in Kiev, and many new, international-cuisine restaurants have herbivore options.
7. How can I get a SIM Card in Ukraine?
Getting a SIM card and getting connected in Ukraine is pretty easy. There are three major providers in Ukraine, Vodafone, Kyivstar, and Lifecell. All you need to do is walk into any of these stores, and they will set you up with a SIM card and pay-as-you-go data. It’s very easy to top-up your phone. There are kiosks all over the city (look in the metros if you’re having trouble finding one) where you type in your phone number, add some hryvnia, and immediately get recharged. You can also buy top-up cards from the cigarette stands. Or pop into your provider’s store.
8. Time Difference
The United Arab Emirates is 1 hour ahead of Ukraine
9. Getting Around Kiev
a. METRO - By choosing metro, you save time and money, because it is the most convenient type of transport in Kyiv. The cost of a one-way trip is 8 UAH. You can pay fares with metro tokens, a travel ticket (for a month and half a month), a noncontact card (which you can top up at metro terminals) or with a MasterCard PayPass bank card.
b. FUNICULAR - For romantics and lovers of beautiful landscapes, we offer to choose the funicular. The travel fare is 8 UAH. You can buy tickets at ticket offices near the funicular and in metro stations. In addition you can use a contactless MasterCard PayPass bank card.
c. Microbuses and minivans - The privately-owned marshrutkas (маршрутки) or route taxis (usually yellow) stop at bus stops along specified routes. Many run the same routes as trolleys or buses and use the same numbers. Otherwise, try to read the main stops posted on the vehicle’s windshield or side window before it speeds by. Marshrutkas will definitely get you from A to B faster than other forms of municipal transport, as they are smaller and more manoeuvrable; an important feature on Kyiv’s jammed roads. Just flag it down as you would a taxi, then tell the driver “na zupyntsi, budlaska” (“on the stop, please”) when you’ve had enough. Fares are paid as you board and currently range from 2 to 3Hr, but are likely to increase. You don’t have to punch your ticket and there are no monthly passes available.
d. Trolleybuses, trams, and buses - These are favoured by schoolchildren, the working class and babushkas and dedushkas. They won’t get you anywhere in a hurry, but they do provide an intriguing look into everyday Ukrainian life. Single tickets for trolleys, trams, and buses can be purchased for 1.50Hr from street kiosks or from conductors and the driver on board. You should immediately validate your ticket using one of the many punching gadgets around you. If not, you risk being intimidated into paying a 40Hr fine by not one but two roaming inspectors. All tickets are good for one journey only. 30-day pass for trolleys, trams, and buses cost 160Hr. 30-day combo-pass for all types of surface transport can also be bought at kiosks and go for 230Hr.
e. Taxi - In Ukraine every car is a potential taxi - just hold your arm out on any street if you don’t believe us. Metered taxis are rare, so you’ll have to haggle over the price with your driver. Foreigners are fighting an uphill battle in getting a fair price, but be sure to settle on the amount before getting in to avoid giving the impression of having bottomless pockets. Ordering a taxi by phone can help you avoid surprises, as prices are usually fixed.
11. Souvenirs You Can Only Buy in Ukraine
a. Horilka - In Ukraine, horilka was produced since the Zaporozhye Sich era (16th-18th century). The composition of a traditional drink is quite simple: a solution of ethyl alcohol in water, usually 40%. The main difference from vodka is that it utilizes pepper, thus making it burn (hority in Ukrainian) in your mouth and all over your body. In addition to pepper, some recipes also contain honey. It gives the horilka a soft taste and eliminates the alcohol smell. It is recognized as the purest drink in the world, that’s why it is so popular. For sure, horilka will suit any event and feast.
b. Petrikivka Painting - Petrikivka Painting is an art that marvels. This folk painting was born in the small town of Petrikivka of the Dnieper region. When visiting the country, you can buy plates, spoons, mugs, caskets or other decor items adorned with Petrikivka Painting. It will be a wonderful gift for friends or relatives. The painting technique is protected by UNESCO.
c. Salo - Salo or pork fat is a product that, primarily, is associated with Ukraine. Once you try it with rye bread or pickles, you’ll be amazed by the smooth taste and will definitely consider buying it on the way back home.
d. Petrikivka Painting - Petrikivka Painting is an art that marvels. This folk painting was born in the small town of Petrikivka of the Dnieper region. When visiting the country, you can buy plates, spoons, mugs, caskets or other decor items adorned with Petrikivka Painting. It will be a wonderful gift for friends or relatives. The painting technique is protected by UNESCO.
e. Pysanka - Pysanka or painted Easter egg is an ancient Ukrainian symbol, which, since pagan times, was considered an attribute of the sun, life and love. Locals still appreciate the tradition and devote decoration to the professionals. The painting of pysanka is a troublesome job that requires patience and concentration as well as knowledge of the images that are depicted on the eggs. There are over 100 symbolic drawings, derived from different regions of the country. Not surprisingly, pysanka is a true masterpiece of arts and crafts.
f. Vyshyvanka - Ukraine today is almost the only country that managed to bring the element of the national costume to a whole new level. A couple of years ago, the embroidery was just a part of the old traditions, currently, it is gladly worn by the Ukrainian youth in different variations. Whether created as a dress or a shirt, it is an exclusive and expensive gift that has practical application. The most popular designer of Ukrainian Embroidery is Vita Kin; it has already conquered the poshest Parisian showrooms and the world’s fashion weeks.
g. Vinok - Vinok, or a floral wreath, is also a part of the Ukranian national costume that has spread its influence far beyond the traditional dimension. There are colourful items with ribbons as well as stunning floral crowns. Although the full Ukrainian wreath should be made of 12 flowers: milfoil, cornflower, chamomile, cherry blossom, peony, chrysanthemums, and others, with such a wide variety, everyone will find an ideal option for a souvenir.
h. Sopilka - Sopilka is one of the oldest musical instrument in Ukraine, known from the princely times. It is usually created from wood, has up to 10 finger holes on its body. There has been a recent revival of the ethnic Ukrainian instrument on the local art stage. The biggest example is a prominent electronic band called Onuka, which combines the contemporary beats with folk music. If you know any music lover, a sopilka will serve asa nice souvenir for him or her. By the way, it is quite easy to learn how to play.
i. Bulawa - For many centuries the bulawa symbolized power and authority. It was a weapon of Cossacks, a mace with crushing action. It has a wooden or metal handle and a ball-shaped head that gives one an opportunity to inflict damage on soldiers. Now, it is presented to leaders, ambitious and strong people, as an inalienable element of ancient Ukrainian culture. Moreover, the mace is the official symbol of presidential power in Ukraine; the president receives it at the inauguration.