Where colourful domed churches meet hip cafes and friendly locals are waiting to greet you with a zesty bowl of borscht.

One day you might find yourself hiking the in the Carpathian Mountains, the next you’re soaking up the sun on the lively beaches of Odessa or sipping coffee at a back-alley cafe in Lviv. Visit traditional folk villages where horse-drawn carriages outnumber cars; explore quirky cities graffitied with murals and marvel at the basilicas heavily laden with gold. Take to the highlands and experience the unforgettable hospitality staying with a Hutsul family. Ride a bike along the Dnieper River, and wave goodbye to that tourist trail – you’re in Ukraine now.

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Ukraine travel FAQs

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge, so it’s best to check your bill before tipping. While it's not necessary to tip, 10–15% is becoming customary in most restaurants across Ukraine.

Internet cafes are available in cities and towns, and some larger hotels now offer Wi-Fi connectivity. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.

Internet cafes are available in cities and towns, and some larger hotels now offer Wi-Fi connectivity. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.

Western-style, flushable toilets are normally available in the larger cities. In rural areas, simple squat toilets are more common.

Cup of coffee in a cafe = 20 UAH
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 25 UAH
Basic takeaway lunch = 80 UAH
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 120-200 UAH

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Ukraine. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader or hotel where filtered water can be found and don't forget to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotels. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are commonly found in Ukraine's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly before travelling away from cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. 

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 7 Jan: Orthodox Christmas
  • 8 Mar: International Women’s Day
  • 16 Apr: Orthodox Easter Sunday
  • 17 Apr: Orthodox Easter Monday
  • 1-2 May: Labour Day
  • 9 May: Victory Day
  • 28 Jun: Constitution Day
  • 24 Aug: Independence Day

For a current list of public holidays in Ukraine go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/Ukraine/public-holidays/

 

Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in Ukraine. While a small gay community exists in Kiev, homophobia is quite widespread. Couples are advised to avoid public displays of affection.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Responsible travel in Ukraine

Top responsible travel tips for Ukraine

  1. Be considerate of Ukraine’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children