Kiev has several options for getting around the city, the most reliable and safe of which is its metro system. Other ways of getting around Kiev include its municipal bus, trolley, and tram system as well as privately owned mini-buses (aka marshrutkas; ukr. - маршрутка).  Up-to-date information about transportation in Kyiv is avaliable here


Subway (Metro)  


Kiev's metro is owned by its government and well-maintained.  The government is also constantly working to expand it so that it covers all parts of the city (which it currently does not) and its rapidly expanding suburbs.  The metro currently has four lines and there are plans to extend service out to Kiev's airport in the near future.

Updated tips on getting around by subway in Kyiv are available here     


Municipal Transport


Municipal transportation presently costs UAH 1-50 per passenger per ride, no matter which distance you make. 

To pay for the ride, you can either buy a ticket in the kiosk on the stop, or pay on board. There are two possible ways of payment on board. One is to wait for the conductor to approach - most often it’s a lady you will see cruising along the salon. Should the vehicle be running without one, pay directly to the driver through the window at his cabin. 

In any case, be that at the kiosk or on board, you are given a ticket (proiznyj kvytok; ukr. - проїзний квиток). It has to be punched otherwise is considered invalid. Punchers (komposter; ukr. - компостер) are situated inside the salon, between the windows as well as on the hand-rails. The conductor can also punch the tickets s/he sells.    


Private Mini-Buses (Marshrutkas)


You will find most locals preferring mini-buses to municipal transport as the former run faster and more frequently and cover most part of the city with wider network than that by municipal transport. 

Marshrutkas' cost differs on the length of their overall rout and does not depend on the distance you make in this mini-bus. Hence taking different mini-buses on the same rout you may pay different cost for the same distance.

Presently mini-bus cost for the urban rides varies from UAH 1-50 to UAH 3-70. You will see the cost sign either outside (rarely) or inside (always) the mini-bus. 

Payment is on-board only. Very few mini-buses have conductors, so in most cases you pay directly to the driver. Money are often handed to the driver while you are entering the mini-bus. If you board at the back of the marshrutka, pass your money to a passenger in front of you (stating in Ukrainian or Russian how many tickets you need) and they will pass it forward - any change will be passed back to you in due course. Tickets are rare, so don’t expect one.  

Except for end-points and major terminals like subways, stops are on demand. These used to be anywhere on the rout, but now drivers tend to stick to the organised stops and terminals.  




Another interesting Kiev transportation option is its  funicular, a sort of tram car that carries passengers up the steep hill of the Dniper River into the city. The funicular has been running since the early 20th Century and still carries thousands of passengers each day. 

Can also serve a city attraction as it provides for a lovely view over Podil area and Dniper River as you ascend from Poshtova Sq. to Mykhailivska Sq., or the other way down. 



These days it's possible to move around Kiev by bike. The city is really hilly, so you need to be ready to go up and down pretty often. You can rent a bicycle near your hostel in the city center and make an interesting ride all over old city, near metro station, close to the river (Obolonska naberezhna) and just enjoy the Dnipro river or go to Trukhaniv island ( the best option for an easy ride)