Zhulyany airport, Kiev

Zhulyany Airport (IEV) is the old airport of the capital. It has been abandoned for years by the major airlines which have opted for the well-known and most modern airport located in Boryspol (KBP), outside Kiev.

That was until March 27th 2011 when the Wizz Air flights were moved from Terminal F of Kiev Boryspil to Zhuliani, which is a good airport for low cost companies.

Airport ZhulianiAirport Zhulyany di Kiev

How to reach the airport

– From the main station: Trolleybus 9
– Form the trade center Boshevik (metro Shulyavskaya), trolleybus 22 o mashrutka taxi 213
– Metro Petrovka, mashrutka taxi 499, 496
– Metro Kontraktovaya plosha, mashrutka taxi 302

Zhuliani trolleyTrolley Zhuliani

From the railway station is possible to reach the airport by car in just 15 – 20 mins.

The Check – in

Just inside the terminal you will find the check in counters in a corridor on the left.

ZhulyanyInside the airport

The check in counters are simple but in good number, the luggage is simply weighted on a normal balance.

Zhulyany Check - inArea Check – in (notice the balances)

Once the boarding card is issued, your luggage will be taken by some man and brought to the plane.

Zhulyany check inCheck – in counters

In the “hall” there are is also a king of waiting room and some vending machines (ex. the one for to recharge the phone).

Zhuliani waiting roomwaiting room Zhuliani

Passport control and security checks

With your boarding card you can proceed to the boarding room through a door with a large sign “Wizz Air Boarding” .

Zhulyany BoardingDoor which lead to the security check

This door leads to an open air area that connect with another building where the controls will take place.

ZhulyanyZhuliani

ZhulyanyFrom that door you will reach the controls zone

– Security check, here will be checked your luggage
– Passport control, they will put the stamp on your passport (the immigration card is not more required)

Boarding area

After these controls you will finally reach the waiting room where you can wait for the boarding time.

Boarding Zhulianiboarding area Zhuliani

Since there are not other planes, the take off is quite fast.

Wizz Air planesWizz Air planes

In the waiting room should be also a Duty free. (the airport was partially renewed with the coming of Wizz Air)

For to know more

Official site of Zhulyany airport: http://www.airport.kiev.ua

Terminal F, Kiev Boryspil

The Terminal F is the newest terminal of Kiev Boryspil.

Terminal F Kiev airportTerminal F Kiev airport

Previously, all international flights were departing and arriving at the Terminal B. Now with the exception of some flights, especially those of Aerosvit, almost all others companies (Lufthansa, Alitalia, etc …) use the new terminal.

The new terminal is situated not far from the other terminals. Terminal A (domestic flights) is  within a walking distance from Terminal F.

Terminal F, Airport Kiev BoryspolTerminal F, airport of Kiev Boryspol

As soon as we got off the plane we arrived (via bus) in a large room where there is the passport control. The counters are divided into three types: citizens of Ukraine, No Visa or Visa. In reality this devision is not strictly followed.

After the passport control (the immigration card is not more required), we arrive in the baggage claim area.

Baggage claim, Terminal FAfter the passport control

Pick up your luggage and proceed as usual to customs control (Green or Red Channel). We crossed the green one and we were asked to put our luggage in a scanner. Nobody asked us to open our bag.

Finally you will get in the public area where you will be met by several taxi drivers waiting for customers. (say niet and they will let you alone)

Arrivals, Terminal F Kiev airportArea arrivi, Terminale F aeroporto di Kiev

Arrivals, Terminal F Kiev airportArrivals, Kiev airport

Outside the terminal there is a large parking lot, many “taxi” and should be also there a bus stop of Polit.
Who wants to go to the hotel of the airport, there is a free shuttle few meters away (between Terminal F and Terminal B, it is a white minibus Mercedes).

So far we don’t have more information to share:)

For to know more:

Official site of Boryspol airport: http://kbp.com.ua/english/general/index.html

Kiev Borispol, how to reach the Terminal A

The three terminals of Kiev Borispol are not interconnected between each other. So if you come from an international flight and you need to take a national flight, you will have to go out from the terminal B and walk, outside the airport, until the terminal A.

It is not a complex thing, the terminal A is just at few meters from the main terminal (B).

Just outside the terminal B, there is a signboard showing the direction for to reach the other two terminals (A and C).

Signboard showing the direction to reach the Borispol's terminalsSignboard showing the direction to reach the Borispol’s terminals

Turn to the right (as described on the signboard) and follow the white stripes on the ground for to reach the terminal A.

Way to the terminal A of Kiev BorispolWay to the terminal A of Kiev Borispol

Along the way to the terminal A, you can find several sits which are a very good place where to have rest when the weather is good.

From terminal B to terminal A of Borispol airportFrom terminal B to terminal A of Borispol airport

Walking along the white stripes, you will see a large signboard with written “Терминал А”, we are already very close to our destination.

Next to the terminal A of Kyiv BoryspilNext to the terminal A of Kyiv Boryspil

Few steps and we are arrived, the building in front of you is the terminal A.

The terminal A of Kiev BorispolThe terminal A of Kiev Borispol

Video of the “tour” Terminal B to Terminal A

You can see the video guide on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vQ0DC_7QA4

Have a nice flight:)

For further information

Kyiv Boryspil official website:
http://www.airport-borispol.kiev.ua

Guide to the Terminal B of Kiev Borispol:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/borispol-terminal-b

Guide to the Terminal A of Kyiv Boryspil:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/boryspil-terminal-a

How to reach the Borispol airport:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/polit-boryspol

Kiev Borispol airport, Terminal B

The terminal B at the Kiev Borispol (Boryspil) airport is the terminal reserved to the international arrivals and departures.

Boryspil airport terminal BBoryspil airport terminal B

This is for sure the largest and modernest terminal of Ukraine. From here arrive and depart all the main national and most of all international airlines: Lufthansa, Delta, Airfrance, British airways, Alitalia etc.

Inside the terminal: Public area

Once inside the terminal B, you will find a large waiting room where you can wait for the check-ins checking time the situation of you flight on the monitors.

Inside the terminal BInside the terminal B

The waiting room is often crowded and it is not easy to find a free sit.

At few steps from the entrance you can find a bar, it is not the only one in the building, you can find some other ones before and also after the check-ins.

The bar next to the entrance of the terminal BThe bar next to the entrance of the terminal B

Se ne avete bisogno, potete chiedere informazioni ai vari sportelli delle compagnie aeree che operano su questo aeroporto…

Alitalia and Delta offices at BoryspilAlitalia and Delta’s offices at Boryspil

Or if you prefer you can take advantage of the multilingual information points (Easy Kiosk) available in Borispol.

Information point at Borispol airportInformation point at Borispol airport

Multilingual touch screenMultilingual touch screen

Inside the public area of the airport (the area before the check-ins) you can also find some ATM and other machines for to recharge the credit of your mobile phone (read post).

Arrivals

On the left, shoulder to the entrance, you will see the arrivals’ area. Here is the exit door of the baggage claim area.

Arrivals at the Borispol airportArrivals at the Borispol airport

This is the strategical area where taxi drivers wait for the coming passengers. Jjust say “net spasibo” (no thank you) if you don’t want a taxi. They will not push you too much.

Next to this area, you can also find some shops (MTS, Kyivstar) a newsstand and the Budget’s office (car rental).

The office of this car rental company is also the place where Turtess (an Ukrainian tour operator) give tickets to the departing passengers. So you might find no few people waiting outside it… (ask what they are waiting for, before to make the queue).

Departures

Walking in the opposite direction of the arrivals’ area, you will find several offices of different airlines companies, a small shop of souvenirs and on the left (next to the monitors) some stairs which bring to the toilets.

To the check-insTo the check-ins

Keeping going in this direction you will arrive in the area just before the entrance to the check-ins (restricted area). Here in general there are not few people waiting for the check-in time.

L'area prima dei check-ins a BoryspilL’area prima dei check-ins a Boryspil

You can enter in the restricted area only when the check-in for your flight starts. You need to show your ticket for to enter in this area.

Green and Red corridor at BorispolGreen and Red corridor at Borispol

Once inside you need to chose if to go straight to the check-ins (Green corridor) or if to stop and declare something (read post) at the custom control (Red corridor), you can find some custom declaration form right in this area.

By experience we can say that in Borispol, when you depart, unless you will not stop to declare something , nobody will ask you anything.  Anyway everything is possible.

If you have filed out a custom declaration at your arrival in Ukraine, it maybe asked now.

Check-ins' area at Kiev BorispolCheck-ins’ area at Kiev Borispol

Restricted area: Departures

After the check-in, take the escalators and go upstairs with your boarding card.

Once upstairs, you will have probable to pass first the security check and only after it the passport control which is some meter after it.

At the passport control, you need to show your passport and to give the side of the immigration card you got at your arrival in Ukraine.

Done even this, you are free to wait your flight in the waiting room.

The waiting room is divided in two areas:

– A smaller waiting room next to the gates from B7 to B11.

– A much larger one next to the gates from B1 to B6.

In the first waiting rooms you will find several sits, a bar, WC and most of all a large and very nice Duty Free.

Waiting room in Kiev Borispol (Gates B9-B11)Waiting room in Kiev Borispol (Gates B9-B11)

Duty free Kiev BorispolDuty free Kiev Borispol

The next and larger waiting room is possible to reach taking the stairs under the panel (Gates B1 – B6). You can come and go back from a waiting room to the other one without any restriction.

To the new waiting roomTo the new waiting room

Just after the stairs, on the left, there is a nice souvenirs shop, selling typical Ukrainian stuff.

Souvenirs shop in BorispolSouvenirs shop in Borispol

In this room you will find some bar an another Duty Free of smaller dimensions at the end of the room.

If you want to have just some rest, you can for sure find a place where to sit.

Sala d'imbarco di Kyiv BoryspilSala d’imbarco di Kyiv Boryspil

WC are available in both waiting rooms.

Restricted area: Arrivals

Once outside your plane, you will be brought to a large room where you will have to pass the passport control.

The queue are divided according to the nationality. Some are just for Ukrainian citizens, other ones for all foreigners and one more is only for the crew.

Often all these division are not respected so in you queue you can find in front of you several people holding Ukrainian passports…

The most important thing, is not to lose time filling out the immigration card (read post) the soonest possible. In general they give it directly on the plane. If not you can find many of them right in this room.

Remember to fill out both sides of the immigration card (Arrival and Departure).

The officer, will put a stamp on your passport and on both sides of the immigration card. He will give your passport back together with the Departure side of the immigration card which you need to keep until your departure.

Now you can finally catch you luggage at the baggage claim area. In this room you can also find WC, customs declaration forms and most of all very nice and totally free maps of Kiev (they are free because they are full of advertising).

With you luggage, go to the customs control. Here you need again to chose if to take the “Green Corridor” or the “Red Corridor”. If you need to declare something, remember to fill our the customs declaration (read post).

Here the situation differ from the one at the departure. Control are more frequent and even if you take the “Green Corridor”, they can ask you to open the bag.

After this last check, you can finally go out to the public area of the airport where taxi drivers are waiting for you.

For further information

Kyiv Boryspil official website:
http://www.airport-borispol.kiev.ua

Guide to the Terminal A of Kyiv Boryspil:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/boryspil-terminal-a

How to reach the Borispol airport:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/polit-boryspol

Ukrainian newspapers in English language

In Ukraine there are not only newspapers in Russian and Ukrainian language. There are some few of them which are also available in English.

On this post we will talk about:

– Kyiv post
– Kyiv weekly or Weekly.ua
– Business Ukraine
– Meridian and Panorama

All these newspaper speak about Ukraine one a wide range of topics.

Possible that exist even other ones but so far these are the ones we know.
(if you know some more, pls write us. Comment or email)

Kyiv post

This is probably the most famous English newspaper of Ukraine.

It is available only in English and has the shape of a true newspaper. In the past was printed in color but nowadays is just printed in black and white (probable effect of the crisis).

On the Kyiv post is possible to find also ads about Real estate, Jobs and personal ads from normal people.

The most beautiful thing of this newspaper is, from our point of view, the web site where it is possible to read articles, guides find photos and share your opinions (there is also a forum).
This is for sure the best site where to find information about Ukraine in English language.

Web site

http://www.kyivpost.com

Price and subscription

If you want to make a subscription you can chose to get a paper copy or just to get it through the net.
For to know about subscription read:
http://www.kyivpost.com/newspaper/subscribe

When it is issued

Every week on Friday

Kyiv weekly or Weekly.ua

On the contrary of the Kyiv post this magazine is multi-language. Each copy of it is issued in two language: English – Russian or English – Ukrainian. Half of the magazine is in one language and the other half is in English.

The articles are not always identical so it is possible to find an article in Russian but the same article may be not present on the English side and the opposite.

Anyway it is still a nice way for to lear Russian or Ukrainian.

The Kyiv weekly was before issued in the shape of newspaper but nowadays it changed and became a true magazine and it is called Weekly.ua

From our point of view this magazine is better than the Kyiv post, we like that is printed in color and the possibility to learn also some Russian and Ukrainian word.

In general the magazine is really very nice and also cheaper than the Kyiv post.

Also the Kyiv weekly is available online but the web site is not as good as the one of the Kyiv post.

Web site

http://www.kyivweekly.com

Price

One copy was costing: 2.15 UAH (anyway price may have increased)
It is also possible to make a subscription: http://www.kyivweekly.com/?text=1140993258

When it is issued

Every week on Thursday.

Business Ukraine

This is another magazine, and despite of the title is not completely focused on economy but it is also possible to read about other different topics.

To say the truth We don’t know so much about this magazine since we met it for the first time at the airport as free copy before to come inside the plane. We really liked it.

Its website, doesn’t look up to date… anyway if you are in Ukraine you can try to find it in some newsstand.

In future we hope to find some more information about it.

Web site

http://www.businessukraine.com.ua

Meridian and Panorama

These two magazines are offered by national airlines, and you can read them while you fly with Aerosvit or Donbass aero (Meridian) and Ukrainian international airline (Panorama).

These magazines are free of charge and are issued in English and Ukrainian. They speak in general about traveling and give some extra information about the airline company and its routes.

They are very useful for to learn Ukrainian since the text in English is just after the text in Ukrainian.

You can find these magazines not only onboard but also in the offices of these companies (for ex. when you want to buy a ticket)