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

An Ukrainian mega toilet? ;)

Mega toilet in UkraineThe description is not needed… 😉

It was of course a joke, but anyway it really exist and it is possible to see it together with many other more serious things at the Water information center of Kiev. (Водно-інформаційний центр).

It is a place where you can learn many interesting things about water and they way we waste it…

Water information center of Kiev

Address: ul. Grushevskogo, 1v (Kreshchatyy park) Kiev
Web site: http://aqua-kiev.info

Train in Ukraine: Stolychnyi ekspres (столичний експрес)

In Ukraine there are also trains which are more similar to our intercities than to a standard elektrichas. These trains are called Stolychnyi ekspres (столичний експрес) and they connect Kyiv with Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

They are composed by wagon of first and second class with only sitting places divided in compartment of 6 places (we tried only the first class).

Stolychnyi ekspres Kyiv – Kharkiv

Locomotiv Siemens. Train Kyiv - KharkivLocomotiv Siemens. Train Kyiv – Kharkiv

Locomotiv stolychnyi ekspresLocomotiv stolychnyi ekspres

Train Kyiv - KharkivTrain Kyiv – Kharkiv

Stolychnyi ekspres, waiting at the Kyiv's stationStolychnyi ekspres, waiting at the Kyiv’s station

Wagon of the train Kyiv - KharkivWagon of the train Kyiv – Kharkiv

Stolychnyi ekspres Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Train Kiev - DnipropetrovskTrain Kiev – Dnipropetrovsk

Stolichniy-express to DnipropetrovskStolichniy-express to Dnipropetrovsk

Inside wagons

First class wagons are quite clean and offer a good comfort.

Corridor train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskCorridor train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Corridor first class wagon, stolychnyi ekspresCorridor first class wagon, stolychnyi ekspres

The are equipped with very nice reclining seats and in the middle of the compartment there is also a small table.

Compartment of the train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskCompartment of the train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

As in the “renewed” wagons, there is a control panel (lights, radio, wc status and AC plug).

The control panel inside the compartmentThe control panel inside the compartment

In each compartment there are 2 monitors where is possible to watch movies in Russian language.

One of the monitors, train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskOne of the monitors, train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Toilets of the train

There are 2 WC for each wagon and, at least in the first class, they look even better that the ones available on the renewed sleeping cars. They look very clean and have also a dispenser of hygienic paper covering for WC.

Toilet of the train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskToilet of the train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

WC of the train Kyiv - DnipropetrovskWC of the train Kyiv – Dnipropetrovsk

Price of the tickets

First class tickets are quite expensive if compared with the elekrickas’ ones. Anyway it is possible to feel the difference.
The first class during our trip was almost empty.

One way ticket for the route Kyiv – Kharkiv
1 class: 176.17 UAH
2 class: 104.43 UAH

Videos of Ukrainian trains

Train “Zakarpattia” departing from Kiev:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k7Z4mN5Clg

Freight train in Donetsk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhPAFR4myPk

Other kind of Ukrainian trains

Elektrichka (Электричка) or Elektropoezd
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/elektricka

Overnight trains
http://www.ukrlandia.com.ua/treni-ucraini

Train timetable

http://www.uz.gov.ua (site in Russian and Ukrainian)

Ukrainian Trains

In a large country as Ukraine, trains are most of all composed by sleeping cars. They usually travel during the night taking in average about 10 hours to reach the final destination.

The train depart usually in the late afternoon ad arrive at destination the next morning. This happen on routes as Kiev – Donetsk, Kiev – Ivano – Frankovsk. On other routes as Donetsk – Lvov, the trip last even more than 1 day.

The locomotives

Some are electrical and other are Diesel. We are not expert so we just public some photos of them.

Electrical Ukrainian locomotiveElectrical Ukrainian locomotive

Ukrainian locomotiveUkrainian locomotive

Old Ukrainian locomotiveOld Ukrainian locomotive

The sleeping cars

The carriages are characterized by their typical light blue color with yellow stripe. There anyway wagons with different colors as the one of the train Uzgorod – Kiev.

Several trains also have a specific name ex. Donbass  for the Donetsk – Kiev, Dnipro for the Dnepropetrovsk – Kiev etc…

Sleeping car "Donbass" Donetsk - KievSleeping car  “Donbass” Donetsk – Kiev

Train "Azov", Mariupol - KievTrain “Azov”, Mariupol – Kiev

Train "Zakarpattia", Uzgorod - KievTrain “Zakarpattia”, Uzgorod – Kiev

The name and the destination are written on a plate on both sides of the wagon.

"Donbass", Donetsk-Kiev“Donbass”, Donetsk-Kiev

Prikarpattia, Ivano-Frankisvsk - Kyiv“Prikarpattia”, Ivano-Frankisvsk – Kyiv

Apart from the “traditional” wagons, there are also renewed carriages which especially inside are much better than the previous ones.

Renewed wagon, train "Donbass"Renewed wagon, train “Donbass”

Renewed wagon of the train Lviv - KyivRenewed wagon of the train Lviv – Kyiv

A part of the normal sleeping cars exist also a restaurant wagon.

Restaurant wagon, train "Donbass"Restaurant wagon, train “Donbass”

Interior of the sleeping cars

Mainly the wagons are possible to be divided in these 3 typologies:

First class: Lyuks (Люкс) compartments with only 2 beds  (and extra comforts)

Second class: Kupe (Купе) compartment with 4 beds, 2 up and 2 down

Third class: Platskart (Плацкарт) there is not division in compartments. You have more than 3 neighbors…

In some trains exist also a forth class Zahal’nyi (Загальний), where there are only sits and not beds.

A big difference consist in the age of the carriage and if the wagon was renewed or not.

Kupe class “traditional” wagons

These wagons can be quite good (even if not renewed) as the ones of the “Donbass” (see photo) or to be rather old as the ones of the Donetsk – Sevastopol or the ones of  the “Prikarpattia”.

In general, the standard comfort are:

–  “Clean” bed linen (at least they are given in a sealed package)

– Radio and lights for the whole compartment

– A personal light next to every bed.

– Clotheshorses

– Boxes where to put the luggage (over the door and under the two down beds)

– Power plugs, usually only inside and next to the toilet (often they don’t work)

– Heating system and conditioned air (not always working property and sometimes not even available)

There are 2 toilets for every wagon.

Entrance wagon Kupe, "Prikarpattia"Entrance wagon Kupe, “Prikarpattia”

Train Donbass, Donetsk – Kiev

Entrance of the corridor, train "Donbass"Entrance of the corridor, train “Donbass”

Corridoio vagone Donetsk - KievCorridor wagon Donetsk – Kiev

Compartment Kupe, train Donetsk - KievCompartment Kupe, train Donetsk – Kiev

Stair to the upper bed, train Donetsk - KievStair to the upper bed, train Donetsk – Kiev

Upper bed with mattressUpper bed with mattress

Control panel, train "Donbass"Control panel, train “Donbass”

Train Lviv – Donetsk

Corridor of the wagon, train Lviv - DonetskCorridor of the wagon, train Lviv – Donetsk

Upper bed with bed linenUpper bed with bed linen

Train Donestk – Sevastopol

Small table, train Donetsk - SevastopolSmall table, train Donetsk – Sevastopol

Upper bed with light, train Donetsk - SevastopolUpper bed with light, train Donetsk – Sevastopol

Between all these trains the most comfortable was the “Donbass”. The worst was the Sevastopol also because when we tried it was winter and the radiators were extremely hot and the air inside the compartment was very heavy.

Renewed wagons

These carriages are completely renewed. They look clean and modern. In general they don’t have anything to envy to the western ones.

Inside the compartments there is a special control panel which also tell if the WC are busy or not. On it there is also a power plug every useful for to reach PC or mobile phones.

The toilets are much, much better than the previous ones.

Train Donbass, Donetsk – Kiev

Entrance train "Donbass", renewed wagonEntrance train “Donbass”, renewed wagon

Corridor renewed wagon, train "Donbass"Corridor renewed wagon, train “Donbass”

Compartment, train Donetsk - KievCompartment, train Donetsk – Kiev

Upper bed, train "Donbass"Upper bed, train “Donbass”

Kupe, "Donbass" Donetsk - KievKupe, “Donbass” Donetsk – Kiev

Luggage boxLuggage box

Control panel of the compartmentControl panel of the compartment

Train “Lviv”, Lviv – Kyiv

Renewed wagon train "Lviv"Renewed wagon train “Lviv”

Compartment train "Lviv"Compartment train “Lviv”

Bed and mattress, train  Lviv - KyivBed and mattress, train  Lviv – Kyiv

The toilets

They are usually not hygienic and essential. Especially before the arrival (so after the night) they are dirty and the floor is often wet.

Much better are the ones of the renewed wagons.

“Normal” wagons

Toilet, train "Donbass"Toilet, train “Donbass”

Sink, Ukrainian trainSink, Ukrainian train

WC train Lviv - DonetskWC train Lviv – Donetsk

Renewed wagons

Sink, train "Donbass"Sink, train “Donbass”

WC, train Donetsk - KievWC, train Donetsk – Kiev

Tickets:

The prices of the tickets change according to the distance, the class and the kind of the wagon. The renewed wagons cost a bit more (but the difference of price is truly worthy).

Example:

Kyiv-Lviv

First class: about 500 uah (100 usd)

Second class: about 125 uah (25 usd)

Third class: about 80 uah (16 usd)

The best one is the Kupe (quality/price).

The first class can costs even more than to take the plane.

Remember to book as soon as you can or you risk to don’t find any ticket left.

Keep your ticket in a place where you can easily reach it. The woman of the carriage will ask it two times:
1 before you to come inside her wagon
2 when the train depart and in this occasion she will not give it back (when you are close to your destination, you can ask her to give it back to you).

Notes:

-As rule, the down beds are considered to be the best, since you can also sit there and not only to lie down… and for this reason are also the first that are sold out.
Grannies and grandpa will aspect you to give them such place even if you own a ticket for such place.

-Before to lay down on your bed, you need to “make the bed”
you will find there a kind of mattress, a pillow, several “clean” shits and an heavy blanket.
Prior to your arrival, you have to put everything as it was before and give all those “clean” shits to the woman of the train.

For to know how to read Ukrainian tickets:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/train-tickets-ukraine

Videos of Ukrainian trains

Train “Zakarpattia” departing from Kiev:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k7Z4mN5Clg

Other types of Ukrainian trains

Elektrichka (Электричка) o Elektropoezd:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/elektricka

Freight train in Donetsk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhPAFR4myPk

Ukrainian train timetable

http://www.uz.gov.ua (only in Russian and Ukrainian)