Kiev Boryspil (Borispol) airport: Polit buses

The Kiev Boryspil (Borispol) airport is well connected with the center of Kiev by autobus and taxis which are available, day and night, just outside the airport.

In this post we will discover what are the buses called Polit Полит and why, from our point of view, are the best way to reach Kiev.

What are Polit Полит buses?

Polit are buses which connect the Boryspil airport with Kiev.
They are not all identical but there are buses of different brand and dimensions.
Some are large buses and other are just mashrutke.

Polit to BoryspilTwo large buses polit…

A large polit bus Kiev - Borispolanother polit bus, this time yellow

Autobus to Boryspil…a polit bus of smaller dimensions…

Bus to Boryspil…another one even smaller and older…

Mashrutka to Boryspil…a Polit – Mashrutka, waiting outside the Kiev railway station

How to recognize them

It is possible to recognize them from the plate with the number “322” and the direction of the Bus (Boryspil).

322 BoryspilNotice the number 322 on the plate

Where they go and where they depart

They connect the Kiev Boryspil airport with the Kiev railway station.

The raid last 50 minutes with only one intermediate stop before the airport

These buses depart from the parking just in front of the terminal B (on the left of the parking)

Polit parking area, BoryspilBuses parking area

In Kiev are possible to be found right outside the main railway station (new side).

Kiev railway station, new sideFrom here depart buses to the airport

Polit signboard outside the Kiev railway stationThis is the signboard of Polit buses at the Kiev railway station

Once at the railway station, you can get to the metro “Vokzal Вокзал” and from there reach your final destination. The metro station is next to the old side of the railway station.

Price

A one way ticket cost 25 Hryvnia about 2 euro/person. There is not difference of price if you take a large bus or a small one.

Polit bus, TicketA ticket for the route Kiev – Borispol

You can buy the tickets directly on the bus, the driver will collect the money and give the tickets before
the bus will depart.

Inside the bus

These buses are in general quite comfortable with obvious differences between new and old buses.

Inside the bus Kiev - BoryspilInside a Polit bus (blu)

Inside the Polit (black)Inside another polit bus (the black bus)

The sits of the polit bus (black)A detail of the sits

Polit timetable

Polit timetable, Kiev- BoryspilOrario degli autobus Polit

During the day they depart every 15 – 20 min. In the night they depart every 50 min.

Autobus VS Taxi and similar

From our point of view, there is not any reason to prefer a taxi at a bus (if you are not in a great hurry)

Buses may take some extra minute but the price difference is evident. Taxi cost much more and the price change according to the driver which sometimes just drive his own car and has not taximeter. With buses you know the price from the very beginning and this price doesn’t became 10 times more if you are foreigner.

If you want to take anyway a taxi, ask the price before to say yes.

Apart of buses and taxi, are also popular those transfers offered by hotels, travel agencies and so on…
Here you may get a driver that speak your language but the price is usually higher than the one of normal taxis.

In the end if you don’t need to run, save money and travel safely inside a polit.

How to: Autobus, Trolley and Tram VS Mashrutke

In Ukraine you can find mainly two kinds of local transport:

-Local autobus, trolley or tram (i will call them just buses)
-Mashrutke

Buses are just the same as in almost every other country.
With the difference that in general you buy the ticket when you are already on the bus and not before to take it.
There is in general a woman on the bus that sell tickets to the passengers.
In some cities, you have also to “hole” the ticket with the help of some special machine which you can find on the left side of the bus etc…

Trolley ticket, Lviv

Bus ticket, Kiev

Mashrutke are in general smaller than a bus or a trolley but they offer the same service with the difference that they may stop in places where the normal bus doesn’t.
For this service you don’t have to buy any ticket but to pay on the hand of the driver.
In general their size can vary from a Ford Transit to a small bus.

Inside a mashrutkainside a mashrutka

The price of the firsts is usually less than the second ones.
50 or 75 kopeks against 1-2 Hryivnas.
In the last weeks the prices of these tickets has been increased in many different cities.

I Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk you can take also a metro for to move inside the city.

Ukrainian metro: Kiev

The Kyiv metro is the largest metro system in Ukraine (the other two are in Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk).

It is the easiest way to get around the city. Just buy the ticket (token) and you can get almost every way. There are plans for to open new lines in future as for now it looks like in this way:

Lines

1…. Sviatoshyns’ko – Brovars’ka (18 stations)
2…. Kurenivs’ko – Chervonoarmiis’ka liniia (12 stations)
3…. Syretsko – Pechers’ka liniia (17 Stations + 1 closed)

Interchanges

Teatral’naZoloti vorota
KhreschatykMaidan nezalezhnosti
Ploscha L’va TolstohoPalats sportu

Metro map

Kiev metro map

NEW! Tickets:

The price has changed one ticket doesn’t cost anymore 50 Kopecks but 1,75 Hryvnia.Tickets have the shape of plastic tokens used for turnstiles.

Attention!

The tickets which have been issued before the price changing can’t be used anymore!

Tokens, Kiev metro

Tokens, Kiev metro

You can buy them from the cashiers at the entrance of every station.

Kiev metro, cashers

In many stations you can also find some automatic exchange machine which accept Hryvnia banknotes.

Tokens machine, Kiev metro

Further information

Kiev metro official site:
http://www.metro.kiev.ua/

Kiev metro on wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiev_Metro

How to: Ukrainian train tickets

Train ticket Ukraine

1.

Поїзд Train
№ Train number
шифр Series
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Відправлення Departure
число Day
місяць Month
години Hour
хвил. Minute
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Вагон Carriage
Number
тип Class of accommodation
(Л 1class К 2class П 3class О 4class)
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Ціна, грн. Price,Hryvnia
Information about price
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Кількість осіб Number of people
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Вид документа
Information about the fare
(повний Full, дитячий Child’s…)
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2.

Route (es. Донецьк-Севастоп.)
Місця Place, Sit.
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3.

Other information about the price
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For further information, visit:

Ukrainian trains’ guide:
http://en.ukrlandia.com.ua/ukrainian-trains-guide