Here you will find all you need to know about the important stuff for your visit to Kiev in Ukraine.
The official language is Ukrainian which uses the Cyrillic alphabet. Most Ukrainian’s speak Russian, but many younger people have some knowledge of English. Almost all restaurants and bars in the centre of Kiev (Kyiv) have menu’s in English.
Ukraine has the worst water quality in Europe, and you should not drink tap water or brush your teeth with it in Kiev (Kyiv). Bottled water is inexpensive and widely available.
Ukraine’s wall sockets and plugs are of the two-pin type. There are two types of plug, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. The electrical current in Ukraine is 230 Volts/50Hz.
Cost of Living
An average meal for 2 will cost approximately $22.
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) - Approximately $1.
Regular coffee - Approximately $1
One-way Ticket (Local public Transport) - Approximately 50 cents
Ukraine is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Make sure that all your banknotes are new and crisp. Worn notes that are torn or have writing on them will not be accepted for exchange. Beware of thieves and pickpockets, keep your cash hidden and secure.
Bring a spare phone with you to Kiev (Kyiv). Sim cards are really cheap and you can save yourself a lot of data usage (and money) by using a local SIM card.