The national currency of Ukraine is Hryvnia, UAH (the official exchange rate of Hryvnia against foreign currencies). The most widespread foreign currencies inUkraine are US dollar and Euro. You can exchange foreign currency in banks, currency exchange offices, or at airports where the currency exchange rate is the same as in other places. Commission for this service has to be paid in hryvnias.
You can freely use your credit cards of international payment systems in shops, supermarkets, hotels, transport companies, clubs and restaurants. Also you can get cash in numerous ATMs.
The international Boryspil airport is the air gate of the country, located30 kilometers from the Kyiv city center. Most cities ofUkraine have air connection with Kyiv. For air travel within the country you can buy a ticket in local companies. A flight for500 km will cost approximately $100.
The most convenient way to get from Boryspil airport to downtownKievis by taxi. You can also take a shuttle bus. Besides Boryspil airport you can also purchase international flights to Kharkiv, Simferopol, Odesa, Dnipropetrivsk, Donetsk and other big Ukrainian cities. We would like to remind you about necessity to order our representative service when you arrive for the first time as student in Ukraine.
Ukraine has a well developed transportation network. Ukrainian cities are connected by railway with Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, Poland and other countries. Trains and coaches are very popular, cheap and easy way to make intercity trips inUkraine. The fare for distance of 500 km about $30. You can buy train tickets in advance either at the railway station or in the city. On the day of departure a ticket can be bought only at the station.
During frost-free season a water transport is quite comfortable: on the Dnieper river or by theBlack sea.
Public city transport includes buses, trolleybuses, fixed-run taxies, street railways. The fare is about $0,09 per trip. You can purchase tickets and season tickets from conductors or ticket kiosks at stations. There are numerous taxi services, orders are taken via phone. The fare for taxi is $0,4 – $0,6 per kilometer. In Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrivsk you can use subway, paying $0,25 at the entrance (without time and destination limits). Public transport operates from 6 am to 23 pm.
You would be impressed with quantity and quality of restaurants in Kharkiv – national Ukrainian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Caucasian cuisines, European entrees, Italian pizzerias and numerous fast food chains. Ukrainian cuisine restaurants are the favorites for foreign visitors because of wonderful taste of national cooking. Ukrainian food is rich of natural components. Tomato, sweet pepper, cucumber, carrot, cabbage, garden radish, sweet onion, lettuce, peach, watermelon, apple, grape, pear, plum, cherry – all vegetables and fruits produced in Ukraine taste marvelously.
The traditional Ukrainian dishes include chicken, pork, beef, fish and mushrooms. Ukrainians also tend to eat a lot of potatoes, grain, fresh and pickled vegetables. The most popular national dishes are varenyky (boiled dumplings with mushrooms, potatoes, cottage cheese or cherries), borsch (beet vegetable soup, usually served with sour cream), okroshka (cold kvass soup with chopped vegetables and meat), holubtsy (stuffed cabbage rolls with meat, rice, fried onion and carrots), and jellied minced meat with horseradish. Ukrainians drink compote, juice, milk, ryazhenka (fermented baked milk), buttermilk, mineral water, tea and coffee, beer, wine and horilka (Ukrainian vodka).
In Ukraine you can buy any food in shops, supermarkets and agricultural markets. Breakfast in university canteen will cost you about $3 and lunch – about $3-$4. According to our students’ estimate, average person spends for food about $120 – $160 per month.