Many people asked me on a regular basis, is Ukraine worth visiting? The answer is totally!
Ukraine takes its roots from the establishment of the East Slavic state Kyivan Rus. Since then, Ukraine preserved its geographical location, capital and national customs.
It lies at the northwest end of the Black Sea, with Russia to the east, Belarus to the north, Poland to the northwest, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, and Romania to the south west and south, with Moldova in between.
Did you know that Ukraine is the largest country by area that is located entirely in Europe. Though Russia and Kazakhstan are larger, they aren’t entirely in Europe. Yes, this is a fact. So, you can probably guess how diverse and different Ukraine might be by region alone (given its size).
Accommodation – The cost of accommodation will most likely be your highest expense while you are in Ukraine. Hostel dorm beds in Ukraine average between $7-$15 per night. Private rooms in hostels costs around $30 per night. Most hostels offer free linens, free towels, and free WiFi. You can book your hostel with Hostelworld. You can find a room in a 2-star budget hotel starting at $26 a night. Expect to pay at least $15 more in larger cities like Kiev or Lviv. Use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates.
Food – Ukrainian cuisine is tasty, and just as other cuisines in the region uses a lot of fat ingredients, especially in the festive dishes.Food in Ukraine is really cheap. You can get a decent local meal for $5.30. A more mid-scale meal with a soda in a restaurant will cost around $15. A combo meal at a place like McDonald’s will set you back around $4.
Transportation – Train travel in Ukraine is slow but its reliable and cheap. For example, Kiev to Lviv takes 5 hours but only costs $7. You can make the slow trains work in your favor by traveling around the country via overnight trains. Most intra-city metros and buses cost $.80 for single ticket
Suggested daily budget – $30-$35 (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
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