Also known as Kiev, the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is one of Europe’s most underrated travel destinations. Kyiv is known for its unique legend-filled history, affordable and delicious food, majestic architecture and fun Dnipro river. Served by two passenger airports, Kyiv is easy to reach by plane and makes a great 'jumping-off point' for travel around Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
Kyiv is served by two airports; the main airport is Boryspil International Airport (KBP), located 18 miles away from the city centre. Boryspil Airport, which handles 65% of Kyiv’s air traffic, has several terminals with multiple dining, shopping and relaxing options. Passengers can get to the city centre and other Ukrainian towns via bus. The other airport, Kyiv International Airport Zhuliany (IEV), is smaller than Boryspil Airport. However, it is also closer to the city centre, located under five miles southwest.
There are four airlines which fly direct from the United Kingdom to Kiev: British Airways, Ryanair, UIA and Wizz Air. Wizz Air flights depart from London Luton and arrive at Zhuliany Airport (IEV). The remaining three airlines all arrive at Boryspil Airport (KBP). British Airways flights depart from London Heathrow while UIA flights depart from London Gatwick. Passengers booking Ryanair flights have a choice of two departure airports: London Stansted or Manchester.
While plane isn’t the only way to travel to Kyiv, it does offer numerous benefits over other travel methods. For starters, a direct flight from the UK to Kyiv takes just three and a half hours or less, making it the quickest way to reach the city. Another benefit is that flights to Kyiv are not seasonal; this means travellers can take a plane to Kyiv at any time of year. Plus, passengers get a choice in where they depart from and when they arrive; there are four UK departure airports with direct flights available and two arrival airports in Kyiv.
Since food is so affordable in Kyiv, sampling the local cuisine is a must for everyone who visits this city. Dishes travellers can’t miss include the eponymous chicken Kiev (breaded and fried chicken stuffed with seasoned butter), a traditional dried fruit drink called uzvar and hearty borsch soup. The best way to get around Kyiv is public transport. The fare for the buses, trams and the metro costs less than UAH 10 ( around GBP 0.30) per journey.