As the largest city and capital of Ukraine, Kiev is located in the northern part of the country along the Dnieper River. Kiev is an important industrial, educational, scientific and cultural centre in Eastern Europe, and welcomes many visitors each year.
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Kiev has two major airports. The first of these is Boryspil Airport, which is located 30 kilometres away from the city centre, and runs services particularly across Russia, Israel, Europe, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Direct bus services run between the city centre and Boryspil airport, which takes just under one hour. The other, smaller airport is Zhulyany Airport, which operates short-haul flights and is found on the southern outskirts of the city.
Kiev Railway Station is a large, comprehensive passenger terminal, connecting multiple railways and smaller stations. Reaching Kiev by train is relatively easy, particularly when coming from Moscow, Warsaw, Bucharest, Budabest or Chisinau, or other cities within the Ukraine.
The central bus station in Kiev receives international and national coach services with several private bus companies: Autolux, Gunsel, UkrBus and Vega-Reisen/SkyBus. Travelling to or from Kiev by bus is an efficient and affordable way to travel across Europe. Kiev also has 5 smaller bus stations, which mainly operate within the suburbs of the city.
As a cosmopolitan hub, getting around Kiev is easy. There is a wide range of bus routes, as well as various tram services (some of which are extremely traditional and worth trying out just for the experience) and inner-city trains. Driving is an option, although it is not particularly recommended as the city can get rather congested and public transport is more than sufficient.