Traveling to Ukraine. All you need to know. Part 2: Traveling by Plane

Traveling to Ukraine by plane is the most comfortable and fast way of transportation.There are number of airports in Ukraine operating either in an international or domestic capacity and among them the Boryspil International Airport is the busiest and largest airport which is the hub for many international flights from across the world.

But there are several other international airports scattered throughout Ukraine.

Boryspil International Airport, located just 29 km from Kiev, is the largest airport in Ukraine and receives most of the international flights. The various airlines operating here – Adria Airways, Air France, Air Baltic, AlItalia, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Czech Airlines, El Al, Finnair, Iberia, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines System, Wizz Air, Austrian Airlines, Aerosvit Airlines, Aeroflot, Lufthansa, Ukraine International Airlines and many others.

Among other airports which serve Kiev is Zhulyany Airport operating mainly in domestic capacity. Zhulyany Airport in the south of Kiev is home to a fascinating aviation museum as well as an aircraft repair company.

There are several other important international airports in largest cities of Ukraine which facilitates connectivity to various destinations in Ukraine as well as overseas.

Dnipropetrovsk International Airport is located 15 km from Dnipropetrovsk city center. A number of airlines are operating here – Aerosvit Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot, El Al, Georgian National Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, and others.

Next in the list is Kharkiv International Airport located in Kharkiv city where the following airlines are operating: Austrian Airlines, Aerosvit Airlines, Armavia, Dnepravia, Georgian Airways, UTair, and others.

Odessa International Airport “Odesa Central” operates both domestic and international flights and is also used by Ukrainian Air Force. The airlines operating here are Air Baltic, Austrian Airlines, El Al, Georgian National Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Aerosvit Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Czech Airlines, and others.

Lviv International Airport is one of the major airports in Ukraine. The following airlines connecting places in Ukraine as well as to other parts of the world can be found here: Aerosvit Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, UTair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Wizz Air.

It takes at average 3 hours to fly from any destination in Europe to Ukraine and 8 hours to fly from New York to Ukraine.

Domestic air travel, the fastest and easiest way of transportation, covers quite a few destinations in Ukraine. There are permanent flights from/to Kiev with Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lugansk, Lviv, Mariupol, Zaporizhzhya, Odesa, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Ivano-Frankivsk and Uzhgorod. Transportation between other cities can be made by trains only.

The prices for international flights are similar to western standards, but the prices for domestic flights used to be higher comparing to western standards. The average cost of airplane tickets is 22 Euro per 100 km. There is one low cost carrier operating in Ukraine Wizz Air Ukraine which flies mainly to European destinations and allows cheaper traveling to and from Ukraine.

When it comes both to local and international flights, many visitors to Ukraine will find themselves at Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv which is the busiest and the largest one in Ukraine. Arriving at Boryspil Airport you will pass through customs and enter through some double doors into the terminal. To get from Boryspil to Kyiv you will need to take a taxi or a “Polit” bus. Currently the standard price for the taxi is 160-200 UAH (20-25 USD).

Useful tips:

  • You can find schedule of the flights, phone numbers for air travel information services and other useful information, visit the website of Boryspil Airport
  • You can book air tickets online HERE
  • You can find the information about low cost carrier Wizz Air or book low cost air tickets HERE
  • You can find the full list of Ukrainian airports HERE
  • And the full list of airlines operating in Ukraine HERE
  • List of the main Ukrainian International Airports:

Boryspil International Airport

International Airport Kyiv

Donetsk International Airport

Dnipropetrovsk International Airport

Kharkiv International Airport

Lviv International Airport

Odesa International Airport

International Airport Simferopol