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Boryspil on Wednesday
« on: December 03, 2018, 12:34:46 PM »
Any tips ?  Catching a bus north from airport.

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2018, 01:12:00 PM »
The new train started a few days ago --then got stuck by the snow on day 2 !
That help?
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 03:02:49 PM »
The new train started a few days ago --then got stuck by the snow on day 2 !
That help?
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Train started on Nov 30, on day 3 it was running. Not sure what happened on day 2.


Trains are only dependable way of moving around in Ukraine in the winter.
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Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2018, 03:18:07 PM »
Any tips ?  Catching a bus north from airport.

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2018, 10:14:56 AM »
Take the new train from KBP to the main train station. Then you can go anywhere.....
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2018, 10:24:50 AM »
Sumy

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2018, 12:07:03 PM »
Sumy

If you go by car, the roads are horrific.. took us 6 hours, and it's ~300km
potholes that could swallow a small supertanker..
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2018, 01:03:34 PM »
What's your level of Russian like?

There appears to be buses from the airport that go to Sumy though not 100% sure - http://infobus.eu/en/bus/route/from-kiev-airport-boryspil-to-sumy If that is the case, after you grab your bag and exit customs, the bus terminal is to the right as you exit. You'll see a bunch of seats and a small booth where you can buy a ticket.

Bla Bla Car (www.blablacar.com.ua) or train (www.tutu.travel) are other options but you'd need to go into town.

You could fly to Kharkiv and then travel but that may be more troublesome.




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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2018, 01:07:23 PM »
Buses in UA are treated like short hop airlines are in the US.   They have a flight attendant and you have assigned seats.   What could be better than a beautiful Kova to wait on you while you sit in comfort on your trip to Sumy.
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2018, 01:46:15 PM »
Nice bit of info I have already booked bus both ways but I may reschedule to an earlier return bus.  When the GF said she had destroyed her radiator and front suspension in a pot hole last week I thought she was exaggerating about the pot holes

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2018, 01:51:28 PM »
As to my Russian I understand a lot but really struggle with the pronounciation.  Im fluent in French and good at Italian and Spanish but Russian has me beaten like a few rounds with Mike Tyson

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2018, 02:32:28 PM »
Nice bit of info I have already booked bus both ways but I may reschedule to an earlier return bus.  When the GF said she had destroyed her radiator and front suspension in a pot hole last week I thought she was exaggerating about the pot holes

Nope, no exaggeration.  You will notice your bus will slow down to 5-15 kph and swerve across to the oncoming lane to avoid those nasty buggers.

The roads are icy now, but may thaw out a bit in the next two days.  Good luck!

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2018, 06:22:53 PM »
Train started on Nov 30, on day 3 it was running. Not sure what happened on day 2.


Trains are only dependable way of moving around in Ukraine in the winter.


2 trains have broken down already, maybe this is what Jay was alluding to.

Seems the new train from airport to main train station has some other kinks in it. The original use of 30 train pairs now lowered to 21. The original timing was every half hour in rush hour( morning & evening) and one hour for any other time period. Now it is 1 hour during rush and 2 hour any other time. Not good if in a hurry.

Also, only one carriage being used, so it can be a tight fit when crowded. Careful when trying to bring the large sized suitcase onboard!!!
Not positive but thinking 13 & 14 platforms being used at station with ticket machines nearby.
« Last Edit: December 04, 2018, 06:25:08 PM by LAman »
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2018, 08:01:35 PM »
2 trains have broken down already, maybe this is what Jay was alluding to.
Uber costs 15USD or less to get to downtown Kyiv. Why foreigners would bother with anything else is beyond me (unless you don't have a phone).

Now if it were Moscow I'd probably agree that a train into the city is better as traffic can be much worse (though not an option for Zhukovsky Airport).

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2018, 09:14:17 PM »
Uber costs 15USD or less to get to downtown Kyiv. Why foreigners would bother with anything else is beyond me (unless you don't have a phone).

Now if it were Moscow I'd probably agree that a train into the city is better as traffic can be much worse (though not an option for Zhukovsky Airport).

Yes, $15 or closer to $13 (350uah) but it can be nice to not worry about calling and waiting for car. If not knowing city, I agree uber directly to hotel or apt. You MUST have address in Ukrainian or Russian, it can be very diffcult to find some addresses.

In Moscow, trains have a schedule and metro can take you within 10 minutes walk of your location hotel/apt.
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2018, 11:25:10 PM »
Yes, $15 or closer to $13 (350uah)
If you fly from LA to Boryspil will you really care if it is two bucks less? :)

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2018, 12:30:10 AM »
If you fly from LA to Boryspil will you really care if it is two bucks less? :)


was only showing price quoted in uah.


you know I am a cheapskate, $2 is 2 beers!! ))))
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2018, 12:35:41 AM »

was only showing price quoted in uah.


you know I am a cheapskate, $2 is 2 beers!! ))))

Hey ,it is the principle !
I find myself looking at minor small denomination  UAH as being meaningful !

Look at the column space on forum devoted to being ripped off by Boryspil taxi driver over   UAH 200 !!

FWIW -- LAman comment about address can be hard to find - that is way underestimated potential problem  for a newby on arrival -- and a taxi that gets you right there and finds the door --will be worth whatever you think is a rip off !

On the new train- apparently it has been having an engine problem -- no one seems to have mentioned the bus again here   UAH 80
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2018, 01:24:11 AM »

was only showing price quoted in uah.


you know I am a cheapskate, $2 is 2 beers!! ))))
Actually you may miss out on beers. These most recent trips to/from KBP in UAH cost me:

393.47
370.60
463.36
347.49
391.64
378.19

You'll have to take the bus LAman. :)

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2018, 07:05:41 AM »
Well this post has got a little hijacked but I can tell you the bus leaves from the top 3rd story of the airport from the smoking shelter as you turn left out the door.  All buses look the same van conversions with no children whodestination boards.  If my g f had not phoned the bus company to look for me I would never have found the bus to sumy 10 $ for 350 km 5 hours.  I was reduced to approaching every driver and asking their destination and my 17.30 bus arrived at 19.20 to collect me.  I was told a white van but or arrival it was blue. 

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2018, 07:07:23 AM »
 no destination boards.  Children my phone random typo

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2018, 08:34:06 AM »
How was the ride?

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2018, 09:55:54 AM »
Well this post has got a little hijacked but I can tell you the bus leaves from the top 3rd story of the airport from the smoking shelter as you turn left out the door.  All buses look the same van conversions with no children whodestination boards.  If my g f had not phoned the bus company to look for me I would never have found the bus to sumy 10 $ for 350 km 5 hours.  I was reduced to approaching every driver and asking their destination and my 17.30 bus arrived at 19.20 to collect me.  I was told a white van but or arrival it was blue.
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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2018, 01:27:02 AM »
How was the ride.  Rear seat made for 3.  5 of us on rear seat for first 3 hours.  Road was ok until we left motorway and then we went on to the back roads.  Back roads every 10 minutes you actually leave contact with your seat as the van bucks over the bumps.  That apart a very nice group of people to journey with .  An older lady . 2 young guys  the driver myself and 9 attractive under 30 girls .  So 14 in a 12 seat bus.  What I did notice was the love and affection poured onto the 2 guys by their girlfriends the same thing I noticed on my 2 beach holidays in Ukraine.  The same way my g f pours on the love and affection.  Something I've never seen with UK women.

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Re: Boryspil on Wednesday
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2018, 02:47:04 AM »
Of course you havenít seen it. Just as you would not see a U.K. police officer tell a woman beaten by her husband that sheís a b**ch who deserves it, or a woman berate a complete stranger for no reason. Your culture is different.
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