Safety & Security
Ukraine operates a zero tolerance policy on drink driving. The road infrastructure is improving, travel to and from the airports is pretty good. But try to avoid driving into urban areas as the roads can be in a very poor state of repair. Driving standards are not always great, there are a high number of road accidents so take care
Standards of Taxi's in Kiev (Kyiv) vary enormously. Most problems arise when catching a private taxi in the street and not agreeing a price beforehand. Always agree the price before you get into the taxi and walk away from taxi drivers who shout and intimidate.
Many taxi drivers do not speak English. It is recommended you keep the name and address of your destination on a piece of paper to show your driver. And remember, taxi prices are negotiable so do not accept there fare if you think you are being ripped-off.
Local Taxi Information
Uber & Uklon
Uber arrived in Kyiv June 2016 but the community is still growing and set to get much larger in 2020. If you intend to use Uber then please be aware that your PayPal account does not work in Ukraine and you will have to register via Credit Card.
There is also a local equivalent to Uber called Uklon. It will only work with a Ukrainian mobile sim phone and you will need to download the app. App can be downloaded here - UKLON APP
Local Taxi services
Taxi's are very cheap and affordable in Kiev (Kyiv) but if you are ordering on the street you will pay much more choosing taxi drivers "sunbathing" near "hot spots" such as clubs, pubs, restaurants and major sights. Drivers in these hotspots will have agreed a minimum fee to charge and are sometimes double the usual fair. A cheap and reliable alternative is to order a taxi from an established company.
You will get the cheapest rates calling a taxi service direct. Unfortunately many of them do not speak English. Ask your hotel or Ukrainian friends to book for you.
Best Taxi in Kiev
Kiev Airport Transfer
Booking a Taxi at arrivals used to be a bit of a nightmare. Thankfully things have now improved. Both Boryspil and Zhuliany airports have an official Taxi booking desk. The price will be a little more expensive than some private Taxi's, but the easiest and most convenient. Alternatively you can go native and negotiate with a private taxi driver, but don't be shocked when you get to see the condition of the car.
You can of course pre-book your Taxi to or from the airport but these do tend to bit a bit more expensive. As a rough guide (depending on which level of service) you should not be paying more than 20 euros for a ride to the city centre.
Here are two of the best English speaking Airport transfer services. More expensive than the average but decent car and professional service guaranteed.