Ukraine Travel Budget - Visit Ukraine on a Budget or Travel in Style

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How much does it cost to travel to the Ukraine?

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How much money will you need for your trip to the Ukraine? You should plan to spend around ₴768 ($21) per day on your vacation in the Ukraine, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₴180 ($4.89) on meals for one day and ₴29 ($0.79) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in the Ukraine for a couple is ₴977 ($27). So, a trip to the Ukraine for two people for one week costs on average ₴10,749 ($293). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to the Ukraine for one week usually costs around ₴5,374 for one person. So, a trip to the Ukraine for two people costs around ₴10,749 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ₴21,497 in the Ukraine. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in the Ukraine can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is the Ukraine? How much money do I need for the Ukraine?

How much does a trip to the Ukraine cost? Is the Ukraine expensive? The average Ukraine trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Ukraine prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in the Ukraine
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The average price for one person for accommodation in the Ukraine is ₴488. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in the Ukraine is ₴977.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in the Ukraine

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Transportation Budget in the Ukraine
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in the Ukraine is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ₴29 per person, per day, on local transportation in the Ukraine.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Intercity Transportation Budget in the Ukraine
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in the Ukraine costs an average of ₴590. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to the Ukraine
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Rental Cars in the Ukraine
The price of renting a car in the Ukraine will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in the Ukraine
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  • While meal prices in the Ukraine can vary, the average cost of food in the Ukraine is ₴180 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in the Ukraine should cost around ₴72 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in the Ukraine is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in the Ukraine
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  • Entertainment and activities in the Ukraine typically cost an average of ₴57 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in the Ukraine
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in the Ukraine is ₴8.78 per day. The usual amount for a tip in the Ukraine is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in the Ukraine
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  • The average person spends about ₴192 on alcoholic beverages in the Ukraine per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in the Ukraine
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  • On average, people spend ₴11 on bottled water in the Ukraine per day. The public water in the Ukraine is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

The Ukraine On a Budget
Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine
Ukraine is a large, Eastern European country that's bordered by Russia and the Black Sea. It is actually the second largest country in Europe. The majority of the country was once part of the Russian Empire, and was later part of the Soviet Union.

Today, the Ukraine makes for an interesting and unique destination in Europe. It has fortresses and mountains, as well as rural areas and cities all worth a visit. The country is relatively easy to navigate, but still offers a glimpse into old world Europe. There are times that you feel like you've stepped back in time and have stumbled upon an undiscovered part of the region. The country is divided into several different regions, each with their own vibe and atmosphere. Central Ukraine is where you will find the political, financial, and cultural heart of the country. It's also the location of the capital city of Kiev. Crimea is a peninsula that is home to one of Russia's favorite beach resorts. The Western Ukraine is most influenced by Central European cultures and as such you'll find a varying form of architecture, cuisine, and language. Eastern Ukraine has the strongest Russian influence which is apparent in the language and population which lives here. Southern Ukraine has the popular Black Sea coastline and also has the popular city of Odessa.

Train and bus are probably the two most popular options for travelers in the area. Do keep your passport handy as you are likely to be questioned several times by police while you're on public transportation.

It's a relatively cheap country, but there are some tricks that can help you keep costs even lower. In particular, travel outside of the capital city of Kiev as you will find prices dramatically less in the countryside, especially as you get closer to Russia. Also make sure you head to local restaurants that serve Ukrainian food. These will almost always be cheaper than international restaurants or chains. The dishes, like most Eastern European food, are quite hearty and filling. A small portion can usually go a long way. The meals can be very fatty and if you're a vegetarian you may struggle to find options that don't include meat. In some cases it may be worth it to go grocery shopping and prepare your own meals. This would also serve to cut down on costs and give you a little variety in your meal options. Grocery stores are abundant and easy to find.
At A Glance
  • If you're heading to the country from Western Europe it is best to get a ticket to the border and then buy an onward ticket after crossing the border. Even if you buy a through ticket you will have to wait several hours at the border while the trains change as there is a different rail gauge.

  • The most affordable way to travel into the Ukraine is often by bus. There are several low cost providers that make the trip, but you should be prepared for minimal comfort and quality.

  • Make sure you always travel between cities with your passport and any appropriate documents. Foreigners are regularly asked for these and if you do not have them you will have to pay a fine.

  • If you're buying train tickets it is usually a good idea to buy them in advance. Trains are a popular mode of transportation in the Ukraine and they often sell out. If you're hoping to avoid the long lines at the ticket counter, it is possible to buy an e-ticket online.

  • English is not widely spoken here. It is best to learn a little Ukrainian or Russian before your trip as most ticket tellers, vendors and shop keepers do not speak English. If you're in a crunch, find a local youth as English is taught in many schools and they are the most likely to be able to help you out.


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Top Tourist Attractions
St Michael's Monastery: A stunningly beautiful monastery with golden domes. It sits at the top of Andrew's Slope in Kiev and is one of the more popular travel destinations in the area.
Carpathian Mountains: A beautiful natural setting with meadows, fields, and forests that is very popular with tourists. The Carpathian Mountains have wildlife which includes the brown bear, wolves, and lynxes.
St. Andrew's Church: A very ornate and intricate church built in 1755, this church is in Kiev and is quite impressive in its detailed and ornate style.

Popular Foods
Borsch: Borsch is a vegetable soup made from beets, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and other hearty vegetables. It is usually served with sour cream. It is often a deep red color from the beets, but in some places you'll find it made with tomatoes.
Pierogi: This is a traditional boiled dumpling served with potatoes and cheese. It's sometimes filled with meat or cheese, and on occasion its made with fruit and is a sweeter variety.
Kotlety: A fried minced meat dish that is coated in breadcrumbs, Kotlety often served with sides of potatoes and salads.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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By backpackguru in Transportation
Most big cities in the Ukraine have minibus system to help you get around. These minibuses, called marshrutka, typically follow a set route, but you can flag them down anywhere, so it is not necessary to wait at a bus stop. You pay when you board the bus and the rate is fixed regardless of distance. Be sure and let the driver know when you are approaching your destination so they can let you off. It's a very convenient and cheap way to get around town so definitely utilize it.

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