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?

You should plan to spend around $26 (₴969) per day on your vacation in the Ukraine. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $6.03 (₴227) on meals
  • $0.96 (₴36) on local transportation
  • $33 (₴1,235) on hotels

A one week trip to the Ukraine for two people costs, on average, $361 (₴13,566). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to the Ukraine cost?

A one week trip to the Ukraine usually costs around $181 (₴6,783) for one person and $361 (₴13,566) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to the Ukraine on average costs around $361 (₴13,566) for one person and $722 (₴27,133) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to the Ukraine on average costs around $774 (₴29,071) for one person and $1,547 (₴58,141) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in the Ukraine?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in the Ukraine is $470 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is the Ukraine expensive to visit?

The Ukraine is a very affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 10% of countries in the world for its affordability. Many budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring this country in depth.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, the Ukraine is very affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 10% of countries in Europe for its affordability. Very few countries in the region are as affordable as the Ukraine.

For more details, see Is the Ukraine Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to the Ukraine?

The average Ukraine trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Ukraine travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 1,235 ($33)
Local Transportation 1 36 ($0.96)
Food 2 227 ($6.03)
Entertainment 1 72 ($1.91)
Tips and Handouts 1 5 - 16 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 120 - 361 ($3 - 10)
Accommodation Budget in the Ukraine
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in the Ukraine is $16 (₴618). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in the Ukraine is $33 (₴1,235). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

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Hotel Prices in the Ukraine

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Local Transportation Budget in the Ukraine
Average Daily Costs

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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 $0.96 (₴36) per person, per day, on local transportation in the Ukraine.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Recommended Services

Food Budget in the Ukraine
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in the Ukraine can vary, the average cost of food in the Ukraine is $6.03 (₴227) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in the Ukraine should cost around $2.41 (₴91) 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
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in the Ukraine typically cost an average of $1.91 (₴72) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in the Ukraine
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in the Ukraine is $0.29 (₴11) 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
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $6.40 (₴240) 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
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.35 (₴13) 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.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.