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Kiev, Misto Kyyiv, Ukraine
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How much does it cost to travel to Kiev?

You should plan to spend around $25 (₴1,007) per day on your vacation in Kiev. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $7.01 (₴285) on meals
  • $1.00 (₴41) on local transportation
  • $33 (₴1,334) on hotels

A one week trip to Kiev for two people costs, on average, $347 (₴14,102). 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 Kiev cost?

A one week trip to Kiev usually costs around $173 (₴7,051) for one person and $347 (₴14,102) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Kiev on average costs around $347 (₴14,102) for one person and $693 (₴28,205) 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 Kiev will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Kiev on average costs around $743 (₴30,219) for one person and $1,486 (₴60,438) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Kiev 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 Kiev expensive to visit?

Kiev is a very affordable place to visit. Located in the Ukraine, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Kiev in depth.

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

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Kiev Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Kiev?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 1,334 ($33)
Local Transportation 1 41 ($1)
Food 2 285 ($7)
Entertainment 1 80 ($2)
Tips and Handouts 1 7 - 21 ($0 - 1)
Alcohol 2 126 - 377 ($3 - 9)
Accommodation Budget in Kiev
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Kiev is $16 (₴667). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Kiev is $33 (₴1,334). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

Hotel Prices in Kiev

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Transportation Budget in Kiev
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kiev is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.00 (₴41) per person, per day, on local transportation in Kiev.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Kiev
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Kiev can vary, the average cost of food in Kiev is $7.01 (₴285) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kiev should cost around $2.80 (₴114) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kiev is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Kiev
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Kiev typically cost an average of $1.97 (₴80) 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.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Kiev
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Kiev is $0.34 (₴14) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Kiev is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Kiev
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $6.18 (₴251) on alcoholic beverages in Kiev 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 Kiev
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  • On average, people spend $0.31 (₴12) on bottled water in Kiev per day. The public water in Kiev is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Kiev on a Budget
Kiev Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev is the capital city and also the largest city in the Ukraine, with a population of almost 3 million in the metropolitan area. It is situated on the Dnieper River in the north central part of the country and is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, dating back to the fifth century. The people in Kiev are quite friendly and welcoming, and are happy to have you in their city. It can, however, be difficult to communicate and get around if you don't speak at least a little Russian. It is doable with a little sign language and the help of a guide book with translations though.

The climate in Kiev is humid continental and the warmest months are between June and August when the average temperature can range from 13 to 25 degrees Celsius. The winter months between December and February have an average temperature that ranges from -5 to -1 degrees Celsius. You can expect snow on the ground between mid November and the end of March.
There are many museums, restaurants, and sights in the area that are worth checking out. Khreschatyk Street is the main entertainment street through the middle of town. It sometimes closes to vehicular traffic on weekends and you can often see street performers or musicians along it. It's a great place for some people watching and a nice spot to take in every day life in Kiev.

Popular sights in Kiev include Kiev Pechersk Lavra, St. Sophia's Cathedral, St. Michael's Golden Domed Monastery, and Motherland Statue and War Memorials, among many others. Popular museums include the Chornobyl Museum, the open air Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life, and the State Aviation Museum.
Administratively, Kiev is divided into raions, or districts. The reions include Darnytsia, Desna, Dnipro, Holosiiv, Obolon, Pechersk, Podil, Shevchenko, Solomianka, and Sviatoshyn.

Informally, the city is divided into the Right Bank and the Left Bank by the Dnieper River. The islands in the river belong to the left bank raions. The oldest parts of the city are found on the Right Bank, or western side of the river. This is also where you'll find most of the city's businesses and governmental institutions. The Left Bank, or eastern side of the river, is mostly residential. There are some large green areas as well.

There are many different activities that you can enjoy in Kiev. These include visiting Hidropark Island, walking around Podil and people watching on Kreshchatyk. It's also interesting to visit an Orthodox Church while you're in town.

There are also two water parks in town. Dream town aqua park is on the left bank of the city and is one of the biggest indoor water parks in Europe. Aqua park Terminal is a large water park with plenty of slides and pools, including a wave pool.
Food and Dining
Eating out can be very cheap in Kiev, particularly by European standards. It is best to avoid places that cater specifically to tourists. Popular dishes you should try while you're in town include borscht, chebureki, chicken Kiev, and Mlyntzi. You can also find plenty of delicious, cheap baked goods around town.

Budget restaurant options around town include fast food chains such as Domashnia kukhnia, Mister Snack, Two Geese, and Olivie. In addition to traditional Ukrainian food, you can also find Mexican, Italian, and even sushi around town.

Kiev can be somewhat overwhelming to western tourists because many of the signs are in Cyrillic script and few locals speak much English. The metro is one of the best ways to get around the city. It is clean and fast and relatively easy to navigate. There are three lines, each of which goes through the city center. As recently as 2012, many of the signs and maps have names written in English to assist foreign travelers.

Buses and trolleybuses can be caught at any of the marked stops. They can be crowded, particularly during rush hours, so you may have to push your way on. Also available are route taxis that travel specific routes. You can wave these buses down from their stops and you pay the driver directly. You have to tell the driver when you reach your stop.

There are also two types of taxis in Kiev; official company taxis and gypsy cabs. Gypsy cabs are unmarked vehicles that will offer you a ride. Make sure you negotiate the price hard. Prices can vary dramatically depending on the day, weather, traffic conditions, and, of course, your negotiating skills. You can wave down official taxis or call them by phone. You can usually reach someone who speaks English on the phone.


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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.