How to reach Poltava Ukraine
Poltava is the city capital of Poltava region, eastern Ukraine, on the Kiev-Kharkiv highway and on the Vorskla River. It is among the most well connected cities of Ukraine. The geographical position of Poltava is quite favourable and you can explore the incredible natural beauty present. The course of history considerably influenced the development of the city. Poltava has a rich history and is famous for numerous monuments. The city has places of military glory and museums combined with shopping centres and new buildings. Poltava attracts tourists from around the world. It’s clean, quiet and beautiful city. Poltava stands on vital transport routes and provides communication between the largest cities of Ukraine – Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro.
Nearest International airports to Poltava are-
- Kharkov International airport (81.4 miles / 131.1 kilometres)
- Dnipropetrovsk International airport (89.2 miles / 143.6 kilometres)
- Belgorod International airport (116.3 miles / 187.2 kilometres)
- Kryvyi Rih International airport (123.2 miles / 198.2 kilometres)
- Four railway lines starting west, east, south and southeast from Poltava, connect it with Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lozovaia, and Kremenchug.
- There are two railway stations in Poltava to arrive to — Poltava Southern station and Poltava Kievskaya station. Trains from different cities of Ukraine and Russia (such as Kiev, Kharkiv, Moscow, St. Petersburg etc.) arrive to these stations.
Bus connection with different cities is great, particularly along E40 road (Poltava is midway between Kyiv and Kharkov highway) buses mostly arrive/depart every hour or so. It’ll take you five hours to reach from Kyiv or three hours from Kharkov. Few different carriers on these routes are:
- Avtolux, Günsel bus service, which provides more comfortable buses, and cost a bit more.
- National and various private bus services. Some of them have less comfortable buses (e.g. old Ikarus), for cheaper price. Others are more comfortable, though ticket price is somewhat 20-25% higher. Station charge included in ticket price.
- Shuttle-bus services, which use Mercedes Sprinter or similar. (Don’t confuse them with “marshrutka” which is city transportation). They stay in the middle in terms of passenger’s comfort; however are faster (4½ hours from Kyiv, 2½ hours from Kharkiv).
- Poltava has fine road connection in most directions: west (E40 to Kiev), east (E40 to Kharkiv), southwest (E577 to Kremenchuk), north (to Hadyach), northeast (to Kotel’va and Russian boundary) and southeast (to Krasnograd, connection with E105 Moscow-Kharkiv-Simferopol road).
- Do not go along other minor roads indicated on the map unless you know them (otherwise you may experience bad road quality or get lost somewhere in rural area).
Getting around in the Poltava City
There are 62 bus routes, connecting most districts of the city. Most often it is an optimal way to get around. Bus and marshrutka cost 1.75 hr, no matter how far you go. The difference is that in buses you pay money to conductor and in marshrutkas (small minivans) you pay directly to the driver. Don’t rely on the fact that you can enter/exit marshutka outside from official bus stops: it is sometimes possible, but actually prohibited by law.
- Routes 19, 20, 21 makes good connection round across the city (clockwise and counter clockwise), connecting downtown with main residential districts and the bus station (Avtovokzal). Large buses (Man, Volvo etc.) provide the best service.
There are 11 trolley routes across the city. This is the cheapest kind of transport, however particularly slow and often crowded, sometimes delayed. Ticket costs are paid to a conductor, who will ask you soon after you enter the trolley.
- Route 1 goes directly between two railway stations – Kyivsky & Pivdenny vokzal.
- Route 15 (“Кільцевий”) goes round across the city, connecting downtown with main residential districts and the bus station (Avtovokzal)
It is recommended to order a taxi by phone, not to hire somewhere on the street. This way you’ll be safer, and meet better service and possibly lower price. See for phone number and car number written down on the car – so you can differentiate between taxi service and unlicensed individual. You pay for kilometres, not minutes; however additional costs include waiting time, distant areas.
Most of city transport is operating between 06:00 and 22:00 on major routes, and only until 20:00-21:00 to suburbs. During hours different from this, prefer taxi.
In trolleys, buses and marshrutkas you pay a single fixed price for each trip at each vehicle, no matter how far away you go (within city limits).
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