What’s New in Kyiv?
October / November 2018

6116: Hotline for tourists launched

During the first half of 2018, some 850,000 foreigners visited Kyiv, according to official data, an encouraging 24% increase over the same period a year ago.

To help keep tourists safe and sound, the Kyiv City Government has launched a “tourist info” hotline. By calling 6116, visitors can get all the information they need: for example, how to get to the city center from the airport, or where to have a tasty meal.

Visitors may also talk directly to an operator and ask specific questions. The service is free and available in three languages: English, Ukrainian and Russian.

Flights for 10 euros: Ryanair begins service to Ukraine

It’s an answer to the prayers of travel addicts: Irish low-cost airline Rynair has begun flying to and from Ukraine. The first Ryanair route began Sept. 3, flying Kyiv-Boryspil–Berlin–Schönefeld was successfully fulfilled.

This autumn and winter, Ryanair will offer flights to eight countries from Boryspil International Airport, including Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, and Germany. There are 13 routes available at the moment.

As of this writing, today’s cost for a flight to Warsaw starts at €19.57 (approximately UAH 650); a ticket to Barcelona for Oct. 27 can be purchased for €78.93 (slightly more than UAH 2,500), and so on. Ryanair uses dynamic pricing, so check out current fares on the airline’s official website.

Note that Ryanair won’t fly only from Kyiv. Departures in several directions are also available from Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport.

The “four capitals” train: Kyiv – Minsk – Vilnius – Riga

The “four capitals” train—a route that visits Kyiv-Minsk-Vilnius-Riga in the span of 19 hours — was launched Sept. 28. The launch follows Ukrzaliznytsia’s purchase of 28 new passenger cars in April, so you can expect a very comfortable and pleasant trip. Tickets for the full trip are just €59, making the route affordable for Ukrainian travelers. Original plans for the route were to have include Tallinn, making it the “five capitals” train. Perhaps another European capital will be also on the list in the near future. Who knows?

Ukraine Now brand wins prestigious design award

The Ukrainian brand Ukraine Now has been named the winner in the Corporate Identity category of Red Dot 2018, a prestigious design award that has been presented annually for more than 50 years. The award honors its work in the “branding” of Ukraine. Works of the winners are exhibited at the Red Dot museum in Essen, the world’s largest collection of achievements in modern design. In 2018, within the framework of the competition, a jury of 24 experts evaluated more than 8,600 entries from 45 countries. The prize for Ukraine Now will be presented at an official ceremony on Oct. 26 in Berlin. We are proud!

Beauty is a cruel mistress: Scandals, intrigues, investigations of Miss Ukraine 2018

Ared carpet, flashing cameras, women in fashionable dresses, men in elegant tailcoats — that’s what the 28th annual “Miss Ukraine 2018” contest was all about. Held on Sept. 20, this year’s show focussed on the theme of revealing the power of the elements: earth, water, air and fire. There were 25 participants in this year’s competition. A distinctive feature of the finalist part of the competition was performances by artists and musicians. The honorary jury named 23-year-old Veronika Didusenko as Ukraine’s most beautiful woman, but she was soon the center of gossip and scandal. She owned the crown for just for a couple of days before it was learned that she had hidden from organizers that she was married and had a child—both of which are forbidden under the competition rules. She was disqualified, and the issue has now been resolved. The crown of “Miss Ukraine-2018” was handed over to Leonila Guz, 19, who will represent our country at the Miss World contest in China on Dec. 6.

Organizers will probably keep in mind for the future that uniting the four elements may risk creating an explosive mixture—and ensure a very careful vetting process before next year’s competition!