Time

The time in Ukraine is set two hours ahead of the Universal time in Greenwich (GMT +02:00). It is altered twice a year (the watches are set one hour forward in the last week of March and one hour backward in the last week of October).

Holidays

On the national scale such holidays are celebrated in Ukraine:

  • • New Year – 1st January;
  • • Christmas – 7th January;
  • • Women’s Day – 8th March;
  • • Easter – spring (determined on a lunisolar calendar);
  • • Labour Day – 1st-2nd May;
  • • Victory Day – 9th May;
  • • Constitution Day – 28th June;
  • • Independence Day – 24th August;

Telephone Calls

o make a call from Ukraine abroad it is necessary to dial 00-10-code of the country - code of the city etc.

Money

National Currency - Hryvnia (UAH). There are banknotes for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Hryvnias. 1 Hryvnia = 100 kopiykas. There are coins for 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kopiykas. Personal checks practically do not exist in Ukraine, but many places in Kyiv accept major credit cards. Travellers’ cheques can be cashed in a number of banks. However, do not rely solely on credit cards or travellers’ cheques. Cash is preferred.

Transport

Every Ukrainian town and city has an extensive public transport system, including buses, trams, trolleys and a metro (in Kyiv and Donetsk). Although the metro does not cover the entire city, it is still the fastest way to get around the capital, particularly as the bus service can be unreliable and crowded at rush hours. Privately owned minibuses (known as marshrutkas) are also available; they can be flagged down anywhere along their routes and will usually have stops listed on their windows. Official taxis can be pre-booked by phone or hailed on the street. "Gypsy" cabs, or unmarked cars, may also stop; be sure to negotiate a price up front when choosing this option. Parking can be a problem in the city centre.

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