The main airport for Kyiv is situated around 30km from the centre of the city. Find out the best and quickest way to get from and to the airport.
Take the train for the quickest ride to the main railway station
If you’re flying to Kyiv, you’re most likely to land in Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv’s biggest international airport. The airport has all the expected facilities of a modern airport after it’s new Terminal D was constructed for the Euro 2012 football tournament. The other small airport in Kyiv is called Zhuliany Airport.
As of 2019, there are 2 operational passenger terminals:
- Terminal D – Most international airlines fly from this terminal including Ukraine International Airlines, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Qatar and Air France, etc.
- Terminal F – Recently opened in 2019, this is now the home to low cost airlines such as Ryanair, Laudamotion, Bravo, Skyup, etc.
You can check your departing terminal by searching for your flight on the official airport web site.
The terminals are far apart and can’t easily be walked between, however there is a free shuttle bus running every 30 minutes between the two terminals.
Getting to and from Boryspil Airport
There are several options for getting to and from Boryspil Airport suitable for every budget.
Kyiv Boryspil Express
Newly constructed and opened in late 2018, this fast train avoids the traffic and gets you to the main railway station in around 35 minutes. Departures vary throughout the day, but depart at 30 minutes intervals at peak periods. As you exit Terminal D, turn right and follow the signs for the train.
Boryspil Express cost: 80 UAH
The SkyBus departs every 15 minutes at peak periods and you’ll see the SkyBus branded buses as you leave the departures area. You can pay the fare on the bus and it’ll take you direct to the main passenger railway station near the centre of Kyiv in around 45 minutes depending on traffic. There is also one stop on the way at Kharkivska metro station, but it’s better to stay on the bus as the metro system isn’t suited to people with luggage.
SkyBus cost: 100 UAH (60 UAH to Kharkivska)
Both Uber and Bolt serve the airport. With no traffic expect to be in the centre in approximately 35 minutes. The advantage of course is they will deliver you and your luggage direct to your accommodation avoiding the extra metro journey from the railway station with the bus/train.
Uber/Bolt cost: ~330 UAH
As soon as you exit arrivals you’ll be greeted by lots of people asking if you want a taxi. These are not official taxis and you should politely say no and continue outside to take the train/bus or an Uber.
Boryspil Airport Lounges
There are two main airport lounges within Terminal D with free access by Business Class ticket or for a fee at the entrance. One of the lounges accepts Priority Pass cards.
Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are free from the bar with a small selection of salad/cheese and usually a soup and a few hot options depending on the time of the day.
The lounges probably aren’t worth paying for based on the quality of the environment and food, so you’d be better off going to one of the airport cafes unless you have free or discounted lounge access
Nearest Metro Boryspilska Address Boryspil' airport (KBP), Boryspil', Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine
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