Ukraine Transportation-Driving info for first time traveller
- Railway Station (information) 005
- Bus Terminal (information) (380 44) 250-9986, 265-0492
- Boryspil Airport (information) (380 44) 296-7243
- Kyiv Airport (Zhuliany) (information) (380 44) 242-2308, 242-2309
- River Port (information) (380 44) 416-1268
Intercity fast train service highly recommended
Ukraine Transportation-Driving: Driving License:
Visitors riding or driving in the Ukraine must be of the legal age for residents of the Ukraine, even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. Additionally, drivers of 18 years of age are not allowed to drive a motor vehicle exceeding 3500 kg and containing up to 9 seats including the driver’s seat (this mainly pertains to young tour guides or truck drivers). National driving licenses issued in a country party to the 1968 Vienna Convention are recognized.
Important Documents: When driving in Ukraine the following documents should be carried:
- You will need an International Driving Permit, IDP 1949 to drive here in Ukraine.
- Valid driving license
- Proof of insurance/green card (third party or above)
- Proof of ID (passport)
- Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
While driving in the Ukraine you are required by law to carry the following items. It is better to be safe than sorry, because fines can be really high.
- Warning triangle: Compulsory in every vehicle with four wheels or more
- Headlamp beam deflectors: Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually
- First aid kit and fire extinguisher
- Motorcyclists and their passengers must wear a helmet
Confiscation of Vehicles:
If a visitor has not paid the violation imposed before his departure or upon expiry of the established period of payment, the vehicle can potentially be detained until the penalty is paid.
The vehicle will be placed in a security car park. The driver’s license will then be mailed to the driver’s residence through the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The vehicle will then be returned to the visitor. Once again, this may sound a bit extreme, but it is better to be prepared for the worst.
Driving under the influence:
0.02% tolerance has been established in order to allow for some medications and mouthwashes that may contain alcohol.