On this page you will find a short version of Crimea travel guide with information mostly about transportation, getting around Crimean peninsula, useful connections and main orientation.
(photo: Tepe-Kermen mt.)
Due to the variety of natural wonders and historical landmarks travelling to Crimea may turn into breathtaking experience for tourists with many different interests. Most of them however head straight to the Black Sea coast along the south shore of a gem shaped peninsula overlooking other great places inland or in the mountains.
How to get to Crimea?
The easiest way is to take a plane to Simferopol airport (SIP). There are regular direct connections from Istanbul in Turkey with AtlasJet and Turkish Airlines. Also direct connection with Kiev is provided by AirOnyx and Ukraine International. However in summer season number of charters grow tremendously. Prices start from about 500 UAH one way.
Cheaper option is to take a train from Kyiv or basically every other major city in Ukraine like Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv and some others. Most of them are comfortable night trains with sleepers however there various classes.
Visit train ticket online booking page to get exact time schedule, quote and book train ticket online.
Whatever transport you would choose, it’s recommended to book early in advance if you’re planning you trip between June and September due to high summer season.
How to get around Crimea?
Although some trains go directly all the way to Sevastopol, Simferopol serves as the main hub of the peninsula. From Simferopol there are other trains to Sevastopol, Kerch, and Feodosiya.
However travelling within Crimea is more efficient by buses which connect every destination with the regional capital as well as major destinations. Simferopol bus station is situated just outside the train station.
Buses oridepart regularly to every part of the peninsula during day time and no advance booking is necessary. Most south coat destinations are within 1-2 hour ride and cost 40-90 UAH.
Consider a fun ride on the longest trolleybus route in the world if you’re going to Alushta or Yalta. It takes at least two times longer however this has its charm.
The entire South coast of Crimea is well connected with buses between major destinations such as (from West to East) Sevastopol, Yalta, Alushta, Sudak and Feodosia as well as smaller settlements between them. Some of those minihubs serve inland villages but in most cases you’ll have to change in Simferopol.
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