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|Airport of arrival:||Kharkiv International Airport|
|Flight time from Istanbul to Kharkiv:||2 hours 5 minutes|
Kharkiv is the second biggest city in Ukraine and located close to the Russian border. The city is relatively young as it was founded only in 1655. Kharkiv served as the capital city for the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1919-1934. Today, the city is home to 13 national universities therefore renowned as a students’ city.
There are frequent and cheap flights to Kharkiv from Turkey due to its proximity.
Pegasus Airlines provides frequent direct flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to to Kharkiv International Airport which puts the city within easy reach.
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Kharkiv International Airport is located approximately 12.5 km from the city center.
The history of the airport dates back to the pre-war years. However the construction of the current building was completed in 1954. Therefore it showcases features of Stalinist architecture of the 50s. Although the popularity of the airport relatively decreased after the fall of the Soviet Union, it went through reconstruction by 1995 and opened up international flights. The airport served about 600.000 people in 2016. Currently, it continues to be an important transport hub in the region hosting the major airline companies around the world.
The airport is very well connected through extensive network of public transport. You can take the trolley bus number 5, number 115e or bus number 119 to stop at Prospekt Haharina metro station and reach the airport from there quite easily. Otherwise you can take minibuses number 152e and 255e that goes directly to the airport and departs from Akademika Barabashova metro station. You need to get off at Romashkina stop to reach the airport.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi or utilize car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines in order to make your journey more comfortable.
Utilizing the metro would be the most suitable option to get around the city. The city has three metro lines identified with red, blue and green colors. The picturesque metro stations in Kharkiv are worth taking the trip. The tickets are sold at the metro stations. You can also use trolley bus, tram and minibuses to move in the city. If you are staying close to the city center, you can easily discover the city on foot.
Accommodation costs are low in Kharkiv compared to other cities in Ukraine. You can choose to stay closer to the city center in order to be able to easily reach the main attractions. There are numerous accommodation options near Kharkiv Opera, the famous Sumskaya Street and Constitution Square.
If you would like to have further assistance to plan your trip, you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.
When it comes to food there are a great variety of options for any taste in Kharkiv. If you would like to taste something more traditional you should opt for the Ukrainian soups such as borshch, ukha and okroshka. Varenyky (filled Ukrainian dumplings) and deruny (potato pancakes) are also incredibly tasty plates that are worth trying in Kharkiv.
You can have a look at Kharkiv Food Guide for more suggestions about all the local foods.
Turkish nationals can travel to Ukraine with a valid passport or the newly introduced ID cards with chip.
In this context, the duration of stay in Ukraine should not exceed 90 days in the last 180 days. Please be aware that you may be asked by the local authorities to show additional documentations proving the content of your trip upon arrival at the airport.
Kharkiv has a temperate continental climate. The winters tend to be very cold with temperatures getting well below zero degrees which can make it difficult to enjoy the time spent outdoors. The period in between May and October is usually deemed as the best time visit the city.
Kharkiv is the first capital city of Ukraine. As it was also part of the former Soviet Union the city still displays the characteristics of the Soviet architecture. You will be amazed by the grandiose buildings at Svobody Square and Derzhprom. Kharkiv History Museum, Kharkiv Art Museum and Kharkiv Opera and Ballet Theatre are the major cultural sites that you can visit. If the weather is good enough you should spare a couple of hours to relax at the amazing city parks such as Maxim Gorky and Shevchenko Park.
You can have a look at Kharkiv Travel Guide for further details on places to visit.
You can consider booking your ticket to Kharkiv in advance in order to benefit from promotions offered by Pegasus Airlines.
The direct flight to Kharkiv from Istanbul takes only around 2 hours. The country is not in the European Union and does not have euro as the currency which makes it affordable. Therefore it’s a quite cheap and convenient travel destination for for Turkish citizens.
Due to harsh winter conditions the period in between May and October is usually deemed as the best time visit the city.
You can take a weekend trip to discover all aspects of the city in 2-3 days.
Up until 2015, plastic tokens were used as the ticket for metro in Kharkiv. Currently, tourists can purchase single tickets or a rechargeable card from the metro stations. However the tickets for the tram or trolleybus are sold onboard.
Kharkiv is located in the eastern part of the country, so very close to the Russian border. Therefore, there might be some extra safety controls. But the city is not unsafe as the case in the rest of Ukraine.
Kharkiv is a very cheap travel destination in contrast to the rest of Europe.
The majority of the inhabitants speak Ukrainian as it’s the official language of the country. However Russian is greatly spoken in the region as well. In fact, the city is often called “Karkov” instead of Kharkiv as the Russian version.
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