By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Kiev?

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Do you need a car in Kiev? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


Why should you rent a car in Kiev?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Kiev?

Kiev Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 161 - of which 57 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • The Ukraine has nearly 50 national or nature parks, including many in the west of the country around Lviv.
  • Many scenes in “House of the Flying Daggers” were actually filmed around Kossiv. This rural area is best reached by car.

Why not? Visiting Kiev without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Kiev public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Kiev. 


  • Kiev is generally the sort of city that is easy enough to get around using local public transport. Travel options in the Ukraine are restricted due to the conflict in the east, and the Russian annexation of the Crimea, however, at the time of writing, Kiev and the area around it are open for visitors.
  • Public transport in the Ukraine is generally excellent, with an extensive rail network, although most of it is in need of modernisation.
  • For an altogether different experience, some operators will give you a guided tour of Pripyat, the town abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster and now overgrown with plant life. For Pripyat tours, expect transport from Kiev to be provided.


Car rental in - Kiev Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Kiev?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Kiev?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Kiev?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Kiev if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Kiev if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Kiev if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Kiev on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Would you hire a car in Kiev?

Have you driven in Kiev? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Kiev?
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