One dumb question, Is Kharkiv and Kharkov the same place? I see it different in some profiles.
Anyway, I am thinking of going there in April. I have been looking at the usual sites here in the states like Expedia, Orbitz, etc. and such but the flights from either Tucson or Phoenix Arizona are around $1700 and many connections later. The one for $1700 was through Austria. You guys know any other cheaper way?
Just fly from JFK to Kiev with Aerosvit and the either take a bus train taxi or internal flight from Kiev to Kharkov
Flights will be about $150 return,
taxi about $100 - $150 each way
Bus or train about $15 each way
Kharkov is my favorite city in Ukraine. Been there 7 times. Chrisc4 is giving you good information. There really isn't a cheap flight from Phoenix to Kharkov. Austrian Airlines is the only major carrier that flys into Kharkov if I'm not mistaken. I always flew from Detroit to Amsterdam then to Kiev. Then domestic flight to Kharkov. I use Ukrainefare.com to set up my tickets they will have a guy waiting for you at the airport with your tickets for $15 fee. I think Martin turned me onto them and they are a good company. I think you will find your best price and flights flying into Kiev and not Kharkov. In any case it will be about $1500 and up from where you live. Good luck!
Your from midwest? I think cycle is from Arizona. I live in LA and I fly to Kiev through NY, one stop. I agree
to take internal flight to Kharkov but I have a site that will book through a couple other cities on same intinery.
Flights in ukraine are on Aerosvit. You could get it for $1050 for April. My flight next week to Kiev was only $687usd.
Have you had to dispose of any girls lately???? Deano. :))
Thanks for your help gentlemen. I will book my flight within the next two weeks.
Beemer, I got your e-mail with search engine, thanks.
So do you own that site? I saw your name in the URL header? Just curious.
Deano, where do you stay in Kharkov? I'm looking for an apartment for about one week.
I have been to Kharkiv, and the women there are indeed lovely. If you choose to stay in a hotel, avoid Hotel Kharkov for now, as it is undergoing noisy renovations. I recommend Hotel Kyivsky, located only a 10 minute walk from the main square, with a friendly staff and reasonably priced. For accommodations, i favor www.travel-2-ukraine.com. They are reliable, and helpful with any last minute changes in reservations.
As for flights to Ukraine, you might look into American Airlines, which just this month is partnered to Aerosvit, which flies direct from New York to Kyiv, as does Delta.
As beemer18 writes, internal flights within Ukraine, Kyiv to Kharkov, are available on aerosvit.ua/eng. Flights are cheaper if booked early. Aerosvit will either mail you the tickets for a small fee, or let you pick them up at the departure airpot two hours before departure. Ukrainefare.com is a reputable company whom I have used, but their prices are way more expensive than buying direct from Aerosvit. It's easy to cut out the middle man's commission if you book ahead. In my experience, it is much cheaper to buy the Kyiv-Kharkov tickets separately from the international flights; at least it is on Orbitz.com.
Another suggestion, is that www.bt-store.com has the same international flights for about $200 cheaper than orbitz.com, but with less selection.
Another tip: if your translator and date steer you toward the Metropolitan restaurant, be prepared to open your wallet a lot wider! There is a good Ukrainian restaurant across the main square from the Hotel Kharkov, just inside the park, that has excellent atmosphere , good food, and reasonable prices. Taxi fare from the Kharkov airport to the city hotels should run no more than $10 (50 hrivna), and from the hotel to airport about $7. The cabbies will try to hit you up for $20-30 fare at the airport, so establish the price before he lifts your luggage!
I have been to Kharkiv several times, and begin to weary of the chase. Still, I am an optimist at heart, and still have one or two more trips left in me! I plan to return there early March. Good luck!
Are you travelling on a widebody aircraft direct from USA to Kiev, if so then your connection time for that number of passengers, or perhaps less than average tailwinds en-route delaying your arrival into Kiev, is a bit too tight for comfort.
If you have been travelling for excessive hours then you'd be arriving in Kharkov late in the evening and in a bedraggled state, not much of an evening remaining and perhaps not in a presentable condition to the lady, first impressions and all that.
A suggestion might be to overnight for literally bugger all at the hotel at Borispol airport, you can find it by googling for the Borispol airport website and there is a link to the hotel from there, and take the flight to Kharkov the next morning.
Just one tip, if you book the hotel in advance you pay 50% more in the form of a booking fee than by just turning up.
challian...the domestic terminal next door is a very easy walk and takes about three minutes. If everything went as planned and you arrived on time or earlier, you should be ok on your connection. However, if you are the slightest bit late you will be pressed for time. I usually arrive into Kiev via Frankfurt around 1:10pm and usually make a 2:50pm flight to Kharkov. However, as martin suggests, I have been late on that flight with only an hour to connect and I just missed it. I'm flying there again next week, so we'll see if the odds work in my favor!
I concur with the information from Martin and RK.
If your flight arrives in Kiev on time, and your luggage arrives too, then you'll just barely make the flight to Kharkov. However, if your luggage is lost, or if the lines are long at immigration, then you might miss the flight.
Myself, I agree with Martin, in that I feel like crap upon arrival in Kiev. Rather than get to bed late in a hotel in Kharkov, I generally try to get to sleep early in the Borispol airport hotel, then fly to Kharkov the next day. You won't feel like meeting a woman the evening of your arrival in Kiev.
If on the other hand, you are flying in from Britain (we Americans don't say "blokes"), then jet lag won't be so bad. In that case, suggest the following: try not to check any luggage in. Buy your ticket to Kharkov in advance through the Aerosvit website, so it will be cheap if you have to eat it, or pay a little extra for the ticket so it will be refundable/changeable. if you miss the flight. Don't book your hotel for that night. Sorry, I don't have any knowledge about the IEV airport.
I'll be arriving in Kiev March 2, and flying to Kharkov the next day. If you'd like to meet for lunch in Kharkov to compare notes, let me know and I'll give you my cell phone number there! Good luck. :)
Hi guys! Sorry been busy and no time to reply. Cycle, I always rent an apartment when I stay in Kharkov. I use Allbeautiful marriage agency. Just google the name with Kharkov and you will find their site. Helen is the owner and they are honest. Many apartments to choose from.
Philly. You are correct about the Metropolitan restaurant but the high price menu only applies to the indoor part. In warm weather the outdoor part has an affordable menu with good food. Also, the restaurant in the park (Shevchenko Park) near the square is called Knyazhi Terem. Your right, good food, excellent atmosphere, good prices, all menu's are in English and Russian. The restaurant is easy to spot. It's made completely of wood. Like a very large log cabin. I call it the wood place. All terps know what I'm talking about when I mention it.
Beem. I think you may be in Ukraine now. Hope you have a great time and find your true love. If not don't be afraid to kick her out! Lol. Wish I could join you guys in Kharkov! RK and I have already met up there a few times and had a lot of fun. I'm not sure when I will be able to go back. Have fun and keep posting guys.
There is nothing at the airport to go out for, the airport hotel has a restaurant/bar attached but not exactly exciting. To go out you need to venture into Kiev but that's 30 minutes each way in a taxi and for focks sake do not take an airport taxi or one of the taxi touts that will hastle you in the airport arrival area.
If you're going into Kiev then might as well google for an apartment in Kiev rather than stay at the airport and the apartment people can organise airport transfers.