Upon arrival, travelers should head to Terminal D on Level 1 to find the car rental desks. There are several companies available, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt, making it easy to find the best rates for car rentals at Boryspil International Airport. Renters need to have a valid driver's license from the country of residence and an international driving permit. When departing the airport take the M03/E40 west. It will take you directly into central Kiev.
Following the Rules of the Road
In Ukraine, driving occurs on the right side of the road. Both the driver and front seat passenger must wear seat belts. Using a cell phone while driving is strictly prohibited but, use of a hands-free system is permitted. It is a law that headlights be on at all times, including during the day. Ukraine has a strict, zero tolerance policy on driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances. There is no turn on red unless indicated by a green arrow.
Driving Around Ukraine
Central Kiev is heavily congested with tourists and locals. Be on alert for pedestrians and other vehicles while driving in this area. Outside Kiev and major urban areas, roads may be in poor condition and not illuminated for nighttime driving. Potholes are common on rural roads. Road markings, such as the central line that separates two-way traffic, might be missing. In the winter months, take extreme caution and try to drive during daylight hours only. Consider a navigation system to avoid getting lost in an unfamiliar city and to stay on main roads. There are no tolls or tollways in Ukraine. Generally, petrol stations are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., but there are some that are open 24 hours.
Parking in Kiev
It may be challenging to find adequate parking in Kiev. Due to limited regulated public parking spaces, many drivers tend to park their cars in any available space. Booking a hotel that offers parking for guests is helpful. Always park in designated, metered, parking spaces.
Visiting the Best Attractions in Kiev
Central Kiev is 20 miles from Boryspil International Airport. Depending on traffic and weather conditions, it will take about 35 tp 45 minutes from the airport to reach the main city center. Renting a car in Kiev gives tourists the freedom to explore at their leisure. Consider visiting St. Sophia Cathedral, one of the most important landmarks in the city.
Those interested in history will want to explore The National Chernobyl Museum to learn more about the worst nuclear accident in history. Kiev Pechersk Lavra is a popular spot for pilgrims and tourists. After admiring in the gold domes of the monastery, be sure to tour the catacombs featuring the mummified bodies. Kiev's most famous street is Andriyivsky Uzviz. Travelers enjoy the café bars, art galleries, and craft shops that line the historic, cobblestone path. The Golden Gate in Kiev is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally constructed in 1037, it was part of the fort that protected the city and served as the main entrance of the city.