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Exploring Ukraine by Car: A Comprehensive Guide

Ukraine, the largest country in Europe, is a land of diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality. Exploring this vast nation by car offers a unique and immersive experience. In this guide, we'll provide you with insights into hiring a car in Ukraine, local customs to be aware of, popular driving routes, weather considerations for choosing the right vehicle, and additional tips for first-time visitors.

Hiring a Car in Ukraine: What You Need to Know Renting a car in Ukraine is a popular choice among travelers. To make your experience smoother:

  1. Required Documents: You'll need a valid driver's license, passport, and a credit card to rent a car. An international driver's permit (IDP) is advisable, though not always mandatory.

  2. Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive insurance coverage, including theft and liability, as local traffic can be unpredictable.

  3. Traffic Rules: Ukrainians drive on the right side of the road, and seatbelts are mandatory. Be aware of speed limits and adhere to them strictly.

  4. Road Signs: Familiarize yourself with Ukrainian road signs as they may differ from what you're used to.

Local Customs and Driving Etiquette: Understanding local customs can go a long way in ensuring a smooth driving experience in Ukraine:

  1. Hospitality: Ukrainians are known for their warmth and hospitality. Don't be surprised if locals are friendly and offer assistance if needed.

  2. Road Conditions: While major highways are generally in good condition, some rural roads may be less maintained. Exercise caution when driving on these roads.

  3. Parking: Urban parking can be challenging. Look for designated parking areas, or consider paid parking lots for convenience.

  4. Alcohol Consumption: Ukraine has strict laws regarding alcohol consumption while driving. The permissible blood alcohol level is extremely low, so it's advisable to avoid drinking if you plan to drive.

Choosing the Right Vehicle: Ukraine experiences varying weather conditions, so your choice of car should be influenced by the season:

  1. Summer: A standard sedan or compact car is sufficient for summer travel when weather conditions are generally favorable.

  2. Winter: If visiting in winter, especially in the northern and mountainous regions, consider renting a car with winter tires or even a 4x4 vehicle to handle snow and icy conditions.

Popular Driving Routes: Ukraine offers numerous scenic routes for road trips. Some popular options include:

  1. Lviv to Kyiv: Experience the cultural richness of Lviv before heading to the vibrant capital city of Kyiv, passing through picturesque countryside.

  2. Carpathian Mountains: Explore the Carpathians for stunning landscapes, charming villages, and hiking opportunities.

  3. Coastal Route: Travel along the Black Sea coast, visiting cities like Odessa and enjoying beautiful sea views.

Additional Tips for First-Time Visitors: For a seamless experience in Ukraine:

  1. Language: While English is spoken in major cities, learning a few basic Ukrainian phrases can be helpful, especially in rural areas.

  2. Currency: The local currency is the Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH). Credit cards are widely accepted in cities, but it's advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments.

  3. Safety: Ukraine is generally safe for travelers, but exercise standard precautions, such as safeguarding your belongings and avoiding poorly lit areas at night.

  4. Local Cuisine: Don't miss the opportunity to savor traditional Ukrainian dishes like borscht, pierogi, and varenyky at local restaurants.

Exploring Ukraine by car is a rewarding adventure that allows you to discover the country's hidden gems at your own pace. With these tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared for an unforgettable journey through this enchanting Eastern European nation.

Airports in Ukraine:

 


Cheapest car hire in Ukraine

Nissan Micra

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.46 EUR/day
Nissan Micra

7 Days rental at 213.25 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Micra

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.46 EUR/day
Nissan Micra

7 Days rental at 213.25 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Micra

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.46 EUR/day
Nissan Micra

7 Days rental at 213.25 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.00 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 238.05 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.00 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 238.05 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.01 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 238.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.65 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 179.56 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.65 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 179.56 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 26.59 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 186.13 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Caravelle

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 92.01 EUR/day
Volkswagen Caravelle

7 Days rental at 644.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Caravelle

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 92.01 EUR/day
Volkswagen Caravelle

7 Days rental at 644.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Caravelle

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 92.01 EUR/day
Volkswagen Caravelle

7 Days rental at 644.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.45 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 206.15 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.45 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 206.15 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.35 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 219.46 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.01 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 238.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.01 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 238.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.01 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 238.12 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Ukraine

  • Ensure Proper Documentation: Carry a valid driving license from your home country along with an International Driving Permit (IDP), as both are typically required to rent a car and drive legally in Ukraine. Keep these documents, your passport, and your rental agreement with you at all times when driving.

  • Familiarize Yourself with Local Driving Regulations: In Ukraine, you drive on the right-hand side of the road. Be aware of local driving laws, such as speed limits and regulations regarding alcohol consumption while driving. Note that road conditions can vary greatly, with urban areas generally having better roads than rural ones.

  • Choose the Right Vehicle for Your Needs: Consider the type of travel you'll be doing. If you're planning to stay within cities, a smaller car might be more convenient. For travel in rural areas or during winter months, a vehicle with higher clearance and possibly four-wheel drive may be more suitable. Check that the car is equipped with necessary features like winter tires if you're visiting in cold seasons.

  • Review Insurance Coverage Thoroughly: Opt for a comprehensive insurance policy that covers theft, damage, and third-party liability. Driving in Ukraine can be unpredictable, and comprehensive coverage will provide peace of mind. Make sure to understand the terms, including any deductible and what exactly is covered.

  • Inspect the Vehicle and Plan Your Route: Before leaving with the rental car, thoroughly inspect the vehicle for any existing damage and ensure it is documented by the rental company. Familiarize yourself with the vehicle's features and controls. Additionally, plan your routes ahead of time, especially if traveling to less urbanized areas, as GPS coverage may not be reliable everywhere. Consider downloading offline maps or carrying a detailed road map of the area.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Ukraine

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Ukraine

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    110-130kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    UAH  43.99/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    0mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    UAH

    Currency

  •  

    NO

    Tolls

  •  

    18

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Car rental agent statistics in Ukraine

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    7.8/10
    Highest rated agent:
    BUDGET
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    7.8/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    BUDGET
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    18
    Total number of reviews in
    Ukraine
  • Most Locations Icon
    17
    Most Locations in Ukraine:
    NARSCARS
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    9
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Ukraine

ItemPercent
January€ 45
February€ 45
March€ 45
April€ 47
May€ 43
June€ 46
July€ 47
August€ 48
September€ 49
October€ 46
November€ 47
December€ 48
ItemPercent
January€ 35
February€ 34
March€ 33
April€ 35
May€ 33
June€ 34
July€ 36
August€ 37
September€ 36
October€ 36
November€ 36
December€ 37
ItemPercent
January€ 78
February€ 78
March€ 74
April€ 82
May€ 72
June€ 77
July€ 77
August€ 76
September€ 74
October€ 74
November€ 80
December€ 79
ItemPercent
January€ 61
February€ 59
March€ 58
April€ 64
May€ 59
June€ 62
July€ 63
August€ 66
September€ 66
October€ 63
November€ 63
December€ 64
ItemPercent
January€ 32
February€ 30
March€ 30
April€ 32
May€ 32
June€ 33
July€ 34
August€ 35
September€ 34
October€ 34
November€ 33
December€ 34
ItemPercent
January€ 106
February€ 105
March€ 101
April€ 99
May€ 93
June€ 93
July€ 100
August€ 101
September€ 98
October€ 97
November€ 97
December€ 99
ItemPercent
January€ 62
February€ 64
March€ 65
April€ 64
May€ 55
June€ 61
July€ 61
August€ 61
September€ 71
October€ 62
November€ 64
December€ 64
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Ukraine

DieselUnleaded
Mar , 2023

€ 1.28

€ 1.22

Apr , 2023

€ 1.17

€ 1.17

May , 2023

€ 1.09

€ 1.13

Jun , 2023

€ 1.10

€ 1.14

Jul , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.18

Aug , 2023

€ 1.24

€ 1.26

Sep , 2023

€ 1.43

€ 1.42

Oct , 2023

€ 1.50

€ 1.49

Nov , 2023

€ 1.41

€ 1.41

Dec , 2023

€ 1.36

€ 1.37

Jan , 2024

€ 1.28

€ 1.28

Feb , 2024

€ 1.32

€ 1.32

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb , 2024 1.32 1.32
Jan , 2024 1.28 1.28
Dec , 2023 1.36 1.37
Nov , 2023 1.41 1.41
Oct , 2023 1.50 1.49
Sep , 2023 1.43 1.42
Aug , 2023 1.24 1.26
Jul , 2023 1.15 1.18
Jun , 2023 1.10 1.14
May , 2023 1.09 1.13
Apr , 2023 1.17 1.17
Mar , 2023 1.28 1.22

Car rental price statistics in Ukraine

  • Average Price Icon
    € 179.55
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 151.17
    Highest daily price:
    Volkswagen Touareg
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    288
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    25
    Most popular model:
    Ford Focus
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    39
    Location with most cars:
    Kiev
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 25.7 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - Solomyanskyi district - Kiev
FAQs - How can we help?

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Is it safe to drive in Ukraine?

Driving in Ukraine is generally very safe, however like driving in any foreign country for the first time, it's wise to familarise yourself with laws of the road and understand what's considered normal in the Ukraine.

Overtaking slow moving traffic, even traffic adhering to the speed limit is common in the Ukraine, so don't be alarmed if you are overtaken in regular traffic. Try to be alert to those around you and anticipate possible danger. Defensive driving is recommended in congested cities and towns and you should consider car hire excess insurance.

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Other Car Hire Locations in Ukraine

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Donetsk
€25.1
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €25.1 per day
Estate 5 5 4 from €31.5 per day
Mini 5 4 1 from €25.3 per day
Odessa
€25.1
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €25.1 per day
Estate 5 5 4 from €31.5 per day
Mini 5 4 1 from €25.3 per day
Kiev
€25.3
 
 
Mini 5 4 1 from €25.3 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €33.1 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €26.2 per day
Simferopol Airport
€35.4
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €35.4 per day
Suv 5 5 2 from €63.8 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €40.4 per day