Boryspil International Airport is the international airport serving the city of Boryspil, located 29 kilometres east of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. It is the largest airport in the country, handling 65% of the air passenger traffic. Boryspil International Airport is also the larger of the two passenger airports serving Kiev, the smaller being Zhulyany Airport. The airport uses four terminals and there are plans for a fifth, which is expected to be completed in 2015.
What to see & do
Ukranian National Chornobyl Museum - The Chornobyl Museum is a history museum in Kiev with exhibits dedicated to the 1986 Chornobyl disaster, focusing on the consequences of the disaster and less on the background of the plant or other technical aspects. There are no English captions, but there are English audio guides available for a fee. The museum is housed in an early 20th-century building that used to house a fire brigade but was donated in 1992.
Open-Air Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life - The open air museum covers 160 acres and represents the way of life in different parts of Ukraine. There are six Ukrainian villages from all over the country that were restored and now function as living museums.
St Sophia's Cathedral - With parts of it dating back to the 11th century, St Sophia's Cathedral is the oldest remaining church in the city. It is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and contains the largest ensemble of frescoes and mosaics from the 11th century in the world. No longer an active church since 1934, it currently operates as a government-owned museum. It also serves as an architectural monument of Kievan Rus' and is one of Kiev's best known landmarks.
How to get around
Perhaps the hardest part about getting around Kiev and Boryspil is that most signposts are in Cyrillic script and the chances of encountering a local who speaks English is not very high, although possible. A Russian or Ukraine phrasebook might come in handy. The two types of local buses are the regular bus and trolleybus. They can be boarded at the assigned stops marked by a sign on a telegraph pole. Tickets can be bought from the conductor, the driver, or from kiosks in the city. Also available are official company taxis, 'gypsy' cabs, and privately run route taxis or minivans called "Marshrutky." Your best bet for long-distance travels is the Metro, an extensive subway that provides comfort and speed.
How to get there
Boryspil International Airport is served by several airlines, including Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air Astana, airBaltic, Air France, Air Moldova, Astra Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, British Airways, Caspian Airlines, Czech Airlines, Dniproavia, Ellinair, Estonian Air, Kharkiv Airlines, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Nouvelair, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, SCAT, Taban Air, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, UM Airlines, UTair Aviation, UTair-Ukraine, Uzbekistan Airways, and Windrose Airlines. These airlines provide regular flights to Kiev Borispol Airport from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Almaty, Riga, Paris, Prague, Athens, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Istanbul, and a few other European cities.
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