All international buses arrive at Stryis’kyi Avtovokzal; however, some buses, including routes from Warsaw and Krakow, may make a first stop in centre not far from Shevchenka prosp. Ask your driver to be sure. At the bus station, ticket offices and schedules are located on the ground floor. Upstairs you’ll find a waiting hall, a small hotel and a cafeteria. To find the left-luggage office, head downstairs from the central hall.
Getting to town Stryis’kyi Avtovokzal is located relatively far from the city centre. Taxis are your obvious quickest option; depending on your haggling skills, fares are available for as little as 50Hr. For an unbelievable value, take trolleybus No. 5 to Shota Rustaveli Street (I-4) for the meagre fare of 1,25Hr. Though it may be cramped, marshrutkas No. 3A, 9, 25 shuttle passengers to centre for 2Hr.
Bus No. 18 connects Stryis’kyi Avtovokzal with Lviv Holovnyi Train Station.
When travellers referred to the Lviv International Airport it was usually in the context of either a twisted joke or a terrifying tale. Time changes; and in April 2012 Lviv will get the newly renovated Terminal. At the time of this issue going to print there were no much to tell about the new airport facilities, but we promise to make a full review of the newly opened ‘Lviv’ gateway’ in our Summer 2012 issue.
Getting to town Follow the heard of fellow travellers through the terminal corridors to the waiting gauntlet of cabbies. The 70Hr fare to centre is relatively cheap for Ukraine, but the real bargain is by trolleybus 9 (1,25Hr) or marshrutka 48 (2Hr).
It’s about 20 minutes by taxi and 40 by trolleybus/marshrutka on one of Ukraine’s bumpiest roads.
With platforms wrapped in lofty steel awnings, run down trains and suspicious glances, arriving to Lviv’s central rail station can be like stepping into a Cold War era spy movie. Once the nostalgia has worn off, exit the platforms by proceeding down the stairs then follow the exit signs to the station’s halls.
A currency exchange (обмін валют), ticketing booths (каса) and schedules are located in the main hall. There is also a floor plan displayed of available services if you happen to get disoriented. Purchase international tickets from booth No. 2. (Quiet please, the street dogs huddled in the corner are trying to sleep.)
A restaurant (open 11:00-23:00), Express Bank with Western Union, telephones and resting hall (зал) No. 1 are located in the left wing. Admission to hall No. 1 is 3Hr per hour and the Internet can be accessed for 6Hr. A café and ATM are also on site. Additional ATMs, a kiosk selling snacks and beverages and a bar are located in the corridor connecting the left wing to the main hall.
The bulk of station’s services are located in the right wing. Entering from the main hall you’ll find a barber shop, an agency offering excursion services and resting hall No. 2. This hall has two cafés, newspaper stands and a pharmacy. Entrance is free of charge.
Proceed through the corridor past hall No. 2 for a currency exchange and a news stand that sells maps of Lviv.
There are three left luggage (Камера зберігання) areas/lockers available in the right wing. No. 1 is the largest and is the only post that handles bags of all sizes. Depending on the size of your bag, expect to pay from 5-20Hr per day. Police services are also located in the right wing.
Toilets are scattered throughout the building. The easiest to find are located in the corridors leading to the platforms.
Getting to town. Getting from the station to centre is relatively easy. Taxis are abundant near the main exit. A gauntlet of taxi drivers await at the exit of the main hall. A trip to centre should cost around 40Hr and Lviv’s cabbies are much friendlier and less scheming than those in other major Ukrainian cities. The parking lot beyond the cabbies is bustling with buses and mini-buses, most of which connect to outlaying cities, towns and villages. Your best public transport option is tram No. 1, which heads directly to centre. The same tram with a different name, No. 9, takes passengers in the opposite direction from centre to the train station.
When entering the country by car, foreigners are required to sign a document at the border swearing that they will bring the car out of the country before a certain date. Foreign cars are allowed on Ukrainian soil for a maximum of two months. This document should be carried along with your driver’s license and your car’s registration papers at all times. Automobile insurance is obligatory in Ukraine. It may be possible to buy green card insurance valid for Ukraine in your home country to avoid problems - if not you must purchase it from the Ukrainian company at the border. The latter might cost less than the former, however if you don’t speak Ukrainian or Russian it is easy to get deceived by border officials and buy something which is totally useless. The minimum term of insurance is two weeks, with prices depending on the size of the engine.