These are favoured by schoolchildren, the working class and babushkas and dedushkas. They won’t get you anywhere in a hurry, but they do provide an intriguing look into everyday Ukrainian life. Tickets cost 1Hr and can be purchased from the conductor. You should immediately validate your ticket using one of the many punching gadgets around you. If not, you risk being intimidated into paying a fine by roaming inspectors. All tickets are good for one journey. Monthly travel passes are only available at final stops.
Odesa’s tram system operates 19 routes making it one of the largest in Ukraine. However, if you need to reach centre, tram routes are nonexistent from Preobrazhens’ka vul. to the shore so you’ll need to hop on a bus, trolleybus or minibus. The tram’s main function is to connect the edge of centre with outlaying districts. Eleven trolleybus routes and 90 bus routes fill in the gaps allowing passengers to reach just about any locale in the city.
Microbuses and minivans
All forms of transit make scheduled stops except for microbuses and minivans. These privately-owned marshrutkas (маршрутки) or route taxis can stop anywhere along their specified route. Just flag it down as you would a taxi, then tell the driver where to let you out when you’ve had enough. Route information (in Russian only) is posted on the front and back windows. Don’t forget to pay as you exit. Fares range from 1.75 to 2.50Hr.
Odesa’s funicular runs alongside the famous Pot’omkins’ki skhody (stairs). Climbing aboard not only saves your lungs and calves the torture of hiking the steep steps, it offers a unique and relaxing panoramic view of the seaport and bay. Rides are free of charge.