Airfare to Kiev, Ukraine
One of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, Kiev is an important technological, educational and historical hub. Located on the Dnieper River, there are a number of man-made and natural attractions including the Pecherska Lavra cave monastery, the Chernobyl Museum and war memorials.
Airfare to Kiev will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Moscow, Russia or Minsk, Belarus. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. No budget airlines fly directly into Kiev, as of yet. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. AeroSvit and Ukraine International Airlines are the national airlines. However, CSA Czech Airlines, Air France, KLM and other airlines also stop in Kiev.
The most expensive air tickets to Kiev are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Moscow, Russia or Minsk, Belarus and traveling overland to Kiev via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Kiev, check out BootsnAll’s Kiev Travel Guide.