Fly To Kharkov, Ukraine
As the second largest city in Ukraine, Kharkov (or Kharkiv) has lots to offer when it comes to history and culture. Its strong Soviet history makes it a very niche destination for those seeking knowledge of the architecture of this time, but it can be just as fascinating for anyone with an interest in Eastern European culture.
Situated in the northeast of Ukraine, Kharkov is the largest city in the Sloboda Ukraine historic region. Although the historic region is not nearly as large as it once was, the city is still home to a myriad of theatres, museums, monuments and beautiful parks and gardens. Music lovers can indulge in regular festivals and a very lively music scene.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Kharkov, Ukraine. Visa processing usually takes 15 working days, but could take up to one month, so be sure to apply in advance. Express Visas can be processed in 5 days and costs double the price of the usual $85 for a single entry.
- The South African Embassy in Ukraine is in Kiev at 9/2 Velyka Vasylkivska Street, Kiev 01004. Phone: +380 44 287 7172.
See and do
Freedom Square is the most prominent feature of Kharkov and one of the largest city squares in Europe. Lined with many inviting cafes and bars, it forms a starting point for exploring the monuments and landmarks of the city centre. Look out for DerzhProm building and Shevchenko Monument specifically. In summer, it hosts many music concerts while winter months transform it into an ice skating rink with a massive, decorated Christmas tree.
Get into the city’s culture by making a day out of visiting the many museums and art galleries within the city. With everything from an art museum and literary museum to a maritime museum and historical museum, everyone will learn at least one fascinating thing on a day like this.
After exploring the insides of the city, treat yourself to a day in the outdoors. Gorky Park is great for families with its wide range of rides and children’s activities, for example, the sky tram. Visitors of all ages will find their inner child just by strolling through the beautiful park. A visit to the botanical gardens won’t disappoint either and here you’ll find a natural cold-water spring where you can cool down in summer.
Kharkov International Airport – HRK
Food and beverage: Polet Restaurant, Da Vinci Restaurant.
Currency Exchange: Find currency exchange services in Terminal A as well as the VIP Terminal at Kharkov Airport.
Lost Luggage: On arrival in Terminal A, visit the Lost & Found counter to enquire about lost luggage.
Airport Hotels: None on site, but Kalyna Hotel is only 700m away. Other hotels within a 10km radius include Ovis Hotel, Aurora Hotel and Druzhba Hotel.
Car Hire: Megarent.
Airport Hub: Kharkiv International Airport (code HRK) is a hub for Ukraine International Airlines.