Fly To Odessa, Ukraine
Served by Odessa International Airport, which lies about 7km from the city centre, Odessa has become a hub for tourism – especially for visitors wanting to access the beaches and ports of the Black Sea. In addition to beaches, there are a number of cultural landmarks, historical highlights and plenty to see and do.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African travellers do need a Visa to enter Ukraine. Contact the Ukrainian Embassy in South Africa. Phone: +27 (0)12 460 1943.
- The South African Honorary Consulate is situated in Odessa (Phone: + 380 48 724 8059), while there is also an embassy in Kiev. 9/2 Velyka Vasylkivska Street, 01004 Kyiv. Phone: + 380 44 2898 840.
See and do
Attractions you won’t want to miss include Museum of Western and Eastern Art, Odessa Numismatics Museum, Odessa Archaeological Museum, Passage Galleries, Museum of the Cinema, Primorskiy Boulevard, Catherine Square, Opera House, Dolphinarium Nemo, National Philharmonic Theatre, the Black Sea Port as well as a number of beaches in the vicinity.
Shopping is an experience you will undoubtedly remember (even if you just do window shopping). Deribasovskaya Street is where many of the boutiques and higher-end shops are found, while there are other centres scattered throughout the city too. There is a beautiful 19th Century shopping gallery called Passage – the goods are mixed, with plenty of boutiques and designer shops to browse. Then there is the Seventh-Kilometer Market – a major commercial hub on the outskirts of the city where you can find just about anything under the sun. Things to buy include Roshen Ukraine chocolate, odds and ends from the flower Passage, photo books, Massandra wines or try the Souvenir Market for local handcraft.
Public transport consists of trams, trolleybuses and mini-buses (called marshrutkas), or you can do the car hire option (scary unless you can read Russian road signs). Trams and mini-buses are cheap and fairly easy to take if you want to get around the city. During busy times of the year however, they can get somewhat crowded and stuffy. There is also no schedule for marked tram stops – instead the best bet is to stand and wait until one comes along. A ticket sales person/collector will do the rounds, and you can get your ticket from this person en route. Marshrutkas are a lot like SA taxis – you hail one as it comes past, and let the driver know when you need to get off. Good to know at least a few basic Russian phrases for this process.
Odessa Airport – ODS
Currency Exchange: 24-hour currency exchange and ATMs are found on the first floor, near the arrivals area.
Lost Luggage: Go to the Lost & Found desk in the arrivals area – unlike most airports, you do not collect luggage from a carousel so the claims process can be tricky.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Geneva Resort Hotel, Dom Aktera, Corona Hotel & Apartments, Hotel Vele Rosse and Villa le Premier.
Car Hire: Budget is the main car rental provider operating at this airport.
Airport Hub: Odessa Airport (code ODS) is a hub for Aerosvit Airlines and South Airlines, serving flights to and from destinations in the Ukraine and abroad.