Ukraine’s second city is clean and pristine, packed with grand Soviet buildings, leafy parks, and powerful monuments. Located in the northeast of the country, Kharkov has a strong Soviet past. During the 1920’s the Ukranian Soviet government had their seat here, and during the 1960’s the city formed the hub of the Soviet defence industry. Today Kharkov is still an industrial powerhouse, and is less likely to attract leisure travellers than it is business people.
Kharkov might not be a mainstay on the tourist trail, but there’s plenty to see and do during a visit. Enjoy a trip on the Children’s Railway (a train route operated by kids), admire the UNESCO Heritage Mirror Stream fountain, or pay a visit to the huge Freedom Square: one of Europe’s largest.
Airports in Kharkov
Kharkov International Airport (HRK) is the city’s main airport. It has two terminals: a modern international terminal, built to comply with UEFA regulations in time for the Euro 2012 football tournament, and a neo-classical VIP terminal which was built during the 1950’s.
Airlines that fly to Kharkov
No airlines currently offer direct flights to Kharkov from the UK. Airlines that fly to Kharkov from other locations include Aeroflot (from Moscow), Kharkov Airlines and Pegasus Airlines (from Istanbul), and Ukraine International Airlines (from Batumi, Kiev, Odessa, and Tel Aviv). Some airlines also offer seasonal and charter flights to Kharkov from locations that include Sharm el-Sheikh, Sofia, and Thessaloniki.
Getting into Kharkov
Kharkov International Airport is well connected to the city centre by public transport. Buses 115 and 119 both connect the airport to the Prospekt Haharina metro station, while number 297 connects to the metro station Radianska. You can also catch minibuses 255 and 152 to the Akademika Barabashova metro station, or take Trolleybus 5 to the Zirka Cinema. Taxis are also available, and have a 15 minute transfer time between the airport and the city.
When to visit Kharkov
Summer is a great time to visit Kharkov. The weather is warm and pleasant, with temperatures sitting at around 21°C in July. This is a good temperature for slowly strolling around, admiring the city’s main sights, or for joining the locals for a beer in the beautiful Shevchenko Park.
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