Getting there: There are daily direct overnight trains from Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia to Lviv or Kiev. The most popular way to fly into Ukraine is through the Boryspil (KBP) or Zhuliany (IEV) International Airports, near and in Kiev.
Capital city: Kiev.
Population: 42.563 million.
Religion: The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the second largest religious group after the Christian Orthodox churches.
Language: Ukrainian is the official language. Russian is also widely spoken.
Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH).
Climate: Ukraine has a temperate continental climate with cold, snowy winters and warm summers.
Transport: The public transport system is well developed and and there much less reliance on the car as even between cities the bus and train systems are very well connected. Within cities, transport is led by minibuses, then the trolleybus, tram, bus or taxi.. The cities Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnepropetrovsk also have metros. If time is of essence, there are several regional airports to connect to all over the country.
Best time to travel: The best time to visit Ukraine is between April to June. The temperatures are pleasant, spring is blossoming and it is a great time to enjoy outdoor pursuits without getting too hot. The tourists haven’t settled in yet too and it isn’t as rainy as the other pleasant shoulder period of autumn from September to November.
What to wear: The dress code is fairly relaxed. Casual and smart casual will work for most situations. Dress for the weather as well.