Ukraine is widely considered as Europe’s undiscovered gem. With a fascinating history, a countryside that boasts phenomenal landscapes and cities that are host to impressive architecture, it’s easy to see why Ukraine is becoming more popular destination for holidays and city breaks. The capital city of Kiev is a cultural hub and home to Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet as well as museums and an art market which is run by local artists. For more outdoorsy types, the south is a great place to take a walk in the countryside or take a boat ride through the black sea and see the amazing sea life.
Driving in Ukraine
Road Driving Side
Urban Speed Limit
Rural Speed Limit
Motorway Speed Limit
Important things to note
Be aware that drink driving is common, even though drink drive limit is zero.
Traffic police are known to stop vehicles to levy a fine for minor driving offences. They can issue on-the-stop-fines but these usually have to be paid to a bank within 14 days of issue.
It is common to see horse-drawn carts using the roads (including dual carriageways).
Cyclists and pedestrians are known to walk in the roads at night and can be difficult to see.
Driving culture in Ukraine
What are the roads like in Ukraine?
The roads are of variable quality throughout the country. Generally, roads in rural areas are of poor quality and are full of potholes. Main roads tend to be of a higher standard, but patchwork road repairs are frequent and the uneven road surface will test your suspension.
What are the drivers like in Ukraine?
It is recommended to exercise caution at all times while driving. Local drivers are known to be aggressive and generally don’t comply with speed limits or other driving laws.
What are the best times to drive?
It’s recommended not to drive at night where possible, especially in rural areas or other areas outside of major towns and cities. Roads are poorly lit, even in places that have street lamps as these tend to be very weak. Local drivers are known to drive poorly lit vehicles at night.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
The law stipulates that drivers must use dipped headlights during the day, throughout the year.
Ukraine operates a zero tolerance drink driving policy.
You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law. It is recommended to use a hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone whilst driving.