Sevastopol (Crimea), with its meridional charm and rich cultural legacy, is rather original destination that is still a mystery for lots of people from the west. The city of Sevastopol has been closed for foreigners until 1996... The southern part of the Crimea has a Mediterranean climate, warm and mild. It is very pleasant to walk over the centre near the quays and along the shady avenues, where young marines and navy officers in uniform compete in elegance with russian and ukrainian girls, incomparably charming. It's difficult not to fall in love with Sevastopol. The city, very animated in summer with its open-air clubs and discotheques, is very nice and won't leave you indifferent. It also hosts the naval base of the Russian fleet of the Black Sea.
Most visits to Sevastopol are trouble-free. Check our latest Sevastopol travel advice including safety and security, entry requirements and travel tips for up-to-date information.
You can get to Sevastopol by train
. All trains Kiev Sevastopol
pass through the railway station of Simferopol
. They ride all the year long but are most numerous in summer. From the bus station of Sevastopol you can reach many towns in Crimea: Yalta
, Sudak, Evpatoria
and other cities on the seaside by marshrutka (local minibuses). It is more complicated to get to Kazantip but it is not a problem, if you have booked your stay at Kazantip
with us. We will pick you up at the railway station of Sevastopol.
Your trip to Sevastopol will be faster by air (IATA airport code: UKS) than by train. The flight time Kiev Sevastopol: approximately 1h30. In the airport you will find the public transport only to get to downtown (mind minimum 30 minutes). If you do not want to take public transport, the taxis are waiting. The tarifs are very high especially in summer. The cheapest is to have a transfer, booked in advance.
The only company that offers regular daily flights Kiev Sevastopol is Dniproavia
. Unfortunately their website is not very understandable and only a few travel agencies will offer you this company. Moreover - the Airport of Sevastopol does not have a website!
The easiest and the cheapest way to reach Sevastopol is to take a flight to Simferopol
with the Ukraine International Airlines
offering two daily flights from April to October: one in the morning and one in the evening to / from airport Kiev Borispol (Boryspil). The website of Kiev airport
is also available in English. Ukraine International Airlines offers numerous connections including Simferopol Paris, Nice Simferopol Simferopol Geneva, Brussels Simferopol and also Marseille Simferopol or Toulouse Simferopol and Lyon Simferopol.
also offers daily flights to Simferopol from Istanbul with connections to many cities in Europe.
Trains from many cities of Ukraine and Russia arrive at the station in Sevastopol. Make sure to bring food and drinks because the trip is very long. The official site of the train company in Ukraine is available only in Ukrainian. No online booking of train tickets. We offer train tickets Kiev Simferopol
or train tickets Odessa Simferopol
You can also arrive to Sevastopol by car from Europe ... but that is very long. Don't forget to bring a good map of Ukraine
Arriving & Getting around
Public transport is cheap but without speaking Russian it will be difficult for you to use the most popular means of transport : marshutka. The ride within the town costs only 2.75 hryvnia (UAH) that is about 25 cents. The only alternative to a foreigner is a taxi. Taxis waiting in the street do not use counters, on the countary to the taxis that they call by phone. Negotiate the price before boarding the taxi. It is difficult to communicate with drivers who do not speak English or any other foreign language. To move in Sevastopol will cost you between 30 to 50 hryvnias or may be a little more for the foreigners ...
What to see in Sevastopol?
Sevastopol is certainly one of the most interesting cities of Crimea, along with Evpatoria they become the most animated cities for partying from May to September. It is a university town and a holiday town where they use any reason to have a party. You will meet beautiful girls here. The three essential places in downtown where you will meet your appointment: it's McDonald's! It is impossible to tell you in a few words everything you should not miss at Sevastopol. Do not forget to take a boat trip in the bay and visit the Cathedral of St. Vladimir. Sevastopol also has a long heroic history, and is famous for its resistance during the Crimean War and the Second World War. These events are commemorated throughout the city with many monuments.
35th Seacost Battery Kazachya Bay
Common Grave Cemetery Bogdanova 43 Severnaya side
Aquarium Nakhimova prosp. 2 www.sevaquarium.com
Diorama Museum Sapun Gora
Grafskaya Pier, Nakhimova pl
Istoricheskiy boulevard near Ushakova sq
Konstantinovskiy Ravelin, Severnaya side
Mikhailovskiy Ravelin, Gromova 35, Severnaya side
Panorama The Siege of Sevastopol, Istoricheskiy bulv.
The Monument to Scuttled Ships Primorskiy bulv
The Museum of the Black Sea Fleet Lenina 11
Churches & Cathedrals
The All Saint‘s Church Pozharova 9A
The Cathedral of Protecting Veil, Bolshaya Morskaya 36
The St Peter‘s and Paul‘s Cathedral, Lunacharskogo 37
The St Vladimir Admiral‘s Cathedral Suvorova 3
St Vladimir‘s Cathedral, Drevniaya 1
A mysterious past of Balaklava, ancient genoise port... former base of soviet submarines
Balaklava hasn't yet given up all its secrets. During a long time the the inhabitants of Balaklava, a small charming port, guarded by genoise tours of XIII century, were not sure about what was happening in the underground factory of the bay. The village on the shore of the Black sea, just a few cables away from Sevastopol, disappeared from maps in 1957! Nowadays it's possible to walk over the sinister galleries with a personal guide. This visit will enlighten some curious moments of the past of mysterious "Facility 825", the secret complex that used to be a base of soviet submarines of the Black sea fleet.
Inkerman, its monastery and its caves...
By 1850, a Russian orthodox monastery was built near the cliff; it was destroyed during the Soviet period, but then rebuilt and it restarted its activity. One of the biggest centres of production of wine of Crimea is located here since 1961. Vineyards are situated in the vicinity of Sevastopol and in the southern part of the Crimea. The ageing of wine takes place in cellars done up in the limestone with a total underground square over more than 50 000 m2.
The museum of Panorama, reproducing the siege of the city during the Crimean war
It reconstructs the main episodes of the battle for Sevastopol during the Crimean war.
Activities in and around Sevastopol
In winter the weather is milder than in the rest of Ukraine. Clubbing is the most interesting activity in winter, the parties are numerous and the clubs are very animated. But be attentive, because you may fall in love with the city ... We recommend you the club and in summer the discotheques in the Omega quarter.
The spring is the best season here: the downtown terraces bloom with flowers, Sevastopol is really the mediterranean city. It is the best time to discover the Crimea and Sevastopol!
Shopping in Sevastopol
Credit cards are accepted in most shops in the city. You'll find a lot of exchange offices and ATMs, but in the market or outside the center you can pay in cash only.
Dining: restaurants in Sevastopol
In Sevastopol try your best to eat fish with a good white wine from the Crimea in a restaurant in the center. And for your evening parties a good local vodka with a fruit platter is the best choice.
There are many restaurants in this town. In summer it is even advisable to book if you want to eat outside.
Sleeping: to accommodate in Sevastopol's hotel or apartment?
Right near the railway station they will offer you to rent a room for one or more nights. The accommodations are often unhealthy and far from the centre of the city. There are few hotels, but they are not enough for a city of a growing tourism: the hotels "Ukraina" (or "hotel Ukraine") and "Sevastopol" are the best known. The best compromise is to rent an apartment in Sevastopol from 35 euros per night from the owner. A rental of a luxury apartment will cost you two times cheaper than the hotel, but with equal comfort of accommodation. In summer we recommend the hotel on the seashore with pool, sauna and gym.
Nightlife: night clubs in Sevastopol
In Sevastopol the nightlife is tremendous every day of the week. Sevastopol is primarily a port: the feast is synonymous with drinking a lot of beer and vodka. There are many clubs and bars in Sevastopol that work all the year long. From cheap and simple ''zabegalovki" if you want to experience a return to the Soviet era with a few tables and plastic chairs, where the waitress smiles once a year and vodka is incredibly cheap. But you will certainly feel more comfortable sitting in one of the the ultra-modern clubs where young women are competing every year. Everything is very civilized and you'll have no problem. It is necessary to think about your security. To accompany your drink order some "zakuski" and offer a bottle of local champagne (it won't kill you) to the most beautiful girl of the evening. The hardest quest is to choose one. The clubs are open until 5 o'clock in the morning. From techno to the Russian pop music through electro, the sound is very variable.
Night clubs & disco : nightlife in Sevastopol
Night club "МАЯК" (Katcha)
Beach Club ХОРОШО (Sevastopol)
Bowling "ТУРБИНА" (Sevastopol)
Plage "Summer Time" (Sevastopol)
Aquaparc, Club "Зурбаган" (Sevastopol) - official site of the club www.zur.com.ua
OM Cafe (Sevastopol) - official site of the club www.om-cafe.com.ua
Lounge cafe «GELIOS» (Sevastopol)
Night club «PAPILLON» (Sevastopol)
Club «STUDIO 41» (Sevastopol)
Club «Premier» (Sevastopol)
Коктейль-холл «В облаках» (Sevastopol)
Night club «ASIA» (Sevastopol)
Night club «911» (Sevastopol)
Night club «ZEPPELIN» (Sevastopol)
Night club «Звёздный Ильяс» (Sevastopol)
Club «Уругвайский лётчик» (Sevastopol)
Club «Ультра» (Sevastopol)
Club «Волна» (Sevastopol)