Boryspil International Airport

Boryspil International Airport in Kiev is the largest airport in Ukraine and is located roughly 19 miles to the east of city. It serves as the hub for Ukraine International Airlines.

Most international flights to Kiev land at Boryspil International Airport, although a handful of airlines are now using Kyiv International Airport.

Its IATA code is KBP (useful to know when booking a flight online).

Terminals

The airport currently has two passenger terminals; B and D.

Terminal F opened in 2010 and but had a short and undistinguished life as a passenger terminal. In October 2013 all passenger flights were transferred to other terminals. It now serves as a cargo terminal.

Terminal B

Terminal B is the oldest of the passenger terminals currently in operation and offers domestic and charter flights.

Terminal D

Terminal D opened in summer 2012 and is the main terminal for international flights.

Destinations

Direct flights to a good number of Ukrainian and international destinations are available. A selection is shown in the table below:

City
Airport
Country
Airline
Terminal
AmsterdamSchipholNetherlandsUkraine International Airlines, KLMD
DnipropetrovskDnipropetrovsk International AirportUkraineUkraine International Airlines, DniproaviaB
DubaiDubai International AirportUnited Arab EmiratesUkraine International Airlines, Emirates, flydubaiD
FrankfurtFrankfurt AirportGermanyUkraine International Airlines, LufthansaD
KharkivKharkiv International AirportUkraineUkraine International Airlines, DniproaviaB
LondonLondon GatwickUKUkraine International AirlinesD
LondonLondon HeathrowUKBritish AirwaysD
MoscowMoscow DomodedovoRussiaUkraine International Airlines, S7 AirlinesD
MoscowMoscow SheremetyevoRussiaAeroflot Russian AirlinesD
OdessaOdessa International AirportUkraineUkraine International AirlinesB
ParisCharles de GaulleFranceUkraine International Airlines, Air FranceD
Tel AvivBen Gurion International AirportIsraelUkraine International AirlinesD

Facilities

Both passenger terminals offer:

  • Cafes and restaurants before and after security
  • A smoking zone after security
  • Duty free shops after security (international departure zones)
  • Free wireless internet access
  • ATMs, banks, and currency exchanges
  • Luggage wrapping services

The distance between Terminals B and D is approximately ½ mile. If you are arriving on an international flight at Terminal D and transferring to Terminal B to catch a domestic flight (or vice versa) you can use the free shuttle bus. It runs every 5 or 10 minutes at peak times.

Transport

Taxis

Taxis used to be a complete nightmare at Boryspil. In the days when Terminal B was the main international terminal, arriving passengers would be greeted (and harassed) by hundreds of unofficial taxi drivers. The rates offered were frankly exorbitant and haggling was essential.

Official taxis (Sky Taxi) are now available at all terminals. The rate charged is 4.5 UAH per km. The cars are modern Hyundai vehicles with meters (unusual for Kiev and Ukraine), air-conditioning, GPS, and POS terminals. Drivers speak foreign languages and have extensive driving experience.

Trains

There is currently no rail link to the airport.

Metro

There is no Metro station at the airport. Don’t be confused into thinking Boryspilska Metro Station is nearby. It’s over 10 miles away.

Car Hire

Driving in Ukraine isn’t for the faint hearted but if you need to hire a car at the airport there are several international vehicle rental companies with offices here (Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt).

Buses

The cheapest way to get to and from the airport is to catch the Sky Bus. It terminates at Kiev Train Station (Southern Train Station) in the city centre and stops at Kharkivska Metro Station (Green Line) on the way. Please note on the official Borypsil Airport website Kiev Train Station is referred to as Pivdenny Railway Station (don’t get confused as it is the same place).

The complete journey takes just under an hour and costs 50 UAH. Buses operate round the clock with departures every 15 minutes or so during the day (roughly every 30 minutes at night) from Terminals B and D. Tickets can be purchased from the driver or at the ticket offices in the terminals.

Although the bus offers the cheapest connection to Kiev city centre, we wouldn’t recommend it for first time travellers to Kiev.

Kiev Train Station isn’t really near any of the major hotels, so it’s likely you’ll have to hop on the Metro at Vokzalna Metro Station (Red Line) or catch a taxi. Both options present problems.

  • The Metro isn’t particularly great for passengers with luggage as there are no lifts (just escalators).
  • Taxi drivers at the train station tend to try and charge more than the going rate.

In our opinion the extra hassle just isn’t worth the money saved.

Security

Valuables in suitcases used to have a tendency to go missing once passed into the hands of the staff at Boryspil International Airport. The editor of this website has personal experience of items of great personal importance being stolen from his luggage.

Major discrepancies have been recorded between thefts reported to airlines and those registered by police. In 2007 airlines reported 11,000 luggage thefts while police registered just under 600 offences. Criminal proceedings were opened in only 9 cases.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the situation has now been addressed (nobody we know seems to complain about missing items anymore).

Nevertheless, exercising a little caution and placing any items of value in hand luggage doesn’t do any harm.

Baggage wrapping services are available at all terminals. For a small fee you can get your suitcase wrapped with multiple layers of cellophane and secured with thick plastic straps. The service is very popular. Most passengers still seem to have little faith in security at Boryspil.

Passengers waiting for flights in Terminal F of Boryspil International Airport in Kiev, Ukraine

Map

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Details

Boryspil International Airport

Address:
Borispol Airport
Kiev
Kiev Oblast
Ukraine

[Visit Boryspil International Airport Website]

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. Mandy says

    Should I buy presents at duty free or elsewhere?

    • Editor says

      Depends what you’re buying I suppose. I’d say prices at the duty free are generally more expensive than in the city. I’d only personally buy from duty free if I forget to buy earlier. Cigarettes, for example, will probably be cheaper than in your home country. As a general rule I’d say buy in the city.

  2. Yaron says

    The theft problem still exists!!!

    I just had my camera stolen from my checked in luggage. Not cool at all, and I would expect the airport and police to make sure this does NOT happen.

    The airport doesn’t even have contact information on their website to complain.

    • Editor says

      Sorry to hear that. I was fairly certain that had stopped. Not heard any such stories for a while. You may have better luck complaining to your airline or in person at the airport. Let us know what happens.

  3. Robin says

    When I arrive at Boryspil Airport is there somewhere I can get money?

    • Editor says

      Yes, there are ATMs at Boryspil and currency exchange desks too.

      I’m pretty sure the currency exchanges are open 24 hours.

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