Boryspil International Airport in Kiev is the largest airport in the Ukraine and is located roughly 19 miles to the east of city. It serves as the hub for Aerosvit and 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.
The airport currently has three passenger terminals; B, D, and F.
Terminal B is the oldest of the passenger terminal currently in operation and handles all flights within Ukraine plus a number of international flights. It serves as the main terminal for Aerosvit.
Terminal D opened in summer 2012 and is used for international flights. Air Arabia, Air Baltic, Air France, Czech Airlines, Flydubai, KLM, Lufthansa, and several other airlines have recently transferred to the new terminal.
Terminal F is another recent addition (it opened in 2010). It handles international flights and is the home of Ukrainian International Airlines.
Direct flights to a good number of Ukrainian and international destinations are available. A selection is shown in the table below:
|Almaty||Kazakhstan||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Amsterdam||Netherlands||KLM Royal Dutch Airlines||D|
|Amsterdam||Netherlands||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Antalya||Turkey||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Barcelona||Spain||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Berlin||Germany||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Brussels||Belgium||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Dnipropetrovsk||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|Donetsk||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|Frankfurt||Germany||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Geneva||Switzerland||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Helsinki||Iceland||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Kharkiv||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|London/LGW||UK||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Luhansk||Ukraine||Motor Sich Airlines||B|
|Lviv||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|Milan||Italy||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Moscow/DME||Russia||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Moscow/SVO||Russia||Aeroflot Russian Airlines||B|
|Odessa||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|Paris||France||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Prague||Czech Republic||CSA Czech Airlines||D|
|Rome||Italy||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Simferopol||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|St Petersburg||Russia||Rossiya Airlines||D|
|Tbilisi||Georgia||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|Tel-Aviv||Israel||El Al Israel Airlines||B|
|Tel-Aviv||Israel||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Vienna||Austria||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
|Warsaw||Poland||LOT Polish Airlines||B|
|Zurich||Switzerland||Ukraine International Airlines||F|
All 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
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 with meters are now available at all terminals. The rate charged is 6.5 UAH per km. A journey to the city centre should cost around 200 UAH.
There is currently no rail link to the airport.
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.
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).
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.
The complete journey takes just under an hour and costs 25 UAH. Buses operate round the clock with departures every 15 minutes or so during the day (roughly every 30 minutes at night). Tickets can be purchased from the driver.
Although the bus offers the cheapest connection to Kiev city centre, we wouldn’t recommend it for first time travellers.
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). Furthermore, as few signs are in English, navigating it for the first time can be tricky if you can’t read Cyrillic text.
- 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.
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.
Click here for a detailed map showing all points of interest.
Boryspil International Airport