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).
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 is the oldest of the passenger terminals currently in operation and offers domestic and charter flights.
Terminal D opened in summer 2012 and is the main terminal for international flights.
Direct flights to a good number of Ukrainian and international destinations are available. A selection is shown in the table below:
|Amsterdam||Schiphol||Netherlands||Ukraine International Airlines, KLM||D|
|Dnipropetrovsk||Dnipropetrovsk International Airport||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines, Dniproavia||B|
|Dubai||Dubai International Airport||United Arab Emirates||Ukraine International Airlines, Emirates, flydubai||D|
|Frankfurt||Frankfurt Airport||Germany||Ukraine International Airlines, Lufthansa||D|
|Kharkiv||Kharkiv International Airport||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines, Dniproavia||B|
|London||London Gatwick||UK||Ukraine International Airlines||D|
|London||London Heathrow||UK||British Airways||D|
|Moscow||Moscow Domodedovo||Russia||Ukraine International Airlines, S7 Airlines||D|
|Moscow||Moscow Sheremetyevo||Russia||Aeroflot Russian Airlines||D|
|Odessa||Odessa International Airport||Ukraine||Ukraine International Airlines||B|
|Paris||Charles de Gaulle||France||Ukraine International Airlines, Air France||D|
|Tel Aviv||Ben Gurion International Airport||Israel||Ukraine International Airlines||D|
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.
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.
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. 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.
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