As the cost of home internet services in Kiev and Ukraine has dropped, the need for dedicated internet cafes has fallen. Widespread use of laptops, PDA’s and mobile phones with internet access has further increased their demise. Several internet cafes still exist in the city centre, for example at the Central Post Office on Independence Square, but most visitors find it more convenient to use wireless hotspots in more traditional bars, cafes, and restaurants.
McDonald’s – Free WiFi
Finding places in Kiev city centre can be difficult for first time visitors, especially since most street and business signs are written in Russian or Ukrainian. Fortunately, everybody recognises the logo of McDonald’s and the good news for travellers is that this global restaurant chain offers free wireless internet access.
Many of its restaurants in Kiev are located in the areas most frequented by tourists and close to Metro stations:
|19 Kreschatyk||Independence Square||Khreshchatyk||Right next to the Metro entrance.|
|40/25 Bohdana Khmelnytskoho||National Opera House, St Volodymyr's Cathedral, Fomin Botanical Gardens||Universytet, Teatralna||One block up from the National Opera House.|
|1/2 Sofiyivska Street||Independence Square||Maidan Nezalezhnosti||At the northern end of Independence Square.|
|10 Borychiv Uzviz||Funicular Railway, Podil, Hotel Riviera, St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery||Poshtova Ploshcha||Right opposite the Podil entrance to the Funicular Railway and the Riviera Hotel.|
|22 Chervonoarmiyska||Taras Shevchenko Park||Taras Shevchenko Park||Right next to the Metro station.|
WiFi – Other Restaurants, Bars, Hotels
There are hundreds of other restaurants, bars, hotels etc. in Kiev with public wireless internet access. The best way to find a suitable one is to use the Kiev WiFi website. Places with free access have blue icons, while those with paid access have green icons.
Internet access on mobile phones in Kiev and Ukraine is cheap and reliable. All the big mobile phone companies (Kyivstar, Life, MTS Ukraine, PEOPLEnet, Utel) offer a mobile internet service.
Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from street vendors or mobile phone shops. There are literally thousands of outlets across the city and they are easy to spot. For foreigners the easiest option is just to pop into a shop and ask them to set you up. Most shops have a staff member that can speak some English and they are usually keen to help.
Mobile phone shops also sell USB modems for laptops.