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Traveling to Ukraine from the Netherlands: travel costs, convenient routes and entry rules

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Traveling to Ukraine from the Netherlands: travel costs, convenient routes and entry rules

It is currently possible to travel to Ukraine from the Netherlands by land. Find out more about how to save time while traveling, the cost of tickets and where to buy them, and what type of transport you should choose

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Ukrainians who have found refuge in the Netherlands come back to their Ukrainian cities. Foreign citizens also remain interested in Ukraine and plan their visits.

In order to simplify the transfer, it is worth planning a route and buying tickets in advance. We have prepared convenient routes for coming to Ukraine from the Netherlands.


Ground transportation is still the only way to get to Ukraine from the Netherlands. Often, visitors and refugees feel confused when choosing which transport to use and are unsure which country to choose for transit. Read how to save time on your trip, where to buy tickets and what kind of transport you should choose.


It should be noted that over 4 thousand tourists from the Netherlands visited Ukraine in the first half of 2023.


Traveling from the Netherlands to Ukraine


There are no direct flights to Ukraine, but you can think of the best option. Consider the following options:


- Traveling by bus to Ukraine;

- Fly to a country neighboring Ukraine and then travel by train or bus;

- a personal car;

- volunteer organizations.


Travel planning algorithm


The first step is to choose a transport. After that, buy tickets. VisitUkraine offers rail, air, and bus tickets from reliable carriers. Check out the options here.


Next, make sure you have all the documents to leave the Netherlands and return if necessary.


If you plan to stay in Ukraine temporarily, find accommodation. 




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Cost of traveling to Ukraine


Direct bus services


Prices for direct bus services vary and depend on the day of the week and discounts offered by the carrier. At the moment, FlixBus offers direct bus trips from Amsterdam to Kyiv from 3400 UAH, to Lviv from 4600 UAH, to Odesa from 5000 UAH when booked several months in advance. Find more offers on our website. 


Please note! The bus trip lasts more than 35 hours, so you need to carefully prepare for such a move.


Flights to Poland, Moldova, Romania and Hungary


If you decide to travel part of the way by plane, consider arriving in countries that border Ukraine.


You can fly to a country that is a neighbor of Ukraine (Moldova, Poland, Romania, Hungary). For example, the low-cost airline Wizz Air flies from Eindhoven to Budapest, Debrecen, Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Katowice, and Bucharest.


If you book tickets in advance, you can find deals starting at 20 euros.


Transfer from countries neighboring Ukraine


Countries bordering Ukraine offer different options. The FlixBuss carrier operates bus services from Poland to Lutsk, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Lviv, and other Ukrainian cities.


From Budapest, you can get to Lviv, Kyiv, Odesa, and Lutsk. Prices start from 2000 UAH when booked a week before departure.


Another convenient option is a direct train. Currently, Ukrzaliznytsia has extensive connections to European cities in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania. For a full list of international trains, follow this link. Train ticket prices start from 1200 UAH depending on the direction.


Take care of safety during your stay in Ukraine


In order to feel as safe as possible in Ukraine during the military operations, you need to take care of purchasing proper insurance. You can do this by following the link.


In particular, there are three options for policies that include:


- Compensation for damages in case of an accident due to military operations or terrorist acts;

- Outpatient treatment and hospitalization;

- emergency care.


Read more about the benefits of military risk insurance in Ukraine here.


Free offers


Refugees can take advantage of a free transfer offered by Fast Line Ukraine. You can leave a request on the website and wait until you are contacted. There is no 100% guarantee that you will be helped with the trip, but we recommend trying this option.


You can also find volunteers who support refugees. However, most efforts are currently focused on the delivery of humanitarian goods, not passengers.


Please note! When traveling to Ukraine, you must take into account the restrictions of martial law. Read more about the rules of entry and stay in Ukraine for foreign citizens in our material.




We recommend purchasing it for a safe and comfortable trip to Ukraine: 


Visit Ukraine Insurance - safe travel in Ukraine (insurance covering military risks);

Visit Ukraine Tickets - book bus and train tickets to/from Ukraine;

Visit Ukraine Tours - the largest online database of tours to Ukraine for every taste;

Visit Ukraine Hotels - book hotels for a comfortable stay in Ukraine;

Visit Ukraine Merch - choose patriotic clothing and accessories with worldwide delivery.

Cooperation - cooperation and advertising integrations with Visit Ukraine and Visit World projects.




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