How to come to Ukraine from Portugal: convenient routes and useful contacts
Due to the war, Ukraine's airspace is closed, so you need to carefully consider your route. Find out more about how to get from Portugal to Ukraine and travel tips
In the summer, many people travel either for tourist purposes or for business. In Ukraine, despite the martial law, the borders are open. So those wishing to travel can visit the country. However, closed airspace complicates logistics and requires meticulous planning.
For Ukrainians living in Portugal or foreigners aspiring to see Ukraine, convenient routes and tips for buying tickets come in handy. Read on to learn more about the Portugal-Ukraine itinerary.
Read more about visa rules and obtaining a visa to Ukraine for Portuguese citizens here.
It should be noted that over 3 thousand tourists from Portugal visited Ukraine in the first half of 2023.
Fast and comfortable: Flights to a country neighboring Ukraine + train or bus
The most popular option among tourists is to fly to an airport in a country sharing a border with Ukraine. After that, you need to transfer to ground transport – train or bus.
• Portugal-Poland. Many airlines fly from Portuguese airports to Poland, including Wizz Air, Ryanair, EasyJet, and Vueling. The average cost of a one-way ticket is $100, but consider that prices depend on the season.
• Portugal-Moldova. There are flights to Chisinau from Lisbon, Porto, Faro, and Madeira. The cheapest tickets in November stand from $105 one way.
• Portugal-Hungary. You can find a ticket to Hungary even for $70. To travel sparingly, choose a non-tourist season. Ryanair and Wizz Air fly to Hungarian cities, so it will be easy to find a ticket at a reasonable price. Let's add that tourists can reach Budapest and Debrecen by plane.
• Portugal-Austria. You can fly to Vienna, Salzburg, or Innsbruck from Porto, Lisbon, or Faro. Ticket prices start at $80 if you choose a low-cost company such as Ryanair.
• Portugal-Slovakia. Search for cheap tickets from Lisbon, Porto, Faro, and Madeira to Bratislava and Kosice. Please note the absence of direct connections, so companies offer flights with a transfer.
After arriving in a European city, you need to transfer and continue heading to Ukraine. Tourists can choose between railway and bus transport.
Trains remain the most convenient means of transport to reach Ukraine. Currently, there are the following connections:
● Poland. From Warsaw and Chelm, you can reach Kyiv and Kharkiv, and from Przemyśl - Kyiv, Odesa, and Zaporizhzhia.
● Austria. A direct train goes from Vienna to Kyiv with a stop in Budapest.
● Moldova. A direct train goes from Chisinau to Kyiv.
● Slovakia. From Kosice people can reach Chop and Mukachevo.
Visit the link for a detailed schedule of trains connecting Ukraine and European countries.
Where to buy tickets?
While planning a trip, it is important to choose a reliable carrier. By buying tickets for convenient routes, you will ensure comfort and peace of mind during the move.
Buy tickets for trains, buses, and planes following the link.
From Portugal to Ukraine by a personal car
The distance from Lisbon to Kyiv is more than 4,000 km, therefore the trip by car will take more than 40 hours. You must go through many European countries (Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland). A foreigner must have a green card insurance policy to enter Ukraine in a car.
Read about the rules for traveling in Ukraine by car with foreign registration via the link.
Important! While traveling to Ukraine under martial law, it is worth remembering extra risks. War risk insurance covers damages in the event of an accident due to hostilities or terrorism, and will cover outpatient treatment and emergency care.
What to see in Ukraine?
Sometimes people are surprised when they meet foreigners on the streets of their cities. However, we must remember that Ukraine has many tourist attractions and serves as the hotbed of many international companies.
Therefore, the security situation does not stop brave and determined foreigners from traveling. Read the article to learn more about attractive destinations and discover which places foreigners choose to visit.
Legal support in Ukraine for Portugal citizens
Upon their stay in Ukraine, citizens of Portugal may need legal advice.
Among the most common problems are the legal aspects of entering and staying in Ukraine and assistance with document processing. Be sure to contact a specialist if your rights have been violated.
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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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.