Ukraine car rentals are a cheap and convenient way to get around the country at your own pace. However, as the public transportation system in the country is quite well developed, you may not need to rent a car in Ukraine to get around—or at least you may not need to rent one for your entire stay. You may find it easy to travel around and among the major cities without your own vehicle, but renting a car in Ukraine can enable you to explore locations that are off the beaten track, such as many of the beautiful hiking trails in the mountains and the national parks. Do keep in mind that driving in Ukraine may not be as easy as you think, and plan ahead.
To rent a car in Ukraine you must have a valid International Driver's License. There are numerous places you can get Ukraine car rentals, including the airports or in town. The full variety of well-known car rental companies is available in Ukraine, including Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar and more. Keep in mind that renting a car at the airport can be more expensive than getting a Ukraine car hire in the city. Getting a Kiev car rental at the Boryspil International Airport, for example, is likely to be significantly more expensive and only slightly more convenient than renting after you’ve arrived in the city. Be sure to shop around for the best price; most Ukraine car hire companies have web sites where you can check their latest rates.
After getting your Ukraine car hire, you will have to face the task of navigating around the country. Before deciding whether to rent a car in Ukraine, you should consider the fact that almost all road signs in the city are written in the Cyrillic alphabet, and that unless you are able to read Cyrillic, it will be difficult for you to recognize names. A few signs near the big cities are written in the Latin alphabet, but it may be easier for you to take public buses than to drive yourself. Investing in a good quality map and/or a GPS system is definitely recommended.
Once you have decided to take advantage of the Ukraine car rentals, there are a few things to be aware of when driving in the country. The speed limit within Kiev and other cities is 60 km/h (about 37 mph), except in residential areas where the speed limit is reduced to 20 km/h (about 12 mph). Avoid speeding, as the police are always on the lookout for traffic offenders and will not hesitate to impose heavy fines. In case of police officers unjustly charging you more than they should, keep the telephone number of your embassy in Ukraine handy just in case.
Residents of the UK should be aware that in Ukraine cars drive on the right side of the road. Driving after the consumption of any alcohol is prohibited, and will result in heavy penalties. Seatbelts are mandatory. Main roads leading to and from large cities should be in a state of pretty good repair, but smaller roads will likely be riddled with potholes. Drive carefully as you enjoy the view of Ukraine's lush countryside.