Visit Kiev - Best of Kiev

Kiev (/ˈkiːɛf, -ɛv/) or Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київ [ˈkɪjiu̯] ; Russian: Киев [ˈkʲiɪf]) is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population in July 2015 was 2,887,974 (though higher estimated numbers have been cited in the press), making Kiev the 8th most populous city in Europe. Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro. The city's name is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of its four legendary founders (see Name, below). During its history, Kiev, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity. The city probably existed as a commercial centre as early as the 5th century. A Slavic settlement on the great trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople, Kiev was a tributary of the Khazars, until seized by the Varangians (Vikings) in the mid-9th century. Under Varangian rule, the city became a capital of the Kievan Rus', the first East Slavic state. Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasion in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for the centuries to come. It was a provincial capital of marginal importance in the outskirts of the territories controlled by its powerful neighbours; first the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, followed by Poland and Russia. The city prospered again during the Russian Empire's Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century. In 1917, after the Ukrainian National Republic declared independence from the Russian Empire, Kiev became its capital. From 1919 Kiev was an important center of the Armed Forces of South Russia and was controlled by the White Army. From 1921 onwards Kiev was a city of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was proclaimed by the Red Army, and, from 1934, Kiev was its capital. During World War II, the city again suffered significant damage, but quickly recovered in the post-war years, remaining the third largest city of the Soviet Union. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and Ukrainian independence in 1991, Kiev remained the capital of Ukraine and experienced a steady migration influx of ethnic Ukrainians from other regions of the country. During the country's transformation to a market economy and electoral democracy, Kiev has continued to be Ukraine's largest and richest city. Kiev's armament-dependent industrial output fell after the Soviet collapse, adversely affecting science and technology. But new sectors of the economy such as services and finance facilitated Kiev's growth in salaries and investment, as well as providing continuous funding for the development of housing and urban infrastructure. Kiev emerged as the most pro-Western region of Ukraine where parties advocating tighter integration with the European Union dominate during elections.


Kiev is the capital city and also the largest city in Ukraine. The city is located in the north central of Ukraine on the Dnieper River. This capital city played a role in establishing European civilization in Eastern Europe. This is also one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe dating back to the 5thcentury.

Are you looking for a Kiev travel itinerary? Create an itinerary within minutes, on your own!

Kiev Itineraries

View all Trips to Kiev

Kiev Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Kiev

  • Save 2% Chernobyl Tour from Kiev
    Chernobyl Tour from Kiev46 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Days

    The way the tours are run now is a result of our 17-year history of developing the tours, negotiating and persuading the gove...

    Book Now
  • Save 1% Full-Day Tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kiev
    Full-Day Tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kiev50 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Days

    You are welcome to join one-full-day Chernobyl and Pripyat tour, during which you will spend maximum time inside of the Zone ...

    Book Now
  • Save 4% Kiev in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing Tour
    Kiev in One Day: Private Tailor-Made Sightseeing TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    Customize your perfect day in Kiev and experience the best of the city on a tailor-made tour with a friendly local guide. Thi...

    Book Now
  • Save 4% Full-Day Trip to the Tunnel of Love from Kiev
    Full-Day Trip to the Tunnel of Love from Kiev3 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Days

    The Tunnel of Love in Klevan is definitely one of the most romantic and outstanding places not just in Ukraine, but also in t...

    Book Now

Facts and Stats for Kiev*

  • Pollution Statistics in Kiev

    Know the pollution level of Kiev before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 62.01 (High)
    • Water Pollution 62.18 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 44.64 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 60.46 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 60.32 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 68.96 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 45.7 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.09 (Low)
  • Kiev: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Kiev for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kiev.

    • Burglary and Theft 49.11 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 43.25 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.8 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 83.84 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 46.1 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 55.9 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 40.67 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 40.77 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.37 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.65 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.51 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.39 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 52.69 (Moderate)
  • Living in Kiev - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Kiev is 103.45 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 52.18 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 69.95 (High)
    • Pollution Index 67.49 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 40.74 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 29.26 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.75 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.65 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.7 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Kiev

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kiev

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.58 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.54 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 62.14 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

* Some of the data on this page is powered by Numbeo