Travelling to Lviv

(above) Lviv's Grand Station was once the largest in the Habsburg Empire (below) Ukraine's colours reflect the classic national panorama, a yellow field of crops in the steppe and blue sky above

By air

Lviv has its own airport, albeit a modest one, so don't expect state of the art slickness. The most convenient places to fly from are London, Vienna or Warsaw. Poland's LOT airlines operates regular flights from London Heathrow with a brief stop in Warsaw. Austrian Airlines also offers flights and these are direct to Lviv, but less frequently. If you're coming from the UK you can also fly via Manchester, again with a short stop in Warsaw. Ukraine's own airline runs direct flights to Lviv from Frankfurt and Kiev. Lviv airport is just 6km outside the city so it won't take you long to get to the heart of the action. As of yet there are no budget airlines flying to Lviv.

By train

Lviv's grand art nouveau station, a relic of the days when the city was the capital of Habsburg Galicia, is a spectacular sight in itself. It was recently restored and it's in fine condition. Of course, during the Habsburg days the train journey from Vienna was a good deal quicker - today it's about an 18 hour slog from the Austrian capital. If you're travelling from Poland it's about 11 hours from the southern city of Cracow. Naturally, if you're coming from Kiev, there are daily trains and these take roughly 8 hours to reach Lviv.


By bus...

It's possible to set out on your adventure to Lviv from a multitude of cities across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Manchester, Paris and Prague. Most of these options constitute a fairly long haul, but if you're intending to visit other destinations in Eastern Europe, you'll probably be approaching from Poland. If so, a couple of the more interesting points of departure would be Przemysl or Zamosc. Both of these are worth a look, and they're not far from the Ukrainian border. You can take a bus direct from Przemysl, or if you're on the Zamosc route, head off from Hrebenne.


By car...

It's an intrepid choice, but if you like an adventure there'll be plenty of thrills in store. If you're coming from the north-west, bear in mind that Polish roads don't have a wonderful reputation, and the Ukrainian ones are also unlikely to win prizes. Motorways themselves are rather few and far between - we don't mind that so much but pot-holes are very much the norm, not forgetting all kinds of slippery surprises when Old Man Winter descends. On the plus side Western Ukraine's straight, tree-lined prewar roads are picturesque, and its only with a car that you'll have complete freedom. For the bold!

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Trini
Trinidad And Tobago

Can citizen of T&T travel visa free to Lviv?

Reply May 30th, 2015
Dima
Ukraine

Hi, if you faced an issue with tickets from Kyiv to Lviv, I can organize a transfer Kyiv - Lviv -Kyiv. However pay attention that the transfer is available only for weekend. If you have any question please send to mulo AT rambler.ru

Reply Oct 4th, 2012
steffen
United Kingdom

From uk.. we found it best to fly to katowice , then over night train into lviv.. totalyl safe, modern carriages. Only draw back is being woken by the border guards at 4 am ., to see your passport. and the tracks are abit old. its very bumpy. but not as bad as the roads. we enjoyed it

Reply Mar 27th, 2012
sabat
Ukraine

If you drive to Ukraine for the football championship by Japanese, German, French or other car, don’t be uptight about auto service. There are branded service stations for Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Citroen and many others not only in Kyiv, but also in other cities. That’s why you shouldn’t worry about your ‘’iron horses’’, everything will be alright. But only this Travel Guide will help you to find addresses and phone numbers of these service stations. Here its website http://euro2012.ianp.com.ua/index_en.html . So we are waiting for you, guys, in our hospitable cities and noisy stadiums. By the way, if you look through this guide, you'll find a lot of hot spots on the way to the stadium.

Reply Feb 16th, 2012
Olga
United States

Hi everyone! I was hoping someone can give an advice on how to get from Frankfurt to Lviv as cheap as possible. I`m willing to cross Polish border by foot (have done this before), but I`m not sure how to manage the rest of my trip. I was thinking to fly Ryanair to Rzeszow, Poland and then taking bus/taxi/rain to the Ukrainian border. Any suggestions? Thanks

Reply Oct 22nd, 2011
Oksana
United Kingdom

L'viv is very nice city but it is very difficult to get there.Goverment is gready and they don't allowe budget lines to fly to Ukraine.

Reply Aug 16th, 2011
Mark
United Kingdom

11 hours from krakow? When was this written? 1875? Its 8 hours from Krakow Lviv even on the slowest trains, and usually 2 trains per day, although they are growing.

Reply Oct 5th, 2009
Larisa
United Kingdom

Can someone please advise the bus timetable Przemysl - Lviv and Lviv - Przemysl. Many thanks

Reply Jan 12th, 2009
alla
Latvia

skolko stoit taxi lviv- chernovtsi? spasibo! :)))

Reply Jan 6th, 2009
Mark
United Kingdom

OK - you can get to Lviv from Poland very cheaply by a combination of TRAIN from Ustrzyki Dolny in Poland to Chirow in Ukraine and then grab a BUS from there to Lviv. It's a fascinating train journey across the border, where you will be accompanied by cheerful cigarette and alcohol smugglers who strap thir contraband to their arms and legs (and stuff them into the seats and ceilings of the train in full view of the ticket collector and conductor!) At the border, you will wait for a couple of hours as both Ukrainian and Polish customs officers take their turn to strip the carriages of the contraband whilst the passengers look on good-humouredly. Eventually, everyone climbs back on board to check out what goodies have been overlooked by customs, and head cheerfully back home with their booty - to repeat the whole process the following day. Hysterical!

Reply Aug 14th, 2008
Ewgenij Steiner
Germany

Lemberg ist meine Heimat,ich vermi?e dich.Solltest du nicht an mich traurig sein,ich besuche dir.Keine panik!!! Ich denke an dich mein Stadt!!!!

Reply Jul 18th, 2008
Zappa
United States

I have taken the bus from Warsaw to Lviv, but it's a tricky journey with an extremely long stop at the border. The bus also had no heat, and it was winter. But it got me there, and it was cheap!

Reply Mar 9th, 2008
Zappa
United States

The train from Kiev to Lviv is perfectly safe, but I would recommend purchasing the tickets for the entire cabin, unless you wish to share a cabin with a stranger.

Reply Mar 9th, 2008
mimi
United Kingdom

Lviv is very beautiful city... People there are very friendly... I love UKRAINE!!!!!

Reply Feb 27th, 2008
ip freely
United Kingdom

lviv makes me horney

Reply Jan 28th, 2008
Mongolia

Hello. i'wondering that is it safe to getting to Liviv from Kyiv by train. I'll be appreciate if someone give me any advice.

Reply Sep 25th, 2007
tahsoon
Sweden

hello.... need to come to see lviv ..and asking if can find bus in warsawa to lviv , and how about time....thank you

Reply Jul 25th, 2007