Money

The currency in Ukraine is Ukrainian Hryvnia.

Cash can be easily exchanged at any bank or currency exchange office. Approximately exchange rates are:
1 US dollar = 27 Ukrainian Hryvnias
1 British Pound = 34 Ukrainian Hryvnias
1 Euro = 31 Ukrainian Hryvnias
(as of March 2020)

ATM that accept MasterCard, Visa and Maestro can be found on busy streets, in shopping centres, at banks, main transport terminals and even in some hotels.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most hotels, most shops and bigger restaurants. If using online taxi services like Uber or Bolt you can use your cards for payment.
Diners Club & American Express are accepted only in bigger hotels and rarely elsewhere.
Generally it is recommended to have cash equal your one-day spending with you.

Weather

The climate in Odessa is warm.
Summer months (June to September) are hot with the average temperature between 21° C and 27° C. There is over 10 hours of sunshine per day in June to August and slightly less in September.

Time difference

Odessa is in Eastern European Timezone resulting in time difference of +2 hours comparing to UK.

Visa

No Visa are required for travelers from European Union, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Switzerland.

Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 7th January – Orthodox Christmas
  • 8th March - International Women's Day
  • movable in March or April - Orthodox Easter
  • 1st May – Labour Day
  • 9th May - Victory Europe Day
  • 28th June – Constitution Day
  • 24th August – Independence Day
  • 1st October – Defender of Ukraine Day
  • 25th December – Christmas Day

Embassies

Directly in Odessa, there are consulates of several countries (inclusive China, Greece, Poland, Romania, Russia and Turkey).

The respective embassies to Ukraine are all based in Kiev.

Telephone

The international telephone code for Ukraine is +380.

Language

The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian language that is spoken by approximately 68% of the population. Most of the people also speak Russian.
In Odessa Ukrainian and Russian are spoken on equal frequency.
Many young locals speak English to some level.

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