You've safely arrived at the Simferopol airport or the train station. What if Simferopol is not your final destination and you are planning to spend your Crimea vacation time at the Black Sea? Crimea, like most of Ukraine, has a well developed transportation network. What kind of transportation to choose for transfer from the Simferopol airport or railroad station to the Black Sea?
Scientists call Crimean Peninsula "the Earth in the miniature". Let's look how big this "miniature" really is. A Crimea map can be found at the Crimean-peninsula page.
The size of the peninsula is 150 miles (240 km) at its widest point from east to west and 100 miles from north to south. The table below shows driving distances for the Crimean towns. All distances are shown in kilometers.
Practically it means that you won't have time to be bored or tired while you heading from the airport or the railway station of Simferopol to the Black Sea.
These are your options to transfer from the Simferopol airport or train station.
Taxi is the fastest way to transfer to desired town from Simferopol if you are you're tired after your journey and just want to get there quickly. There are two types of taxis: official, (are clearly marked with a dome light) and private. Private taxi is simply any local driver who sometimes acts as a taxi driver. The original price for a ride they ask is usually pretty high. Can it be reduced? It depends on your ability to bargain. The more stubborn you are, the more you demonstrate that there are many more taxis available for you, the lower that price will become.
There are a lot of the professional taxi agencies in Crimea. Very often they offer not only taxi ride, but different kinds of services also: to meet you at the Simferopol airport or railroad station, individual tours, guide or interpreter service, etc.
A few things to remember about taxi.
Rent-a-car agencies are becoming more common in Crimea. But there is a problem here. Till recent time car rental service was not in high demand in Ukraine. As a result, car hire business is still not very competitive in Ukraine. Hence, prices for renting a car in Ukraine are often higher than even in European cities. Unfortunately not always level of Ukrainian car rental services can compete to European ones.
Fortunately things are changing for better nowadays in Ukraine. And we have a good chance some day to see a real European level of service. Meanwhile, information about renting a car can be read at the Car-rental-in-Ukraine page.
Crimea is famous for the longest trolleybus line in the world which runs across the mountains to Alushta and Yalta. Trolleybus is the slowest kind of transportation in Crimea, but at the same time it is the cheapest, most exotic and romantic.
The trip to Alushta takes about one hour and a half, to Yalta - one hour more. Sure, a car or the route taxi (marshrutka) will get you to Yalta and Alushta quicker. But ancient and wise Crimea demonstrates its mysteries and soul only to those who are not in a hurry. Relax and this land will let you feel its real beauty.Disclaimer:
The timetable information for the Simferopol's trolleybus given below is only intended as a rough guide. We cannot be responsible for the accuracy or otherwise of this information. This information has been provided because it is difficult to find it online in English and as far as I am aware it's not available on any official websites.
Trolley buses go from the trolleybus terminal adjacent to the Simferopol railway station.
To Alushta: Trolleybus N 51 (Route: Railway station - Alushta).
|Simferopol - Alushta|
To Yalta: Trolleybus N 52 (Route: Railway station - Yalta).
|Simferopol - Yalta|
While in the Simferopol airport you should do the following: Take trolleybus #9 or a mini bus which will take you up to the railway station in Simferopol (the only one in the city). It will take you around 25-30 minutes to get to the station from the Simferopol airport.
The trolleybus ticket costs (2011) from Simferopol to Yalta is about $1
If you've arrived to Simferopol by train, the closest bus station "Kurortnaya" is located right on the square by the railway station (ticket office next to McDonald's). Timetable for buses from the bus station "Kurortnaya" can be found here
From the Simferopol airport you will have to take trolleybus # 9 or a mini bus, in order to reach the bus station "Kurortnaya". Bus station works from 5-30 a.m. till 7-30 p.m.
Near the railroad station you will find mini buses, which go to
Alushta, Yalta, Malyi Mayak, Partenit, Gurzuf, Massandra, Yalta. It
will take 1 hour to reach Alushta and 1h.40 min.- Yalta. Mini bus
ride will cost you about $3. For a given route, the cost of a
ticket is usually the same, regardless of how far you are
traveling. "Marshrutkas" usually have the number and destination
written in Cyrillic on the front and sides, often with some
indication of the cost of a ticket.
There are three more bus stations in Simferopol:
After you've left Simferopol airport or the train station and safely arrived to the Black Sea you are ready to discover Crimea. What are the most interesting places to see in Crimea? Find out about them at the Black Sea city page.
Black Sea Cruises. Black Sea Ferry. Find out about the Black Sea ferries available.
Escorted Tour If you are planning a trip to Crimea or need help to make a long trip all over Ukraine take advantage of knowledge, humor, and an insider's view of Eugene Snezhkin and his personal escorted tour service. Check my recommendation.
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