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About Donetsk International Airport

With a long name, Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport is located 10 km northwest of the city center of Donetsk Oblast, which is one of the most touristic places in Ukraine. Donetsk Airport, provides transportation services with its 4000 meter long runway and Donbassaero Airlines head office is located at the airport. Directly from Istanbul Ataturk Airport with Turkish Airlines and from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport with Pegasus Airlines, it is very easy to reach Donetsk city center from Donetsk Airport. Some of the foreign airline companies that have flights to Donetsk Airport are Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Flydubai, LOT Polish Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines has flights from Antalya.

Getting to the City Center from Donetsk International Airport

Donetsk, which is located on Kalmius River, is the richest and most developed industrial city of Ukraine. Donetsk, who hosted the European Football Championship in 2012, is also one of the most famous cities of Ukraine. In urban transportation, there are many means of public transportation except metro. You can travel anywhere in the city by using buses, minibuses called marshrutka, trams, trolleybuses, suburban trains and taxis. You can also rent a car if you prefer a more comfortable option.

According to the current tariff, the single ticket price for bus, tram and trolleybus is 1.50 UAH. You can buy your ticket from the driver or the bus stops. Since Donetsk is not a big city in terms of the surface area, the means of public transportation are frequently preferred in the city. There is generally heavy traffic between the city center and the airport especially during busy hours. For this transportation, taxis are the commonly preferred options because they are affordable and provide a faster travel.

Tramway and trolleybus routes are interconnected and this situation significantly facilitates urban transportation. The number of trolleybus and tramway routes is high and the ticket prices are also cheap. On the other hand, the buses which are another means of public transportation in the city, are slower than trams and trolleybuses. The buses also operate at infrequent intervals compared to the other means. Nevertheless, they are preferred by passengers and offer service to many parts of the city. As you can use the means of public transportation in the city, you can also benefit from the car rental services and travel to the nearby places.

The distance between Donetsk and Kiev, the most popular tourist destination and the capital of Ukraine, is 700 kilometers. There are high-speed trains from Kiev to Donetsk and the travel lasts about 10 hours. It is possible to come across the means of public transportation almost every day and every hour of the week. Minibuses called marshrutka provide transportation services to every region of the city.

Trams and trolleybuses can be preferred for shorter distance travels. By using these two means of public transportation which are interconnected, (even if you have to transfer) you can get to your destination in a short time. Donetsk International Airport is located about 10 km northwest of Donetsk city center. Getting to the city center from the airport is very easy. Taxi and shuttle services provided by the airport and the means of public transportation such as buses, trams, trolleybuses, suburban trains and minibuses greatly facilitate the transportation between the airport and the city center.

To get to the city center from Donetsk Airport, you can see the bus, trolleybus and tram stops by getting out of the terminal you are in. Taxis can also be found at the terminal exit. If you are planning to stay longer in the city and want to visit other parts of the city freely and comfortably, you can rent your car online before your arrival and receive your car at the airport from the company you have rented the car from.

Bus

Bus is one of the most popular means of public transportation that are commonly preferred for travelling from Donetsk International Airport to the city center. In the city, it is less preferred. The buses offering service to only certain regions are economical for travelling between the airport and the city center. If you take the bus route 73 from the bus stop at the terminal exit, you can go to Donetsk city center by paying 1.50 Hryvnia. You have to buy your ticket from the driver after you have got on the bus. It takes about 25-30 minutes to get to the city center. There are totally 5 bus routes including bus routes 28, 30, 34 and 80 offering service between 05:59 am and 06:43 pm every day of the week. These buses operate every 40-60 minutes.

Marshrutka (Minibus / Shared Taxi)

The means of public transportation which has the most routes throughout the city are the minibuses called marshrutka. You can go to the city center in a quicker way compared to buses if you prefer getting on a marshrutka which provides great convenience in the city. You can see the marshrutkas at the terminal exit. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the city center from the airport by marshrutka. Ticket prices for buses, trams and trolleybuses are the same for every destination, but the amount you will pay for marshrutka varies depending on the destination. The overall price average is around 2 Hryvnia. Because it is more flexible than other means of public transportation in terms of working hours and working days, you can find a marshrutka any moment you want. Each marshrutka route has its own working hours and fares.

Tramway

Another affordable, fast and comfortable option you can use for your travels from the airport which is about 5 miles of Donetsk is tramway. There are totally 9 tram routes as 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16. Ticket price for single person is 1.50 Hryvnia by 2016. If you get on the tramway route 6 from Donetsk International Airport, it is possible to reach the city center in about 10-15 minutes. Working hours of the tramway route 6, which operate every 15-20 minutes, are between 04:50 am and 07:56 pm. The working hours of the tramway routes that don’t offer service at the weekend vary according to the route number.

Trolleybus

Trolleybus is the most preferred and popular means of public transportation in the city. Since it is interconnected with tramway routes, passengers can get to any part of the city in a quick way by transferring.

Just like the trams, the ticket price for single person is 1.50 Hryvnia by 11 February 2016. But their working hours vary according to the trolleybus route. There are totally 9 trolleybus routes as 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16.

Trolleybus route 2 is the most popular trolleybus route with the most stops in the city. The trolleybus route 10 with the longest route in the city connects the Gorky Coal Mine Enterprise and the October Coal Mine Enterprise.

To reach the city center from Donetsk Airport in 10 minutes, you need to get on one of the trolleybus routes 2 or 10. Trolleybus route 2 operates every 3-6 minutes from the airport to the city center, and it is possible to take advantage of this service every day of the week from 04:51 am to 08:50 pm. Trolleybus route 10 runs every 18-25 minutes and offers service from 05:54 am to 07:17 pm every day of the week.

Suburban Train

Suburban trains in the city enable transportation service between the city center and the airport. There are totally 8 suburban train routes in Donetsk as 96, 107, 107B, 107D, 107V, 111, 121 and 126. Even if they are more expensive, they can be used by those preferring a faster transportation.

Ticket prices and working hours vary depending on the suburban train routes. To get to the city center from the airport, you need to get on one of the routes 107B or 107V that you can find at the terminal exit. The suburban train route 107B, which offers service 7 days a week, operate every 6-15 minutes. Another suburban train route carrying passengers from the airport to the city center is 107V, which has a ticket price of 8 Hryvnia. However, it operates every 70-80 minutes from 04:10 am to 07:00.

Taxi

In Donetsk, almost anyone who does not prefer using the means of public transportation provides transportation by taxi. Taxis are cheap and take you wherever you want. Some taxi drivers even don’t run the taximeter and you can bargain on the fare. At Donetsk Airport, there are plenty of taxis. You can also find a taxi anytime you want in the city. Transportation from the airport to the city usually costs 100 Hryvnia. But if the driver does not open the taximeter and you do not bargain, this fare can be 140 Hryvnia. Travelling to the city center by taxi lasts about 12 minutes under normal traffic conditions. The distance is about 11.2 kilometers.

Car Rental

Car rental services are not very economical for visitors planning not to stay in the city longer. Visitors planning to stay longer in the city can rent a car and have a comfortable transportation during their visit. Those who want to visit other cities of Ukraine in addition to Donetsk can rent a car and make their transportation cheaper and more comfortable. If you make an online reservation before your arrival, you can receive your car as soon as your plane lands and take the road to the city center without losing time. The distance between the city center and airport is 12 kilometers and you should pay 3-4 TL as the gasoline price.

Last Updated: 15 Sep 2017
Getting to Donetsk International Airport from the City Center

All of the means of transportation such as bus, trolleybus, minibus, tramway, suburban train and taxi offering service in Donetsk carry passengers to the airport from the city center.

Buses are slower and operate less frequently than the other means of transportation. The tramway and trolleybus lines spread all over the city are interconnected and no matter where you are; it is very easy to reach the airport from any point of the city. Located 5 miles from the city center, Donetsk International Airport can be reached by taxi that you can find anywhere in the city or by renting a car. Taxis offer 24/7 service.

The ticket prices for bus, tramway and trolleybus are fixed for one person. According to the current tariff published in February, the single ticket price for these three public transportation vehicles is 1.50 UAH (Ukrainian Hryvnia). The fares for suburban trains and minibuses vary according to the line number and destination.

Bus

Local buses, which are the commonly preferred means of transportation after trolleybus and tramway in Donetsk, also provide transportation service from the city center to the airport. It is not very easy to get to the airport by these buses whose ticket price is 1.50 UAH. Since there are not many bus routes, you have to make more than one transfer to get to the airport. However, if you get on the bus route 73, you can go to the airport without any transfer. You can get on this bus from one of its stops.

Another way to get to Donetsk Airport by bus; get on Putilovskiy bus from Universitetskaya, this travel will last 30-35 minutes. After you have reached Putilovskiy, you can get on the transfer bus going to the airport. The distance between the airport and Putilovskiy is about 5-10 minutes.

Marshrutka (Minibus / Shared Taxi)

Marshrutkas, resembling minibuses or shared taxis, are one of the most popular means of public transportation in Ukraine. These means carry passengers to every part of Donetsk. There is not much difference between marshrutkas and other means of public transportation in terms of the ticket prices. In total, there are 74 marshrutka routes offering active service in the city. Bu using the routes 10, 17, 19A, 25, 37, 38B, 46B and 70, you can directly get to the airport. No matter where you are, you can get on one of these routes and get to the Donetsk Airport in a short time. The ticket prices of the routes 10, 17, 19A, 25, 37 and 38B are 3 UAH. The ticket prices of the routes 46B and 70 are 3.50 UAH.

Tramway

Donetsk trams offering service with 9 different routes are affordable and fast. Trams run at frequent intervals. You need to get on the tram route 6 in order to directly get to the airport from the city center without any transfer. The main stops of this route are Postysheva, Donets’kyi TsUM, Dzerzhyns’koho Ave., Moskva TK, Lenina Square, Huravo Ave., Tsentral’nyi Rynok, Akademichna, Vatutina Ave., Donbass Arena Stadium, Shaktar, Vyzvolennia Donbasu Ave., Kotsiubyns’koho St., Cheliuskintsv St., AZS, Ochakivs’ka St., Pavla Popovycha St., 18-ho Partzizdu St., Kyvs’ki Ave. and Ekonomichna.

Trolleybus

Donetsk trolleybuses offering service to different parts of the city and connected with some of the tramway routes provide more options for the transportation the airport from the city center. You can arrive at the airport in about 10-15 minutes by getting on one of the trolleybus routes 2 or 10. The trolleybus routes offering service for 7 days of the week provide transportation service to many parts of the city and they are also the commonly preferred means of public transportation for travelling to the airport directly. The ticket prices are the same as the buses and trams. The ticket price per person is 1.50 UAH. You can buy your ticket from the driver after you have got on the trolleybus.

Suburban Train

Donetsk suburban trains are more expensive than the other means of public transportation but they are extremely enjoyable in terms of travelling around the city and experience. The ticket prices may vary according to the destination. There are 8 different suburban train routes in the city. By using one of the suburban train routes 107B and 107V you can directly get to Donetsk Airport. The trains offer service for 7 days of the week. These two suburban trains going to the airport follow different routes but their departure and arrival points are the same. Both train routes depart from Donetsk Terminal every 6-15 minutes. You can also go to Vokzalna Square by using a different vehicle and then get on the train going to the airport. Both trains pass through Vokzalna Square.

Taxi

You can see Donetsk taxis all over the city. Taxis don’t generally work under a single company, and some taxi drivers don’t run the taximeter. If the driver of the taxi does not run the taximeter, make sure to bargain about the fare. It would be useful to specify your destination and ask the taxi driver how much you should pay whether he opens the taximeter or not. The best thing about the Donetsk taxis is that the hourly rental fee is very affordable. Renting a taxi for one hour costs about 10 dollars and this amount is very economical and comfortable for your travel. Travelling to the airport from the city center by taxi is about 100-110 Hryvnia. Although the distance is 12 kilometers and the travel will last 10-15 minutes, it is better for you to take the road a bit earlier in order not to miss your plane due to possible traffic.

Car Rental

Car rental services, which are not mainly preferred by the tourists visiting the city, can be more economical especially for those wanting to stay in the city for a longer time. Those who want to visit other cities of Ukraine in addition to Donetsk can rent a car and make their transportation cheaper and more comfortable. The distance between the city center and airport is 12 kilometers but be sure to take the road a bit earlier in case there may be heavy traffic in the morning and evening hours.

Airport Information

Donetsk International Airport, which is located 10 km northwest of the city, was established in 1940s. The airport was destroyed during the Donbass war in 2014 and reestablished in 2015. Turkish Airlines and Pegasus have direct flights to Donetsk Airport. Flight time is about 2 hours.

Donetsk Airport has private taxi and shuttle service carrying passengers to the city center. There are also free Wi-Fi, eating and drinking areas, information desk for visitors, currency exchange office and a few stores to spend time before and after the flights.

Last Updated: 14 Sep 2017

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