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Accommodation

Standards in Ukrainian hotels are changing to the better as the tourist industry develops. Low prices in part compensate for possible minor inconveniences. Naturally the best hotels are in cities of Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv and Yalta which attract much tourists’ attention Some of the problems visitors may expect include episodic lack of hot water, air-conditioning, inadequate heating. Usually it is a good idea to ask about possible problems during registration. It is well advised to check ahead of time if a hotel one chooses accepts credit cards to avoid possible trouble during checkout. Not all hotels For those visitors who plan to stay in Ukraine an excellent option may be apartment rental. Aside of great savings this option is excellent because of friendliness and hospitality of Ukrainian people. We advise to be a little cautious when looking for a room or apartment. The best solution is to contact one of respectable agencies which may be found in most business directories. Camping is possible around Ukrainian resorts and city outskirts.

Transportation

Ukraine has strategic position at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. It has well-developed transportation infrastructure combining railroads, automobiles, waterways and pipelines.
Railways
Railroads serve as the main transportation system for the country. Ukraine has extensive railroad system total of 23,350 km (8,600 km electrified) in length.
Highways
Automobile transportation has an increasing popularity due to its high flexibility and speed. There are about 163,937 km of paved roads (including 1,875 km of expressways) in Ukraine. Some of these roads however are said to be hard-surfaced, meaning that some are paved and some are all-weather gravel surfaced. Central and local governments are working on improvement of highway networks in the country.
Waterways
There are 4,400 km navigable waterways, of which 1,672 km were on the Pryp''yat' and Dnipro (1,990) with largest river-port Kyiv. The Dnipro river is the main inland waterway used for transportation and irrigation together with the Danube, Western Buh, Tisza and others. Some of the main seaports and harbors are Berdyans'k, Illichivs'k, Izmayil, Kerch, Kherson, Mariupol', Mykolayiv, Odesa and Reni.
As of 1998, Ukrainian civilian fleet consist of 181 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 1,022,047 GRT/1,101,278 DWT. Of those nine are designed for bulk loads, 117 cargo, one liquefied gas tanker, four container carriers, two multifunction large-load carriers, 16 oil tankers, 12 passenger, three passenger-cargo, two railcar carriers, two refrigerated cargo, ten roll-on/roll-off cargo, three short-sea passenger ships.
Pipelines
Territory of Ukraine is crossed by wide network of pipelines of different type. Of those oil pipelines total to 4,000 km (1995); petroleum products to 4,500 km (1995) and natural gas to 34,400 km (1998). Import transcontinental pipelines carrying oil and gas run across Ukraine into Europe.
Airports
Ukraine has six major airports: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odessa, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv, each of this airports is suitable for landing large passenger and cargo airplanes. There is also a well-developed system of small and rural airports, currently underutilized.