Simferopol is the capital of Autonomous Republic of the Crimea in Ukraine. This town is the geographical, political, scientific and cultural centre of the peninsula. It is here that administrative instances and representatives of the region are situated: the parliament (Verkhovna Rada), Council of ministers and the Central Medzhlis of the Tatar. The statue of Lenin is still standing on the central square of the town. All the tourists visiting Crimea pass the railway station or international airport of Simferopol. Many of them don't stay here for a long time, just continuing their way to the beach, but the town is nice to live here for sometime: actually this town of students is very animated all year long. The parks are numerous as well as the museums and theatres.All the roads in Crimea lead to Simferopol. When getting from one town to another, the administrative capital is inevitable. We offer you apartments in the centre of the town with rather reasonable price.
The town is not situated on the seashore (the nearest beach is at Nikolaevka about 40 km away) but the larger part of the tourists get acquaintance with Crimea at Simferopol. Arriving to the railway station or the airport of Simferopol (website in English) they instantly realize that they are no longer really in Ukraine. The region of Simferopol offers a unique combination of natural sites for green tourisme.
Simferopol is a leading academic center in Ukraine. The climate is different in Simferopol comparing to the rest of Ukraine. The winters are less cold and more sunny and summers can be very hot with temperatures up to 40 ° C in July and August but the most beautiful beaches in Crimea are only an hour away. From the capital you can reach all the cities of Crimea by train but mostly by bus: Sevastopol, Yalta, Alushta, Evpatoria, Feodosia, etc.. Russia is less than two hours away and a few minutes by ferry via the Strait of Kerch. In a few hours, you'll be at Sochi, host city of the Winter Olympics in 2014.
In Crimea all roads lead to Simferopol. To get from one city to another, the administrative capital is inevitable. You can go to Simferopol by train from the capital Kiev. Kiev Simferopol trains connect several times a day the capital with Crimea and all trains destination Kiev Sevastopol pass via Simferopol. Once at the station of Simferopol, you are only a few kilometers away from the coast cities: Sevastopol at 1h30, Yalta at 2h00, Sudak, Evpatoria at 1:00 and you can get to the other cities on the seashore by marshrutka (local minibus). There are also trains Simferopol Sevastopol but the trip is much longer than by minibus.
It is also possible and it's the fastest way... to get to Simferopol by plane (IATA code of the international airport is SIP). The time of flight Kiev Simferopol is about an hour and a half. From the airport (if you don't want to use the public transport)) the taxis are waititng for you. But if you want to save your money it is better to book your transfer beforehand.
Simferopol by plane
The main international airlines that operate regular flights to Simferopol are:
Ukraine International Airlines offers two daily flights from April to October, morning and evening to / from Kiev Borispol (Boryspil). The website of airport is in English: Kiev airport. UIA offers numerous combinations of flights as Simferopol Paris, Nice Simferopol, Simferopol Geneva, Brussels Simferopol, or Simferopol Marseilles and Simferopol Toulouse, Lyon Simferopol.
Turkish Airlines all year long operates daily flights between Simferopol and Istanbul with connections to many cities in France: Paris, Lyon, Nice, Toulouse.
The low cost airline Wizz Air offers two daily flights in summer from Kiev. Attention from the March 27, 2011 the company will operate in Kiev only from / to Kiev airport Zhulyany (IATA code of the airport is IEV). Mind that international flights (Ukraine International) land at Borispol (IATA code of the airport is KBP). Wizzair may no longer be the best option to go to Simferopol if you arrive first by an international flight.
Aerosvit also offers several daily flights from / to Kiev, but the tickets are more expensive than with UIA or Wizzair.
Dniproavia offers daily flights Kiev Sevastopol and Kiev Simferopol. But their website is not very understandable and only a few travel agencies will offer you this company.
Simferopol International Airport has a website only in Russian and English: Simferopol airport Attention, it is not always updated but you get an idea of other companies serving Simferopol: Uzbekistan Airways, Aeroflot, Rossiya, Ukraine International Airlines, S7, Turkish Airlines , Armavia, Donbass, El Al and Windrose have offices at the airport. The cities served with direct flights Simferopol are: Kyiv, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tashkent, Yerevan, Khabarovsk, Lvov, Samarkand, Kaliningrad, Riga, Warsaw and other in summer.
Simferopol by train
Trains from many cities of Ukraine and Russia arrive every day to the railway station of Simferopol. Take with you some food and beverages because the trips by train are rather long. The official website of the Ukrainian railways is available only in Ukrainian. We offer train tickets Kiev Simferopol or train tickets Odessa Simferopol.
You can also arrive to Simferopol by car ... the trip is very long. Don't forget to take a good map of Ukraine.
Where to stay in Simferopol and its vicinity?
Public transport is cheap and numerous, but if you do not speak Russian it will be difficult for you to use the most popular means of transport : "marshrutka". The ride to town costs only 2.0 hryvnias (UAH) that is about 20 euro cents. In general the only alternative to a foreigner is to use a taxi. Most taxis have counters, but the taxis waiting in the street (unlike taxi that you can order by phone) do not use the counters. Always discuss the price before boarding the taxi. It is difficult to communicate with drivers who do not speak English or any other foreign language. To get to Simferopol will cost you between 30 to 50 UAH. But for foreigners the price can be a little more.
Tourism at Simferopol
Simferopol is the most animated city for parties from September to June. In fact it is a university town and they use here any occasion to make a party. You will meet the most beautiful girls in Crimea and Ukraine. The three essential places in centre where you'll have a meeting with your new acquantance are: Lenin Square near the government palace, where all open-air concerts take place, the Central Market (Centralny Rynok) where you can make all your purchases at lower prices and Silpo - the mall not far from the center of pedestrian streets Karl Marx and Pushkina.
Activities in Simferopol and its vicinity
Parks as well as museums and theaters are numerous. In winter the climate is dry and cold, but much less than in the rest of Ukraine. The most popular activities are: bowling and outdoors skating. You can go skiing for the day to Ai Petri (near Yalta). Clubbing is most interesting activity in winter: the parties are numerous and the clubs are very animated. You'll meet the finest girl-students in Ukraine. We recommend the Globus club near Lenin Square. In the same area the most famous nightclub is Camelot.
In July and August the population leave the town and finds itself on the seashore. The spring is certainly the best season: the terraces flourish in the town centre, Simferopol becomes a "Southern town". This is the best time to discover the Crimea and Simferopol!
Shopping in Simferopol
The most popular place for shopping is "Silpo". Its quite a large supermarket with all the essentials and food products. There are also several shops in it. The two main supermarkets are "Fourchette" and "Rainford" situated around the city. Credit cards are accepted in most shops in the city. You'll find a lot of exchange offices and ATMs, but on the market or outside the center you can pay only in cash.
Where to eat? restaurants in Simferopol
You should try plov (rice dish with meat), the lagman (noodle soup) a Borsh (vegetable soup with the beets). Good solianka is worth mentioning. In spring let yourself be seduced by shashlik (roasted meat) with a good wine of Crimea (Inkerman). For your night parties a good local vodka along with a fruit platter make the best choice.
There are many restaurants in the town: the coolest is No. 1 (nomer adin). In summer it is even advisable to book if you want to eat at the open-air section. Service is better than what you will find in other restaurants. Menu in English and the staff speaks English.
If you want to eat in a Ukrainian typical scenery and background music, the best restaurant in Simferopol is the "Kniaja vtikha". The more expensive too but it is still reasonable for foreigners. This is where to go if you want to impress your local girlfriend.
To live in Simferopol - a hotel or an apartment?
There exist some hotels but they are not enough for the capital of Crimea: Moscow and Ukraina hotels are the best known. The Imperial Hotel is eccentric. The hotel Salgir is not in the best area (near the railway station). Hotel Valencia is good located but it is often complete (very few rooms). The best compromise is to rent an apartment in Simferopol from 35 euros per night. A rental of a luxury apartment will cost you two times cheaper than the hotel for a room of an equal quality.
Nightlife: night club in Simferopol
Crimea has a festive nightlife every day of the week. First of all the feast is synonymous with consumption of large quantity of alcohol: beer and vodka first, the local brandy (cognac) is not far behind with "champanskoe". Many young people do not hesitate to settle on the benches of the pedestrian area to drink beer and vodka. But there are many clubs and bars in Simferopol that work all the year long. From cheap and simple''zabegalovki" if you want to experience a return to Soviet era with a few tables and plastic chairs, the waitress smiling once a year and vodka incredibly cheap. But you will certainly feel more comfortable installed in one of the ultra-modern clubs where young women are competing every weekend. All this is very civilized and you'll have no problem.
Discotheques of Simferopol
Simferopol nightclub, Kirova prospect, 32 / 1 The club is situated in the center of Simferopol, on Lenin Square. One of the best clubs in town for a customer from 25 years. RnB, House, Electro, Technouse. The resident DJ Nikolaistorm is among the best. Blue decor, lots of mirrors, chrome surfaces. Flat screens pass loop FashionTV but the best show is in the room. During a week the male clientele is a minority. The security service is invisible but present in difficult situations. The service is generally good. The club is for rich people. For the weekend you'll need to reserve your table beforehand. The official website of the club is www.globus-club.com
Simferopol nightclub Kievskaya str., 86. The club opened in 2004 and quickly became one of the best clubs of the city. It's a complex with restaurants, sports bar, casino. It is unfortunately a bit far from center.
Other discotheques and clubs of Simferopol
100 PUDOFF, nightclub Simferopol, Kirova prospect, 54
RAI, nightclub Simferopol, Rileeva, 2 T
INFINITY, nightclub Simferopol, Pushkina str., 6
MARMELAD, nightclub Simferopol, Pushkina str 8/5
ZEON, nightclub Simferopol, Sevastopolskaya str., 112
Restaurant, party-bar "FIRST"
Night club "RISE"
Night club "Niebo"
Night club «Fixius»
Night club «911»