Uber is the best taxi service in Kyiv. It’s safe, the least costly taxi service available (you can literally get from one side of the city to the other for just a few dollars), and the easiest to use as no Ukrainian/Russian language is needed to order.
Take a look at my Uber receipt below. This was a ride from the cinema this past Saturday night, which is like 4x further than any other place you’d visit if you lived downtown. The ride was approximately 5 miles (or 8 km) in distance and lasted for 18 minutes. In the U.S. this would have been at least $15 dollars, but in Ukraine the ride cost me 95.46 grivnas (or approximately $3.6 dollars).
Kyiv is like any other city for taxies … if you flag down a local taxi from the street be prepared to pay many times the normal rate, especially if you’re a foreigner! Taxi drivers here are notorious for gouging tourists. For a great read about this and other scams, take a glance our article on the most common scams in Kyiv.
This is a main street in Kyiv. Notice the Uber advertisement (circled for effect). It grabs my attention every morning! I love it for its simplicity.