Uzhhorod (Ukrainian, Russian: Ужгород, Hungarian: Ungvár, German: Ushhorod) is a city in Western Ukraine, the administrative center of Zakarpatska Oblast (Transcarpthian Region). Its population is 120,000 people.
Uzhhorod, or Uzhgorod as transliterated till the end of 20th century, is the administrative center of the youngest region in Ukraine - Transcarpathia, which was annexed to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1945. Until that it was part of Czechoslovakia and before 1919 it was Hungarian. The population of Uzhhorod is multiethnic. The majority of the natives are Ukrainian, but there are a lot of Rusyns, Russians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans, Jews and Gypsies. Uzhhorod is a very interesting place to visit because the cultures cross here.
Uzhhorod has a very small airport (IATA code - UDJ). There are flights only to or from Kiev. There are plans to close the airport in a few years.
Uzhgorod has one bidirectional line, which heads north towards Lviv, and south towards Chop . There are no direct lines to Slovakia. The hub of railway transportation in Transcarpathia (and thus Uzhgorod) is Chop; it has dual-gauge rails for trains coming from Slovakia and Hungary, a line going towards southern Transcarpathia, and the main line going towards Stryi/Lviv that connects one with the rest of Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, and Belarus.
To/From Slovakia: there is a single border crossing train running two times a day between Čierna nad Tisou and Chop. One-way ticket costs 2 EUR.
To/From Hungary: there are trains running between Záhony (Hungarian Border Crossing) and further westward to Nyiregyháza and Budapest. Note that connections to Budapest tend to be higher priced; if one wishes to get to Vienna or Prague, it's definitely cheaper to go through Slovakia.
To/From Moldova: a direct route does not exist in Transcarpathia; one must take a train directly to Chernivtsi, and from Chernitvsti there is a daily train going to Moldova.
Note that there are direct routes to Odessa, Kiev, Moscow, Simferopol, and Harkiv directly from Uzhgorod. For larger connections to Central Europe and elsewhere in Russia/Ukraine/Belarus, refer to Chop.
In general: it's best to consult Ukraine's railway web page, which is a relational database and allows anyone to examine the schedule of both a route AND a station simply by clicking on it. The web site for Uzhgorod station can be found here .
Uzhhorod's downtown is very nice with shops, restaurants, and even a small hotel. You will need to get on a taxi or marshrutka to get to downtown.
The newly renovated M06 highway connects Kiev with Budapest and runs through Uzhhorod. Driving from the direction of Budapest (Chop) you need to go straight after Rizivka through Mynay. If you Drive from the direction of Kiev (Mukachevo), you need to turn right after Rozivka. The road from Rizivka-Mynay will take you as far as Zakarpattia Hotel (the city's largest hotel) and then Petofi Square in downtown.
If travelling by rental car from Hungary or Slovakia, make sure to check the rental agreement to see if you will be allowed to enter Ukraine. Many car rental agencies will not allow their cars to be taken there. If this is the case then you will likely be turned away at the border.
If you're entering Ukraine by your own private car from Slovakia use the border crossing at Vyšné Nemecké. International Driver's License and International Motor Insurance Card (the green piece of paper) are not checked here. The Ukrainian officers may give you a small piece of paper. You need to get three stamps on it form three different officers. One checks your car for drugs etc., one checks your car documents and one your passport. Once you have them all, you're allowed through. Getting out of Ukraine works the same way. If you have problems, the locals are friendly and will help you, provided you speak some Slovak/Ukrainian/Russian.
There are daily buses from Nyíregyháza in Hungary; from Košice, and Michalovce in Slovakia; from Kraków in Poland; and domestically from Kiev and Lviv. There are also buses six times a week (i.e., every day except Mondays) from Prague, the capital of Czech Republic.
About six times daily buses (PDF) run from Michalovce to Vyšné Nemecé, a village next to the Slovak border. Note that this border crossing is only for vehicles, unless you get a lift you will not be allowed to pass. From the Ukrainian side the center of Uzhhorod is a short taxi ride away.
Taxi in Uzhhorod is very cheap and is arguably the easiest way to get around town. A typical fare rarely exceeds 20 UAH. Taxi drivers tend to charge foreigners more, so be assertive and agree on the price beforehand (of course, knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian will be essential for this).
Locals use marshrutkas (small buses) to get around. Those cost around 3 UAH per ride, can be crowded and uncomfortable but do their job in getting you there.
Family Cafe with home made delicious food. Vegeterian friendly. Bograch, vareniki, vegetable salad and many many more, not only Ukranian food. Voloshina street, 38
Egan's Irish Pub with nice pizza is situated next to Hospodar. Voloshina, 36
Vertep at 13 Korzo St. has good, authentic Ukrainian and Transcarpathian Cuisine for reasonable prices.
Antresol Cafe at 1a Koryatovycha sq. is a very cozy cafe and with great pizza, pasta and an assortment of coffees.